Mitsubishi has announced a raft of improvements for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The PHEV variant is the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid model and gets an EV Priority Mode, which allows the driver to dictate that they do not want the combustion engine to kick in – provided there’s enough battery charge. An electronic parking brake is also new, which comes with an auto-hold function for hill starts.

Rapid charging has been improved, so it now takes 25 minutes to reach 80 per cent, down five minutes on before, while pure electric range has increased by one mile to 33 miles.

Improvements to the powertrain see better returns in performance and economy, with 166mpg and CO2 emissions of 41g/km.

The Outlander has excellent off-road capability thanks to its adaptive four-wheel drive technology. In the PHEV version, twin electric motors drive the front wheels to help the combustion engine deliver torque to all four wheels.

Safety features have been given a thorough going over for the 2017 model, too. Forward collision mitigation technology available on higher spec models now features pedestrian detection, while rear cross traffic alert and blind spot warning are now available as standard lower down the range.

In PHEV guise the Outlander comes with Benefit-in-Kind tax of just seven per cent, making it appealing to company car users. It’s also exempt from the London congestion charge.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is available from £34,749 excluding the £2,500 government grant for plug-in vehicles.

Darren Cassey


January 20, 2017