Mitsubishi Teases 2016 Outlander Debut For NYIAS, Meanwhile Live Shots Leak Out

MAR 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 18

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Rear Teaser

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Rear Teaser

Mitsubishi Motors North America announced that at the 2015 New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 2 it will unveil the 2016 Outlander.  This is the same body style that will be present for the Outlander PHEV when it arrives a year from now.

The 2016 Outlander is the first production car from Mitsubishi that will get the brand’s new design language. This teaser reminds us of the previous Outlander PHEV Concept-S (below).

“The 2016 Outlander is a refined crossover utility vehicle that features over 100 engineering and design improvements including a new, powerful and dynamic appearance, enhanced road performance as the result of improvements to noise levels, ride, handling and throttle response, and a more eloquent yet functional interior space. The new 2016 Outlander demonstrates the brand’s renewed emphasis on style, refinement and overall driving experience.”

Naturally, like most word debuts, live shots of the vehicle in the wild take away some of the drama.  LiveDoor.jp has posted thess shots of the Outlander PHEV ahead of the reveal; which again, look heavy influenced by the Concept-S.

2016 Outlander Resign (via LiveDoor.jp)

2016 Outlander Redesign (via LiveDoor.jp)

2016 Outlander Redesign (via LiveDoor.jp)

2016 Outlander Redesign (via LiveDoor.jp)

2016 Outlander Redesign (via LiveDoor.jp)

2016 Outlander Redesign (via LiveDoor.jp)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Hat tip to offib!

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18 Comments on "Mitsubishi Teases 2016 Outlander Debut For NYIAS, Meanwhile Live Shots Leak Out"

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Give me 7 seats

So they added a lot of fake chrome? Does that mean they plan to raise the price?

The current rear end is awful. It looks great in pictures until you realize that the grey 3-D bit is actually a sticker. very cheap and nasty for a $50k car.

What do I know though, I bought a leaf so looks can’t be that important to me.

I wish they would tease the PHEV version, this is kind of like a Tesla tease: an announcement of an announcement.

And though I’m not a big fan of the SUV/CUV format, if it squeaks out enough EV range I’d consider it as a way to rid myself of that 3rd car in the driveway (our backup ICE). I’m looking forward to some larger vehicle options for hauling and more passengers which aren’t just green washing (that’s a reference to the BMW and Volvo SUVs with the adornment of EV capability, i.e., no meaningful EV range). We’ll see if the PHEV Outlander comes close enough.

If the Outlander gets 32.5 miles of AER in the UK cycle, what does that translate to in EPA AER? 25 miles?
I have read that it does 0-62 in 11 seconds which is kind of pokey, but is that time in both all electric and ICE assisted? Or will the engine come on under full throttle even if the battery is full?

I’ve seen a 20-25 mile estimate at two EV-related websites.

I keep hoping for PHEVs that have -more- electric range than the Volt’s ~38 miles, not less…

Thanks, Lensman, I was kind of afraid that would be the answer. I have a 2013MY Volt and the AER is ok, but a little more would be nice.

20-25 would be a step in the wrong direction. I would give up a few miles of AER for a roomier car, but not 10, let alone 18.

I hope to see on the PHEV 2.0 that they increased the battery size to 16kWh.

And I think they have some opportunities to pull cost out of the vehicle.
1) It is not clear to me that the Chademo is really useful on such a vehicle.
2) From http://media.mitsubishicars.com/releases/b3d9a889-c5c2-4f5b-abca-32c6babfe042 it seems that they have two motors and a generator. I think they could remove one, and let one motor do double duty as a motor/generator

I would love to see a 16 kWh battery pack. That would probably give it an AER of over 30 miles (maybe more if there is an inherent efficiency from the dual motor setup). However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the battery pack size stays at its current 12 kWh.

They do have two 60 kW motors, front and back. I want them to keep it that way too. No need to sacrifice efficiency by having a differential or transfer case.

Scramjett … I think having 2 motors (front and back) is great. In addition they also have a generator up front. That is superfluous in my opinion. The front motor should do double duty and also be the generator.

Ah, I see what you’re saying now. Apologies for the confusion. I don’t know what their rationale behind it is but they must have a good reason for that kind of setup.

I know the bigger battery pack is a big ask. I do not know how much extra it costs to go from 12kWh to 16kWh, but in the US market the extra tax incentive might exceed the incremental cost.

Perhaps, but I think the bigger problem is not so much cost as it is engineering the battery into the chassis. It is difficult to engineer a battery into an existing model like the Outlander, being an SUV helps which is why there is no significant intrusion to the passenger/cargo area (they only loose the 7 seat option). They may have also re-engineered the model to be more cross-platform so that they can produce a PHEV with a bigger battery and an ICE version. However, that would be an engineering challenge and I expect that any increase in battery capacity would be modest and come (possibly) from new cell design akin to the 2nd gen Volt. They could leverage both approaches. We shall soon see though.

Apologies for the rambling. That was more me “thinking out loud” than actually responding. 🙂

Personally, I like the new look. It is a little bit Opel Ampera, and a little bit Tesla Model S. No double-chin look like the outgoing face.

Huh, so you did utilise them pics I thought they were… risky, in a legal sense.

Looks much better now – a little more AER and I really consider to get one

I would get one as long as the AER is greater than 20 miles. I would love more than that, but I need the extra capacity for trips and the Volt just doesn’t cut it nor the C-Max, or any other PHEV currently available. We make too many frequent trips and have too little space that our Prius just isn’t doing the job anymore. We’re going to LA this weekend and I am, for the first time, renting an SUV to make the trip. The Prius just doesn’t cut it anymore.

Overall it has a nice body style. I like the nose clip and glad they got rid of the long taillights in the last concept.

Ditto to everyone else on a larger battery pack for PHEV version 2.0

This is a major contender for our next vehicle if it makes it in early 2016.