It’s been years in the making but we finally have a date for this long-awaited plug-in SUV’s arrival. Ladies and gentlemen, it lands in Canadian showrooms this December!
On paper, or on my screen, this SUV is lit! Not only will it provide emissions-free 100% driving but it will be one of the very rare AWD vehicles to be able to do so. In our market, that’s as good as gold. Maybe better.
The nitty-gritty involves two electric motors, one at the front and one in the rear. Both have a 60 kW output and are supplied juice by a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located between the front and rear axles. As this is a hybrid, it also utilizes a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine to cover ground when the batteries are depleted. At the time of writing this story, a pure electric range and total system output numbers had not been made available.
The Outlander PHEV offers up three drive system modes namely EV, Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid modes. On top of that, there are four driver selected modes including Battery-save (brilliant!), ECO, EV Priority and Battery Charge modes. And then, the driver can select brake-regeneration intensity through steering-wheel mounted paddles.
Again, this PHEV might be perfect, if only PHEVs we’re a truly smart alternative… I’ll reserve final judgement for the drive or when more information becomes available. In the meantime, the base SE S-AWC retails for $42,998 and is loaded. A $3,000 Touring package (sunroof, leather, heated steering wheel, and more) can be added to the SE while the top-of-the-line GT S-AWC sports a $49,998 sticker price.
As always with Mitsubishi, the vehicle comes with a 10-Year, 160,000 km powertrain and battery warranty.