The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first appeared in Australian showrooms in 2014, and though it hasn’t kickstarted a plug-in hybrid revolution as but, it’s nonetheless some of the well-rounded choices obtainable to these eager to style electrical motoring with out taking the plunge — and forking out the cash — on a purely electrical automobile.
It has had fixed tweaks through the years, which continued in 2020 when the brand new GSR variant slotted in between the entry degree ES and top-spec Exceed trims.
Costing $52,490 plus on-roads, the GSR scores a Bilstein premium suspension, electrical tailgate, black exterior highlights, eight-speaker audio and additional security equipment above the ES.
Although commonplace gear on Outlander PHEVs is already fairly beneficiant and the GSR provides $4500 to the ES’ checklist worth, we reckon the suspension and security equipment make it value it.
However As all the time with a PHEV, you’re forking out further for the hybrid powertrain.
Within the Outlander, it consists of a 94kW/199Nm 2.4-litre petrol engine combining with a 13.8kWh battery powering two electrical motors — one entrance and one rear.
Mitsi says it gives a mixed max output of 157kW and 332Nm, whereas additionally providing 54km of pure electrical driving.
The max output is spectacular for a mainstream medium SUV, and the Outlander PHEV by no means feels sluggish, regardless of the hybrid system including 220kg to the gross automobile mass in comparison with a petrol-powered Outlander.
Acceleration is aided by the moment torque of the electrical motors, plus all-wheel-drive.
As for the electrical vary, probably the most we ever noticed on the show was 50km, and most we coated at the very least 45km earlier than the petrol engine took over — simply sufficient for our day by day commute.
The Outlander PHEV can get thirsty when the petrol takes over — it’ll additionally kick in if you plant your foot except you’re in EV mode — nevertheless it’s tough to say what our total gas use was for the week because the accrued drive information would reset with each cost.
Given we had a spread of 580km, each once we picked up the automobile and dropped it off, it’s secure to say it was subsequent to nothing.
And in contrast to some electrified autos which take an age to cost with out entry to high-speed charging or dwelling wallboxes, the Outlander PHEV means that you can take full benefit of the inexperienced tech with none infrastructure modifications at dwelling: the battery takes about seven hours to totally cost from zero by way of a regular family socket, which means it was at 100 per cent each morning.
It additionally has vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home functionality, which means it could actually energy your own home by way of a bi-directional charger. The GSR’s suspension makes for a snug drive, and it’s additionally quiet (particularly driving beneath electrical energy, clearly).
Elsewhere, it’s just about like a standard Outlander — even the boot isn’t compromised, with the 463 litres obtainable solely 14 down on the petrol five-seat Outlander.
True, it’s not an incredible quantity of cargo room for a medium SUV today, however that speaks to the Outlander vary’s age slightly than a PHEV-specific subject.
Which is true for a lot of the Outlander PHEV’s downsides: that is getting on a bit.
The inside is a bit cheap-feeling, the infotainment not all that fast, and the switchgear a bit clunky.
In GSR guise there are lots of clean buttons, reminding you you’re lacking out on options, regardless that there’s little on the top-spec Exceed we felt we needed to have.
The Outlander PHEV remains to be dear for a medium SUV, nevertheless it additionally stays one of many least- compromised easy-to-live-with plug-in autos available on the market. The brand new GSR spec might be the choose of the vary.
2021 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV GSR SPECIFICATIONS
- Worth: $52,490
- Engine: 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol plug-in hybrid
- Outputs: 157kW/332Nm (mixed)
- Transmission: CVT automated, AWD
- Gas economic system: 1.9L/100km