Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the 2018 model has received a 2.4-litre petrol engine in place of the current 2.0-litre unit. Mitsubishi says this new four-cylinder engine offers better torque and smoother operation along with reduced emissions.
The Outlander PHEV's electric powertrain, which features two electric motors, has also been upgraded. There's a 10% boost for generator output and the rear-mounted motor’s torque supply, while the 13.8kWh drive battery is now 15% larger to offer more power.
Although specifications are yet to be confirmed, the 2018 Outlander PHEV is therefore expected to lower the NEDC rated 41g/km of CO2 emitted and increase on the official 144mpg of the outgoing version, while also trimming time from its 11sec 0-62mph sprint. It’s likely the current car’s 33-mile pure electric range will be bettered as well.
The new car retains the previous Outlander PHEV's Normal and Four-wheel drive modes and gains Sport and Snow settings. Sport sharpens the powertrain’s responses, while Snow enhances traction by juggling torque to each wheel.
Visual changes to the Outlander include new LED day running lights, a more prominent front grille and a new front skid plate. There are also new 18in wheels and a new rear spoiler.
Mitsubishi has also upgraded the car’s dashboard with a new instrument panel, while rear passengers are now provided with their own vents.
Pricing for the updated Outlander PHEV is yet to be confirmed, but it's expected to increase slightly from the current entry point of £34,805. European sales will begin this year.
The Outlander PHEV is the bestselling plug-in SUV on sale, having been bought in more than 140,000 units worldwide. 100,000 of those units have gone to Europe.