- Outlander’s design overhauled, top to bottom
- More driver involvement thanks to uprated chassis
- Outlander PHEV under evaluation for SA market
PARIS, France – Mitsubishi Motors is sending a strong statement about the company’s future at the 2016 Paris auto show, its onslaught led by SUV contenders such as the refreshed Outlander and the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).
Mitsubishi’s striking and modern profile, the automaker says, is conveyed by the ‘dynamic shield’ nose with its wraparound bumper which is said to “strongly resemble that of a protective shield”.
The revised grille and bumper are flanked by diode headlights and daytime running lights and carried above a skid plate. The redesign is continued the rear with diod tail-lights and powerful bumper.
The Outlander PHEV is further distinguished by unique bumper extensions, side garnish and two-tone 18″ alloy wheel rims.
“The comprehensive makeover,” Mitsubishi adds, “extends to the interior through trim options and style changes – chief among them a new steering-wheel with improvements spreading to the ergonomics and visual appeal of vital controls and information displays.”
TECH UPGRADES CUT FUEL USE
The chassis of the new Outlander has been strengthened and its suspension re-calibrated, the automaker adds, and on-road dynamic performance enhanced with better shock-absorbers.
Technical upgrades to the hybrid technology have reduced fuel-consumption, the company says. “Extended range solely on electric power has been complemented by a smoother transition between driving modes and the interplay between the two powertrains has been measured at a frugal 4.95litres/100km.
“Highlighting the Outlander PHEV’s versatility,” Mitsubishi adds, “is the option of a 100V on-board socket able to supply up to 1500W of electricity from the vehicle’s high-output batteries – a convenient way to power mobile electrical equipment such as camp fridge.”
“The updated standard Outlander,” according to the South African office of the company, “is scheduled for local introduction in early 2017. The PHEV is still under analysis and undergoing technical tests and a market demand study.”
More information is available on the Mitsubishi Motors SA website.