Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

  • Plug-in hybrid SUV
  • 32-mile range on electric power
  • On sale this summer
Words ByMatthew Burrow

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This is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid version of the Japanese manufacturer's SUV, that's currently on display at the Geneva motor show.

The powertrain consists of a 117bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine, two 60KW electric motors and a 70KW generator.

Its petrol engine drives the front wheels, while the front- and rear-mounted electric motors provide the Outlander with permanent four-wheel drive.

The batteries can be charged in four hours using a domestic socket, with a fast-charge option giving 80% in 30 minutes. Regenerative braking is also used to charge the battery pack and can be adjusted using steering wheel-mounted paddles.

The Outlander PHEV emits 44g/km of CO2, with average economy of 149mpg. It can travel 32 miles on electric power alone, while the combined petrol-electric range is 557 miles.

Setting it apart from the standard car, the PHEV gets a bespoke front grille, LED tail-lights and 18-inch alloys.

Boot space is 463 litres just 14 litres less than that of its conventionally powered sibling.

Prices will be revealed closer to the on-sale date when it will also be announced if it qualifies for the Government's 5000 grant. We expect the Outlander PHEV to start from around 36,000.

By Matthew Burrow