2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets 15% Bigger Battery, Range Improves

FEB 20 2018 BY MARK KANE 45

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi is finally refreshing the Outlander PHEV that has been almost unchanged since 2013. The 2019 version will debut in Geneva with more kWh.

The Japanese company intends to unveil the 2019 model year version at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, together with the all-electric e-EVOLUTION Concept.

So far, more than 140,000 Outlander PHEV were sold globally and more than 100,000 in Europe, which is the reason why the premiere will be held in Geneva.

The new 2019 version – scheduled for early fall (Europe) – will get more all-electric range, but not much more. Here are the details:

  • A 2.4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0 liter. It allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency
  • The generator output is increased by 10%
  • The rear motor output is increased by 10%
  • The drive battery capacity is increased by 15% (13.8 kWh instead 12 kWh)
  • The drive battery output is increased by 10%

Other changes are design tweaks and two more driving modes (SPORT gives the driver more direct control for greater driving enjoyment on winding roads and SNOW mode provides greater confidence on snow-covered, or slippery surfaces).

See Also – Mitsubishi Dealerships In U.S. Asking For More Outlander PHEV SUVs


The new Outlander PHEV
In 2013, and drawing on a background of 80 years of 4WD expertise, 50 years of electro-mobility R&D, and 30 years of rally winning all-wheel control technology, MMC launched the segment-defining Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid electric Twin Motor SUV. MMC did so ahead of other auto makers.
Since then, boosted by positive market response and supported by continuous improvement, Outlander PHEV has turned from a vehicle for early adopters into MMC core business. The Outlander PHEV has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in 2015, 2016 and 2017*2. More than 100,000 units have been sold in Europe so far. With cumulative sales of over 140,000 units worldwide, the Outlander PHEV counts as the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV.
Bringing together the very best of MMC technology, the Outlander PHEV is MMC’s flagship. Its PHEV technology delivered important breakthroughs in cruising range, still a bottleneck in the EV category. The Outlander PHEV solved the conundrum of emissions and noise, problem areas of diesel-powered cars. The Outlander PHEV is the answer to customers who want to extend the range of their EV car journeys, and who want to go on other adventures than hunting for chargers.
The 2019 model year Outlander PHEV features a next generation system with both EV and SUV breakthroughs. More SUV and more EV than ever, the newest iteration unveiled in Geneva will push boundaries even further with – amongst others – a complete redesign of its powertrain, with sharper dynamics, a more refined interior, and a subtle design evolution.
*2…Source: JATO
The PHEV system: PHEV 2.0
  • A 2.4 Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0 liter. It allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency.
  • The generator output is increased by 10%.
  • The rear motor output is increased by 10%.
  • The drive battery capacity is increased by 15%.
  • The drive battery output is increased by 10%.
The 4WD system: More modes
The NORMAL and 4WD LOCK modes of previous models are joined by two additional driving modes. A SPORT mode gives the driver more direct control for greater driving enjoyment on winding roads. A SNOW mode provides greater confidence on snow-covered, or slippery surfaces.
The design: Sharp and sophisticated
  • The outside appearance of the vehicle has been enhanced with a number of subtle improvements, such as new LED tech-look headlamps, rectangular front fog lamp bezels, a more substantial front grille with the DYNAMIC SHIELD visual identity, and a front center cover skid plate. A more elaborate multi-spoke two-tone design for the new 18 inch alloy wheels, and the addition of a larger rear spoiler give the car a sharper and more sophisticated look.
  • Inside, changes underscore a quality feeling, highlighted by the new quilted fine leather upholstery, all-new hip-hugging front seats, revised switchgear, a new instrument panel, new trimming, rear A/C outlets, and more.
Main specifications*
L x W x H (mm)
4695 x 1800 x 1710
Wheelbase (mm)
Track F/R (mm)
4 cylinder 2.4L Atkinson cycle petrol 16-valve DOHC with MIVEC
Electric motors
Front x 1, rear x 1
Drive battery
Battery capacity (kWh)
*Full data to be released at launch time

The second model is the e-EVOLUTION Concept unveiled in 2017 in Japan.

The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a technical prototype to illustrate the strategic directions of a renewed Mitsubishi Motors brand. It incorporates the strengths of SUV, EV, and the tight integration of new systems for a connected mobility customer experience.
The all-electric high-performance SUV embodies MMC’s new brand strategy under the new “Drive your Ambition” global tagline, a strategy that reflects an adventurous and progressive mindset for inspirational design and product, based on breakthrough SUVs, and driven by a fusion of electrification and system integration.
The design
Based on a “Robust & Ingenious” philosophy, MMC has created a distinctive and engaging design that gives shape to the robustness, authenticity and functional traits distinguishing MMC vehicles.
MMC has a long and strong heritage. Think of “Mitsubishi Motors,” and proven off-road performance, along with superior 4WD control, come to mind. Now, the banner of superior, high-performance 4WD control is carried forward by the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT. Its design expresses the readiness to grip the ground with all four-wheels, and the agility of a high performance cross-country tourer.
The exterior
  • The front face design of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is a fresh take on MMC’s archetypal DYNAMIC SHIELD design. The black grille is shielded under glass, a subtle hint that this car is a high performance electric vehicle. Protected under the glass, and accentuated by blue lines for emphasis, sit cameras and sensors. Aerodynamics were improved by large air intakes beneath the headlamps. They also help to efficiently cool the electric brake calipers.
  • In the side view, the design emphasizes the SUV personality using a profile with strong shoulders, and a lower body with a distinctive inward slope, along with a sharp, sculpted horizontal character line, and a high ground clearance.
  • The short overhangs project nimbleness and agility. The muscular styling of the corners hints at the powerful torque the four wheels are ready to lay down on the tarmac.
  • The deep slant of the front windshield, and the short overhangs create the unique silhouette only possible in an EV.
  • The large hexagon shape at the rear draws inspiration from the spare tire cover of the quintessential SUV, the legendary Pajero, a hallmark of off-road driving, and one of the most iconic chapters of Mitsubishi’s heritage.
  • The design of the C-pillar reminds of the tail fin of a jet. The air intake and diffuser running from the C-pillar to the rear bumper add to the aerodynamics
The interior
  • The absence of a big internal combustion engine under the hood gave designers the space to realize a radically novel cockpit. The instrument panel appears to float in front of the driver. This is a Mitsubishi vehicle, and the instrument panel adopts Mitsubishi’s trademark horizontal styling, with the focus on information above the axis, and on operation below. Acting like a level in an electronic viewfinder, the horizontal instrument panel makes it easier to sense the state of the vehicle during driving – form follows function well down the road.
  • A large flat screen spans the full width of the dashboard. It displays outside conditions, navigation and coaching information. The large screen is flanked by two smaller screens, showing views supplied by front and rear cameras. In tight situations, the driver will appreciate a camera view looking over the front tires, allowing a degree of high precision maneuvering never seen before.
  • Full-glass windows provide near unobstructed 360-degree visibility, for a feeling more akin to a jet fighter than a car.
The technology
  • EV system: The MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT uses high-torque, high-performance electric motors, fed by a high-capacity battery system to deliver the smooth and powerfully responsive performance that distinguishes EVs from ICE-powered vehicles. The drive battery is located under the floor mid-ship of the vehicle, providing a low center of gravity for the utmost driving stability.
  • 4WD system: For exceptional driving performance, the triple motor 4WD system employs a single motor to drive the front wheels, complemented by a new Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring (AYC) unit. All of this is integrated into MMC’s unique Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system. Cornering performance and traction performance are improved. The brakes of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT responsively and precisely control the driving forces with the help of electric calipers that supersede the conventional hydraulic caliper. The effects of the system can be felt and appreciated immediately, even at low speeds when G-forces are low. Whether driving around town, on expressways, or winding roads, the fully electric vehicle always provides crisp and nimble handling that faithfully mirrors driver intent.
  • AI system: The brain of the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system that augments the driver’s capabilities. An array of sensors allows the AI system to instantly read changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Seamlessly coordinating driver intent with vehicle performance, the system supports drivers of all abilities. By making it easier and safer to control the vehicle, the motoring experience is brought to a new level. A special coaching function allows the AI system to transfer knowledge to the driver, and to unobtrusively enhance the driving expertise. After building a picture of the driver’s skill level, the system constructs a training program that provides advice through voice dialogue and a large dashboard display. As a result, drivers of all abilities quickly experience a vehicle that behaves the way they want it, and soon they find themselves enjoying the driving experience to an even greater degree.

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45 Comments on "2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets 15% Bigger Battery, Range Improves"

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The Outlander is already pretty close to perfect in terms of tradeoff of practicality, price, and performance. It’s like the Nissan Leaf of the PHEV world.

When driven in EV mode, it raises a class in luxury compared to competitors.

Good to see a battery improvement, sorry to see it so small.
Still we need at least 40 miles of EV range.

Yeah. I was considering it, but I just cannot do it, need 60km real world range. EV mode range is really only 20-25 in cold weather climate. This 10% bump is not much … disappointing update indeed.

I doubt any changes were physical or mechanical (besides the engine). 40 miles in that thing would need like 25kWh.

A battery like that would need A refreshed chassis to put it it. At this rate that’s perhaps another 5 years for Outlander PHEV 2.0

I will buy this. Please bring it in quantity to Canada. The current model is just a bit too small of a battery.

Do the math … this will give you only about 3-5 km more range in best case scenario. It’s useless update from EV range standpoint.

5 km * 2 (home and work) per day for 270 days a year.

2 700 km or more than 20% of the average European drivers yearly mileage.

It is possible to make that range bump count… 😉

Yes, sure in some locations it might be made to be perceived as meaningful update. In North America, where distances are generally longer and mixed with harsh cold weather climate, this update simply is not good enough for many, in my opinion.

Distances are longer? Hardly. Sure, it’s possible to drive the equivalent of the continent of Europe within a single state (or Canadian province), but the vast majority of Americans do a whole lot of short trip driving too. Putting aside the obvious issues with that, those are perfect candidates for even a couple extra miles of EV range. As it is, a staggering 15% of driven trips are to destinations within a half a mile or less and the majority of all driven trips are for under 10 miles. When combined with destination charging or just L2 at home, even these PHEVs with relatively short ranges can still have a meaningful impact.

Where I live it’s mostly +35km/day commute. That is without any, middle of the day lunch break errand. Which means that 5 months a year, you will be burning gasoline on each commute. And my commute is not considered long here …. compare that with smaller European cities and countries in general, it absolutely makes a difference. Hence people in my neck of woods want at least Volt capability.

I am not saying, this car will not work elsewhere, but I am puzzled why would Mitsubishi bother with a battery refresh as minuscule as this one. You go and spend money on refresh, you might as well do it right ….

BTW, charging at work or mid-day is a pipe dream for most people. It will be a while before anyone can count on that.

99+% of people who buy a PHEV don’t get triggered like you do when “the gas engine comes on” They bought a PHEV. If the gas engine comes on for a couple of miles a day, what’s the big deal? If I install an AC at home and it never came on, I would think that I made a poor investment.

Ghosn’s invisible hand at play 🙂

Another Euro point of view

🙂 Was about to write exactly that. if true well done Carlos !

I hope they don’t delay the updates for the US model. This is looking like a replacement for my Outback.

I wonder if they’ll improve the US tow rating. 1500lbs is very minimal. It should have the 3500 lb rating from Europe.

It’s not Mitsubishi, it’s the silly North American towing standards … so they can sell more pick up trucks … 🙂

It is due to different weight distribution between US and European trailers. You won’t be able to tow a 3,500 lb US trailer safely with this thing. US trailers have much higher tongue weight that European trailers. This is to increase high speed stability.

Also European roads have different speed limits for vehicles that are towing.

What? Not sure what trailers you are talking about. But I have towed on both continents. it’s all about how you load the trailer. If done correctly, you can tow both 3500lbs weights safely. The North American standard want you to believe that somehow the max. towing weight is miraculously different, because of roads or trailer type. 100% BS ….

Ever seen small subcompacts towing stuff in Europe> Ever wonder how is that possible without anyone dying?

Obviously you don’t know what you are talking about. Please educate yourself:


Another Euro point of view

This is excellent news and prove that things are moving in the EV world, slowly but moving.
My first boss used to say “it does not matter how close from hell you currently are, it’s the direction you are moving that matters”. I need those words on a daily basis…:-)

Good to see. Hopefully its only a 15% bigger capacity battery as some of the gains in battery tech have gone into shedding some weight out of the battery pack.

Enough to seriously consider, still wish they went right to 16kwh. Gas engine improvenent also goid news.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

1.8Kwh bump in capacity?!?!?!?!?


TM3 AWD it will be for me then. I was seriously hoping for at least 4Kwh bump. This car was in the running for me. Maybe in 2020 they will bump it more?

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I still think this SUV will sell a boatload. This and the new long range and short range LEAF are going to make a killing.

Well, not as well as the gen 1 … just because the gen 1 has had this SUV PHEV market for themselves. This is about to change in a big way within 2 years …. They will have to try harder.

Considering their frequency of updates. I’d suggest not …

I was going to be critical too, but 15% in 5 years is consistent with the upgrade Volt saw from v1 of Gen1 to Gen2.

But they started with higher number and this being a smaller vehicle it made sense … EV range has gone from 61 to 85km. So I don’t blame them adding only incremental kWh to the gen 1 battery and rather focus on increasing efficiency through the drive train.

So did the change to the Atkinson improve the fuel efficiency when running on gas? They don’t mention that other than “overall higher efficiency”

The previous 25MPG was pretty poor.

Efficiency is the whole point of the Atkinson cycle so I’m going with yes. They just aren’t going to release that kind of number just yet.

I’d agree that it should yield a better MPG due to the nature of the engine the switched to.

They need to take that power train and put it in the new Murrano and Rogue instead.

So, what’s the new EPA range? I’m probably blind.

Uh Atkinson engine. Very good. That’s the perfect concept for a Hybrid or PHEV. That’s what Toyota uses too. But the battery improvement is a little bit disappointing. 30-50% improvements would’ve been nice. Nonetheless it will make this car better for more and more people. Baby steps!

OTOH does any other PHEV have a battery bigger than 13.8 besides GM and I3 (if that is a PHEV)? Yea 16kwh should be the minimum, but where is the competition?

The Honda Clarity PHEV has a 17kWh battery.

And the Chrysler Pacifica has 16kWh.
If the Outlander’s battery had that 33% increase (assuming same form factor & weight as current Outlander’s, which dates from Jan. 2013), it would have a 30mi AER which isn’t bad. With a 50% increase to 18kWh which also should be doable (and not much more expensive in the US, since it would increase the tax credit), it would have been 33mi.

Good news about Atkinson engine & improved motors… But a 10% battery capacity increase? That’s a joke.
I find hard to believe they couldn’t have done better. The most desired improvement by far mentioned by owners & prospective customers, was more electric range. 35-40mi would mean it handles daily commute/errands driving for the vast majority of cass.

Since the battery design is 5 years old, I don’t buy it that they couldn’t do better than 10%. 30% should be possible, and maybe 50%, without changing the form factor or changing the weight significantly.
There’s a large fixed effort needed to test & certify any changes — it’s a shame to go throug hit for 10%.

I have been thinking about one of these depending on how long my wait for the 3 is. This might actually save more fuel for me than the 3 would because the vehicle it would replace is larger and less than half as efficient as the vehicle the 3 would replace. Got to drive the 3 last week it us a blast just don’t know how much longer my patience will last.

This update for the Mitsu is interesting. I’ve been reading on UK forums and while it is well liked I suspect the 2.4 may add some refinement.

Always waiting..

At least with the larger battery the tax credit goes up a little. $417 for every kwh over 5. I wonder if you can prorate the fractional kwh?

There is a Polish youtuber that has swapped the cells in his Outlander PHEV battery for a total capacity of 19,5kWh and he claimed that using top end cells – 23,5kWh will fit in the pack.

When is this update coming to the US? I was ready to pick up the current model ASAP, but now I am thinking I will wait for this.

As a owner of phev mitiu i think they forgot the ev part increased petrol efficency miller cycle eng instead of larger battery in same case current size 6 plus years old in that time most ev have had two capacity up gradesvech great tows happly loads up to 2 tons ratted at 1500 kg