Updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts In Geneva – Live Photos

MAR 6 2018 BY MARK KANE 30

Mitsubishi presents in Geneva its updated Outlander PHEV, which is the best selling plug-in hybrid in the world with ~150,000 sales.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The upgrades include 15% more battery energy capacity and 10% more power from the motors (see full description here).

First deliveries of the 2019 model year version are expected in Europe this fall, but please don’t ask us when the U.S. will see first deliveries of this version.


  • A 2.4L Atkinson cycle petrol engine replaces the previous regular Otto cycle 2.0 liter. It allows for higher torque, smoother operation, and overall higher efficiency
  • Generator output is increased by 10%
  • 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%
  • New Sport and Snow modes
  • design tweaks

Below you can find a lot of live photos from Geneva of both the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept.

See Also – New 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Shows Up on Videos

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

BONUS – Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept:

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

Mitsubishi e-EVOLUTION Concept

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30 Comments on "Updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Debuts In Geneva – Live Photos"

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Ive never been so dissapointed in an automaker before now. A car that haven’t had a real battery upgrade since 2013. First they used net battery capacity 9,8kWh, 2016 with the facelift they changed to gross 12kWh 5 years later were at gross 13,8 kWh. Insert; “WoW meme”.

Problem is gonna be WHEN they change to NCM 811 its gonna make all the previous generations worthless.

Cue in the world’s smallest violin.

Mitsubishi Motors has been kinda busy in recent years, bumbling from trouble to disaster, eventually gobbled up by Ghosn et al., to whom you probably owe thanks to this update.

Given the chaos at MMC, it’s a true wonder that they’ve managed to keep cranking out the Western world’s only affordable plug-in SUV, and the world’s best-selling PHEV year after year.

As to the improvement, call me when an ICE maker increases two critical performance parameter simultaneously, one by 15% and one by 10%, and not by just sticking a bigger engine and hiking the price.

That aside, there’s a sweet-spot for most PHEVs’ range, likely somewhere between 25 and 40 miles. Above it, it’s likely more cost-effective to design a BEV and ditch the ICE parts altogether. The new Outlander PHEV will likely enter this sweet spot.

That sweet spot should start at 40 miles and run to between 75 and 100. PHEVs that can tow really need to extra capacity in order to actually tow anything without losing all EV capacity.

“That sweet spot should start at 40 miles and run to between 75 and 100” Take into account Mitsubishi is no Toyota – not even close – they are lower volume. Yet they sold 100k Outlander PHEVs in Europe. 10% of their sales. From a company that has not exactly had a lot of recent success this vehicle is clearly a success. If the PHEV sweet spot is 40 -75 miles how come other PHEVs wjth thus AER have not come close to accounting for the same % of sales for their manufacturer? Ok, so lets say you do not want to compare % of sales and want to look at side by sales in the same market. The i3 sold 59k in Europe between 2013-2017. The Volt/Ampera well less in Europe as well. Next people say that is not fair those cars have less space and are not awd so they did not sell as well side by side because of that. So good luck packaging the battery needed to propel an awd PHEV in this size package for 40 – 75 AER. Now others will say Model X has way more range, space, and is quicker. I agree… Read more »

I forgot the conspiracy theorists that will chime in next to say it is (fill in the blank demon from their opposing ideology) holding back the model they want.

Outlander PHEV sales will crater once other auto makers other than Tesla offer alternatives. The only reason the Outlander was successful in Europe was there was no other competition in class and price.

25 miles electric is an odd “sweat spot” out of nowhere. The previous version had 22 miles range so 15% increase is exactly 25.3 miles. Which makes me suspect you on purpose stretched that sweetspot.

Average commute is 15 miles. That means any PHEV under 30 miles range is a non-starter for most people. Add in variables and I’ll say 40 miles range as bare minimum. To get 90% of people’s commutes, you want 60-70 miles.

The Mitsubishi outlander had so much potential that is totally wasted. If it had at least 30 miles I know a few people I can recommend it to, but with that little electric range there is no point.

Not if there are workplace chargers.


It is also enough range for stay at home parents that plug in between pickup/dropoffs and errands. They are unlikely to downsize their current suv/cuv to something like a Volt. Replacing the least efficient vehicles makes more sense sometimes.

Alex on Autos compared the existing model to the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Nissan Rogue Hybrid and concluded that the three reach parity in cost-to-run when the journey reaches 50 miles. So: under 50 miles, cheaper to run the Mitsubishi. Over 50 miles, cheaper to run the conventional hybrid.

(Presumably using the assumption that all journeys are 50 miles, the video suggested that all three cost the same to run, which is oversimplified at best and utterly misleading at worst.)

I concur. With the increases in Ah capaticies since it came out you would think it would be a bigger pack and more range, or at least the option to have a bigger pack. Me personally I would like 40-50 but for some 25 miles may be more than enough.

They are stocking this thing in the USA now. Looking at inventory it seems to me that my local dealer has already sold two, and they have another two in stock.

You sure thats not the current 2018 version

16KWh please!

Yes 16kwh would be appreciated. For all its shortfallings its still the only affordable AWD SUV Plug-in outside of Asia. They will sell plenty until they get some competition.

So its not far off for you then.

Give it a year or two till the next generation change.

Me i would like to see them ditch the expensive and heavy transmission and rely on electric only drive. 3cylinder motor for less weight and make up half the difference in battery.

I’d also like to see them ditch the halfass Lexus wanabe front styling. Better to try and copy the I-pace style.

Did they update the towing capacity to something real?

1500 kg is enough.

Test drove the current model the other day here in the Dallas area. I thought it was a bit on the slow side. And the EV range was just too low. I did think it was cool that it had Chademo, though. But it seems kind of silly to wait for a fast charge just to get another 20-ish miles of range. I’d love to see something like this with 30 to 40 miles of range.

I again concur. DCFC on a PHEV seems like kind of a waste of $$. Only exception I can really think of is the i3 Rex but I guess that’s an EREV not a PHEV but whatever they’re basically the same.

Yeah, this is not something I would choose to add as an option. I doubt it adds much in parts & production cost if it is standard, but still every $ counts in this segment.

When I had my Volt there were a couple of times when on trips it would have been nice to have but divide a few hundred dollars by a couple and it does not add up. Makes more sense on the i3 though due to the limited capability of the rex.

Alex on Autos did a review of the Outlander PHEV recently and posted it on YouTube.

This release on inside EV is going to net a lot of unhappy comments. However when taken in context of the big picture, what Mitsubishi did makes complete sense. In its current platform, I reckon with no modifications to the battery size you could get maybe 16~18kWh at most without adding serious weight to the Outlander PHEV, which currently isn’t exactly a lightweight vehicle. However you have to remember Mitsubishi is now owned by Renault-Nissan, and CEO Carlos Ghosn is already known to be infamous for stretching costs to the limit. I can already feel Mitsubishi R&D having either to pick between two options: 1. Adding a bigger battery (~18kWh) and giving the car ~15km+ more EV range but keeping the powertrain untouched 2. A small battery upgrade to 13.8 kWh but making greater changes to engine & powertrain, with the focus on improving gas hybrid MPG. The 1st choice would be what every person on Inside Ev would pick in a heartbeat, it is however the 2nd that is by FAR the more logical choice. If you read any reviews of the current Outlander PHEV, you would know EV mode operation is one of its strongest pros – incredibly… Read more »

Well said.

One more thing I would add is price point. Mitsubishi is not a luxury brand. They need to keep the price in the same ballpark as their other vehicles. I think the people complaning it does not have 30, 40, or 50 AER are not taking this into account as well as your points.

This vehicle has been very successful in the markets it has been available in. They will continue to sell all they can make. InsideEVs commenters are a little out of touch with the market at times.


With hardcore EV fans shifting more and more the pure EV’s, companies building PHEV’s need to ignore the hardcore folks and focus on the economics so they can cross-sell to folks looking at ICE cars. That means making the costs work to be as competitive with their ICE cars as possible.

Exactly why we dismissed it, mpg for long trips was way too low, when you can get a Pacifica or Rav that does more, or even a highlander.
If they can get the gas mileage into the low/mid 30’s and keep the plug for local drives then we’ll be back to look.
Will be very interested to see the EPA mpg if it gets to the US.

The Pacifica is a magnificent engineering achievement. Efficient, powerful, luxurious, beautiful, attainable. I’d love to see its powertrain in an affordable CUV, since that’s the growth segment right now. (Heck, if a good PHEV drivetrain can rescue the Outlander from infamy, maybe a good PHEV drivetrain can rescue the Journey from infamy too.)

Sorry, I should have specified — the Pacifica Hybrid (which is really a PHEV, probably the best PHEV on the market outside of the Gen 2 Volt.)

Is Mitsubishi still in business ? I don’t see them no more here in Illinois ,
What’s going on ?