Mitsubishi’s upgraded electric Outlander SUV offering — the 2016 Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) — will be making its European debut in short order at the 66th International Motor Show, according to recent reports.
European sales will begin relatively shortly after that, with the date for hitting the market currently set for sometime in September.
Worth noting, is that the motor show will also see a rally version of the Outlander PHEV showcased — one which will be competing in the Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally. In addition, a display going over the new Vehicle-to-Home (V2H) electricity supply system (to be available for the new Outlander PHEV) will make up part of the showcase.
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MMC optimized the Plug-in Hybrid EV System control and reduced engine friction in the new model, resulting in a reduction of CO2emissions from 44 g/km to 42 g/km (NEDC). Acceleration and response from a full stop in urban environments as well as on the move has been improved after revising the Plug-in Hybrid EV system.
MMC upgraded running stability and steering response through the use of an improved front suspension cross member and increased body stiffness. The amount of vibration and noise transmitted from tires has also been decreased by reinforcing the rear suspension cross member. Both cornering performance and ride comfort have been improved by increasing the capacity of the front struts and rear shock absorbers and using larger-diameter rear stabilizers.
In addition to advanced safety/accident prevention technologies that detect accident possibility and accident mitigation or avoidance, the new Outlander PHEV offers an ultrasonic mis-acceleration mitigation system—a technology which mitigates possible accidents by controlling forward or backward starts when the accelerator is pressed inadvertently by detecting another vehicle or obstacle in the way.
Interestingly, operation noise (via engine use, wind, and tires) has reportedly been reduced “substantially” — which will certainly make for a more pleasant driving experience if true.
More than 70,000 Outlander PHEVs have been sold to date, and it is consistently one of the best-selling electric vehicles in Europe.