Refreshed 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Unveiled For Europe By Mayor Of London (w/videos)

OCT 16 2015 BY MARK KANE 23

Mitsubishi Chairman and CEO Mr. Osamu Masuko, UK Managing Director Mr. Lance Bradley and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV unveiling in Tokyo.

Mitsubishi Chairman and CEO Osamu Masuko, UK Managing Director Lance Bradley and Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV unveiling in Tokyo.

Mitsubishi had big day with the official unveiling of 2016 Outlander PHEV for Europe by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in Tokyo.

While at the same time, the first batch of 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEVs were offloaded in UK to be put on sale.

The extended-range utility vehicle has actually been on sale (and doing well) in Japan since July 9th, and arrives in the United States in late April/May of next year.

Update (April 2016):  The Outlander PHEV has now been delayed again, the new release date is for ~October, as the model will have special US operation and efficiency apparently, and will debut as part of Mitsu’s 2017 MY lineup.

The existing Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the best selling plug-in electric car in the UK, and has increased awareness of the brand throughout the country:

“The Mayor’s initiatives such as an ultra-low emission zone in London and his drive for more plug-in vehicles in the city have contributed to the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle), encouraging the company to bring its new technology to the UK, attracting investment, skills and jobs into a vitally important emerging vehicle sector. The Outlander PHEV accounts for half of all plug-in vehicle sales in the UK, and as such the company views the UK as one of the most strategically significant markets in the world for its breakthrough ULEV (ultra-low emission vehicle) technologies.

The new model range will see more job opportunities and investment by Mitsubishi Motors in the UK.  Around 400 new job opportunities have been created since Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander PHEV in 2014, and this will grow to more than 1,000 during the next three years with the new model. The company is also investing in training to take account of the technical skills and knowledge required in the newly emerging vehicle sector.

The new jobs include network sales people with specialist skills in ultra-low emission vehicle technology, additional people at the headquarters in the UK, and additional people to prepare the cars once they arrive at the final assembly area at Portbury, Bristol – a facility to which the company has now committed £48 million.”

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

First Deliveries Of The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV In RHD Arrive In The UK

The UK Government’s plug-in car grant allows the Outlander PHEV to net out at the same price as the diesel equivalent Outlander.

The mayor also took the Outlander PHEV for a spin on his whirlwind tour of Japan.  Interestingly, Mayor Johnson spent the day prior with Toyota test driving and promoting the fuel cell Mirai for London, a vehicle that he has already committed to buy for himself.

 

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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23 Comments on "Refreshed 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Unveiled For Europe By Mayor Of London (w/videos)"

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I wonder when Mitsubishi will gain the confidence to increase their manufacturing capabilities and supply the USA.

As soon as their battery supplier increases capacity, which is supposed to be by next spring according to their latest announcements.

They could ship all the Outlander PHEV’s you could ever want to the US today, if you didn’t mind a little disclaimer on the window sticker saying “Batteries Not Included”….

I liked that comment “batteries not included”. One important component is not included, the type 2 charging cable allowing you to use public fast chargers. I had to pay £300 for a cable for mine here in Scotland. A blooming disgrace if you ask me.
Otherwise, I can’t fault it.

Stuart, You should have bought it from me, then! A 3m one would cost you paltry £130 (including P&P&VAT) and you get a free (and very attractive) cable bag! MW

Hi Martin
Could you email details I need to buy charging cable when car is delivered in two weeks
Thank you
Paul

No. It actually looks like some kind of oil/auto cartel collaboration.

Where is the Ford, Toyota and Honda Hybrid SUV’s?

Nowhere in the US.

Road test and review on the updated Outlander PHEV from New Zealand.
http://www.driven.co.nz/reviews/road-tests/road-test-outlander-out-in-front/

4th picture looks like the Outlander is pulling the ship – an I thought the 5000 pound Model X pulling capacity was much 😉

The Outlander is NOT an ‘electric car’. It is a *hybrid*. Why does your web site persist in sowing confusion and spreading misinformation on this, very basic and simple to comprehend, point? Does the car have an exhaust pipe? Yes.

Then it’s a *HYBRID*!

Its a PHEV = PLUG-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
And by the way, the OUTLANDER PEHV is the best selling PHEV 2014 and 2015 !

You don’t get to define the rules here.

The site defines an Electric Vehicle (EV) to include both pure BEVs as well as PHEVs, and has done so for a long time. It also covers both kinds equally.

It never refers to the car as a BEV, and “PHEV” (which is also part of the car’s model name) appears numerous times, so there’s no room for confusion or valid complaint.

If it takes a J1772 it’s electric in my book.

Disappointing that Mitsubishi didn’t improve the approx. 25 mile range (which it would get on the EPA test cycle) of the car.

I must say, I really hate this style of the car’s nose, which is appearing on more and more new cars. I can understand that Toyota probably had to design the nose of the Mirai this way for practical purposes, as it needs an extra-large radiator. Buy why go so far out of your way to uglify a car when it’s not necessary?

Of course that’s just my opinion; no doubt there are those who like or even love that style.

Yes, you would hope year after year, that they’d add at least 1 mile of range. Sure, drop the size and weight of the battery year after year, but also increase the appeal and economics of the vehicle.

Sheesh. It’s like no one knows Econ 101.

I red, they improved AER by 0,6 miles.

Yes it is a Hybrid and a very well excepted one so far.

Very well done! – but needs more battery.
Small steps for the market – appears to be working and way better than Hydrogen fiasco over at the others.

Unusual front end and not very new styling, but fair play to Mitsubishi, they saw an opening in the plug-in market and went for it.

To everyone who complains about the lack of availability in the US market, i’m sure they would *love* to be in the US but they have weighed everything up and calculated that their current approach is giving the best ROI at the moment.

The Outlander PHEV looks good. can’t wait for it to be available in the U.S. April 2016 is only 6 months away. I hope they hold the date.

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Is it true that the Outlander can fire up the ICE when it wants? I.e. – you cannot force it off at all times when there is charge in the battery pack?

It depends what mode you choose, if in EV mode no ICE cut in.

I read from Mitsubishi that when you accelerate harder or drive uphill the ICE comes on automatically regardless of mode, no?

Electric Vehicle Mode:
An all-electric mode where the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the battery. With zero on-road petrol consumption and zero CO2 emissions, you can enjoy quiet and exceptionally eco-friendly performance.

Series Hybrid Mode:
The petrol engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors. The system switches to this mode when the remaining charge in the battery falls below a predetermined level and when additional power is required, such as accelerating to pass a vehicle or for driving up a steep incline.

Parallel Mode:
The gasoline engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required. The system switches to this mode for higher-speed driving when the gasoline engine operates at peak efficiency.

I hear you but from http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/outlander/phev-faq.aspx

Q: WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT DRIVE MODES AND HOW DO I KNOW WHICH DRIVE MODE TO BE IN, FOR EXAMPLE IF I AM TOWING?
The different modes are Pure EV, Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid. Pure EV mode powers the wheels directly from the Electric Motor and the vehicle can be driven at speeds of up to 74mph. Series Hybrid mode activates when the battery charge is low or when more power is required for accelerating quickly. In this mode the engine runs to charge the battery, which provides power to the wheels. In Parallel Hybrid mode the engine drives the wheels directly, which activates when the battery is empty or the car is driven above 74mph.

The PHEV will automatically select the most optimum drive mode for comfortable driving while providing superior fuel efficiency.