Mitsubishi has fully updated the Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) for 2023 and it arrives this fall. The new Outlander shares a lot of its construction features with the outstanding new Nissan Rogue. However, the Outlander is a seven-passenger crossover SUV and has a powertrain with dramatically better fuel economy than the Rogue offers.
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The MSPR for the new Outlander starts at $39,845, and with the Mitsubishi Destination/Handling Charge of $1,345 has a beginning consumer cost of $41,190. These prices do not include dealer documentation fees, added dealer markups, or added dealer-installed content.
The biggest surprise offered by this new Outlander PHEV is that it comes with DC fast-charging compatibility. Of course it can charge on Level 1 or Level 2 chargers, but if you find a DCFC you can bring the battery up to 80% in just 38 minutes. Best of all, it opens up a lot more possible public charging spots when on the road. This is a big advantage over PHEVs like the Kia Sorento PHEV, Hyundai Santa Fe PHEV, and RAV4 Prime. Once Tesla finally opens up its Superchargers to the public, we presume this Outlander will be able to charge using them.
Mitsubishi reports that the Outlander will earn a 64 MPGe rating from the EPA, and that it has a 38-mile all-electric range. That is a big improvement over past Outlander PHEVs. Overall range when fully-energized is a whopping 420 miles. There isn’t an affordable BEV crossover SUV with a range anywhere close to that. The Outlander PHEV will prove to be a fantastic road trip vehicle based on these numbers.
"The 2023 Outlander PHEV is the pinnacle of Mitsubishi Motors' engineering," said Mark Chaffin, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. "With 38 miles of electric range and 420 miles of combined range, this vehicle offers the perfect blend of clean and quiet electric motoring with the ease of refueling and no range anxiety that only a gasoline engine can offer. Customers have been reserving cars at Mitsubishi dealers for months, and we can't wait to start delivering on that excitement."
Like the Toyota RAV4 Prime PHEV, the Outlander employs an all-electric rear drive for its all-wheel drive setup. The 2023 Outlander PHEV’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)5 system uses the gasoline engine and front motor to drive the front wheels, and a stand-alone rear-mounted motor to drive the rear axle. BothPower is up both front and rear with a combined system power of 248-horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque.
This brief overview doesn’t do the new Outlander PHEV justice. We look forward to testing this great new entry to the 2023 plug-in hybrid market soon and providing readers with a full report.
2023 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric vehicle image courtesy of Mitsubishi.
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