Mitsubishi’s 2016 Outlander PHEV, due to go on sale in Europe in September, will make its European debut at the upcoming International Motor Show in Frankfurt. Also on display will be a Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) system that is now available in Europe.
First launched in Japan in 2013, the Outlander PHEV is now sold in 48 countries, and has become a big hit in Europe. According to Mitsubishi, it’s the world’s fastest selling PHEV, with cumulative sales of 70,000 units. It’s not expected to appear at American dealerships until the second quarter of 2016.
Upgrades to the 2016 model include: reduced engine, tire and wind noise; faster acceleration; and improved running stability, steering response, cornering performance and ride comfort.
Mitsubishi has also optimized the PHEV system control and reduced engine friction, delivering a reduction in CO2 emissions from 44 g/km to 42 g/km.
New safety features include several accident prevention technologies. The Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System detects obstacles and controls forward or backward starts when the accelerator is mistakenly pressed. The Multi-around Monitor assists the driver when maneuvering in tight spaces by giving a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle perimeter.
Mitsubishi’s V2H two-way electrical power supply capability, which is already in use in Japan, will now be rolled out in Europe. The V2H feature allows the Outlander PHEV to supply power to a home from its drive battery. It can also link up to a Home Electricity Management System to enable more efficient use of power.