The new Mitsubishi Outlander 4x4 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle has been officially launched in the UK, going on sale for £28,249 (including the £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant). This makes the entry level GX3h Outlander PHEV same price as the equivalent Outlander diesel GX3 model.
You can place your order now with the expected arrival in showrooms in May 2014.
There are two other Outlander PHEV models, the GX4h priced at £32,899 and GX4hs which is £34,999 (after the £5,000 grant has been applied.). Mitsubishi point out that there is no charge for the PHEV equipment, but these two variants are £1,000 more than their diesel equivalent due to boosted equipment level but do remember that the PHEV model is a five-seater and does not offer seven-seats as the diesel model but you do get a 463 litre boot with the batteries underneath the floor.
Apart from the fuel savings the Outlander PHEV will suit company car users, with lower emissions than the equivalent diesel model and the majority of other cars on the road – the PHEV attracts a benefit in kind rate of 5% meaning that a 40% tax payer will pay £665 in this tax year.
According to Mitsubishi if the typical company car driver keeps their vehicle for three years. Over that period a 40% tax payer will save the following money by choosing Outlander PHEV over any of the vehicles listed below:
|Honda CRV EX Auto||£11,201||with fuel allowance||£18,319|
|BMW X3 Xdrive SE Auto||£7,675||with fuel allowance||£12,449|
|Audi Q5 TDI SE S-Tronic Quattro||£10,862||with fuel allowance||£16,677|
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Engine
The Outlander PHEV is powered by a combination of a 2.0 litre petrol engine and twin-electric motors. On electric power only, the Outlander PHEV can travel up to 32.5 miles depending on conditions. Although slightly misleading the PHEV records a combined 148 mpg figure, under official NEDC tests – which will alter dramatically depending on the use.
There are three drive modes,
1.) EV Drive Mode is an all-electric mode in which the front and rear motors drive the vehicle using only electricity from the drive battery.
2.) In Series Hybrid Mode, the petrol engine operates as a generator supplying electricity to the electric motors.
3.) The system switches to Parallel Hybrid Mode when the vehicle reaches high speeds. In this mode the high- efficiency petrol engine provides most of the motive power, assisted by the electric motors as required.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Specifications
The entry level model is the (£28,249) GX3h, the core equipment includes,
- 18” alloy wheels
- Cruise control
- Dual-zone climate control air conditioning
- Privacy glass
- Electric folding/heating mirrors with indicators
- Leather steering wheel
- Steering wheel audio controls
- Bluetooth hands-free
The £32,899 GX4h models gain:
- Sat-nav with HD seven-inch touchscreen
- Wide-beam HID headlamps
- Heated front seats/power driver’s seat
- Reversing camera
- Leather seats
- DAB radio
- Electric sunroof
- Power tailgate
- Mobile App
- Timers to control heating/cooling and charge times
The £34,999 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX4hs adds:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision mitigation system
- Lane departure warning
There is a choice of five paint finishes across the range.
- Glacier Blue (Metallic)
- Amethyst Black (Metallic)
- Titanium Grey (Metallic)
- Frost White (Solid)
- White Pearl (Pearlescent)
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Warranty
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes with a 3-year / unlimited mileage warranty on all ICE components and a 5-year / 100,000 mile warranty on EV components. There is a pan-European roadside assistance package valid for 3-years. The service interval for the Outlander PHEV is 12,500 miles/12 months (whichever occurs first) and a service plan (MSP), covering the first three scheduled services is available for £500.Published 3 April 2014