The Mitsubishi Outlander nameplate has made quite a splash in the U.S. market. The standard Outlander and the Outlander Sport left such an impression that Mitsubishi changed the trajectory of their sales strategy, and the newly-imported 2018 Outlander PHEV is the only vehicle of its kind at an affordable price point. New model years are on the way, but Mitsubishi is keeping information on the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander under close watch.
What Do We Know?
So far, much of the information that has leaked to the public is about the 2019 plug-in hybrid model. In the U.S., drivers will be getting a new interior trim as well as more supportive front seats in the 2019 Outlander PHEV. But that’s not the exciting part. When the Outlander PHEV debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, it showed off a new powertrain that boosted both its fuel consumption and performance.
Better Engine, Better Battery
Mitsubishi is replacing the Outlander PHEV’s 2.0-liter Otto-cycle engine with a more efficient 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle gas engine. This engine will pair with an upgraded battery, featuring a 15-percent capacity boost, and a rear electric motor with a 10-percent increase in output. Official specs aren’t yet available, but this modification is expected to boost the PHEV model’s EV range.
The Outlander PHEV at Geneva also showed off new features like leather seats, rear passenger HVAC vents, and even new driving modes. Sport and Snow modes will enhance traction for when drivers want a bit of a performance boost.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander will be rolling out across the world this fall. The PHEV model will release in Europe first, where it has found cult fame among European enthusiasts. The brand has yet to announce the North American launch date.
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