Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to debut in Canada at $42,998
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Mississauga, ON, September 28, 2017 – The best-selling Plug-in Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (PHEV) in Europe is coming to Canada. The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrives this December with a starting MSRP of $42,998, and that’s before the applicable provincial electric-vehicle rebate programs.
Available in two well-equipped price lines and one package, SE S-AWC, SE S-AWC Touring Package and GT S-AWC, Outlander PHEV is the culmination of Mitsubishi Motors’ 100-year history of automotive excellence, 50 years of electro-mobility and decades of four-wheel drive technology honed on the international rally circuit. Featuring a highly efficient 2.0-litre gas engine and two highly efficient electric motors, along with Mitsubishi Motors’ superior Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV delivers SUV capabilities and EV efficiency like nothing else in the industry.
A game-changer in the Canadian marketplace with no other product that compares, Outlander PHEV is the world’s first plug-in hybrid crossover SUV and the only such model with all-wheel drive in its class. It is also the only PHEV with DC Fast Charging capability – providing an 80 per cent charge in less than 30 minutes.
The Outlander PHEV represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by Mitsubishi Motors for models such as the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, S-AWC technologies honed from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Outlander, and SUV know-how gained from the Mitsubishi Montero. The result is a groundbreaking new model that brings together the superior environmental performance and efficiency of an EV, the stability and handling of S-AWC, and the practicality of a crossover SUV.
“The Outlander PHEV is the most anticipated new-product in our history. A runaway success all over the world, it’s coming to Canada complete with Mitsubishi Motors’ top technological advances, all the best attributes of our highly successful Outlander model, and a pricing strategy that is sure to win over consumers,” said Tony Laframboise, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.
He added consumer eagerness for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has grown significantly in the past several years with many Canadian customers arriving at dealerships with “sight unseen” deposits, anxious to receive the new model.
Pricing and Warranty
Pricing for Outlander PHEV starts at $42,998 MSRP for the SE S-AWC price line – a remarkable value, considering the suite of sophisticated technological advancements and advanced engineering found in every price line.
SE S-AWC includes a myriad of standard features, most notably Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smartphone Link Display Audio with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay, Power Driver’s Seat, FAST-Key, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio, 18-inch alloy wheels, Rearview Camera, Heated and Power Folding Side-View Mirrors, Variable Intermittent Rain-Sensing Front Wipers with De-Icer, Seven Airbags, Heated Front Seats, and much more.
The SE Touring Package, which brings the MSRP to $45,998 and adds Power Sunroof, Premium Leather Seating surfaces, Power Front Passenger Seat, Heated Steering Wheel, LED Headlamps and LED Fog Lamps.
At the top of the line sits GT S-AWC, a premium offering at $49,998 MSRP and includes these additional items: Forward Collision Mitigation with pedestrian detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Multi-View Camera System, Power Liftgate, Rockford-Fosgate® Audio, Auto High Beams and a 1,500-Watt Power Inverter.
The 2018 Outlander PHEV comes with a fully transferable 10-year/160,000-km powertrain and battery limited warranty as well as a fully transferable 5-year /160,000-km comprehensive warranty, and 5-year unlimited mileage roadside assistance.
PHEV System with Twin Electric Motors and Super All-Wheel Control
The highlight of the all-new Outlander PHEV is the use of Mitsubishi Motors’ sophisticated PHEV system. It uses two full-time, high-output electric motors separately mounted at the front and rear axles to instantly supply torque on demand for incredibly responsive performance with agile all-wheel drive. The front electric motor is positioned transaxle-style on the left side of the gas engine and has an output of 60 kW. The front motor is smaller and lighter with a higher output enhanced version of the permanent magnet synchronous electric motor used in the Mitsubishi i-MiEV.
The system features a front-mounted generator that converts mechanical power to electricity and continuously charges the drive battery, while a Power Drive Unit (PDU) helps to convert the electric power and send it to the front motor.
The rear 60 kW motor and Electric Motor Control Unit (EMCU) are mounted beneath the rear cargo area subfloor. Both the front PDU and rear EMCU are intelligent control units that contribute to heightened energy efficiency and optimal motor control.
For non-electric driving, an efficient 2.0-litre gasoline engine is utilized. Performance is optimized, smooth and quiet with abundant power to tackle a variety of different driving conditions.
The battery that supplies the electricity for the motors is a high-capacity 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack developed specifically for the PHEV system. The battery pack consists of 80 cells configured in a series, with a total voltage measuring 300V and a total storage capacity of 12kWh. The battery is located in a dust and waterproof encasement positioned beneath the passenger compartment subfloor and between the front and rear axles (with no intrusion into the passenger compartment).
Regenerative braking is also used to generate electricity for the system. During deceleration (braking), the front and rear electric motors function as generators so that electricity can be generated and fed back into the lithium-ion drive battery pack. Regenerative braking occurs when the Outlander PHEV is in motion while the accelerator pedal is not being pressed (coasting) or when the driver engages the brakes by pressing the brake pedal. The level of regenerative braking can be conveniently selected by the driver at any time using the steering wheel paddle shifters.
Three Drive System Modes
Because of its unique drivetrain which combines a front electric motor, rear electric motor, front-mounted gasoline engine and generator, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV automatically selects one of three unique drivetrain modes for optimal performance and efficiency.
EV Drive Mode
In the EV Drive Mode, the Outlander PHEV is driven in a very eco-friendly performance mode by the two electric motors, with energy being supplied exclusively by the lithium-ion drive battery pack (100 percent electric-powered, zero-tailpipe-emission Outlander PHEV). This mode is excellent for running errands/performing family duties on a daily basis as a highly sustainable/low environmental impact form of personal transportation.
Series Hybrid Mode
When the energy level remaining in the lithium-ion drive battery pack is low or when the need arises for a sudden and/or additional degree of acceleration, the two electric motors are powered by the battery pack and provided additional electricity by the gasoline-powered generator.
In this configuration, the gasoline-powered generator helps:
1) Charge the lithium-ion drive battery pack
2) Provide additional power to the pair of electric motors
Parallel Hybrid Mode
In this drive mode, the Outlander PHEV uses its full complement of available resources:
1) The gasoline engine drives the front wheels; the front axle features a built-in clutch that switches the system to Parallel Drive Mode mainly for engine-powered travel at high speeds/steady-state cruise.
2) The two electric motors positioned at the front and rear operate seamlessly when additional power is required, such as driving uphill.
3) The gasoline-powered engine/generator – while operating the Outlander PHEV at sufficient speed – will feed any excess energy (electricity) back into the lithium-ion drive battery pack.
Driver Selected Modes
In this driver-activated mode, the Outlander PHEV automatically conserves the current state of charge within the lithium-ion drive battery pack by operating the Outlander PHEV in hybrid mode (note: Battery Save Mode will only operate once the lithium-ion drive battery pack's energy level falls below 90 per cent full). For example, engaging the Battery Save Mode would allow the Outlander PHEV to be driven on the highway with the engine/generator activated, where gasoline engines are more efficient, in order to maintain a higher level of battery charge; it could then be deactivated, allowing the Outlander PHEV to be driven through a urban areas in EV mode where electric motors are more efficient.
The Outlander PHEV features a driver-activated "ECO Mode" switch that reduces both fuel and electricity usage for increased efficiency simply with the touch of the button.
EV Priority Mode
The Outlander PHEV comes with the ability to prioritize 100% electric propulsion for a quiet ride, zero fuel consumption and zero tailpipe emissions. An “EV” button located near the gear selector prioritizes the Outlander PHEV the ability to be driven solely by the electric motors – ideal when driving through “quiet zones” or early mornings in sleepy neighbourhoods.
Battery Charge Mode
Charging the Outlander PHEV is also possible while the vehicle is being driven. With the push of a button, drivers can activate Battery Charge Mode which uses the 2.0-litre gasoline engine to charge the drive battery up to 80 per cent full in approximately 40 minutes.
Easy Charging with Standard DC Fast Charging Capability
Charging the Outlander PHEV is simple with three different methods to choose from depending on your location and/or needs. The Outlander PHEV’s drive battery can be charged with a standard 120V (full charge in an estimated eight hours) power outlet at home with the supplied charging cable, or with a public or residential 240V (full charge in less than four hours) charging station. Outlander PHEV also comes standard with DC Fast Charging capability, the only Plug-in Hybrid in the market with it. Using this system at public charging facilities, the Outlander PHEV will charge up to 80 per cent capacity in less than 30 minutes. Charging status is conveniently displayed on the instrument panel.
Spacious Comfort and New Refinement
Inside the Outlander PHEV is an oasis of comfort and refinement where driving pleasure is enhanced by generous legroom, luxurious amenities and a supremely quiet ride. The seats are meticulously finished with available premium soft leather and the rear seatbacks can be folded to allow for many different adventures. A special PHEV meter cluster design indicates to the driver the energy usage in real-time by pointing the needle toward the Power, Eco or Charge zone.
Affixed to the steering column is a pair of paddle shifters which control the regenerative braking system. This allows the driver to adjust regenerative braking strength to any of six settings with the simple flip of the paddles. Other interior features include an advanced EV shift lever and console design, efficiency and ECO monitoring features integrated in the multi-information display screen and a premium steering wheel.
Adding to the aesthetic, the Outlander PHEV introduces a new exclusive premium exterior colour, Ruby Black Pearl, along with a new interior colour choice, dark brown premium leather with red accents.
Technology for All-Around Safety
Advanced safety technology supports safer, more confident driving — on the road and in parking lots, day and night. From intelligent sensors that track the Outlander PHEV’s surroundings and warns of danger to active driving assistance and solid passive protection, depending on the price line, the Outlander PHEV delivers some or all of these high levels of safety:
Blind Spot Warning (BSW) – This safety feature uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect vehicles in rear blind spots, on the right and left sides. An indicator appears in the door mirror when BSW is active and the turn signals are off. When a vehicle is detected and the turn signals are on, an indicator blinks in the door mirror on that side and an audible warning is heard.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) – An indicator appears in the combination meter display when RCTA is activated. If radar sensors in the rear bumper detect an approaching vehicle nearby from the right or left of the Outlander PHEV while reverse gear is engaged, a warning message appears in the multi-information display, an audible alert sounds and an indicator blinks in both door mirrors.
Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) – Helps prevent a frontal collision or reduce the severity of that collision if it becomes unavoidable. Responds to vehicles and pedestrians via camera and laser radar.
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) – The Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system uses an onboard camera to monitor lane position in front of the Outlander PHEV audibly and visually, alerting the driver if it detects the Outlander PHEV leaving its lane unintentionally.
Automatic High Beam (AHB) - To increase safety, comfort and driving ease at night, the high beams automatically switch to low beams when oncoming vehicles are detected ahead and automatically switch back to high beams when the road is clear, so the driver doesn’t have to constantly remove their hand from the steering wheel to switch the beams manually.
Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC) - Maintains a selected distance between the Outlander PHEV and the car ahead via radar for greater safety and peace of mind. It reduces driver stress especially during traffic jams on highways.
Multi-View Camera System - The views from cameras mounted on the front, rear and sides of the Outlander PHEV ( providing a bird’s-eye view) can be displayed in various combinations to help reveal what is in blind spots and help assist with parking safely.
EV Remote and AC Power Outlets
Using the available remote control app, the Outlander PHEV can communicate directly with smartphones. You do not have to access a public Wi-Fi spot or prepare any Wi-Fi routers at your home. Once set up, the owner can use the wireless device for many functions:
Charging Schedule – turn on/off the charging timer. Can also set the charging schedule to fit your lifestyle and take advantage of off-peak hours.
Remote Climate Control – cooling, heating and defrosting can be controlled remotely. You can also set the heat or A/C to run on a schedule. You can utilize the grid power to pre-heat or pre-cool before driving the Outlander PHEV, so there is less draw from the main battery after underway, as the interior is already pre-heated or pre-cooled.
Monitor Outlander PHEV Status – You can check your car’s status such as an open/closed door or hood, headlights on/off, driving battery state of charge etc.
Outlander PHEV Control – turn on/off headlights and parking lights.
Available in the Outlander PHEV are two AC power outlets located at the rear of the front centre console and in the cargo area. The outlets draw electricity directly from the drive battery and provide 1,500 watts of electric power, enough to power nearly any portable household appliance.
“To offer a market-first, technological tour-de-force that with seating for five passengers, room for their gear, 1,500-pound towing capability, off-road SUV prowess and practicality, and a 10-year powertrain and battery warranty all wrapped in an environmentally-friendly EV system, makes for an outstanding consumer proposition,” said Laframboise.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada is the sales, service, parts and marketing arm for Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors with 91 dealerships across Canada. With a product range consisting of Lancer sedan and Sportback, Mirage hatchback and G4 sedan, RVR compact crossover, Outlander compact sport utility and Outlander PHEV, MMSCAN supports its dealerships with a head office team and parts distribution centre -- both located in Mississauga, Ontario. Established in 2002, MMSCAN and its dealerships employ over 1,200 people in communities large and small. In 2016, MMSCAN became the only automaker to partner with Breakfast Club of Canada with a goal of stimulating young minds and a brighter future in communities across the land.
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