The Garage – Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The march towards literally running on the scent of an oily rag is gaining serious momentum. In the EFTM Garage this week sits The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. A 4WD SUV that implements two electric motors on each axle, a large battery pack in its belly with a four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet. There’s a petrol flap on one side and an electric plug outlet on the other, all this combines to produce an almost ridiculous fuel economy figure.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Make: Mitsubishi

Model: Outlander

Variant: PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Engine: 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with twin electric motors.

Transmission: There is none, just a single ratio.

Vital Stats: Power 87kW @ 4,500rpm (petrol) 60kW (electric)

Torque: 186Nm @ 4,500rpm (petrol), 195Nm @ 0rpm (electric rear motor), 137Nm @ 0rpm (electric front motor)

Mitsubishi Claimed Fuel Economy: 1.9l/100km

EFTM Claimed Fuel Economy: 7.0l/100km. Unfortunately we lacked a 15amp powerpoint. However we picked up the PHEV with a full charge and managed 2.0l/100km for a 80.1km trip.

MRRP Price: From $47,490 (plus on-roads)

Wow Factor: Within city limits this seemingly typical SUV could potentially use zero fuel for weeks. Depending on the composition of your right foot (mine is at least 70 percent lead) a 50km electric only range is possible. The petrol engine will kick in if you need some real grunt, but this particular Hybrid system is designed to lean on electricity propulsion more than petrol power whenever an array of computers rule possible.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Most Impressive: The PHEV takes Hybrid technology to a far more practical level. Sure you can plug it in overnight recharging it much like you would a smartphone. (Around five hours for a full charge). Sure the next day you can then obtain another 50km of fossil fuel free greenness. But the PHEV is no one trick pony. Hit the “Recharge” button and the petrol engine recharges the battery while you drive, after approximately an hour the drive battery can almost be completely replenished. There’s a “Save” button which conserves the battery, handy when traveling at higher speeds. The constant top ups from regenerative brakes and engine braking which can be altered via paddle shifters further add to quite an amazing technology package.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - 15amp plug required

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV – 15amp plug required

Not So Impressive : Still a Mitsubishi Outlander but heavier. The Outlander sits in middle of the road territory when it comes to today’s lofty SUV standards set by the likes of Mazda’s CX-5. The extra weight from the battery doesn’t help the already ungainly dynamics (1810kg – 1871kg depending on equipment spec). Most buyers will need to install a 15amp powerpoint, few homes have them. The seven seat configuration of the standard Outlander is lost due to the bulk of the battery, You’ll have to make do with five.

Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.

He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.

Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.

Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.



  1. Bruce

    May 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Look forward to US availability. My family does mainly around town and have the 20 Amp plug. Other car is Ford Focus electric. Second car needs to have gas for periodic lover drives.

    • Dave

      May 31, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      If you’re in the US where power outlets are 110 to 120 volts this would mean the recharging rate from a 20 amp outlet would be roughly the same as a 10 amp outlet at 240 volts here in Australia. A 15 amp outlet in Aus would be equivalent to a 30 amp outlet in USA. The 15 amp (Australian/NZ) plug pictured (with big earth pin at bottom) is capable of carrying 3.6 kW, whereas a 20 amp US outlet & plug is only good for 2.4 kW due to voltage difference.

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