2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Looks The Same But Has New 2.0L Engine

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.

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  • Mr Hahn

    When is Mitsu going to release an all new Outlander? This thing is DATED!

    • Joran Bloem

      Kinda and kinda not. The s edition, new drive modes, improved drivetrain and interior make this a pretty much brand new outlander phev without ACTUALLY making an all-new car. It has practically nothing in common with my dad’s 2013 outlander phev.

      An all-new outlander phev would have been nice, but it’s selling so well there’s no need and mitsubishi’s likely waiting till after 2020 for it’s true succesor. First we’ll get more facelifts and phev versions from other models and a few all-new models for certain markets. Overall though this should already be 10-20% more efficiënt than the original outlander phev and the slightly facelifted model, which is nothing to be sniffed at, especially considering the extra all-electric range and extra power! 0-100kph should now take around 10s or less and with a chiptune that could drop to 9-ish (exhaust and high-flow air filter might help even more). Not extremely fast, but with the instant torque from the electric motors, sports suspension and sport mode it will at least be quite fun to drive in and around town with 30/50/60/70/80kph speed limits!

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