Appealing plug-in for Canadians: 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Premier PHEV

The first Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was a trailblazer when it appeared on the scene in 2018. Mitsubishi had nailed the need for something more than a mere hybrid.

The Outlander PHEV offered all the advantages of a hybrid – the ability to cut back on the use of gasoline. But with a larger battery and the ability to plug into a range of sources and the resulting extended range, it became the most popular plug-in vehicle in Canada.

 

Second-gen Outlander more powerful, more efficient

The second generation of the Outlander came along for the 2023 model year. It brought significant upgrades to the entire electric system, allowing much greater distances before the fossil fuel fix was required.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

It retains a pair of electric motors but bumped up the output. The one driving the front wheels went from 80 to 114 horsepower and the rear unit enjoyed a 40% increase to 134 horsepower. That more powerful rear motor allowed the development team to maximize the effectiveness of their renowned S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) system.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

The more powerful motors required a bigger battery. The new one produces 20 kWh, a 50% increase from the original unit.

 

The bigger battery pack allows the second-generation Outlander PHEV to go up to 60 km before the gasoline engine kicks in.

As usual, the ratings are a touch optimistic. But not as much as you may think. I managed 43 km in winter weather on battery-juice alone. Speaking of winter – the new Outlander PHEV has a heat-pump which allows for faster warm-ups in winter using less fuel.

 

Unlike other plug-in hybrids, the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can be charged from a DC fast charger.

Mitsubishi’s development engineers didn’t stop there when updating the Outlander PHEV. Like other plug-in hybrids it can be plugged into a 110-volt household or 220-volt Level 2 charger. But unlike the others, it can also be charged from a 50 kW DC fast charger using the supplied connector.

All this is good news, but the Outlander PHEV lays waste to the dreaded problem of range anxiety associated with driving on electric power. This mid-size crossover will go almost 700 km before you need to stop for gas or a charge. Mitsubishi gilded the lily by not only putting in larger batteries with greater range, it bumped up the size of the fuel tank from 42 to 56 litres.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

When it comes time to fill the tank after driving more than 500 km in a vehicle of this size, it comes as a pleasant surprise to need so few of those increasingly expensive litres.

 

NRC says you can average 3.6 litres/100 km on a mixture of electric and gasoline power.

Once again, I couldn’t match those ratings. In spite of my more aggressive driving style, I achieved 5.5 for a week of driving in a split of city and highway use.

The gasoline part of the Outlander PHEV is the same 2.4-litre four-cylinder used in the first generation. But it too has been upgraded. Smooth and refined, its presence is only known through a slight increase in sound and a gentle nudge as the vehicle transitions from electric only to gas & electric motivation.

The Outlander has a CHARGE mode that lets the driver recharge the battery pack by using the gasoline engine and a generator while underway. It will consume about three litres of fuel to take the batteries from empty to 80%. The standard way to recharge is to plug into a household circuit overnight or a Level 2 charger which will accomplish the feat in 6.5 hours.

 

The fun part of driving a hybrid with regenerative braking is conquering the one-pedal capability.

If you work at it, you can do 90% of your driving without ever touching the brake pedal. Mitsubishi provides five regen levels via the pedals on the back of the steering wheel. The most aggressive one is obviously the best approach to one-pedal driving and putting the maximum amount of energy back into the battery pack.

As part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the latter has access to a large development and engineering supply. The Outlander is built on the same new global platform as the Nissan Rogue. Mitsubishi found a way to fit a third row of seats. That third row is cramped, but it is there for those occasions when you need that extra set of belts.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Mitsubishi Canada

 

Front and second row seats are spacious. The second-row bench slides fore and aft allowing you to prioritize cargo space when the third row is down or leg room for third row occupants.

 

The range-topping tester boasted quilted leather seats with contrasting stitching – a very upscale touch.

The driver faces a digital instrument panel filled with useful information regarding state of charge, remaining range etc. through a variety menu options.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

That new platform begets a significant increase in refinement over the old Outlander. The ride/handling compromise is well thought out and both road and wind noise are commendably low.

The 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV benefits from a thorough makeover, becoming one of the best plug-in hybrids on the market. With three row of seats, all-season traction and a very thrifty drivetrain, it should appeal to many Canadians.

 

2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Premier
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

FACTS & FIGURES – 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT Premium S-AWC

 

PRICE

Base: $58,198

As tested: $60,148 including freight

 

SAFETY

Trailer stability assist, lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, rear automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear park sensors, lane departure prevention, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, automatic LED headlights with washers, multi-view camera system with moving object detection

 

INFOTAINMENT

120V/1,500W electrical outlet, Type A & C USB inputs front and rear, wireless cell phone interface, , 23-cm infotainment display, nine speaker Bose audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, satellite radio and embedded navigation

 

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

20-in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, heated and folding mirrors with integrated turn signals, windshield wiper de-icer, panoramic sunroof, heated front and second row seats, eight-way power driver’s seat with key-linked memory and mirrors, four-way power front passenger seat, semi-aniline leather seats with massage function and orange contrast stitching, electric parking brake, rear door pull-up sun shades, three-zone automatic climate control, push button start, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, adaptive cruise control, heated tilt & telescope steering wheel,27-cm Heads Up Display

 

SIGNIFICANT OPTIONS

None

MECHANICAL

2.4 litre four-cylinder engine, regular fuel, two AC electric motors combined output 248 horsepower and 332 lb.ft. of torque. Single speed transmission, all-wheel-drive. NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 9.2/8.7, combined gas/electric 3.6 litre equivalent/ 100 km

 

DIMENSIONS

Length, 4,710 mm; width, 2,144 mm; wheelbase, 2,706 mm; weight, 2,155 kg

 

COMPETITION

Ford Escape PHEV, Hyundai Tucson PHEV, Kia Sportage PHEV, Toyota RAV4 Prime

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