THE 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which goes on sale on August 1, has made the switch from the old NEDC fuel economy and emissions ratings to the new, more realistic real-world WLTP ensuring business users can continue to enjoy the BIK benefits and low running costs associated with plug-in hybrids.
While many current plug-in hybrid models will no longer be classified as ultra-low emission vehicles, or qualify for the Plug-in Car Grant, the new Outlander comfortably qualifies for a Category 2 Plug-in Car Grant thanks to WLTP emissions of 46g/km and EV range of 28 miles.
It also boasts the lowest possible BIK rate of 13% (2018-2019), London congestion charge exemption and WLTP fuel economy of 141mpg. A new, 2.4-litre petrol engine, which uses its MIVEC variable-valve timing system to seamlessly switch between Otto and Atkinson combustion cycles, produces more power (135hp vs 121hp) and more torque across a wider rev range (211Nm vs 190Nm).
The electric power has also increased, with the rear electric motor now producing 95hp and drive battery with a 10% higher output and increased capacity to 13.8kWh.
Other changes include revised shock absorbers to improve low-speed ride and a new “Sport Mode” with sharper throttle responsiveness and more grip via the Super All-Wheel Control system. The steering rack has been quickened and the power steering ECU re-mapped to offer more responsiveness and feel, while larger front brake discs boosts stopping power.
There’s also a new “Snow Mode” to improve low-grip launching and cornering abilities on slippery surfaces, while the traction control system has been revised to improve hill-climbing performance by carefully managing rear motor torque without compromising stability.