Only four months after the Outlander PHEV arrived in the United States, Mitsubishi is launching upgraded model that is presented at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. Upgrades are made in order to improve efficiency and interior. The upcoming 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a mid-size hybrid SUV that offers seats for five, while non-hybrid models are made for seven passengers. This model owns highest crash-test rating and great warranty.
The new Outlander PHEV’s price is affordable and this SUV is perfect for families. It comes with a third row and five trims where every trim level offers all-wheel drive setup. Biggest competitors are Nissan Rogue, Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV visually is same as the predecessor
Compared to an outgoing model, the all-new 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will visually remain almost the same. It comes with the minor tweaks here and there, but overall, it is the same vehicle. At the front, the grille is slightly bolder and fog lights get the more rectangular shape. Headlights are LED and the new 18-inch alloy wheels are there as well. At the back, the rear spoiler is slightly larger and it looks more aerodynamic.
The exterior of the Outlander PHEV is simple but attractive, and it also offers some cool features like electric windshield-wiper de-icer. This will prevent snow and ice to keep building upon the wipers. An additional fuel door on the right side of Outlander hides the charging port.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Interior Look
Like mentioned, one of the reasons why Mitsubishi is releasing an upgraded model is better interior, as the interior of the outgoing model didn’t fulfill the expectations. The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV now comes with higher quality leather seats, reshaped buttons on the dashboard, new front buckets, and a new gauge cluster.
Furthermore, new trim panels are added, and all-new HVAV vents at the rear. Aesthetically, everything is pretty much the same and no cabin re-arrangement happened. The cabin is quiet and control is easy to both reach and use. Thanks to some dark accents, the interior now looks more premium. Folding flat second row seats will make over 63 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear subfloor area hides two electric motors.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Engine and Battery Range
As we can see, the exterior and interior suffered some changes, but the biggest innovation is a new drivetrain. Mitsubishi’s goal is to improve efficiency and the 2.0-liter engine on the outgoing model didn’t meet the expectations. That means a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder drivetrain is added. This engine comes with the fuel-sipping Atkinson combustion cycle. This cycle will keep the intake valves open and that should lower the compression ratio, and to do that, new Outlander will spend less fuel as a result.
Furthermore, the new gasoline engine comes with two electric motors that are now larger just like the battery. This should help the engine to deliver more power and more range. Quick reminder, the outgoing Outlander PHEV have an EV range of 22-miles. Mitsubishi claims that the battery’s capacity will jump by 15 percent.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Price and Release Date
While the pricing is unknown, we can expect a slightly larger price than the 2018 model. The new 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will cost around $35,000. This hybrid midsize-SUV will hit the markets at the very end of 2019, or even at the beginning of 2020.