The third generation Mitsubishi Outlander, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander begins second career with a more aggressive grille meets the new stylistic signature. A deeper facelift as it seems …
2015 Mitsubishi Outlander concept
Mitsubishi Outlander might have lived a quiet life of SUV. But the plug-in hybrid bet for the PHEV version, has changed that. The Japanese fell, so, under very favorable tax brackets in several European regions. Therefore, the Outlander has had a successful career with a little over 40,000 copies sold (38 617 end of 2014) of which almost half in PHEV.
- Silent Diesel / Hybrid bit noisy
- Restyling successful
- Sliding rear seats
- Bluetooth pairing
- Complexity of PHEV
- 35 kg heavier
What changes from 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander?
Basically, almost everything is under the beltline has been changed. On board, the finish shows real progress.And technological, are pointing the collision sensor reducing engine torque during heavy acceleration encountered an obstacle to less than 4 m. But strangely, we have not managed to match our smartphone to Bluetooth. In addition, the SUV has undergone an acoustic audit to reduce noise and vibration. As a corollary, the Outlander has taken some weight.
Under the hood, we always find the 2.2-liter diesel and 2.0 liter petrol every two to 150 hp. That said, the 2.0 l can be mated to a new CVT saving 6 g CO2 / km. During his time in Euro 6 diesel block was fitted with a new NOx trap. And suddenly, the Outlander Password 139 mg / km to 51.0 mg / km! The PHEV hybrid solution of 203 hp was entitled it, reprogramming to reduce its environmental impact with 2 g CO2 / km savings (42 g CO2 / km).
How does it ride?
The conditions of this test, disturbed by a recalcitrant plane had just allowed us to drive on the highways around Barcelona. Difficult in these conditions to experience the promised improvements in the chassis. Nevertheless, it was enough to point out at the level of soundproofing, the mission is fulfilled. The short distance to the edge of the diesel engine have shown a discreet but has sometimes lacked a little breath in recovery.
With the PHEV, starting in electric mode and the first kilometers of course take place in absolute silence. By accelerating frankly, the typical hybrid moulinage is present but with a rate of decibel and vibration in the cabin at a level quite acceptable. To the delight of eardrums. The steering wheel paddles PHEV always used to manage 6 engine braking levels (B0 to B5). Driving in better fuel efficiency and more pass by the “Load” button to recharge the battery highway until the town or “Save” to not dip into its stock. Not to mention the Eco mode and the right foot. In short, to save its oil, BAC 3 seems to be required.
How much does it cost ?
PHEV Outlander starts at € 45,990. This is € 12,400 more than the diesel variant of almost € 33,590 and € 20,000 more expensive than the Outlander gasoline € 26,990. Eco-driving without real fiscal boost to the portfolio hurt even by betting 30 to 40 km daily in all-electric. That said, the PHEV is best equipped of the lot. Especially that the options are rare, especially the equipment will depend on the chosen trim level. Please note: the PHEV batteries are guaranteed 8 years or 160,000 km.
Competitor of 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander
Invariably we think of Asian SUV, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail. It also included the Fiat Freemont. For the PHEV, competition boxing in another category with the BMW X5 xDrive 40th and the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, two models from 25,000 to 40,000 € more expensive.
Without being able to test it on winding roads or sensitive, such contact is still possible to see the efforts in perceived quality. Soundproofing and board materials are the most concrete improvements in this update prior successful. It will of course test it on our roads dilapidated to really check the efforts stiffness and dynamism.