Plug-in hybrid: powertrain with a future

After two years in the endurance test, it is clear to us that everyday life in the Plug-in Hybrid Outlander wins through its efficient and focused focus on the electric drive. Free of fear of range, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander has trimmed everyday life for maximum electrical efficiency. It doesn't matter whether it's the shopping tour, the dog ride to the vet or the little one to kindergarten. With the range of up to 52 km purely electric, everyday life is covered. No other car is needed for longer distances, because the Plug-in Hybrid Outlander also convinces on long distances. Yes, consumption tends to increase to 8-9 liters when you have to cover many distances without battery charging - but among us - a 2-ton SUV with a petrol engine and only 8-9 liters per 100 km? Brilliant.

Participation of the Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Future of the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander

This week Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan announced the completion of the majority stake. Mitsubishi will become part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance and the successful Renault and Nissan reorganizer, Carlos Ghosn, will take over the chairmanship of Mitsubishi's board. Of course, the board members always speak of the massive synergy effects in these acquisitions. Of common developments for the future and and and. By the way, Renault-Nissan, together with Mitsubishi, will rise into a league of the really big ones. On par with Volkswagen and Toyota. Remarkable at the press conference this week was the explicit announcement that the powertrain of the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander would become the plug-in hybrid standard in the Renault-Nissan group. Because only with efficient hybridization will the transformation to electromobility and compliance with future CO2 limit values ​​be achieved. And at the same time being able to fulfill the customer's request for an SUV.

Detailed look at powertrain of the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid Outlander

The fact that the Renault-Nissan alliance with the majority stake in Mitsubishi now also takes over the powertrain of the plug-in hybrid SUV, says a lot about the progressiveness of the Mitsubishi technology. We already know from the long-lasting test how ingenious the technology is. Now, however, want to introduce the technology in detail again:

Continue with cleverness!

It has become an ingenious solution under the diamond SUV plate. All the advantages of the SUV technology, a permanent four-wheel drive, a locally emission-free ride and yet, no range fears.

The powertrain of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid in detail:

Powertrain Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

Three engines worry about the drive of the plug-in hybrid. Two of them are electric motors with an output of each 82 PS. The front electric motor brings with it 137 Nm of power and the rear electric motor 195 Nm. As usual with electric motors, this force is available almost from the first revolution.

The two electric motors are joined by a gasoline engine that works in the Atkinson cycle and is therefore primarily designed to function as an “electricity generator”. The focus here is on the efficiency of the two-liter petrol engine (MIVEC). The petrol engine has 121 HP and puts a maximum of 190 Nm of force on the crankshaft.

The petrol engine was mounted on a type of gearbox housing with a clutch. However, the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid does not have a transmission in the usual sense. Nevertheless, the petrol engine can be coupled directly to the front axle from a speed of around 64 km / h and then drives it.

Under the bonnet and directly on the gasoline engine is still a third generator. This is used exclusively for energy. While the electric motors on the front and rear axles both send power to the axles and recover energy from the movement when rolling and braking, the generator in the vicinity of the gasoline engine operates only as a power generator.

The advantage of the powertrain is the consistent focus on maximum efficiency, without having to accept the disadvantages of an electric vehicle. With the 12 kWh from the deep under the vehicle floor integrated battery pack (lowers the center of gravity, good for driving behavior), the Outlander creates according to EU standards, a range of up to 52 kilometers, purely electric. For most commuters, this route is completely sufficient to get battery-electric to work.

Mitsubishi has the Outlander plug-in hybrid very clear for the modern urban (Made-up word for "the city") Life constructed. The maximum efficiency is obtained by equally consistent use of the 12 kWh battery. This is a habituation in everyday life, because one is not always successful in the search for electricity, but can be brought to the series.


Purely electrical operation

The Outlander plug-in hybrid has an extensive extension in the menus in the multimedia system, with which, among other things, the driving modes can be displayed. In this case the display says: “We drive electrically!” The two electric motors are supplied with power from the battery (up to 60 kW load requirement) and drive the Outlander.

From about 64 km / h the display can change and display a new scheme:

Parallel hybrid operation

From 64 km / h, the petrol engine can engage directly for propulsion via the wet clutch on the front axle. The documents for the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid always speak of 120 km / h at which the petrol engine engages - that's right, if the battery level drops, if more power is required or if you want to charge the batteries, the petrol engine can already do so Switch on at around 64 km / h and then drive the front axle directly. If you now work with a little feeling on the accelerator pedal, you can switch on the petrol engine directly and push the Outlander with the 190 Nm of the petrol engine, if desired, up to the locked top speed of 170 km / h. If you overdo it with the power call, or simply demand the maximum performance, you will see a different graphic on the display:

phev serial drive

Serial hybrid operation

Up to 120 km / h you can often see this power flow in the display. The gasoline engine, coupled to the generator, produces the energy for the battery pack, from where it is distributed to the two electric motors. The Outlander plug-in hybrid is a real SUV with a “real” all-wheel drive. The Mitsubishi control logic for intelligent all-wheel drives (S-AWC) was also adopted in the plug-in hybrids. The two-liter Atkinson petrol engine produces the electricity for propelling the plug-in hybrid up to a speed of 64 via the generator.

Charge logic and four-wheel cleverness

Of the whole process, the driver feels almost nothing in everyday life. The whole powertrain, the logic and computing power behind the constant change of serial and parallel hybrid technology, between recuperation and dynamic distribution of drive power, is so savvy that one sits only with admiration behind the wheel.

The reach advantage of the Outlander Plug-In Hybrid

The result of the complex drive train, the clever combination of gasoline engine and electric motors? Together with the 12 kWh batteries and the 45 liter large gas tank? The plugin hybrid driver does not have to be scared to lie down. On the weekend on a big tour? No thing. On vacation? No thing. Anyone who consistently uses the power storage system and the possibility of electrical charging will be able to do almost one 3.000 kilometers with one tank! Do not you believe? 

Plug-in hybrid technology with a future!

The commitment of the Renault-Nissan alliance to Mitsubishi and explicitly to the plug-in hybrid technology of the Japanese gives a good feeling. It confirms our opinion on applied technology at Mitsubishi. An everyday life, purely electric, without reach-fear. Made by Mitsubishi. Made for the future!



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