Mitsubishi has taken the wraps off the 2019 Outlander PHEV.
Currently on display in Geneva, the updated model looks virtually identical to its predecessor but there are some pretty significantly upgrades underneath the skin. Starting under the hood, the 2019 model has a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine that produces more torque than the previous 2.0-liter Otto cycle unit.
Besides the new engine, the Outlander has been equipped with a next-generation plug-in hybrid powertrain which features a number of improvements. Detailed specifications won’t be released until closer to launch but the company confirmed the model now has a 13.8 kWh lithium-ion battery which is 1.8 kWh larger than before. The company also said the output of the generator and rear electric motor have increased by ten percent.
There’s no word on the new ratings but the generator was previously rated at 93 hp (70 kW) so the new unit should produce 103 hp (77 kW). Likewise, the previous rear electric motor developed 80 hp (60 kW) and 143 lb-ft (195 Nm) of torque so a ten percent increase would raise those figures to 88 hp (66 kW) and 157 lb-ft (214 Nm) of torque.
Regardless of the final ratings, the 2019 Outlander PHEV gains two additional drive modes. The new Sport mode promises to deliver “greater driving enjoyment on winding roads” while the Snow mode will help drivers facing slippery conditions.
In terms of styling, there isn’t much to report as the model has been equipped with updated LED headlights, rectangular fog light bezels and a modestly revised grille. The Outlander also gains a larger rear spoiler and new 18-inch alloy wheels.
The subtle revisions continue in the cabin as designers added “all-new hip-hugging front seats” which can be upholstered in new quilted leather. Designers also installed a new instrument panel, updated switchgear and revised trim.
The 2019 Outlander PHEV will go on sale in Europe this fall and the model will likely arrive in the United States shortly thereafter.