Reports are rife that Japanese car giant, Mitsubishi is developing Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid version of the SUV for the Indian market. The plug-in hybrid would be different from the regular Outlander, featuring seven-seat configuration, which is set to launch in India soon. It is expected that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be routed to India as a completely built unit; hence a hefty price tag is inevitable.
The hybrid system likely to power the SUV comprises a 2.0-litre, four cylinder, naturally aspirated petrol engine that puts out 118bhp against 186Nm. This engine will work in conjunction with two electric motors with one mounted above the front axle and the other over the rear. Each of the electric motor makes 82bhp, while the collective output of the petrol unit and electric motors stands at 203bhp that is transmitted to all four wheels. It additionally gets a 12kW lithium ion battery that powers the electric motors that take around 6 and half hours for charging. However, with fast charging, 80% charging can be done in just 30 minutes.
The SUV will be offered with three driving modes including an all-electric mode, a mode where petrol engine charges the battery and petrol mode with little assistance from the electric motor. As per Mitsubishi’s claims, the Outlander PHEV is claimed to return an imposing fuel efficiency of 58km/l and offer a range of 50km on electric mode while attaining a top speed of 120km/h.
The main differential between the hybrid and standard Outlander is the 5 seat configuration on the inside. Besides, the hybrid version is around 260kg heavier and it gets a relatively smaller fuel tank. In visual terms, both will be identical save for minimal differences including the PHEV badge. Similarly, both the versions are expected to share safety and connectivity features such as seven airbags, hill-start assist and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system among others.