Mitsubishi Motor Company freshly disclosed details about the highly predictable 2014 Outlander plug-in hybrid, planned to be released in Japan on January 24th. According to Mitsubishi, the Outlander PHEV is its “most significant vehicle sold in decades.” This is a mainly brave assert approaching from the car company who just last year unconfined the i-MiEV, a well established all-electric vehicle.
The base price is ¥3,324,000 and its highest‐level factory model goes for about ¥4,297,000, around $38,972 to $50,380 U.S. at the existing replace rate. In Japan, the intersect qualifies for the “eco‐car” government motivation, which slashes about $5,000 off its cost, creation the Outlander’s preliminary price as low as $33,471.
While the Outlander PHEV is an motivating, eco crossover entry, it should not be expecting an open period in the U.S. market. Probable participant include the current Toyota Rav4 EV and the soon to be unconfined Tesla Model X. However, these cars are equally electric vehicles, making them only appropriate for short trips. Tesla is effort to overcome these shortcomings, claiming that it’s countrywide “supercharger network” will be completed sometime in late 2014. Considering Tesla’s standing for sticker shock, the Model X is improbable to be vying for Mitsubishi’s more humble market.
The Outlander PHEV is powered by Mitsubishi’s Plug-in Hybrid EV System, a multi-mode drive train, which mingle two autonomous electric motors, a 12kWH lithium–ion battery pack, and a 2.0L four-cylinder MIVEC gas-powered engine. The gas engine is speed at 117 hp and 137 lb.-ft of torque. This “motor à trois” gives the Outlander PHEV an predictable 37 mile choice on electric only, hybrid mpg of 44, and a mutual fuel effectiveness of 175 mpg.
Mitsubishi additional that quick-charging will be an obtainable option. This feature allows the Outlander PHEV to charge the battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes, certainly a useful constituent when charging the intersect away from home. Also obtainable is plug‐in systems that tolerate the vehicle to power other sources at 100 volts AC and up to 1,500 watts.
The Outlander PHEV will come in five orderly levels. Four “G levels,” which comprise the barebones G, the G Safety Package characteristic the “e-Assist” sophisticated safety expertise system, the G Navi Package with an on-board navigation system, and the G Premium enclose, which boasts a Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System and leather upholstered seats. The fifth orderly level is the important E, which is made-to‐order to the customer’s qualifications.