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MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

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October 8, 2012, 6:14 am Richard Bosselman Yahoo! New Zealand

Optimum economy of just 1.6 litres per 100km, a range of up to 55km at more than 120kmh in pure electric mode and 880kms’ running between servo refills overall – and ultimately 20 percent of all sales volume.

These are the predicted figures associated with a plug-in petrol electric version of the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander. The PHEV edition just unveiled at the Paris motor show is expected to be here in June 2013, seven months after the mainstream editions, in diesel and petrol, come on sale.

Daniel Cook, head of sales and marketing strategy for Mitsubishi New Zealand, has shared his sales forecast exclusively with Yahoo! Autos.

We’re really excited about the PHEV model, Cook said from the firm’s Porirua office.

We see it being a really significant model for us and I don’t think we’re being too optimistic in thinking that it could take up to 20 percent of Outlander volume.

Cook is drawing comparison with the Holden Volt, the range-extender hatchback that is launching here next month for $85,000, largely on the grounds that the technology that drives these cars is broadly similar: Essentially, they rely primarily on electric motors, with a petrol engine working in backup.

Will it cost as much as the Volt? Cook has hinted that the aim is to achieve a realistic and attainable price.

We’re a long way from that pricing exercise but we believe that, in dollar terms, it will not be too far from the i-MiEV (the $60,000 i-Car-derived city-restricted pure electric runabout that has been here for a year).

The PHEV version of Outlander is the world’s first production hybrid sports utility with plug-in recharging capability. Mitsubishi’s decision to use the third-generation of this SUV for an electric adventure seems a prudent idea.

Medium sports wagons have been big sellers here for more than a year and all industry analysts seem united in thinking that this boom will continue. Outlander has already made its mark, being firmly cemented as the country’s favourite medium SUV with more than 7500 sold here.

Cook is confident the all-new third-generation car will continue that pace. It has been re-engineered to deliver a premium vehicle packed with technology to assist driving pleasure, passenger safety and fuel economy.

Outlander is the first Mitsubishi model ever designed, from the outset, for petrol and diesel engines and plug-in hybrid technology.

The December launch cars come with MIVEC 2-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engines that use up to 19 percent less fuel than current models plus a Peugeot-supplied 2.2 litre diesel, all in marriage with a six-speed auto. Amazing that it has taken Outlander 11 years to adopt a diesel, and it’s one that will be familiar to patrons of the now-discontinued Peugeot 4007.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

The diesel and entry petrol both make 110kW and some models, including the oiler, have stop-start to eke out maximum economy. Nonetheless, the pre-Christmas cars will be utterly outshone by the PHEV, which in ideal conditions is supposed to return just 1.6 litres per 100km burn — a record for any car on this market by some margin.

The car’s drivetrain comprises a front electric motor powering the front wheels, a rear electric motor sending power to the rear wheels, and a 2.0-litre petrol engine that can power the car’s front wheels. It uses a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, sited under the floor so as not to compromise the interior’s three-row, seven seat packaging.

It can be plugged in to a power outlet to recharge though, unlike the Volt’s ability to hook into a regular household socket, the PHEV apes the i-MiEV (and Nissan Leaf) in demanding a specialist 15-Amp (oven, spa pool) socket. Mitsubishi claims the battery pack can also be 80 percent recharged in just 30 minutes.

It has a pure EV setting, as well as settings for Series Hybrid and Parallel hybrid. In Series Hybrid mode the engine works to generate electricity to the electric motors – just like the Volt — while in Parallel Hybrid mode the engine does most of the work to accelerate the vehicle, while being assisted by the electric motors.

The location of the battery pack results in a relatively neutral 55/45-percent front-to-rear weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. The twin electric motors effectively give the PHEV all-wheel-drive.

Like other hybrids, the regenerative braking system adds a small amount of charge to the batteries to further reduce consumption. A battery charge mode is selected via the PHEV-exclusive gear lever to generate additional battery charge.

Mitsubishi has yet to give outputs for the petrol engine but says the electric motors each create 60kW and the generator is good for 70kW. The rear electric motor produces 58Nm more torque than the front unit, for a total of 195Nm.

As today’s images show, physically the PHEV differs little from its conventionally-powered sibling, save for a unique front grille serve.

MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid
MITSUBISHI Outlander PHEV – 2.0 Plug-in Petrol Hybrid

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