Mitsubishi Motors did major improvements for the Outlander and the Outlander PHEV, and will release them on June 18 and July 9, respectively.
The design for the all-new Outlander was reformed with Mitsubishi’s new front design concept, the “Dynamic Shield”. Through the molding of the bumper that wraps up the center black part on both sides, expressing its power performance, it shows its role to protect the driver and his car through its dynamic and strong form.
Since the rigidity of the suspension-mounted parts and diameter of the rear shock’s cylinder has been improved, the handling stability and riding feel have consequently improved as well. It is additionally equipped with sound absorbers and soundproofing materials, and vibration damping materials and dynamic dampers, thus this model has become more silent and capable of competing with European cars.
As for the environmental performance of the Outlander PHEV, its plug-in hybrid EV control has been optimized and its engine friction has been decreased. Thus, the hybrid fuel consumption rate (JC08 mode) was raised by 1.6km/L to 20.2km/L. Through its motor efficiency improvement, the driving distance using electric power charging (JC08 mode) was raised by 0.6km to 60.8km. The Outlander is equipped with a new generation CVT and the coordinated control of both the engine and CVT were optimized, thus its fuel consumption rate (JC08 mode) was raised by 0.8km/L to 16km/L of the 2WD.
The price of the Outlander PHEV ranges from 3,596,400 yen to 4.59 million yen, while the price of the Outlander ranges from 2,519,640 yen to 3,211,920 yen.
For fiscal year 2015, they expect to sell 1,000 units of the Outlander PHEV and 200 units for the Outlander per month.
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)