The Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) range has received the brand’s fresh ‘Dynamic Shield’ looks while also getting a lower entry price. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV buyers now have two specification levels to choose from: the new $45,990 entry-level Outlander ES (which replaces the LS) and the $53,990 Outlander Exceed.
The new Outlander ES lowers the price of entry compared to the old LS by $4500. The Exceed is $1500 cheaper.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV currently has no direct rival in the plug-in hybrid SUV market. But not for long; newcomers like the Hyundai Kona EV and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid could change that. Electric vehicle buyers may also consider the Hyundai Ioniq and Nissan Leaf small hatchbacks to be rivals.
Both Outlander models are powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine which, in combination with two electric motors, provides power to all four wheels. Mitsubishi Motors Australia elected to not include the larger, more powerful 2.4-litre engine offered in Europe.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range starts off with the entry-level Outlander ES which includes new leatherette and microsuede seat trim, new front and rear bumper styling, 18-inch alloy wheels and one-touch power windows. An optional Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) package is available on the ES for $1500. ADAS includes forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam and lane departure warning.
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The Outlander PHEV Exceed adds to the Outlander LS’s equipment levels with a 360-degree multi-view parking camera, higher grade of leather upholstery, carbon fibre-look dash inserts, black headliner, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert as standard.
Inside, both Outlander PHEVs now have new front seats designed to be more comfortable, one-touch power windows, soft leather-look centre console and rear seat air-vents.
Mitsubishi claims modifications to the suspension improve ride comfort and body control.
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES: $45,990
- Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) pack: $1,500
- Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Exceed: $53,990