Mitsubishi has given its Outlander plug-in hybrid a larger petrol engine with the promise that it’ll offer enhanced performance and improved fuel economy. The revised model is on sale now, priced from £34,255 including the Government's £2500 plug-in car grant.
Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the 2018 model has three trim levels - Juro, 4h, and 4hs, with the 4hs topping the range at £39,100.
It's also 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.