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28th June, 2015

  • Improved fuel economy, all-electric range and acceleration response
  • New Multi-around View Monitor and Vehicle Move Off Control safety technologies
  • Dynamic Shield exterior design and upmarket interior treatment unique to PHEV

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced body, chassis and powertrain enhancements, along with front, rear and interior styling changes, for its upcoming 2016 model year Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid SUV.

The upgrades are in-line with the substantial mid-life changes to Mitsubishi’s recently released 2016 Outlander, which delivered a smoother, more responsive on-road performance with improvements to quietness, steering performance, ride and handling.

Further to this, changes to the 2016 Outlander PHEV are designed to deliver better hybrid fuel efficiency and acceleration feel and throttle response, while cosmetic improvements – including design features unique to PHEV – give Mitsubishi’s flagship electric vehicle a more upmarket, high-grade appearance inside and out.

New active safety features – such as new Multi-around View Monitor – which help prevent low-speed parking and traffic collisons will also be introduced with the 2016 Outlander PHEV range.

The 2016 upgrades have been announced for the Japanese domestic market, where the updated Outlander PHEV makes its global market debut in July.

Exterior design

Just like the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the new plug-in hybrid version of Outlander features Mitsubishi’s striking “dynamic shield” front design concept. However, the PHEV model is distinguished by bumper extensions, side garnish and exterior decoration designed to evoke a high-quality, sporty impression.

The exterior design is enhanced with a new 18-inch alloy wheel exclusive the PHEV models, with two-tone machined and black gloss finishes.

The Outlander PHEV exterior colour range has been expanded with new colours including Ruby Black Pearl and Quartz Brown metallic.

Ruby Black Pearl is unique to PHEV models, and features a black pearl paint with contrasting ruby red flecks.

The new colours join the existing Japanese domestic colour line-up of:

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  • Black Mica
  • Titanium Grey Metallic
  • White Pearl
  • Red Metallic

Interior Design

Outlander PHEV’s 2016 interior is styled to make a luxurious and high-quality cabin space.

The redesigned seats feature new trim with accent stitching, which is repeated in the padded door trim inserts. The seats use styled padding and trim lines which follow the shape of the occupant’s body to provide superior fit and comfort in both the front and rear.

The premium quality of the interior is reinforced in the all-new four-spoke steering wheel design, which is trimmed with seamless, fine-quality leather for a comfortable grip, and silver steering-wheel mounted controls with a chrome finish.

The instrument cluster is trimmed with accent stitching, while the newly designed large centre console uses a finish to reflect the elegance of Japanese black lacquer used in traditional Japanese craftwork. Black stream patterns and lustrous accents feature in the dashboard and door trim ornament panels.

A power-adjusted driver’s seat becomes standard on all trim levels, and some variants gain a heated steering wheel.

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On-road performance

In addition to 2016 Outlander general improvements to NVH, steering, ride and handling, Mitsubishi Motors has improved the fuel efficiency of Outlander’s plug-in hybrid system by reducing engine friction and overall system optimisation.  This represents improved hybrid fuel efficiency of 8 per cent.

Meanwhile, improvements to electric motor efficiency have extended the 2016 Outlander PHEV’s all-electric range by 0.6km to 60.8km based on JC08 mode.

Launch feel or acceleration from a standing start and overall throttle response has improved with revisions to the plug-in hybrid EV and motor control systems.

The 2016 model introduces new safety technology features, including Unintentional Move Off Control system and Multi-around View Monitor, which gives the driver a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle to assist with parking or negotiating tight spaces.

Unintentional Move Off Control system mitigates impact damage by controlling speed in reverse or forward gear when a driver presses the accelerator by mistake and inadvertently moves toward another vehicle or obstacle. This feature is a factory option on some models.

The 2016 Outlander PHEV will be introduced to the Japanese domestic market on 9th July and rolled out progressively to new and existing markets across the globe.

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Mitsubishi Motors Australia will announce details of local specification and availability closer to its local launch.

About Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

On sale in Australia since March 2014, the Outlander PHEV is the first of a new generation of Mitsubishi products to feature its advanced Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) propulsion system.

This ground-breaking technology gives the Outlander PHEV an official fuel consumption rating of 1.9 litres/100km* and 52 kilometre** electric range.

With its spacious five seat interior, medium-sized SUV practicality, four-wheel drive capability and starting price of just $47,490*, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV heralds a new era of affordable, user-friendly electric cars.


* Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.



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