Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the third generation in the Outlander lineup and world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. The Outlander PHEV will receive Lancer Evolution’s four-wheel drive technology that will work in conjunction with its twin motors, giving it a unique all-wheel drive setup.
As reported by Car Advice, the Outlander PHEV has motors on each axle with an independent drive. The motors are powered by battery cells in the floor that can be charged by the front mounted petrol engine, or by being plugged into an external source. There are also various levels of regenerative engine braking that helps to charge the battery.
The estimated range in electric mode is around 50km with 120km/h top speed, but the with the petrol engine as the power source and generator, you can drive it effectively as an IC car for 500km and then fuel up at a servo. The Outlander PHEV has sold more than 100,000 units since 2013 and owns more than 30% market share in Europe. On top of that, it is the top-selling car of its type in Norway, the UK, and more.
According to Motoring, the 2017 Outlander PHEV that was previewed at a media event in Gol, Norway, comes with drive-by-wire twin-motor four-wheel-drive system with All-Wheel Wheel Control (S-AWC) that was originally developed for Lancer Evolution. The S-AWC integrates the vehicle’s four-wheel drive, active stability control, anti-lock braking and active yaw control systems to optimize power deliver across all four wheels. The system is expected to improve the Outlander PHEV’s driving dynamics by enhancing both stability and handling precision.
On top of the normal drive mode, the Outlander PHEV now offers a 4WD Lock mode that further enhances power distribution to improve traction and stability on unsealed surfaces such as gravel, snow, and ice.
Mitsubishi is also promising further dynamic developments for the Outlander PHEV with future vehicles set to feature additional driving models including sport and snow.