Whereas its gasoline counterpart will get a redesign and 2022-model-year designation, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will get smaller updates, together with powertrain tweaks that increase energy and electrical vary.

A 2.4-liter gasoline inline-4, rated at 126 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, replaces the earlier 2.0-liter engine. It nonetheless works with a pair of electrical motors, however the rear motor now makes 70 kilowatts (94 hp), in comparison with 60 kw (80 hp) earlier than. Complete system output is now 221 hp—31 hp greater than the earlier model.

The all-wheel drive Outlander Plug-In Hybrid additionally will get a bigger battery pack, at 13.8 kilowatt-hours, up from 12.0 kwh earlier than. This permits for a rise in electrical vary from 22 miles to 24 miles, and the next prime velocity in electrical mode. It is now 83 mph, in comparison with 79 mph earlier than.

Regardless of the bigger battery pack and extra highly effective rear electrical motor, the 2021 Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will get the identical 74 MPGe effectivity ranking as earlier than. The 2021 mannequin can be barely extra gas environment friendly. Its EPA-rated 26 mpg mixed is 1 mpg greater than the 2020 mannequin.

The one different main change for 2021 is a brand new trim stage—LE—which slots between the carryover SEL and GT trims. Pricing begins at $37,490 for the SEL, whereas the LE and GT begin at $39,190 and $43,190, respectively (all costs embrace a compulsory $1,195 vacation spot cost).

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid charging

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid charging

Launched in the US for the 2018 mannequin 12 months after many delays, the Outlander PHEV was a powerful entry till lately, its EV vary and efficiency are actually far lower than what’s provided by the Toyota RAV4 Prime. The Toyota is extra highly effective (302 hp), extra environment friendly (38 mpg mixed), and gives extra electrical vary (42 miles) than the Mitsubishi.

Nonetheless the modifications, which have been hinted at by Mitsubishi final summer season, are basically a patch. A plug-in hybrid model of the redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, which relies on a platform shared with the Nissan Rogue, is on the way in which, however will not arrive till 2023.

Mitsubishi can be as a consequence of get a model of the all-electric Nissan Ariya, however which may not occur till the center of the last decade. Which may nonetheless make it the primary all-electric Mitsubishi offered within the U.S. for the reason that ill-fated i-MiEV.

However the automaker revealed final 12 months that it plans to rely heavily on plug-in hybrids within the subsequent decade. Plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles are anticipated to make up 50% of the model’s international gross sales by 2030.

Mitsubishi final 12 months additionally invested in WiTricity, which specializes in wireless charging tech that might make day by day driving of a plug-in hybrid simpler.