2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has amazing new skill

A revolutionary new feature is set to change the way people use their cars forever, and in doing so, could save them a lot of money.

The car that started the plug-in hybrid revolution in Australia is back for its second act and now has an ace up its sleeve.

Mitsubishi contains detailed Australian prices and specifications for the new Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) should appear in showrooms in August this year.

High-tech plug-in petrol-electric vehicles have not grown in popularity in Australia, but they remain an important stepping stone between combustion engine and zero emission vehicles.

The Outlander PHEV combines a 2.4-litre petrol engine with two electric motors – one on each axle for all-wheel drive – with a combined output of 185kW and 450Nm.

There are several modes of operation, including pure electric and where the gasoline engine can be used as a generator to recharge the battery or for direct drive to the front wheels.

A 20 kWh battery allows the Outlander PHEV to travel up to 84 km on pure electric power.

Regenerative braking returns energy to the battery to increase range.

Mitsubishi claims fuel consumption of 1.5 l/100 km, but this is likely to increase significantly after the first 100 km when the battery is dead.

This, combined with a large fuel tank, gives the plug-in hybrid a claimed range of over 900 km.

A major improvement to the Outlander PHEV is now bi-directional charging, which allows the vehicle’s battery to send power back to the grid or power an off-grid home.

A 20 kWh battery contains a significant amount of energy, equal to about one and a half Tesla Powerwall home batteries.

Very few all-electric vehicles have this capability. and this is likely to be the main selling point.

It also has a vehicle loading function that allows the vehicle to power appliances such as air conditioners or camping equipment.

It takes up to 12 hours to fully charge the battery through a standard home outlet, and 6.5 hours from a home charger.

The DC fast charger can charge the battery from 0 to 80 percent in 38 minutes. Fast chargers slow down the charge rate by the last 20 percent to prevent the battery from overheating.

The ES and Aspire classes come with five seats and start at $54,590 (excluding travel expenses) and $60,990, respectively.

The Exceed and Exceed Tourer seat seven and cost between $65,990 and $68,490.

All variants feature a nine-inch center screen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is paired with a 12.3-inch full digital instrument display.

Base versions of the ES get 18-inch alloy wheels, while the rest get larger 20-inch wheels.

Each version comes with a full set of standard security features.

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