Today I have to testing the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. With his letter "the first plug-in hybrid SUV with four-wheel drive in the world" makes me want to get their hands but first I miss the brake because I am struck its image abroad for its resemblance to the rest of the range. As you know almost all manufacturers have been given to equip their hybrid vehicles with futuristic shapes that belong perfectly to films 'shot' on another planet. Mitsubishi has decided to take his SUV 4.65 meters long and install a hybrid system consisting of a combustion engine and two electric generator. Punto. Only unlike the Outlander 'mondo and lirondo on your specific grille alloy wheels 18-inch LED lights. Its rounded pleasant ways of seeing these angular leave behind traces of which boasted older models. You just have to know where the shots will trigger Mitsubishi as far as design is concerned the short term; notes the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.
Inside it boasts an outstanding range for five passengers. Yes you heard right only to five passengers since the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV not allowed to opt for the two extra seats which if available in the rest of the range. At least its trunk remains almost unchanged since cubes 463 liters only 14 less than his 'brother' ICE technology.
And speaking of technology before I get to test drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV I will desgranarte the operation of this Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. As I mentioned earlier equip a block of combustion and electric motor. The first is a four-cylinder 2.0-liter petrol that is capable of delivering 121 hp to the front axle or supercharge the other engines. The electrical group is formed by two one on the front axle and one in the rear which together account for 162 hp. In addition equip a generator that serves as support to global and which is responsible for starting it.
The vehicle can 'play' with them to offer the best friendly and efficient response and almost imperceptible to the ear but the driver also on the scene thanks to the controls at its disposal. Initially and as long as the battery is charged the vehicle moves with the two electric thrusters offering thus a commendable smoothness and quiet for 52 km which is its autonomy although I have not gotten 43. This quiet perfect for getting around town at 0 cost of gasoline is kept below 120 km / h unless the driver requires more power than the 162 hp offered or charge level is below 30% which is when the combustion engine is connected to power the generator and traction battery recharging. If you sink your foot on the accelerator which is usually not usual unless you make an overtaking or need more power on a slope calm gives way to the storm and the noise is much higher despite the well soundproofed is -monta a specific windshield thicker windows and low have been modified-. Finally when the Outlander needs of their potential parallel hybrid mode where the combustion engine which is supported by two electric drives the front wheels through a clutch and voilà activates wheels! 203 hp maximum power.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gives the driver the opportunity to 'play' with integrated systems for energy recovery either braking or retaining the five modes are graduates from the cam wheel-these do not serve to increase or decrease run like other models-. As if that were not enough you have the 'Save' and 'Charge' button located on the center console. The first serves to save the battery if you need it later for example to enter the old town of some cities you can only access electric cars while the second charge the battery independently through gasoline engine action that gasoline consumption increases.
To load we can serve any conventional outlet which requires four hours while in a fast charger is reduced to 30 minutes.
In March the Outlander PHEV test as I mentioned earlier noted for its extremely low noise level and smooth transitions with moving from one mode to another forcing you to look at the instrument panel or touch screen console to see which engine is generating energy.
But as I tell you it is an ideal vehicle for city and short distances also inform you that it is not the car I'd buy if its greatest use is for long journeys and not his driving position which is really convenient or for their seats which are very comfortable if not for fuel consumption. And is that when the batteries are depleted and the petrol engine starts running consumption exceeds 10.5 l / km if we maintain a speed close to 120 km / h so we'll have to stop to refuel past 300 km. The adaptive cruise control helps contain costs and also require less driver as the vehicle either by a radar controls acceleration and braking. Yes I like that you can not remove the 'adaptive' option a possibility that do offer other brands such as Jeep or Opel because sometimes is too 'prudent' using 'the left pedal'; Mitsubishi says it is "in pursuit of security."
Mitsubishi PHEV system provides 100% torque from standstill instantaneously. The company Diamonds says that "the acceleration is similar to a V6 3.0 liter"; true that the passage of 0-50 km / h impressive but do not oversell. Also that rush of energy decreases when you exceed 90 km / h which for example the (test) Volkswagen Golf GTE does not happen thanks to DSG him.
One of the strengths of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is its complete equipment series that incorporates: alloy wheels 18 "front side airbags curtain and knee for driver active traction control and stability (ASTC) system support hill start (HSA) ABS with EBD (electronic brake distributor) Xenon headlamps Super-expanded beam HID light rain and light sensor dual zone automatic climate control with pollen filter system rear parking assistance with rear view camera opening system and keyless start Rockford Fosgate sound system 710 W and 9 speakers Bluetooth inter alia system for mobile phones with steering wheel controls. The Outlander PHEV Motion which is the version that mounts this equipment costs 42000 euros a figure that nothing seems disproportionate case of a large SUV with hybrid technology. But it also can be reduced thanks to Movele 9300 euros Large Families and PIVE Plan Plan.
After this test I can confirm that Mitsubishi has created a very attractive product with discount can be purchased for just over 32000 euros. Bring a complete standard equipment and technology everywhere. Your electric range allows it to be one of the kings of short circular movements and gives him how quiet it is like. Too bad when out on the road and the battery dies goes consumption of 10 liters. That's when I recommend the diesel version if you plan to do most of kilometers on long journeys.
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