2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV debuts with more efficient powertrain and longer range

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The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) has just launched. The Outlander PHEV has been significantly improved for 2021 and has a significantly redesigned powertrain. The updates include an enlarged battery for more fully electric range and a new, more efficient 2.4-liter in-line four-cylinder with a more powerful rear electric motor.

Last year we could Get behind the wheel of the 2020 Outlander PHEV. Despite some compromises here and there, we were pleasantly surprised during our week-long test drive. Here’s a look at what’s on offer on the 2021 model.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV trim levels

The 2021 Outlander PHEV is available in three trim levels: SEL, Limited Edition (LE) and GT, all of which come with all-wheel drive as standard (Mitsubishi calls it Super All-Wheel Control). The LE trim, which is new for 2021, adds a “sporty visual sound” to a standard sunroof and the Mitsubishi Power Sound System. You’ll also find a darkened grille, dark chrome 18-inch two-spoke light alloy wheels, and a special blackout design for the front and rear bumpers of the new LE.

You also have the option for the “normal” Outlander that went through it a sleek new design for the model year 2022.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Photo: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

2021 Outlander PHEV: Engine & Powertrain

As much as the newest Outlander PHEV shines in other areas, it’s all about the powertrain, yo! People are finally beginning to understand the importance of not only efficiency, but also clean Efficiency. So, SUV buyers will consider the Outlander’s hybrid propulsion system to be the Selling point.

Overall performance

The 2021 Outlander PHEV features a vastly improved powertrain with a more efficient 2.4-liter 126 hp, 148 lb-ft gas engine. of the torque. In connection with this you will find a more powerful 70 kW electric motor on the rear axle, which gives a total system output of 221 hp, an increase of 31 compared to the 2020 model.

Fully electric range and new drive modes

The battery capacity of the Outlander PHEV with main drive is between 12 kW / h and 13.8 kW / h through 2021. The bottom line when it comes to all-electric range is a total of 24 miles. That’s enough for short trips without burning dino juice. Another interesting side effect is that the top speed of the all-electric operation has also increased from 79 to 83 mph.

Mitsubishi has also redesigned the powertrain software to improve battery-motor synchronization and further reduce overall noise, vibration and harshness. All of these technologies thrown into the engine room add up to 74 MPGe and 26 MPG, which is pretty good for a “truck”. There are also new sport and snow driving modes for 2021.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.Photo: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Standard security features

Like everyone else building a car this century, Mitsubishi developed the safety technology for the 2021 Outlander PHEV. Every model is equipped as standard with forward collision reduction with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning, a warning of blind spots with lane change assistant and an automatic high beam.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV warranty

The Outlander PHEV comes with a five year / 60,000 mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 10 year / 100,000 mile fully transferable limited warranty on the PHEV components and battery. This is in addition to a 10 year / 100,000 mile powertrain warranty on the original purchaser and a seven year / 100,000 mile warranty on anti-corrosive perforations.

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Mitsubishi’s extended warranty is called Diamond Care Protection PlanThis extends the bumper-to-bumper factory warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.Photo: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Federal pricing and tax incentives

Below is a handy pricing table for the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Assume an additional $ 1,200 to $ 1,300 for these numbers (depending on where you live) for the destination and settlement. If you are in the market for a new Outlander PHEV, this is it free and easy search tool* helps you find the best price.

Outlander PHEV Trim Level Starting MSRP
CELL $ 36,295
THE $ 37,995
GT $ 41,995

Not only is it affordable, but it’s also worth mentioning that the Outlander is PHEV eligible additional federal tax incentives for 2021. You can now qualify for $ 6,587 tax credits. Pretty fair, I say!

Tony Borroz has spent his entire life driving antique and sports cars. He is the author of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in Perback or Kindle format. Follow his work on Twitter: @ TonyBorroz.

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gallery

Photos & Source: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

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