2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts In New York, Arrives This Fall

1 year ago by Mark Kane 30

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

This 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has arrived for North America!

And after a slight ~3 year delay – thanks to an odd (and sudden) California compliance issue, that happened to occur as a global market turned unexpectedly desperate for Mitsubishi’s plug-in SUV, made the company decide to just skip the US altogether…at least until the Outlander PHEV went through a product upgrade.

Mitsu says that sales of the Outlander PHEV will begin in the fall of 2016.  This is back inline with the October estimate we heard at the end of last year, but not the more recent rumored August release date that we never fully bought into (it just never made logistical sense with the rest of the 2017 model year brand).  But that is A-Ok, as Americans have been waiting so long now, another month or so won’t kill anyone.

On the technical side, it’s the same vehicle that in Europe and Japan – with 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, 2.0-liter gas engine and two 60 kW electric motors (one per axle) for AWD.

We couldn’t suss out a “real world” EPA guess from Mitsubishi for the all-electric range of the Outlander PHEV when it does arrive, but with a 32 mile/52 km NEDC/Euro rating in place; but we are pretty darn good at understanding how the NEDC test cycle compares to the EPA, so we will just go ahead and pencil it down as 22 miles/35 km (which interestingly, is same as the new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime).

Unique feature is Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system for torque vectoring.

“The Outlander PHEV is highlighted by the full-time, twin-electric motor 4WD system that provides quick and optimized torque distribution. The motors are mounted separately at the front and rear axles to deliver precise, responsive 4WD performance with the S-AWC system ensuring excellent driving stability and intuitive, linear handling. The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

Three drive modes are available: EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation) and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient drive mode given the road conditions and other factors. The system also features a regenerative braking mode, where electricity is captured under braking.

The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV’s unique twin electric motor configuration for maximum performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.

Advanced safety and convenience features will be available on Outlander PHEV, including: Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available smartphone integrations including Apple CarPlay™, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. It will also support Android Auto™ extends the Android™ platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving.”

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is already the best selling plug-in hybrid in Europe and Japan, a feat which won’t be repeated in the US as the regional kind is the Chevrolet Volt, which should more than have its hands full in 2017 fending off the new Toyota Prius Prime.  Still we expect the Outlander  PHEV to slide into the ‘three slot’ fairly easily.

Unlike on the other markets, in North America the Outlander PHEV will be CHAdeMO-less (“CHAdeNO“).  Overall, the 2016 NYIAS definitely was a good show for the CHAdeMO protocol, as Hyundai presented the IONIQ Electric with a SAE Combo fast charging inlet for the market as well.

One cool little feature we saw  was a 1,500 W, 110 V, on-board electric, which is always useful!

Pricing on the Outlander PHEV will be released closer to launch.

Below: 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gallery and videos from the 2016 NYIAS

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Press Release:

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV MAKES U.S. DEBUT AT THE 2016 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

• 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to go on sale in United States in fall 2016
• Already the top-selling PHEV in Europe, Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV
• Outlander PHEV delivers SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

NEW YORK, NY March 24, 2016 – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today showed the much-anticipated production model of the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The Outlander PHEV is a perfect culmination of Mitsubishi’s history of automotive excellence: 50 years of electromobility and decades of four-wheel drive technology honed on the international rally circuit. Featuring a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors, and Mitsubishi’s superior Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a very capable PHEV. The Outlander PHEV will arrive at Mitsubishi showrooms in fall 2016.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

“What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon (MPG).”

The Outlander PHEV is highlighted by the full-time, twin-electric motor 4WD system that provides quick and optimized torque distribution. The motors are mounted separately at the front and rear axles to deliver precise, responsive 4WD performance with the S-AWC system ensuring excellent driving stability and intuitive, linear handling. The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Three drive modes are available: EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation) and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The PHEV system automatically selects the most efficient drive mode given the road conditions and other factors. The system also features a regenerative braking mode, where electricity is captured under braking.

The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV’s unique twin electric motor configuration for maximum performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Advanced safety and convenience features will be available on Outlander PHEV, including: Multi-Around view Camera Monitor, Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection capability, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and available smartphone integrations including Apple CarPlay™, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car, lets drivers make calls, get directions optimized for traffic conditions, listen to music, and access messages. It will also support Android Auto™ extends the Android™ platform into the car in a way that’s purpose-built for driving.

“As previously stated, Mitsubishi’s future is crossover utility vehicles and electrified vehicles. Today we are showing the first piece of that plan,” said Swearingen.

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30 responses to "2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts In New York, Arrives This Fall"

  1. SparkEV says:

    Any word on towing capability?

    1. kosee says:

      People tow caravans with it in Europe so it should be at least ok.

      1. SparkEV says:

        Cars that are ok to tow in Europe are often not rated for towing in US. How many pounds can it tow in US? 5000 lb like Tesla X?

        1. kosee says:

          1500 kg in NL from mitsubishi site. Not sure how many lb that is.

          1. GuyMan says:

            About 3300 lb, by my math

        2. CopperRoad says:

          Yeah, a 90k Tesla should be the comparison for the Outlander PHEV…. Nonsensical comparisons are the backbone of this site, and the EV community in general. Simply because an automobile uses the same (similar in one in your comparison of a BEV & PHEV) propulsion method does not mean they should be compared. But I get it. With so many fewer BEV & PHEV’s on the road than ICE cars, one has to keep busy doing something.

          1. kosee says:

            Yeah this is more like a car for people who want an x but can’t afford one.

  2. przemo_li says:

    Volt is diffetent body style. Hence potential buyers of one won’t look second time on the other.

    Remember small decline in USA EV sales? No EV SUVs….

    In EU? Sales exploded 80% YoY.

    SUVs. (My prediction? 60% YoY for USA and another 80% for EU. And let’s drop that BS about low price of gas 😉 it matter for body style only)

  3. ericonline says:

    Any idea if it’s going to be sold in all 50 states?

  4. DonC says:

    The body style is a plus but I think it’s too late. A couple of years ago this could have been big. However, at this point, if I were willing to buy a PHEV with such limited range — which I wouldn’t — I’d probably buy or at least look at the Prime.

    I think the big advantage of this car in Europe is avoiding the congestion tax and so forth. No comparable benefits here that I can think of.

  5. noah says:

    Does anyone know of a high mileage review from Europe of this car? I have read many reviews but not from long-term owners.

    1. Richard mason says:

      Hi l have phev outlander 80k travelled towed a 12 by 6 tanden trailer for more than 50k at min 750 kg trailer empty to loaded ???
      Carrying small cars and hay and general automotive stuff no problems at all
      When purchased fitted 16 inch wheels and light truch tyres only mod was relocte heater pipes and put a guard over them under lh seat area
      Changed trans oil a couple of times
      Due to severe service (clutch pack inside )
      Can give you fuel and ev real consumptions

      1. Did you put on 16″ wheels to get heavier duty tires with proper sidewall height for backroads? Has that worked out well so far?

        1. richard mason says:

          Yes used narrower same rolling dia higher side walls
          Then higher all tetain tyres for my wife to go outback
          They reduce the low speed pulling power

  6. Orygun EV driver says:

    Volt? Prius Prime?
    I don’t think those looking for a 5 seat 4WD SUV will be cross shopping either of those. Look more to the Volvo XC90 T8 and BMW Xdrive40e. Both of those can come very close to the price of a Model X (particularly the XC90) and if the Mitsu can come in in the mid $40K range they could have trouble keeping up with demand – which is likely why we haven’t seen it in the US yet as it was all they could do to fill Worldwide demand

    1. Scott says:

      Exactly, why are people comparing this to a model S or a Volt? Sure the model S has tons of room inside, but I’m not taking it camping or going to bring home a sheet of plywood on the roof.

      This is the best replacement for my 4Runner so far. The XC90 and the Xdrive40oz are too expensive.

    2. GSP says:

      For people that don’t need AWD, the new Chrysler Pacifica can haul more people and/or cargo. It also has a 16 kWh battery which provides the full $7500 tax credit and 30 miles EV range.

      GSP

  7. s says:

    Will be hard to decide between this and a used Model S, especially if the Model S prices fall after a flood of trade-ins for Model X.
    If I could buy a decent Outlander for ~ $30k, then it’s a no brainer, but if it’s closer to $40k, and a Model S 60 could be had for less than $50k, then I’ll be a hard choice for me.

    1. Nix says:

      Prices for all used Tesla products will go up temporarily if the Model 3 launch creates the kind of buzz that Tesla wants.

      People high on the Model 3 buzz, and low in patience will snap up every decently priced Model S that comes to the market, pushing prices higher.

  8. Chris says:

    “Arrives in the Fall” _ sure it does Mark, whoo hoo, that’s a good one! Had to check the calendar and make sure it wasn’t April 1st. Good to see some levity here on InsideEvs!

  9. Looking forward to seeing this arrive in Canada. I expect this car (and subsequent derivatives) to turn into the new unofficial “car of the Koots”, which is currently any AWD Subaru.

    This car looks like almost the perfect replacement for our Subaru Forester. While I do wish it was 100% electric, or at least had another 50 km of AER; the amount that it does come with would be sufficient for all of my wife’s daily driving, plus most of our local weekend trips.

    I actually expect it should be able to make the same weekend daily trip to Whitewater Ski Resort from Nelson, BC entirely on the battery. Updating my range spreadsheet for my Leaf with the mass of the Outlander PHEV, and adding a 10% hit for increased drag, I am estimating 10.5 kWh of energy to get to the ski hill (instead of about 9 kWh in my Leaf). Anyone know how much of that 12 kWh battery is accessible?

    http://insideevs.com/nissan-leaf-ski-resort-trip-documented-video/

    Then of course I get to drive home for free from the hill – actually I usually get home at a higher SOC then when I left the hill!

    1. Nix says:

      The unknown variable will be how much the gas engine might come on for uphill demand, and acceleration demand, and loss to heating.

      I’ve never been able to find anything official from Mitsubishi that states exactly what the usable kWh rating is. I keep seeing people do their own math and get numbers between 8-10 kWh

      1. With 60kW motors front and rear, it shouldn’t be a problem to climb the hill to my ski hill. I am curious to know whether putting it in “EV mode” does in fact lock-out the motor under hard acceleration.

        I had neglected the heat because in my Leaf it has a relatively efficient heat-pump. I had forgotten the Outlander does not, and in fact I think kicks the engine in for heat at higher outside temps than the Volt does.

        If I had my druthers, it would have a bigger battery (at least Volt sized), and decent EV heating system.

        Actually I would really rather a 300+ km range pure BEV version! But that doesn’t seem to be on Mitsu’s road map until 2020 or later.

      2. richard mason says:

        My power meter shows 9.8 to 10.3 kWh to charge up from fully discharged
        Richard

  10. David Galvan says:

    I am looking at this for a long-range family car sometime in the next year or two.

    I expect I’ll be cross-shopping this against the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan.

    Pluses for the Mitsubishi:
    -4 wheel drive
    -SUV style/form factor

    Pluses for the Chrysler:
    -Larger battery than the Mitsu (16 kWh vs. the 12 kWh in the Mitsu), which provides both more electric-only miles, and qualifies the Chrysler for more Federal Tax credit (the full $7500 amount).
    -7 seats (vs. 5 in the Mitsu)

    Will watch closely when prices are announced.

  11. an_outsider says:

    “Unlike on the other markets, in North America the Outlander PHEV will be CHAdeMO-less (“CHAdeNO“). “

  12. Ct200h says:

    I’m sure they have good reason to delay til the fall
    1. Install required stupid looking wheels( required for all ev’s and plugins”
    2. Remove all the useful features we covet, dcfc, etc.
    3. Wait for gas prices to drop below $1 gal
    4. Devise the plan to only sell in a few select markets dooming the model to low sales.
    5. .?…….

  13. Mayhemm says:

    Can Mitsubishi botch this release up any further? First they refuse to make it available and now they strip out fast charging to save a few bucks? WTF?!

  14. Duhman says:

    all this and they still not get it that to get the $7,500 federal tax credit they needed a minimum of 16 kW? GM learned that we need at less 60 miles of AER and that we want to avoid using gas, thus the need for Chademo. and at least a 6.6 Kw Charger. Let’s see who will deliver that at a good price point in SUV format. will we have to wait for the Model 3 SUV format?

    1. GSP says:

      16 kWh.

      The outlander battery can charge and discharge must faster than 16 kW.

      It takes 16 kWh energy capacity to get the full $7500 tax credit. There is no requirement for battery power to get the credit.

      GSP