As promised earlier this year by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC), the plug-in hybrid 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has finally been launched in our market. The world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV has sold over 260,000 units across Europe, North America, Japan, and Australia. With its all-electric operation for short everyday trips and mainly motor-powered hybrid operation for longer journeys, the Outlander PHEV aims to promote greener energy alternative and self-sustainability for better care of our environment.
“MMPC is very excited to launch the Outlander PHEV in the Philippine market as the car best represents Mitsubishi’s expertise in automotive engineering and its ever-evolving technology. The Philippines is one of the strongest markets of the brand and we are honored to be given the opportunity to make the Outlander PHEV available here in the country,” – said Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, President and CEO of MMPC.
The Mitsubishi Outlander first came out in 2012. Since then, numerous updates have been made to keep this crossover SUV competitive. The front fascia is characterized by Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield grille, which are then flanked by a pair of LED headlights. The side profile has remained largely the same throughout its lifetime, though a new set of alloy wheel designs were introduced a few years earlier. At the back, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV features sleek LED taillights and a sporty rear bumper design with a faux satin skid plate.
Numerous updates were also made throughout the interior over its lifetime in order to keep it competitive amid new competition. Some of the most recent changes that were made are the improved interior materials and the new 8-inch touch screen infotainment system. It’s the same unit that’s found in the recently refreshed Mitsubishi Montero Sport, which means it features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other interior amenities include an 8-speaker audio system, four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats, powered tailgate, and a sunroof.
Mitsubishi’s engineers were able to take advantage of the Outlander PHEV’s electrified powertrain through the use of two onboard outlets. The plug-in hybrid crossover SUV can supply a total of 1500W, which means owners can use the power outlet not just to charge electronics, but to power appliances as well when camping or during emergencies.
Under the hood of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 2.4-liter inline-4 MIVEC gasoline engine that produces 128 hp and 199 Nm of torque. There are also two electric motors at each axle, 60 kW and 137 Nm at the front, and then 70 kW and 195 Nm at the rear. All of these components are controlled by the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system, sending the power to the ground via a “Multimode eTransmission.” With a 13.8 kWh battery pack, the Outlander PHEV can travel in pure electric mode for up to 65 kilometers up to a speed of 135 kph. Zero to 100 kph with this powertrain happens in 10.5 seconds.
MMPC also announced earlier this year that they’ll be rolling out the Dendo Drive Station in the country. While the goal is to create five of these stations by the end of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has surely created delays for this project.
The Dendo Drive Station features solar power systems and vehicle to home (V2H) equipment. This system allows users to charge electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) at the showrooms as well as to supply electricity from EVs/PHEVs back to the showrooms. Since MMC opened the first one in Tokyo in 2016, it has opened 79 Dendo Drive Station showrooms throughout Japan.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV also comes with a number of advanced driver-assist features, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and Mitsubishi’s Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System. In addition, the Outlander PHEV also gets a 360-degree camera, seven airbags, emergency stop signal, and electronic stability control.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now on sale in the Philippines for P2,998,000 and is available at the Mitsubishi Motors Manila Bay dealership.