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As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular, manufacturers are revamping existing models so they stand out and announcing several new ones. It’s much less time-consuming to improve an existing electric model, meaning they can be released quicker, and help the brands remain relevant as they climb the EV ranks.
Mitsubishi is doing exactly that. The company is making big changes to one of its popular plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be getting an in-and-out revamp for the 2023 model year.
According to Motor Trend, the Outlander’s dated styling is being replaced with stylish, quality finishes.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV update is certainly overdue
It’s been almost seven years since either the conventional Outlander or its hybrid counterpart got such a large update. The design elements and quality of the car were showing its age. Motor Trend called the interior “ancient and low-rent.”
Now the Outlander will have a much more modern look, both on the interior and exterior. The interior will be more noticeably different, with a new, standard third row of seats. The Outlander has been filling a thin market of compact SUV PHEVs, and its revisions will make it that much more of a competitor.
Mitsubishi has been dabbling in EVs since 2009, though they don’t have very much to show for it. Aside from the Outlander, Mitsubishi has one other EV called the Mitsubishi i, or i-MiEV outside the U.S. It’s a small electric hatchback and was the first highway-capable electric car in the world.
The i-MiEV is no longer available in the U.S., making the Outlander PHEV Mitsubishi’s only stake in the U.S. EV market.
What are the specs on the Outlander PHEV?
Though details are still a bit shrouded, there are some updates. Mitsubishi has been working to improve specs on the Outlander PHEV. They’ve upped their previous claims on the Outlander PHEV’s power and range in October, promising 40% more power plus more battery capacity.
This moves the projected power on the front and rear motors to 112 horsepower and 132 horsepower, respectively, and moves the battery up to 20 kWh. The projected EV-only range has also increased dramatically from 28 miles to 54 miles. Even so, none of these are concrete numbers, as Mitsubishi has yet to release specific specs.
As for interior design modifications, the Outlander has received an all-new interior look, some concept cars featuring a modern black and orange color scheme. The new third row, though, is a bit cumbersome and impractical; the row is very shallow and unsuitable for adults.
On the exterior, the style will be refreshed but done in a very similar style to the gas-powered Outlander, the main difference being the all-black roof featured on the PHEV.
When will Mitsubishi release the 2023 Outlander PHEV?
Hopefully, Mitsubishi will release more details in the coming months surrounding the Outlander PHEV’s specific range, power, and battery capacity. Sales of the plug-in hybrids won’t start until midway through 2022 for the U.S., but Japan will see it on the streets in December of this year.
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