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Mitsubishi Motors Australia’s 2021 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) will be better equipped to take on the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid thanks to boosted standard safety and a new sporty variant.
However, the electric SUVs update will come with a slight price rise, with the base ES grade increasing $600 to $47,990 before on-road costs.
The new GSR grade slots in at $52,490, while the top-spec Exceed is now just $100 pricier at $56,490.
All three are equipped with Mitsubishi’s 2.4-litre petrol engine and twin electric motor set-up for a combined system output of 157kW/332Nm, while the 13.8kWh battery enables an emissions-free driving range around 54km.
Three driving modes are available on the Outlander PHEV – EV Priority, Series Hybrid and Parallel Hybrid – which adjust the characteristics of the electric motors.
Recharging the Outlander PHEV takes up to seven hours through standard type 1 charger, though can be cut down to three hours and 25 mins with a type 2 and DC fast charger respectively.
Standard equipment on the Outlander PHEV includes push-button start, heated front seats, privacy glass, rear spoiler, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, black cloth trim, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen and digital radio.
In terms of safety, autonomous emergency braking, automatic wipers and headlights, lane departure warning, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic highbeams, and hill-start assist is fitted at no extra cost.
Stepping up the GSR adds Bilstein premium suspension, rear cargo blind, electric tailgate, eight-speaker premium sound system, heated door mirrors, micro-suede seat trims and red-contrasting interior stitching.
The sporty attitude of the GSR is also enhanced with black exterior highlights for the roof rails, roof, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels.
Safety systems are also boosted in the mid-tier grade thanks to the inclusion of blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and front parking sensors.
The flagship Exceed reverts back to the ES’ standard suspension and body-coloured exterior components, but adds LED headlights with washer, an electric sunroof, scuff plate, chrome highlights, leather seats, carbon interior trim, surround-view monitor, satellite navigation and an EV remote control app on top of specification available on the GSR.
Exterior colour options include ‘Starlight’, ‘Titanium’, ‘Red Diamond’ and ‘Ruby Black’, though the latter is not available on the GSR.
Mitsubishi will also offer its new Outlander PHEV with special drive-away pricing at launch, with the ES, GSR and Exceed available from $51,99, $56,490 and $60,990 respectively.
Like all new Mitsubishi models, the 2021 Outlander PHEV is eligible for the brand’s industry-leading 10-year/200,000km warranty if serviced at approved dealerships.