The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Outlander received the prestigious “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award from the US-based Automotive Science Group (ASG) in their 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) study*. The Outlander was chosen out of 372 competing models in the SUV segment. The study notes that both vehicles offer exemplary performance and value, and outperformed the average SUV by an astounding 22%.
ASG is a data-driven research group founded by environmental policy consultancy Eco-innovations, LLC. ASG’s “Best 5 All-Around Performance” award is presented to the top five automobiles in each vehicle class that the organization determines to achieve the highest combined environmental, economic and social performance scores.
The five-seat Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is actually the world’s best-selling plug-in compact hybrid. It has been on sale for a few years in Europe, and now, finally makes it way to Canada, The PHEV version is differentiated from the standard Outlander by unique badges and exterior trim pieces, and has a different drive shifter. Apart from the powertrain, the PHEV is essentially the same as the standard Outlander inside with special instrumentation for monitoring the hybrid system.
The Outlander PHEV is powered by three power units: a 2.0-litre gasoline engine, two electric motors and a battery/generator. The gasoline engine develops 117 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque, and is teamed up with 80 horsepower electric motor that produces 101 lb.-ft. of torque. This combined unit drives the front wheels via a transaxle through a single-speed transmission. The second electric motor also develops 80 horsepower and 144-lb.-ft. of torque, and is linked to the rear wheels through a single-speed transaxle. Meanwhile, a lithium-ion battery, stores and supplies the electric power. With a fully charged battery, the PHEV can cruise up to 35 kilometres on electric-only driving, before it switches over the gasoline engine. Using a 220-volt outlet, the Outlander takes 2.5 hours to fully recharge via it’s on board external charging port.