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MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins Japan COTY Innovation Award; Due For Malaysian Debut?

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has just claimed the Innovation Award in the Car Of The Year Japan 2013-2014 with the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.


The award by the Car Of The Year Japan committee was based on a few criteria, including the clever use of combining the advantages of an SUV and plug-in hybrid EV technologies, the inclusion of a range extender to solve the problem of long-distance travels, and the ability of the PHEV to charge its own batteries quickly and efficiently from its own high output lithium-ion cells.

Coming To Malaysia?

The Outlander PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is a mid-size SUV plug-in hybrid that Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia already has in its plans for our future here. The matter of when it does so, however, is anyone’s guess at the moment when asked, a representative from the company simply told us, “not yet, but in the near future”.

What Can We Expect From It?

When/ If it does arrive, Malaysians can expect the Outlander PHEV to boast a 1.9l/100km fuel consumption figure, a CO2 emissions rating of 44g/km, and a pure-electric driving range of up to 50km. There’s also a Five-Star safety rating from the Euro NCAP. It will also be the second EEV Mitsubishi bring here, following the RM136k i-MiEV .

The Outlander PHEV achieves these figures through the use of two 80hp electric motors which sit on each axle, powered by 80 lithium-ion cells. There is also a 2.0-litre petro engine which has the capacity to drive the car itself, or act as a generator to purely recharge the batteries.

Maximum power from the Outlander PHEV is good for 204hp and 332Nm of torque.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

Plugged into your regular 220-240V wall socket at home, the lithium-ion cells in the Outlander PHEV will reach a full charge in three to four hours. But because the Outlander PHEV can use its internal combustion engine to act purely as a generator, it will take a cool 40 minutes to get up to an 80% charge.

Will There Be Special EEV Tax Exemptions?

The National Automotive Policy (NAP) is only due to be announced in January 2014. but the speculations surrounding what it could mean to energy efficient vehicles (EEVs) don’t seem to favour the Outlander PHEV. Right now, it seems quite likely that imported (CBU) EEVs may not enjoy the same kind of tax exemptions they have since the existing NAP was revised, while only locally-assembled (CKD) EEVs is to have that privilege.

So, unless Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia can figure out a way to locally-assemble the Outlander PHEV, it could be priced quite high when it comes to Malaysia. But still, there’s hope.

We know that even without a production facility of their own, Mitsubishi will be locally assembling a CKD Mitsubishi ASX with the help of Tan Chong’s assembly plant due to be launched sometime next year.

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