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