2019 Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV): world's best-selling PHEV gets even better

CYPRESS, Calif. Introduced in the U.S. in 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) is a perfect culmination of Mitsubishi's 100-plus-year history of automotive excellence: over 50 years of electromobility and multiple decades of four-wheel drive technology honed on the international rally circuit. Featuring a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors, along with Mitsubishi's superior Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivers SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy.

The Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by Mitsubishi for models such as the i-MiEV, S-AWC lessons honed from the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Montero. The Outlander PHEV was awarded Green Car Journal’s 2019 Green SUV of the YearTM, and in 2018, the Automotive Science Group (ASG) named it a “Best 5 All-Around Performance™ award winner, praising the Outlander PHEV for raising the bar in environmental performance at an affordable cost for consumers.

New for 2019

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV brings with it several key changes to improve ride quality, handling and Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH), resulting in a smoother, quieter and more confident driving experience. Revised suspension tuning, including larger diameter front struts and rear shock absorbers combine with a quicker steering-gear ratio to improve stability, responsiveness and ride comfort. Structural adhesive application to doors, hatch and wheel openings increases platform rigidity, and new insulation and damping components throughout the engine and drivetrain reduce NVH by up to 7dB.

On the exterior, the vehicle’s front fascia has been refreshed with a cleaner front grille design  defined by bold, solid surfaces juxtaposed with honeycomb mesh inserts. The headlamps now offer LED high-beams on the GT trim and incorporate a character line that integrates seamlessly with the grille. The front lower bumper extension is new and contributes to a wider and more cohesive version of Mitsubishi’s unique DYNAMIC SHIELD design. A new 18-inch wheel design gives a more upscale appearance. Rounding out the exterior changes is a new rear spoiler and rear bumper extension, which add to the sportier overall appearance.

Inside, newly designed front seats have improved support bolsters, and new rear vents improve air flow. A new black headliner and A-pillar covers combine with redesigned door panels and illuminated window switches for a more refined look and feel. Finally, all window switches now include auto up/down one-touch operation for added convenience.

Three Drive System Modes

Thanks to its unique drivetrain, which combines a front electric motor, rear electric motor, and front-mounted gasoline-powered 2.0-liter engine with integrated generator, the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is able to automatically select one of three unique drivetrain modes for optimal performance and efficiency:

EV Drive Mode (Twin Motor S-AWC EV)
In EV Drive Mode, the vehicle is driven by the two electric motors, with energy being supplied exclusively by the lithium-ion battery pack. With the EV mode button, the driver can select this driving mode when they desire 100% electric-powered, zero-emission driving.

Series Hybrid Mode (Twin Motor S-AWC EV with Internal Combustion Generator)
When the energy level remaining in the lithium-ion battery pack is low or when the need arises for sudden additional acceleration, the two electric motors are powered by the battery pack and the gasoline-powered generator.

In this configuration, the gasoline-powered generator helps:
1) Charge the lithium-ion drive battery pack
2) Provide power to the twin electric motors

Parallel Hybrid Mode (Gasoline-Powered Engine Supported by Twin Motor S-AWC)
In this drive mode, the Outlander PHEV uses its full complement of available resources:
1) The 2.0-liter gasoline engine drives the front wheels; the front axle features a built-in clutch that switches the system to Parallel Drive Mode mainly for engine-powered travel at high speeds/steady-state cruise.
2) The two electric motors operate seamlessly when additional power is required, such as driving uphill.
3) The gasoline-powered engine/generator – while operating the vehicle at sufficient speed – will feed any excess energy (electricity) back into the lithium-ion battery pack.

The Parallel Hybrid mode is most commonly engaged when the Outlander PHEV is being driven in a long-haul/high-speed steady-state cruise manner, such as on the open road or interstate, where this drivetrain configuration is most efficient.

Driver Selected Modes

ECO Mode
The Outlander PHEV features a driver-activated "ECO Mode" switch that reduces both fuel and electricity usage for increased efficiency simply with the touch of the button in the center of the dash.

Battery Save Mode
In this driver-activated mode, the Outlander PHEV automatically conserves the energy within the lithium-ion drive battery pack by operating the vehicle in hybrid mode (note: Battery Save Mode will only operate once the lithium-ion drive battery pack's energy level falls below 90 percent full). For example, engaging the Battery Save Mode would allow the vehicle to be driven in urban traffic with the engine/generator on to maintain a higher level of battery charge; it could then be deactivated, allowing the vehicle to be driven through a neighborhood silently at an appropriate speed in EV Drive Mode.

Battery Charge Mode
When activating the Battery Charge Mode – whether the vehicle is in motion or at a standstill – the engine will generate electricity to be fed into the lithium-ion battery pack (essentially forcing the vehicle to operate in Series Hybrid Mode). For example, if the engine is idling and the vehicle is not moving, selecting the Battery Charge Mode will replenish a low energy level within the lithium-ion drive battery pack back up to 80% fully charged in approximately 40 minutes.

The advantage to the Battery Charge Mode is that it. gives the vehicle a reserve of additional power when necessary, such as hill-climbing or towing.

PHEV System with Twin Electric Motor All-Wheel Control

With two full-time, high-output electric motors separately mounted at the front and rear axles to instantly supply torque on demand to all four wheels, the Outlander PHEV offers incredibly responsive performance. The front electric motor is positioned transaxle-style on the left side of the gas engine and has an output of 60 kW. The front motor is a higher output enhanced version of the permanent magnet synchronous electric motor used in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The front-mounted generator converts mechanical power to electricity and continuously charges the drive battery, while a Power Drive Unit (PDU) helps to convert the electric power and send it to the front motor.

The rear 60 kW motor and Electric Motor Control Unit (EMCU) are mounted beneath the rear cargo area subfloor. Both the front PDU and rear EMCU are intelligent control units that contribute to heightened energy efficiency and optimal motor control.

Electricity for the drive motors is stored and supplied by a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack developed specifically for the PHEV system. The battery pack consists of 80 cells configured in a series, with a total voltage measuring 300V and a total storage capacity of 12kWh. The battery is located in a dust-proof and waterproof casing positioned beneath the passenger compartment subfloor and between the front and rear axles, and does not intrude into the passenger compartment whatsoever.

Regenerative braking is also used to generate electricity for the system. During deceleration (braking), the front and rear electric motors function as generators so that electricity can be generated and fed back into the lithium-ion drive battery pack. Regenerative braking occurs when the vehicle is in motion while the accelerator pedal is not being pressed (coasting) or when the driver engages the brakes by pressing the brake pedal. The level of regenerative braking can be conveniently selected by the driver at any time using the standard steering wheel paddle shifters.

S-AWC Produces Smooth Linear Response

The Outlander PHEV comes standard with Mitsubishi’s proprietary S-AWC. The S-AWC system found on the Outlander PHEV is a specialized application of the Lancer Evolution-derived Super All-Wheel Control, but in this case, developed specifically for the Outlander PHEV's unique twin electric motor configuration. It provides maximum performance, efficiency, tractability and safety.

By optimally managing Active Yaw Control (AYC), Anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control (TCL) — which now offers enhanced traction on all road conditions — the integrated control system brings out the full potential of Twin Motor S-AWC without compromising safety, comfort or fuel efficiency. When desired, the driver can manually engage the Twin-Motor 4WD LOCK button to simulate locking of a center differential and optimally distribute torque to all four wheels for improved traction and stability.

Easy Charging with Standard DC Fast-Charging Capability

Charging the Outlander PHEV is simple, with three different methods to choose from depending on location and/or needs. The vehicle’s drive battery can be charged with a standard 120V (full charge in eight hours) power outlet at home with the supplied charging cable, or with a public or residential 240V (full charge in less than four hours) charging station. Outlander PHEV also comes standard with DC Fast-Charging capability and is the only Plug-in Hybrid SUV in the market offering this feature. Using this system at commercial charging facilities, the vehicle will charge up to 80 percent capacity in as little as 25 minutes. Charging status is conveniently displayed on the instrument panel.

Spacious Comfort and New Refinement

Inside, the Outlander PHEV is an oasis of comfort and refinement where driving pleasure is enhanced by generous legroom, luxurious amenities and a supremely quiet ride. The seats are trimmed with standard-equipment premium soft leather and the rear seatbacks can be folded to allow for many different adventures. A special PHEV meter cluster design indicates to the driver the energy usage by pointing the needle toward the Power, Eco or Charge zone, and the center display screen can be used to monitor energy flow and efficiency through a variety of settings.

Affixed to the steering column is a pair of paddle shifters that can be used to adjust regenerative braking strength to any of six settings with the simple flip of the paddles. Other interior features include an advanced EV shift lever, console design and premium steering wheel.

Technology for All Around Safety

Available advanced safety technology supports safer, more confident driving — on the road and in parking lots, day and night. From intelligent sensors that track the vehicle’s surroundings and warn of danger to available active driving assistance and solid passive protection, the Outlander PHEV delivers.

Blind Spot Warning (BSW)2 – This available safety feature uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect vehicles in rear blind spots, on the right and left sides. An indicator appears in the door mirror when BSW is active and the turn signals are off. When a vehicle is detected and the turn signals are on, an indicator blinks in the door mirror on that side.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)2 – An indicator appears in the combination meter display when RCTA is active. If radar sensors in the rear bumper detect an approaching vehicle nearby while reverse gear is engaged, a warning message appears in the multi-information display, an audible alert sounds and an indicator blinks in both exterior door mirrors.

Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)3 Helps prevent a frontal collision or reduce the severity of that collision if it becomes unavoidable. Responds to vehicles and pedestrians via camera and laser radarc (Standard on GT model).

Lane Departure Warning (LDW)4The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the vehicle audibly and visually, alerting the driver if it detects the vehicle leaving its lane unintentionally. (Standard on GT model.)

Automatic High Beam (AHB) To increase safety, comfort and driving ease at night, the high beams automatically switch to low beams when vehicles are detected ahead and automatically switch back to high beams, so the driver doesn’t have to remove their hand from the steering wheel to switch the beams manually. (Standard on GT model.)

Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC)5 Maintains a selected distance between the vehicle and the car ahead via radar for greater safety and peace of mind. It reduces driver stress especially during traffic jams on highways. (Standard on GT model.)

Multi-View Camera System6 - The views from cameras mounted on the front, rear and sides of the vehicle (including a bird’s-eye view) can be displayed in various combinations to help reveal what is in blind spots and help you park. (Standard on GT model.)

MITSUBISHI Remote Control

Using a smartphone remote control app, the Outlander PHEV and wireless device communicate directly without need of Wi-Fi. Once set up, the owner can use the wireless device for many functions:

  • Charging Schedule – Turn on/off the charging timer and/or schedule charging.
  • Remote Climate Control – Control cooling, heating and defrosting remotely, setting heat or air conditioning to run while connected to grid power without any impact to vehicle efficiency or range.
  • Monitor Vehicle Status – Remotely monitor various vehicle conditions, including open/closed door or hood, headlights on/off, driving battery state of charge and more.
  • Vehicle Control – Remotely turn on/off headlights and parking lights.
  • Settings –  Remotely adjust MITSUBISHI REMOTE CONTROL settings, such as change/cancel SSID, customize vehicle settings, and check theft alarm operation history.

Ultimate Outdoor Vehicle

Standard in the Outlander PHEV GT trim are two AC power outlets located in the rear seat and cargo area. The plugs are standard North American 120V plugs and do not require an adapter to use. The plugs draw directly from the drive battery and provide 1,500 watts of electric power, enough to power nearly any portable household appliance, for camping (e.g., toaster, spotlight, electric grill, coffee maker) or tailgating (e.g., television, blender, game console, mini-fridge, speakers) or any other activity.

Warranty and Pricing

The 2019 Outlander PHEV comes with a fully transferable 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, as well as a fully transferable 10-year /100,000-mile warranty on PHEV components and the Main Drive Lithium-ion battery. These warranties are in addition to a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty to the original retail purchaser and a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. In addition, the Outlander PHEV comes with a 5-year/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance benefits.7

The 2019 Outlander PHEV starts at only $35,7958 (MSRP) and is also eligible for the federal tax credit. For more information on Mitsubishi Motors, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

1. Based on IHS Markit New Registrations of plug in hybrid and all SUV body styles for Jan 2013 - Sept 2018 compiled from governments & other sources (where available). Captures 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries.
2. The Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert systems are driver aids only and are not substitutes for safe and careful driving. Under certain circumstances, these systems may not detect other vehicles correctly.
3. The Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)/Pedestrian Detection (PD) system is a driver aid only and is not a substitute for safe and careful driving. Under certain circumstances, the system may not detect other vehicles and/or pedestrians correctly.
4. The Lane Departure Warning system is designed to read the lane marks under certain conditions. It is not a collision avoidance system and is not a substitute for safe and careful driving.
5. The Adaptive Cruise Control system is not a collision avoidance system or an automatic driving system. It is designed to use only limited braking and is never a substitute for safe and careful driving. Never rely solely on the Adaptive Cruise Control system.
6. The Multi-View Camera system is a driver aid only and is not a substitute for visual confirmation. The view on the screen is limited and objects outside that view will not be seen.
7. The 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty coverage terms are from the original in-service dates, and are applicable only to the original owner of new, retailed models purchased from an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. Subsequent owners receive the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty of 5-years/60,000-miles. In addition, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a fully transferable 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on PHEV components and the Main Drive Lithium-ion battery. See retailer for limited warranty and roadside assistance terms and conditions.
8. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination & handling, tax, title, license, etc.  Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary.  Federal and state tax credits and/or rebates may be available “post- sale” (after purchase of the vehicle has been completed by the dealer). Consult your tax professional for details.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.   
Through a network of more than 360 dealer partners across the United States, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), is responsible for the sales, research and development, marketing and customer service of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in the U.S. 2018 marked the brand’s sixth consecutive year of sales growth.

Located in Cypress, California, MMNA is a part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, the largest automaker alliance in the world. Mitsubishi continues to lead the way in the development of highly efficient, affordably priced new gasoline-powered automobiles, while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery-electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models.

For more information on Mitsubishi vehicles, please contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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