Out­stand­ing out­lander

Fancy a good-size SUV that uses less juice than a Prius? Just wait 12 months

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trans­mis­sion is sched­uled for Fe­bru­ary and the plug-in hy­brid— ca­pa­ble of an in­cred­i­ble 2.5L/100km and 50g/km of CO — is due by the mid­dle of next year.

The diesel in ques­tion may be ei­ther Mit­subishi’s new 130kW 2.2-litre or the 114kW 2.2-litre from PSA-Peu­geot, as used in Peu­geot’s 4007 medium SUV.

The petrol en­gine is ex­pected to be the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der from the ASX com­pact SUV with new vari­able valve tim­ing for greater power and lower fuel con­sump­tion.

High-ten­sile steel in the body­work will help to trim the new SUV’s weight— it will be lighter than the cur­rent model de­spite the ad­di­tion of a third row of seats. Im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics also will help to make the Out­lander more fuel ef­fi­cient.

Mit­subishi claims its en­gine stop-start sys­tem can get fuel con­sump­tion down to 4.9L/100km for its en­try-level, front-wheel drive diesel man­ual.

But the big news is the hy­brid, which is ex­pected to cost about $5000 more than its petrol coun­ter­part, cur­rently in the $30,000-$50,000 range de­pend­ing on trim level.

The plug-in Out­lander has a range of about 800km on bat­ter­ies. A 70kW petrol en­gine sup­ple­ments two 60kW elec­tric mo­tors, each driv­ing an axle.

Af­ter an overnight charge it runs on elec­tric-only and, as the bat­ter­ies run down, the petrol en­gine starts up to power a gen­er­a­tor. Mit­subishi em­pha­sises it is a sup­ple­men­tary power source, not the pri­mary source as in Toy­ota’s Prius.

The plug-in Out­lander weighs about 180kg more than the petrol ver­sion, due mainly to the 72 lithium-ion bat­tery cells un­der the floor.

All Out­lander mod­els will have an ‘‘ eco-friendly’’ mon­i­tor to tell driv­ers when they are driv­ing at max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency.

Driv­ing aid op­tions in­clude For­ward Crash Mit­i­ga­tion Sys­tem to de­tect ve­hi­cles in front of the Mit­subishi and au­to­mat­i­cally ap­ply the brakes to re­duce the chance of a col­li­sion. Adap­tive cruise con­trol uses radar to main­tain a safe dis­tance be­tween ve­hi­cles at all speeds.

Pretty plugly: The Out­lander takes styling cues from the PX-MiEV show car

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