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2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV carries over with more power and bigger battery

Mitsubishi has finally released details on the 2021 Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid variant of its compact crossover. Unlike the standard car, the electrified version is still the previous generation model. However, it gets significant changes under the skin.

The most notable update is the powertrain, which swaps the 2.0-liter four-cylinder for a 2.4-liter making 126 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A 70-kW rear electric motor replaces the old 60 kW unit while battery size grows to 13.8 kWh from 12.0 kWh. That bumps the total output to 221 hp, which is 31 hp more than the old system.

EV mode range gets a 2.0-mile bump to 24 miles on a full charge while top speed increases to 83 mph. The EPA rates the 2021 Outlander PHEV at 26 mpg city/highway combined. With a full tank and charged battery, the crossover is capable of traveling 320 miles in total. Mitsubishi has also retuned the plug-in hybrid system’s operation for improved smoothness and NVH. Sport and Snow driving modes have also been added.

Other changes include a new Limited-Edition trim, which slots between the SEL and GT grades. This variant gets dark chrome 18-inch alloy wheels, blacked-out front and rear bumpers, and the Mitsubishi Power Sound system. Every 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV gets front automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams as standard equipment.

For 2021, the Outlander PHEV also gets higher tax credits courtesy of the bigger battery. Buyers can now qualify for up to $6,587 in federal tax credits, which is an increase of $751 over the 2020 model. The Outlander PHEV’s price also remains unchanged at $37,490. The Limited Edition variant starts at $39,190 while the range-topping GT checks in at $43,190.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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