If you think Mitsubishi’s latest electric vehicle is likely to be very much at home in the city you’d be right.
And also wrong!
A rally-prepped Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV has just spent a week racing on almost 2,000 kilometres of rugged tracks through Thai and Cambodian jungles at an average speed of 103 km/h. With scarcely a city street to be seen.
For the second year in a row the PHEV won the electric class in the gruelling FIA-certified Asia Cross Country Rally, held August 9-15. It placed 14th overall (of 58 starters) and in the final flat-terrain leg at Phnom Penh clocked a stunning 2nd overall.
Mitsubishi’s head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook commented: “The petrol/diesel Outlander won its stripes as the civilised SUV that goes anywhere. Likewise the PHEV. While the rally car was competition-tuned and fitted with a roll cage, underbody skid plate, even a snorkel for river crossings - it raced with virtually the same powertrain and mechanical parts as the standard production version.
“In the dealer showroom this car looks deceptively mild-mannered. Yet, at the flick of the 4WD switch, it’s ready to drive straight off High Street and show its true colours in the tough stuff”.
- The Outlander PHEV is powered by two 60kW electric motors, each driving one axle, and a multi-purpose 2-litre MIVEC engine that turns the wheels and/or generates electricity as required. The whole combination works with Mitsubishi’s (S-AWC) Super All Wheel Control to give exceptional 4WD capability and unprecedented 1.9 litre/100km economy.