New Mitsubishi hybrid goes on sale priced at £28,249, which means it won't carry a price premium over diesel equivalents

Order books have opened for the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, with prices for the hybrid SUV starting at £28,249.

That price includes the government's £5000 plug-in vehicle grant, and is for the entry-level GX3h Outlander PHEV. Two other variants, the GX4h and the GX4hs, are priced at £32,899 and £34,999 respectively.

In a break from convention which usually sees hybrid vehicles attract a significant premium over other models in the range, the entry-level PHEV is priced exactly the same as the diesel GX3 auto. Other hybrid models attract a £1000 premium over diesel options, but Mitsubishi says this is due to their added specification.

The hybrid SUV can achieve up to 148mpg on the combined cycle and emit 44g/km of CO2, meaning it is currently one of the most efficient SUVs on sale, and is also exempt from the London Congestion Charge.

Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV can cover up to 32.5 miles on electric power alone, with the range increasing to 512 miles when its four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol engine is also used. The Outlander PHEV uses two electric motors alongside the combustion engine, each with around 80bhp, with a total power output of around 220bhp.

The car has a top speed of 75mph when running in electric-only mode, rising to around 106mph when powered by the combustion engine as well. Despite its hybrid technology, Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV is still "a fully competitive SUV with no compromises". The car also carries a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

Owners can choose from three driving modes, named EV Drive, Series Hybrid and Parrallel Hybrid. The first is an all-electric mode, while Series Hybrid sees the Outlander PHEV's 2.0-litre engine acting a a generator for the electric motors. Parrallel Hybrid mode means the engine provides forward power, assisted by the electric motors when neccessary.

Entry-level models of the Outlander PHEV come with 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, dual-zone air conditioning and bluetooth connectivity. GX4h models get integrated satellite navigation, heated front seats, a DAB radio and a reversing camera, while top-spec GX4hs models include adaptive cruise control and forward collision and lane departure safety systems. 

The new Outlander PHEV is likely to become an important model for Mitsubishi, as the company says it is renewing its focus on SUV and MPV production.

Mitsubishi says customers can place orders for the Outlander PHEV from today, with the first customer deliveries expected in May.

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1 April 2014
Company car is due in 6 months and one of these could chop the bill by 75% though.
There is one in our local dealership in Titanijm grey that look nice in the flesh.
It is a shame the press shots are all in that awful blue, it does the car no favours.

1 April 2014
Emmm a noisy, rattling, smelly, more expensive to run Diesel or for the same money a car with 220bhp that cost less than 0.03p a mile (for the first 30 miles anyway)
Hybrid thankyou very much, so much so in fact I'm sure there'll be a waiting list

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

1 April 2014
This, along with the BMW i3, seems like a step up in terms of real world usability of hybrid vehicles.

There doesnt seem to be many comprimises, and I assume that with 220bhp it will be reasonably quick for a £30k SUV too

1 April 2014
The SUV of choice for CoCar drivers, and at this price i can see it being quite popular with private buyers too. I wonder if they will be able to keep up with demand?

1 April 2014
... on the whole their market share has appeared to be in a decline within Europe. But perhaps, they can now get some back.

Maybe this is their new direction - hybrid vehicles.

1 April 2014
Just when my faith in plug-ins was beginning to dwindle (except Tesla Model S and the BMW i3) due to their unfeasibly high prices for what they offer, this SUV by Mitsubishi quite fits the bill. Good money for what it offers. 32 miles is a decent electric range before the petrol unit kicks in. That's city centre covered.

1 April 2014
Exactly the sort of 'disruptive' product the hybrid and EV market needed. I understand the petrol motor brings the batteries back to 80% charge within 40 mins. So one can leave the congestion of the city on electric, drive on petrol to another town or city, and revert back to electric. No range anxiety, no hassle, and it's entirely practical AND 4WD.
This is the sort of car that, once owned, people wont want to go back to straight petrols or diesels. Mitsubishi had better get their supply chains and dealers very ready for the onslaught. And Toyota had better get the price of the plug-in Prius down, at least £5K

Sulphur Man

1 April 2014
Okay, I am a family man with a dog, some fields and a 10 mile round trip commute to the station every day. Weekends are spent on longer trips or in a muddy field......
As long as the towing capacity is okay, this car might actually be perfect!

1 April 2014
For a forum so ready to be critical of new cars styling this seems to be getting an easy ride?

I appreciate the value and so on but its a dull looking thing isnt it? Presumably relative affordability means no one cares what it looks like. I guess its too boring to actually be ugly though.

1 April 2014
. . . as the electric motor gives torque from zero rounds per minute. I wouldn't be surprised there is a setting, where both the electric motor and the petrol - work together. Towing setting should be mandatory for such a vehicle. Then the electric motor could aid when launching and when going up hill.

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