The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV: The Complete Guide

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV


The Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, commonly referred to simply as Mitsubishi Motors or Mitsubishi, is a leading Japan based automotive manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Tokyo and has been partly owned (34%) by Nissan, and now part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-Alliance. Historically the company has been owned by the Japanese conglomerate, the Mitsubishi Group.

Mitsubishi commenced selling electric vehicles (EVs) in 2009. Its first EV was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, a compact hatchback city car. The EV has been sold and rebadged in Europe as the Peugeot iOn and the Citroen C-Zero. The automotive company currently offers only the Outlander PHEV model, but has a vision to introduce more electric vehicles.

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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV

The Mitsubishi Outlander was introduced in 2001, initially under the ‘Mitsubishi Airtrek‘ name. The vehicle was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle and unveiled at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The third-generation Outlander was launched in 2013, to include the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) variant. The Outlander PHEV has been received well since 2013 and continues to remain a best-selling electric vehicle (EV). PHEVs are perfect for individuals and families:

  • Keen to take a step towards lower emission and environment-friendly driving
  • Need a vehicle for extensive and regular long-distance travelling
  • Have limited access to private or public EV charging stations
  • Do a number of short commutes (30 miles and below) on a regular basis
  • Keen to save money

It is a widely known fact, in that, the average distance of a trip in the UK is a mere 12 miles. An average vehicle in the UK will travel between 8k and 10k miles per annum i.e. less than 30 miles per day. The newest eco-friendly PHEVs on the market will average between 20 to 30 zero-emission electric miles on a fully-charged EV battery. In most plug-in electric cars the EV battery will be below 15 kWh in capacity.

The Mitsubishi plug-in electric SUV has a 13.8 kWh EV battery with a WLTP zero-emission electric range of 28 miles. Depending on driving style, weather condition and the services used in the EV, expect a real world range closer to 25 miles. However, that would be more than sufficient for most daily commutes using the EV battery i.e. driving emission-free and also saving money (the running cost per mile of an EV is far lower than a petrol or diesel car). Depending on the cost of electricity, the cost per mile for driving on electric can be as low as 3 pence per mile. Bottom-line driving on electric miles is both cost efficient and eco-friendly!

The Mitsubishi plug-in electric SUV is practical and family-friendly, with amply space for short and long commutes. The electric vehicle (EV) is cheap to run on the zero-emission electric mode.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV (credit: Mitsubishi)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not available
Engine:Petrol-Electric (2.4-litre plug-in hybrid)
Available In UK:Yes

Trims (8 Options)
Reflex Commercial (from £32,477)
Reflex Plus Commercial (from £33,510)
Verve (from £35,815)
Design (from £36,825)
Dynamic (from £38,945)
Dynamic Safety (from £41,465)
Exceed (from £41,705)
Exceed Safety (from £44,225)

Tried and tested. Sold since 2013Not as stylish or iconic as other electric SUVs
Cheap to drive on electric modeInterior cabin quality has room for improvement
Practical and spaciousType 1 charging

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size (13.8 kWh)
Charging:22 kW DC charging. On board charger: 3.7 kW AC
Charge Port:Type 1
EV Cable Type:Type 1
Tailpipe Emissions:46g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Height (mm):1710
Width (mm):1800
Length (mm):4695
Wheelbase (mm):2670

Outlander PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:13.8 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):28 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (m/kWh km):3.68
Fuel Consumption (mpg):139.7
Charging:22 kW DC charging. On board charger: 3.7kW AC
Top Speed:106 mph
0-62 mph:10.5 seconds
Drive:All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):N/A
Max Power (PS):135
Torque (Nm):211
Kerb Weight (kg):1,890

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV (credit: Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV (credit: Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV (credit: Mitsubishi)

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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