Five years ago, Mitsubishi unveiled the Outlander PHEV, and today, the Japanese automaker has brought it into the 2019MY.
The Japanese plug-in hybrid SUV is described as being better overall than the model it replaces, getting many updates beneath the slightly modified skin.The revisions include a 2.4-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine which replaces the previous 2.0-liter unit, generator and rear motor outputs increased by 10 percent, and a larger 13.8kWh lithium-ion battery, compared to the previous 12kWh one.Despite announcing these technical modifications, Mitsubishi hasn’t released any specs of the 2019 Outlander PHEV yet. However, it’s probably safe to assume that it will be a tad faster, and offer a longer electric range than the current model.A special ‘Snow’ mode is also part of the facelift. It does exactly what its name says, namely improve traction on snow- and ice-covered roads, and it’s joined by a ‘Sport’ mode, which allows drivers to enjoy the SUV at its full potential.Several changes have been made to its exterior too, such as the addition of new LED headlights and rectangular fog lamp bezels. The tweaked grille is also there, along with the front skid plate, larger roof-mounted spoiler, and different 18-inch alloy wheels.New seats, revised switchgear, leather upholstery, new instrument panel, different trim, tweaked rear vents, and others, signal the Outlander PHEV’s revisions inside.The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander will be presented at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, on March 6, and it will go on sale in selected European markets in early fall.Sharing the same space at the company’s stand in Switzerland will be the e-Evolution Concept. The show car, which debuted in Tokyo last year, is coming to Europe for its local premiere, and will be joined by other vehicles, including the Eclipse Cross, ASX, Space Star, Pajero, L200, i-MiEV, and Outlander.