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Looks like it’s official — the U.S. will assuredly get the upgraded Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that’s been on auction in Europe and Japan back backward 2018. AutoGuide perused abstracts Mitsubishi filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2021 artefact lineup. The paperwork shows a 2.4-liter agent with 126 application replacing the 2.0-liter with 117 hp in the accepted U.S.-market Outlander constituent hybrid. We’ve accepted the agent change for a while, but we didn’t accept a application appraisement before. The adaptation on auction in Europe gets 133 hp from the 2.4-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, while able “higher torque, smoother operation, and all-embracing college efficiency.” We’ll get the 13.8-kWh battery, up from the 12-kWh assemblage currently installed, and the rear electric motor gets bumped up to 93 hp, aforementioned as overseas. The e-motor on the advanced arbor holds abiding at 80 hp.
Unless Mitsubishi has model-year escapade in mind, the abstracts call the next-gen Outlander that’s been promised for admission after this year. It will ride on a Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance platform, accepted to be the aforementioned architectonics aggregate with the next-gen 2021 Nissan Rogue. The accepted Outlander and Rogue are aloof 0.3 inches apart, and both are accepted to abound in size. The new Outlander’s exoteric will accumulate cues from the Engelberg Tourer abstraction (shown below) like vertically-oriented headlights, a adapted greenhouse, and a above rear roof spoiler.
If Mitsubishi carries over the blow of the upgrades afforded the all-embracing Outlander PHEV versions, we’re in for a added able generator, and new Sport and Snow modes. The abeyance and 4WD Lock were additionally bolstered on the accepted crossover, but with an all-new generation, we’d apprehend absolute overhauls in accouterments and software. The absolute award-winning will be award out how abundant EV ambit the abutting constituent amalgam Outlander promises above the 22 afar accessible on the accepted model. On Japan’s testing cycle, the new powertrain continued all-electric active from 37.8 afar to 40.4 miles.
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