Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV launched

Plug-in hybrid electric Mitsubishi Outlander available to order now

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now on sale, offering buyers of the four-wheel drive SUV the lower running costs provided by plug-in hybrid technology.

One of the striking aspects of the car’s launch is the price – when the government’s £5,000 plug-in car grant is taken into account, the entry-level GX3h PHEV costs £28,249, which is exactly the same as the Outlander GX3 diesel model. Usually the technology fitted to hybrid models mean they are considerably more expensive than the conventional cars in the range.

The Outlander PHEV combines electric motors with a 2.0-litre petrol engine for several different driving modes. There is a fully electric driving mode, a mode that uses the petrol engine as a generator for the electric motors and a third mode for high-speed driving where the petrol engine provides the majority of the power and the electric motors contribute extra power when it’s needed.

In full electric mode the car has a range of up to 32.5 miles, which Mitsubishi points out is more than the average UK daily commute of 25 miles. The official economy figures are 148mpg with CO2 emissions of 44g/km, but Mitsubishi believes better numbers should be regularly achievable, particularly for drivers able to run the car predominantly on electric power only.

As well as the five seats, four-wheel drive and practical boot of the existing Outlander models, the GX3h also gets the same standard equipment as the GX3 diesel version, which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a leather steering wheel and dual-zone climate control air-conditioning.

There will also be two higher-spec PHEV models called the GX4h and GX4hs – the GX4h adds more equipment, including sat-nav with seven-inch touchscreen, leather seats, digital radio, electric sunroof and reversing camera, while the GX4hs adds three driver aids to the GX4h equipment list.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range will arrive in UK showrooms from May and is available to order now. The GX3h starts from £28,249, the GX4h is £32,899 and the GX4hs is priced at £34,999 (prices include Government grant).

For reviews of cars in the current Mitsubishi line-up, visit Carbuyer’s Mitsubishi page.

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