Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive

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Mitsubishi is the first car company to introduced a mass-produced electric car in and the company freely admits car has not met expectations.

But lessons learned the electric i-Miev city car been applied to the Outlander . or plug-in hybrid electric a car that combines electric car with conventional SUV features.

s product planning chief Nakao told journalists at the motor show last that there are three to success that the diminutive electric car had been unable to The first was its price. At launch, the i-Miev was priced from plus on-road costs, a on par with a fully-loaded compact

The second factor was range fears that have all cars of this type. that the i-Miev s 150km would leave owners between charging points on journeys or even around may have contributed to lacklustre

A lack of electrical infrastructure, would have made the easier to live with by charging points at the home, and everywhere in between, was also a

Mitsubishi says its plug-in Outlander will address two of problems.

Sharing the majority of with the full Outlander gives the hybrid an economy of that should make it value costing between and $60,000 in Australia. The range question has been answered a drivetrain that combines and electric elements.

The Outlander has a 60kW electric motor at axle, supplemented by a four-cylinder, petrol engine that as a generator or a power source in its own Operating purely on battery the Outlander PHEV has a range of 60km, but the petrol engine can its maximum range to more 850km.

The car operates in three modes, with a fully electric EV that relies solely on power and electric motors for The second Series Hybrid sees the 70kW petrol serving as a generator for the electric A third Parallel Hybrid the petrol motor to drive the wheels while charging the s battery pack.

Driveline there is little to separate the car a regular Outlander at a glance, for large Plug-in hybrid EV on the front flanks, and a PHEV on the tailgate.

Similarly, the interior is a place for anyone who has driven a Outlander, with few changes to it from the herd.

As with hybrids, digital displays now live feedback on power and a battery gauge is just as as the traditional petrol readout.

fake wood veneer be confined to conventional powered models, with simpler trim taking its place in the

Interior changes include a style transmission lever tilts from a fixed rather than operating a lateral plane, as well as that offer drivers the of charging batteries or conserving energy.

Fixed gear paddles mounted behind the wheel have been as toggles that adjust the of energy regeneration on offer, a akin to engine braking in a car that uses kinetic to charge the batteries

The car uses to charge its battery pack every brake application and driving downhill.

As its name owners can plug the car into power to top up the batteries over the of five hours through a power supply, or 30 minutes a fast charger. Fully the electric motors can power the to a top speed of 120km/h and a range of 60 kilometres, which can be extended help from the generator.

It features from hybrid, electric and conventional cars in a that should suit buyers. The Outlander PHEV cross the Nullarbor as a petrol-fuelled and serve as a daily commuter consuming fuel.

Most 4WDs have a shaft linking the front and differentials, transmitting power the front of the car to the rear. But there is no mechanical link in the PHEV, as the engine can only drive the wheels. The electric motors at ends are controlled by computers through sophisticated software from the Lancer Evolution car.

A reduction gear also separates the Outlander from its conventional cousins, are equipped with a continuously transmission in petrol models, and a automatic for the diesel. The system is set up to the most of the electric motors at low putting the petrol engine to once speeds reach than 120km/h. Transitions electric and petrol power are with a driving experience to a conventional engine paired a CVT automatic.

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We sampled the Outlander the Mobara Circuit outside The technical two-kilometre course was not the place to test an SUV, the Outlander was a mess of body and squealing tyres in the hands of who pushed the car harder than owners would drive.

The PHEV s responses to throttle are sluggish compared with powered rivals, and there is bite to the uninvolving steering over from the regular

Driven more sedately, the is competent without being a leader. A smooth racetrack is no to assess the ride comfort of a wagon, and we cannot say how the car handles at speeds.

The adjustable regeneration acclimatisation, and will not feel to people who have not driven cars. At maximum charging lifting the throttle makes the car as if it is plowing through wet concrete as to gliding across sealed

Our brief drive of the car did gave indication of what it might be to live with, which come when the Outlander goes on sale locally in March.

But early indications are that is a car with a lot of potential, combining drivetrain solutions with a platform.

Mitsubishi Outlander

On sale: March 2014.

How from $50,000 (estimated)

2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, electric motors front and

Transmission: Single speed

Power: 120kW (electric), (petrol).

Torque: 332Nm 186Nm (petrol)


Mitsubishi Outlander Electric Cars
Mitsubishi Outlander Electric Cars
Mitsubishi Outlander Electric Cars
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