Mitsubishi has revealed a new fourth generation of its Outlander PHEV crossover SUV. Sales will commence in Japan in December, followed by Australia and New Zealand in the first half of 2022 and North America in the second half.
The redesigned Outlander is built on a newly developed platform, and features several updates. The newly developed 2.5-liter gasoline engine improves maximum output by 8.9 percent and fuel efficiency (as measured by the WLTC test cycle) by 2.6 percent over the previous model. The transmission is an 8-speed sport mode CVT. The 20 kWh battery delivers an electric range of 54 miles (WLTC).
The power drive unit for the front motor features a new booster function that delivers increased voltage, and also improves electricity consumption by raising the efficiency of the generator. Unifying the rear motor with the control unit freed up enough floor space to install a third row of seats, enabling a seven-passenger seating layout.
The new Outlander has no less than seven driving modes. Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow and Mud modes optimize acceleration and cornering for different driving surfaces. Also available are Power mode, Eco mode and a new One-pedal driving mode.
US pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but the Japanese model will start at ¥4,621,100 ($40,658).