Mitsubishi presents new Outlander PHEV and SUV concept
In Geneva, Mitsubishi is set to show off the new version of their best-selling Outlander PHEV this March. In addition, they will also present an all new electric SUV study, the-Evolution Concept car.
After more than 100,000 Outlander PHEV deliveries in Europe, Mitsubishi will bring the overhauled version to the Auto Salon. The 2019 model, which will be available as of early autumn, will not only have a new 2.4 litre combustion motor, but also a battery with a 15% performance boost compared to its predecessor. According to the manufacturer, that means all requirements have been fulfilled to provide customers with a total 10% performance boost.
The original PHEV Outlander appeared in 2013, and was the most purchased PHEV in Europe for three years running, according to Mitsubishi. Currently approximately every tenth Mitsubishi sold in Europe is an Outlander PHEV. It is also the only currently available plug-in hybrid model that has a fast-charging option (CHAdeMO).
The electric SUV concept e-Evolution Concept, which will also be presented at Geneva, however, is a demonstration model, or “technical prototype to illustrate the strategic directions” that Mitsubishi plans to take with renewable energy vehicles.
The Japanese manufacturer had first presented the concept SUV at the Tokyo Motor Show last October. The SUV Coupé has an all-electric four-wheel drive system that uses three separate electric motors, two of which are used for a new Dual Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) system, that couples two rear motors through an electronically controlled torque-vectoring unit. Further technical details are still being awaited.