My First Driving Experience of 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Wapcar Automotive News – Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has taken significant steps in recent years to re-establish the brand’s reputation in the United States after failing in the early 2000s. The brand has only five products. – Outlander, Outlander PHEV, Outlander Sport, Mirage, Mirage G4 and Eclipse Cross – now seem well-positioned to once again be a successful company in the US market.

Forbes Wheels is in a pre-production model of the all-new 2023 Outlander PHEV carrying seven passengers at Mitsubishi’s U.S. facility in Franklin, Tennessee. The Outlander was the first plug-in hybrid SUV (PHEV) in 2013, and it was the first to go on sale in the United States in 2018. We have mentioned Mitsubishi Malaysia, Mitsubishi Philippines and other areas in our another passage.

Now, its third generation features Outlander’s first complete redesign. after almost nine years. 

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

I-Fu-Do-Do

The Japanese saying “I-Fu-Do-Do” means authentic and majestic, and is the project mantra for the new Outlander – everything from the platform to the bodywork, engine, chassis and interior refurbished furniture for new car model.

Lighter and stronger construction

The Outlander features a next-generation platform developed under the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi consortium. The “circulating” structure increases the front body stiffness and torsional stiffness of the vehicle compared to the previous model and improves driving stability. 

The overall weight reduction comes thanks to an aluminum engine cover and plastic front fenders, previously made of steel. Additionally, extra-high-tensile steel is used in critical areas of the body/chassis, which increases crash safety in the passenger compartment. But he can still pull (some) his weight. The towing capacity can reach 2,000 lbs.

PHEV transmission, range and charging

Outlander’s PHEV system has been extensively updated and modified to allow the vehicle to operate in EV mode more often and increase EV driving range. The new system has five main components:

A 2.4-liter DOHC gasoline engine makes 132 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque, with a combined gas/electric power of 248 horsepower and an impressive 332 pound-feet of torque- feet.

Increase drive battery capacity

With an approximately 40% increase in power to the front and rear engines and the drive battery pack, the new Outlander PHEV minimizes the hum of the internal combustion engine in as many situations as possible. This includes difficult acceleration when entering and traveling on the highway and in city or suburban driving situations. The switch to a large capacity hard drive battery with a total capacity of 20kWh (compared to the previous model’s 13.8kWh) has resulted in the equivalent of 38 miles of all-electric range, enough range even when using low-power devices. heavy battery function like air conditioner.

Typical household charging via a 240-volt circuit takes 6.5 hours. Fast charging (105 amps or more) reaches 80% charge in about 38 minutes. Charging via the built-in generator allows for an 80% charge in about 94 minutes (when the vehicle is stationary).

The Outlander PHEV can even double as an emergency power source (1500 watts max) to power small appliances like toasters, hair dryers and coffee makers through second and third row AC outlets.

Dynamic handling

The S-AWC Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control system is based on a two-motor four-wheel drive system with one motor driving the front and one motor driving the rear and with Yaw braking function. New control for the rear wheel. This allows the system to distribute power to the front and rear wheels depending on the road and driving conditions.

According to Mitsubishi, this reduces maximum performance from all four tires in a more balanced manner, providing the driver’s desired handling and high operational stability.

Drivers can choose from seven driving modes depending on road conditions and driving style. Normal (paved roads), Tarmac (performance driving on dry roads), Gravel (unpaved or wet roads), Snow (snowy and slippery roads), Mud (muddy roads and heavy snow), Power (improves acceleration) and Eco (fuel economy).

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