Mitsubishi brings updated Outlander PHEV to Australia

Mitsubishi Motors expecting better sales of improved Outlander PHEV…

Perhaps it was just a bit ahead of its time? Whatever the reason, Australian SUV buyers haven’t been overly enthusiastic about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

Launched initially in Australia in 2014, sales have been sluggish and while we generally liked the tech and the capability of the plug-in hybrid SUV when we reviewed it, pricing seemed to be the biggest hurdle.

In this newly updated model, based on the MY17 Mitsubishi Outlander, prices are about the same – they kick off from $50,490 LS and $55,490 Exceed.

However, Mitsubishi Motors tell us the new one offers much better features and functionality and that makes the model a whole lot better value.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV welcomes:

  • New DC fast charging socket providing an 80% battery recharge in around 25 minutes
  • New all-electric drive mode select that prevents the petrol engine from kicking in
  • Pure EV drive range extended by more than 10% to around 54km
  • Improved overall fuel economy to 1.7 litres per 100km
  • Better acceleration/throttle response
  • Improved ride and handling
  • Quieter cabin
  • Improved power steering feel
  • Updated interior look/feel

Standard features in the updated Outlander PHEV include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Digital radio
  • Electric folding and heated exterior mirrors
  • LED headlamps
  • Electronically controlled park brake with Auto Hold function

Marketing chief at Mitsubishi Motors Australia, Tony Principe, tells us hopes are high for the new/updated offering in Australia.

“The Outlander PHEV is now more stylish, refined and has increased practicality,”

Covered by a five-star ANCAP safety rating and five-year/100,000km warranty, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is now available in local dealerships.

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About Simon Lai 1392 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks.Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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