The new 2017 Outlander PHEV is much more than an upgrade of New Zealand’s favourite hybrid SUV1– it’s a revolution in Mitsubishi’s advance towards ever more environmentally friendly motoring.
This next-generation Outlander PHEV will unlock new horizons for environmentally conscious Kiwi drivers – not simply because its battery range has been extended to 54km, and its battery warranty pushed out to eight years, but because it now comes equipped with DC Fast Charge2 capability that boosts battery power from 0-80%3 in around 20 minutes.
“With 48 Fast Charge stations nationwide – 100 are expected to be installed by the end of 20174 – PHEV owners will be able to power up on longer road trips in the time it takes for a quick stretch, coffee and a muffin,” says Mitsubishi head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook.
The 2017 Outlander PHEV has a CHADeMO5 DC Fast Charge socket alongside the AC mains connection point sported on the current model. This gives drivers the best of both worlds – the ability to charge overnight (6.5hrs from empty) in the garage and get a quick top-up on the go.
“This significant development further reduces the compromise posed by battery life in EV technology,” says Mr Cook. “Now more than ever, motorists can now enjoy the freedom of extended periods of emission-free driving, while adding to their fuel savings.”
8-year warranty provides peace of mind
In addition to its enhanced recharging capability, Outlander PHEV’s drive battery warranty has been extended to 8yrs or 160,000km, whichever comes first. This assurance is in addition to the class-leading 5yr/100,000km mechanical warranty and should offer peace of mind to new consumers new to EV’s.
Fuel economy of the 2017 Outlander PHEV’s 2.0L petrol engine stands at an improved 1.7L/100km – and with DC Fast Charge rates currently 25c/minute + 25c/kWh, owners can expect a swift return on their initial investment.
To ensure EV drive mode works to its full potential, a new EV priority mode can be activated to prevent the petrol engine from starting up automatically, as it is currently programmed to do in a range of situations. These include when the heater/AC is switched on, on sudden acceleration and
when beginning a hill ascent. For optimum performance, the engine will start even in EV priority mode when a greater power output is required.
An updated EV remote control smartphone app puts enhanced functionality in the palm of owners’ hands, allowing them to set charging times and climate mode.
Raising the standard
Drivers can also access their smartphones from within the vehicle via Smartphone Link Display Audio – another standard upgrade for 2017.
Smartphone Link Display Audio integrates up-to-the-minute, on-the-go communication with the freedom of the open road, allowing drivers to remain in full control of the wheel and their phones on a clear, 7-inch, dash-mounted touch screen via Apple CarPlay or Android AutoTM.
“Imagine a scenario where your car will read you a text message, find directions to the restaurant, navigate your journey there and play your favourite songs all at the same time. This is exactly the sort of smart functionality provided by Mitsubishi Smartphone Link Display Audio.”
When the time comes to get in or out of a tight park, the rear view camera comes online to help drivers reverse with confidence.
Incorporating Mitsubishi RISE body construction, ABS, Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags, the XLS and VRX both exceed 5 Star ANCAP safety requirements.
Auto High Beam and Lane Departure Warning are new additions to XLS – as are Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Mitigation, which employ a radar and camera in the top of the windscreen for improved performance and pedestrian recognition.
The VRX gets Blind Spot Warning technology, to assist lane changing in busy traffic, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which registers vehicles approaching from either side as a driver reverses out of a parking spot. New radar sensors detect vehicles at a greater distance to provide increased warning time.
An Electric Park Brake, which auto releases as you apply the accelerator, and Brake Auto Hold are now standard across the range, while driver comfort is improved with the introduction of an auto dimming interior mirror to reduce nighttime glare.
A revised suspension set-up and reduced engine noise ensure that everyone on board the 2017 Outlander PHEV enjoys a quiet, smooth ride.
Join the revolution!
Outlander PHEV is New Zealand’s favourite Plugin Hybrid vehicle with more than 500 sold since launching in New Zealand three years ago; more than 100,000 have been sold globally.
In 2015, Outlander PHEV became the first ever plug-in hybrid included in the government’s ‘All of Government’ vehicle purchasing catalogue.
Notable owners include Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, Upper Hutt Mayor Ray Wallace, Air New Zealand, Auckland International Airport, Contact Energy, Central Otago District Council, Cardno NZ, Greater Wellington Regional Council, Mercury NZ, Mighty River Power, Northland Regional Council, New Zealand Sailing, New Plymouth District Council and Trustpower.
Outlander PHEV quick facts
- Two electric motors and one 2.0L petrol engine
- EV range 54 kms
- Average fuel usage 1.7L per 100 kms
- Charge from a standard household plug in 6.5 hours at an average cost of $1.41 (Source EECA)
- DC fast charge in approximately 20 mins (to 80%)
- Super All Wheel Control
- Regenerative braking
- 5-star safety
- 750 kg tow capacity
- EV only drive mode
Outlander PHEV XLS
Outlander PHEV VRX
1Outlander PHEV is New Zealand’s best-selling EV/PHEV vehicle, with 40% market share in 2016.
2DC Fast Charging converts AC mains power to DC power at very high currents. This is directly coupled to the vehicle’s traction battery.
3Fast chargers are not designed to charge the battery fully to 100% charge.
4ChargeNet NZ is installing new sites at a rate of one every two weeks, with the aim of establishing a national network of 100 Fast Charge stations. For a detailed map of current sites, see www.plugshare.com.
5CHAdeMO is proposed as a global industry standard. 33% of all EVs globally are equipped with a CHAdeMO inlet.