Refreshed Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV To Be Presented At The Frankfurt Motor Show

SEP 3 2015 BY MARK KANE 19

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi confirmed that the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which in July went on sale in Japan, will be unveiled in Frankfurt at the 66th International Motor Show (IAA).

 Sales of revamped Outlander PHEV in Europe will begin in September.

On the stage Mitsubishi will also present its rally version of the Outlander PHEV, which will compete in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally (after its  rally in Asia).

The Japanese manufacturer for the very first time seems to willing to sell Outlander PHEV in Europe with optional V2H system (previously available only in Japan).

With ICE backup, and external V2H bi-directional CHAdeMO charger, the Outlander PHEV could supply power in emergency situations.

“MMC will also have a display outlining Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) electricity supply system that will be available for the new Outlander PHEV.”

Total sales of Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV already stand at some 70,000.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

About the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV:

“The new Outlander PHEV features a new front end look designed around the Dynamic Shield front fascia concept employed in recent MMC models. The interior brings an enhanced quality feel while improvements to the body, chassis and powertrain see a significant advance in interior quietness, acceleration, handling and stability, ride quality, environmental performance and other aspects of driving performance and quality.

The new Outlander PHEV is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle capable of supplying electric power to the home, adding to its utility value even when parked.

The Outlander PHEV was first launched in Japan in January 2013 as the world’s first plug-in hybrid 4WD SUV. Now exported to 48 countries including those in Europe, it is the world’s fastest selling PHEV with cumulative sales of some 70,000 units.

It is powered by Mitsubishi Motors’ Plug-in Hybrid EV system, comprising a Twin Motor 4WD drivetrain, with separate motors driving the front and rear wheels, and a high-capacity battery located under the floor that provides electric-only driving without gasoline usage nor CO2 emissions. The Outlander PHEV is a premium SUV which offers unprecedented performance for its class, including the smooth and responsive acceleration the Twin Motor 4WD delivers, and the outstanding economy and quietness it provides in EV mode.”

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

1. New Outlander PHEV: Main Changes

(1) Exterior Design
  • The new-look fascia has been designed around MMC’s new Dynamic Shield front end design concept. The black central section of the fascia, suggesting power and performance, is embraced by wrap-round bumper end styling to create a shape which gives expression in a dynamic and powerful way to the front end’s function of providing protection for both occupants and car.
  • The use of LED daytime running lights housed within the LED headlight module, together with a rear combination lamp including LED stop-lamps generate a modern and advanced appearance.
  • The skid plate styling of the underside of the bumper gives expression to the dynamism and stability associated with the SUV genre.
  • Exclusive bumper extensions, side garnish and other decorative parts are keyed to the body color to create a high-quality, sporty and harmonious exterior design.
  • The Outlander PHEV also uses exclusive 18-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone machined and lustrous surface finish that add to the elegant yet sporty exterior.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(2) Interior

The new-look Outlander PHEV features a premium interior design that creates a high-quality and luxurious space.
  • Seat upholstery design and material have been revamped; and in addition to the existing sporty black leather trim, Outlander PHEV is now available with luxurious brown leather trim. The seats themselves use styled padding and trim lines which follow the shape of the occupant’s body to provide an outstanding fit. In addition, accent stitching is used both in the seats and door trim; the door trim inserts are now padded.
  • The Outlander PHEV uses a new four-spoke design steering wheel. The smooth, fine quality leather cover gives a comfortable grip, while the silver steering wheel-mounted controls have a chrome finish.
  • The instrument cluster hood gets accent stitching, the newly-designed large center console uses a finish mirroring the elegance of Japanese black lacquer used in traditional Japanese craftwork, and black stream patterns as well as lustrous accents are used in the dashboard and door trim ornament panels.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(3) Even quieter inside

  • Engine, tire and wind noise have been substantially reduced by making over 30 improvements, including the addition of extra sound absorbing and insulation material, anti-vibration material and dynamic dampers. Improving the noise insulation performance when moving or stationary has achieved a more comfortable cabin experience.
  • The door close sound has been improved by modifying the door seal design. This improves the quality feel about the vehicle as well as a reassuring sense of toughness.
(4) Better acceleration
  • Acceleration and response from a full stop in urban environments as well as on the move has been improved after revising the Plug-in Hybrid EV system.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

(5) Improvements in handling, stability and ride

  • Running stability and steering response have been upgraded by improved front suspension cross member and increased body stiffness.
  • Running stability has been improved and the amount of vibration and noise transmitted from tires has been decreased by reinforcing the rear suspension cross member.
  • Both cornering performance and ride comfort have been raised to new heights by increasing capacity of front struts and rear shock absorbers and using larger-diameter rear stabilizers.
(6) Better environmental performance
  • Optimization of the Plug-in Hybrid EV System control and reduction in engine friction have reduced CO2 emissions from 44 g/km to 42 g/km (calculated by NEDC mode*5), providing environmental performance among the best in its class.
  • *5: New European Driving Cycle.
(7) Safety
  • In addition to advanced safety/accident prevention technologies that detect accident possibility and accident mitigation or avoidance, the new Outlander PHEV offers:
  • Ultrasonic misacceleration Mitigation System (maker option) advanced safety technology which mitigates possible accidents by controlling forward or backward starts when the accelerator is pressed inadvertently by detecting another vehicle or obstacle in the way.
  • Multi-around Monitor offered on higher trim levels which assists the driver when parking or maneuvering in tight spaces by giving a bird’s eye view of the vehicle perimeter.
2. Outlander PHEV and V2H Power Supply
Two-way electrical power supply capability using V2H*6 technology between an EV and the home already in use in Japan*7 will be rolled out in Europe with the new Outlander PHEV.
The new Outlander PHEV is not just a means of transport. Its V2H capability also gives it new value in being able to supply power to the home when stationary from electricity stored in its drive battery. In addition, by linking up to a Home Electricity Management System (HEMS) it enables more efficient use of domestic power supply by reducing wasteful usage of electricity.
Moreover, when paired with solar and other forms of renewable energy sources the new Outlander PHEV also makes it possible to use electricity more environmentally-friendly and more effectively for the home.
*6: Vehicle to Home.
*7: With a separate V2H device. Some V2H devices may or may not be compatible with the Outlander PHEV.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - rally version

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – rally version

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - rally version

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – rally version

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19 Comments on "Refreshed Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV To Be Presented At The Frankfurt Motor Show"

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I’m tired of hearing about this car. Especially when there doesn’t seem to be set US release date. Beginning to feel like forbidden fruit.

I hear you. That May 2016 release date is beginning to look more insulting to North American when the rest of the world is getting it before the end of this year!

Its coming this time for sure/you can bank on it.

A weird series of reg hurdles 86’d it in the past for the US…and Mitsu didn’t want to do the modifications on the in-production model (ahead of the refresh/new MY) because they could basically already sell all the original line could handle. US loss was Europe’s gain in this instance.

They are very vocal about it coming out this time…and Mitsu is also changing the warranty profile on the Outlander PHEV worldwide so that it accommodates the US/CARB regs. (thanks to Adrian btw!)

Older model years were 5yr/100km (62k miles), while the new 2016s get 8 years/160km (100k miles)

Ok, since your prior prognostications have turned out to be true, I will move my expectations from “doubtful” back to “cautiously optimistic.” I’ll officially be “sold” if your 100+ mile Leaf prognostication comes true (which, admittedly, is seeming more likely as time goes by).

It’s definitely true. It’s also why there are no i-Miev to deliver here. They are at max run rate and have been forever on the batteries. So the more profitable Outlander gets the batteries. Outlander PHEV is leading all EV sales in Europe. Since the old model didn’t meet US specs and they are past run rate capabilities they waited. This is well documented in the press including this website. Here’s Europe sales stats.

This is a great car, the Volt and Tesla are not sold in a lot of other counties outside the US. Just as the Outlander is not sold in the US yet.

Same here. I waited 3 years and finally gave up. I reserved the Model X several months ago. It will probably end up costing at least twice as much. Then again, if it is delayed too long, I’ll switch to an S90D…or maybe consider the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV if it ever makes it to the States.

I meant to say that I would consider the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV AGAIN.

Really though, I just want something that plugs in and has AWD. There are lots of PHEVs out there but few with AWD…and even fewer with decent range on electric. I was excited about the Volvo XC90 T8 until I found out how short the electric range was.

I do like hearing about the V2H system availability… bodes well for Nissan offering it on next LEAF. With 2 leafs in the garage the potential for banking my own energy production is very good news.

Me too, I was really looking forward more companys adding V2H-capabilities. The electricity situation in germany and neighboring countries is shouting out more than loud for additional storage. There is a quite significant discussion ongoing over the expansion of the high-voltage grid (in response to overproduction due to added renewables, while some tend to critizize that those planned lines will mainly connect existing or planned! coal utilities) Whatever may be the case, local storage capacity will definetely help to allieviate those “problems” (I have put problems in “” because, on the worst days (much wind, much sun) the network capacity is at 80%, so IMO 20% left… Well the grid is really stable here, and stability increased due to renewables addition until now – althoug grid operaters have been claiming that there will be the danger of a blackout if xyz happens… You have to know, the germans have Angst! A blackout is something that really really nearly ever occurs here, so the possiblity that it might makes us really afraid of renewables… However we are facing the situation that renewables may be shut down by the grid operators (the same companies which are running the coal and nuclear plants)… Read more »

I have 2 questions.

1. Was there an update to the battery size?

2. Will there be an option for 7 seats?

Perusing the New Outlander PHEV: Main Changes” list, I’m going to go with “no” for both questions, at least for the Asia and Euro spec variants. If and when this thing makes it to North America, Mitsu could opt to sell a modified variant for North America that is a 3 row CUV akin to how they sold a slightly larger iMIEV (and due, in no small part, to the popularity of 3 row CUVs in NA). I’m skeptical of a bump in battery size though, even for the NA market.

I thought they bumped battery size by something 0.2-0.5kWh. Can anybody confirm? ( or look for old article in insideeevs regarding the mitsu changes in the new model).

I don’t recall seeing anything like that, though I could be mistaken. Also, a quick perusal of InsideEVs Mitsu articles doesn’t show anything either. I think it’s feasible to keep the same battery footprint and tweak the capacity upward by at least 1 kWh, but I couldn’t say if that’s what will happen.

Right now I am looking at this or the plug-in Town & Country whenever that comes out. Personally I would rather have all-wheel-drive but won’t take anything less than a six seater. If they do come out with that seven passenger variant I could totally see owning one of these next year.

The most interesting thing to me is the price, any idea? will it be getting cheaper? I heard they are selling in Japan for equivalent to $30k US. If they hit the US or EU for the same price as a Leaf/Volt I don’t fancy the chances of either of those vehicles selling particularly well. Not to mention the energi twins.

More good progress!
Just wish they would do a wagon version of this for those of us who don’t like climbing or tripping out of high SUV / truck types.

Promising and well done Mitsubishi !

Well Mitsu will have a winner on their hands when it is released in the states, since all plug in enthusiasts have wanted something like this vehicle for years.

No detail mentioned about the new vehicle, but the old vehicle had 1500 watts of ‘mains voltage’ available, which would be just great for those who take this vehicle camping, or, want to use their vehicle for a slight amount of emergency power at home.

Now for me, it wouldn’t be much use since it wont start my refrigerator in an emergency, but thats why I bought a 4000 watt inverter which will start it, and the solar panels can recharge the vehicle battery during the daytime, at a 120 volt rate.

I recall in early days Mits wanted to keep the pricing with the PHEV close to the ICE version.

I take it those discussions are LONG gone…