With soaring gasoline prices, declining oil inventories, and the dream of getting all CO2 emissions down to zero, one has to think carefully about what kind of a mobile subset you'll gain. It can only be a logical step towards plug-in hybrids. But how does such a greener car actually behave in everyday life? Is there anything missing, what a modern diesel or gasoline engine has better on it? And how economical is such a half e-car actually, also in terms of a required outlet and especially as an SUV?
About 30.000 kilometers in plug-in Hybrid Outlander endurance test car from Mitsubishi
Here you have to rethink a bit, but that is not so difficult in the first place. When it comes to driving, it's easy. The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid makes switching to the future easy. Get in, press brake, shift lever to D and off you go. With the latest Outlander generation, Mitsubishi has created a milestone in plug-in hybrid technology. A big step in the era of mobility and sustainability. Thus, the vehicle was immediately designed so that it fits into the overall concept of the Japanese manufacturer. Diesel, petrol or plug-in hybrid? All this fits modularly under the pleasing SUV form of a Mitsubishi. Thus, Mitsubishi was the first manufacturer to offer a plug-in hybrid SUV. Here, the customer had to make no compromises and got a full-fledged vehicle in this segment.
The Outlander Plug-In Hybrid has four-wheel drive, can tow trailers and is able to accelerate fully electrically to a speed of 120 km / h. If you prefer to travel on clouds, you can switch on the noiseless EV mode and drive up to 52 kilometers on velvet paws. The drive is taken over by the two electric motors. One on the front axle and one on the rear axle. The special feature of Outlander PHEV, however, is not its convincing electric power, but to convince the ingenious combination of the entire technology package knows.
The drive train of the Outlander has one 82 PS strong electric motor per axle. In addition, a power generator and a gasoline engine under the hood. The hybrid drive of the Outlander can work both serially and in parallel. The gasoline engine is used under 65 km / h hour purely as an energy producer. It charges the batteries that power the electric motors. From 65 km / h, the gasoline engine works directly as a drive for the front axle. Thanks to the single-stage transmission, the two-liter petrol engine with its 121 PS is added and drives the front axle of the Outlander on. Up to Tempo 170 manages the fleet Japanese and shows a brilliant interaction of the various engines.
The all-wheel drive of the Outlander is referred to as "Twin Motor 4WD". Although there is no mechanical connection between the front axle and the rear axle, the two electric motors provide for intelligent all-wheel drive and pure driving pleasure. Mitsubishi also has the control logic of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution packed into the Outlander and thus ensures with an active power distribution (Active Yaw) for a special driving dynamics. You can feel the 1,9 tons curb weight as good as not at all, because the almost 400 Nm of electric motors bring neat momentum in the SUV from the first turn. At the touch of a button you control yourself which combination of gasoline engine, Stromer and electric motors you want. By pressing the "CHRG" button you control, for example, the charging function of the system. Really useful is the charging by "gasoline engine" of course not. It makes more sense to charge by plug. And also more economical. Because to charge the batteries by gasoline engine, about three liters of gasoline are necessary. But with full batteries, good 40 kilometers of pure electric range are available.
In its journeys, the plug-in hybrid remains a classic hybrid. Like all others, he uses the energy that he recovers during the braking process in order to glide soundlessly through electric power, if necessary. Even at higher speeds, this works perfectly. Here you can observe the current flow and the power distribution via graphics via a display. Only through this graphic processing, the complex interaction of gasoline engine, electric motors, generator and battery becomes aware. With the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel you control the recuperation of the Outlander.
How strong this function supports during braking can be adjusted manually on many hybrid vehicles. The Outlander divides the effect of Rekuperationsleistung in 6 stages. From 0 (no recuperation) up to 5. In level 5, for example, hardly any brake pedal is used. Who goes off in the 5 stage, feels very clearly how the vehicle is braked over the now working as dynamos electric motors. At the same time, a lot of kinetic energy is fed back into the batteries. Thus, this recuperation stage makes valuable work, especially when driving downhill or in a trailer.
The Outlander creates so short distances purely electric without any problems and also on the long routes you are just as speedy thanks to gasoline engine. And even very comfortable, because space problems the Outlander does not know. However, he loses the possible third row of seats as an option because of the basic construction of the fourth generation as a "plug-in hybrid SUV". But that is to endure, the trunk still has 463 to 1.472 liter volume. A big advantage for such a family SUV.
In terms of price, the Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid is on a fair level. Two electric motors, a gasoline engine, 52 kilometers of electric range and 120 km / h maximum electrical speed for a total of 5 passengers cost outlander PHEV from 39.900 €. Compared to a conventional SUV so still a good deal. And then there was the promotion of the federal government. At Mitsubishi you can increase this promotion to 6.000 € total support! Thus, the price point has fallen once again.
He knows workshop visits only from the manual or to have winter tires assembled. But of course there are exceptions. In practice, there were again and again test cars, which come up shortly after the break-in with unexpected problems. But the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can convince to 100%.
So far, we have experienced a total consumption of 35.000 liters on 2.6 km over the number of 100 + km driven. In addition, the PHEV consumes around 100 kW / h of power on 21.6 km, showing that it is not only a reliable companion but also more economical. We are convinced and you?