All-Electric mode for Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Equipment and technology updates for plug-in hybrid SUV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been a big hit for its Japanese maker, with global sales passing 100,000 earlier this year. The plug-in hybrid SUV now counts for almost a third of the plug-in or electric cars on the road in the UK.

To maintain this success, Mitsubishi has launched an updated version of the Outlander PHEV. The changes all concern equipment and technology, so the latest version looks essentially identical to the old one, other than new LED front fog lights.

One of the biggest changes is the addition of an ‘EV priority switch’, which allows you to keep the car in full electric driving mode. Normally, the car’s 2.0-litre petrol engine would cut in to assist the electric motors as required, but the new switch will allow purely electric journeys within the batteries’ maximum range. This should result in fuel savings on both short trips and slightly longer journeys where the car can be charged at its destination.

The updated Outlander PHEV also gets an electric parking brake with hold function, plus a Smartphone Link Display audio system that lets you link your phone to the car’s infotainment system in order to use it safely while driving. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported.

New safety technology includes blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert. The first lets you know when a vehicle is in your blind spot, helping you avoid a collision with something you may not have seen in an outside lane, while the second helps you avoid reversing into oncoming traffic when pulling out of a parking space or driveway.

A pedestrian-detection function has been added as part of an improved forward collision mitigation system, which should stop drivers from hitting cars and people walking between them in heavy traffic.

In addition to the new LED front foglamps, the new Outlander PHEV also has automatic high beams and an AC 1500w power supply, which allows you to connect electrical equipment rated up to 1500w for around four hours solely on battery driving.

Recommended

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV review (2014-2021)
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
16 Sep 2021

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUV review (2014-2021)

Most Popular

Kia EV4 SUV to take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge
2024 Kia EV4 - front
News
5 Aug 2022

Kia EV4 SUV to take on the Volvo XC40 Recharge

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers
Renault Clio hybrid
Deals
5 Aug 2022

Best new car deals 2022: this week’s top car offers

New electric MG4 hatch to start at £25,995
MG4 Front driver side
News
5 Aug 2022

New electric MG4 hatch to start at £25,995

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
23 Mar 2022

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Car buying
17 May 2022

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
20 Jun 2022

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
12 Jul 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Nissan Leaf front
Best cars
12 Jul 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
24 Jun 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022