MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV REVIEWS | 2018 MODEL
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PHEV VRX 4WD – Car Review – The understated Eco SUV
SOURCE: DRIVELIFE | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: JOHN GALVIN (JSG) | PHOTOS: JOHN GALVIN (JSG)
Due to some schedule changes, we got the opportunity to be the first in New Zealand to test out the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV VRX.
It was due for us later in the year and was a vehicle I was looking forward to as the previous model had seen many good reviews and customer feedback.
Would the new VRX improve on the previous model?
There are two Outlander Phev models available in New Zealand. The Outlander Phev XLS 4WD which starts at $60,990 plus on road costs, and the top of the range model the Outlander Phev VRX 4WD which is on special right now at $55,990 plus on road costs.
Both models share the same drive system and engine, a 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC Petrol engine that is combined with a Twin motor 4WD hydrive system. The available power is 88kW and torque is 189Nm.
Both of these models are pretty well equipped with the main difference between them being that the VRX comes with leather heated and power assisted seats, LED headlights and LED high beam, power tailgate, front & rear parking sensors, blind spot warning, lane change assist, multi around view monitor, rear cross traffic alert and ultra mis-acceleration mitigation system.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: The quiet performer
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: TONY VERDON | PHOTOS: MITSUBISHI NZ
It’s the quiet performer in New Zealand’s EV marketplace — since 2014 Mitsubishi has been selling shedloads of Outlander PHEV SUVs, with little fanfare
Until the end of last year, Mitsubishi New Zealand had sold 500 Outlander PHEVs, making it this country’s biggest-selling pure electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle. That means 45 per cent of all EVs or plug-in vehicles sold new in New Zealand have been Outlander PHEVs.
Though the Outlander PHEV has had upgrades since its introduction here four years ago, including the ability to recharge on a fast-charging station and to run in pure electric mode, the PHEV hybrid retains the same powertrain, transmission and core as the model introduced.
In the intervening four years the competition has increased as more manufacturers have rushed to offer either hybrids or EVs of their own.
Meanwhile Mitsubishi, a motor company that has always been an engineering rather than marketing focused-vehicle manufacturer, has sold more than 100,000 of the practical PHEV plug-in Outlander SUVs across the world.
Driven recently had the chance of driving the Outlander PHEV in some of the most extreme winter conditions on the planet, high in the mountains of Norway.