Thinking of going electric? Get an EV and more with the new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid family SUV
It’s a confusing time to be a motorist in Ireland. There has been much talk in the news recently about different powertrains and what is the best and most ‘future-proofed’ option when considering a new car.
The latest budget saw the Irish Government introduce a surcharge on all new diesel cars, while incentives to get into greener, more environmentally-friendly electric and hybrid vehicles continue to increase. While we all recognise the need to work towards a zero-emissions future and reduce our carbon footprint, a limited amount of choice on the market means going fully electric is just not a viable option for many drivers at the moment. This is particularly true for those who need more space and flexibility than a small, fully-electric car can offer.
Electric and more
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a car that offers the best of both worlds – a stylish, four-wheel drive plug-in hybrid SUV that combines electric and petrol power, which can be set to full electric driving or alternatively allow the hybrid system to automatically choose the most efficient drive mode.
As a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, it allows you to travel solely on electric power for up to 45km without range anxiety, as it also has the back up of a 2.4L petrol engine. This means that you can charge it up and use it just like an EV for your day-to-day driving, which in many cases is less than 45km. In fact, the average daily commute in Ireland is just 30km. It can be charged for as little as €1.38 on night time electricity rates, thus greatly reducing the cost of your commute.
For longer spins and any last-minute trips further afield, you can relax and let the hybrid system work with the petrol engine to choose the most efficient type of driving. So you can enjoy the space and comfort of a very practical, well-specced SUV, without any of the restrictions of a full electric vehicle.
A trail blazer
Since 2013 when it was first launched, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the first twin motor 4WD plug-in SUV of its kind and over the past five years has become the number one selling plug-in hybrid across Europe, irrespective of brand, segment or body type.
Now entering its second generation, the Outlander PHEV is looking better value than ever, with price reductions of up to 20pc off the price of the original model. With three specifications now available, you can get behind the wheel of the very latest in modern driving technology for a starting price of just €39,900 (inclusive of Government grants).
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a spacious, practical family vehicle with a boot capacity of up to 498 litres and generous room in the back for rear seat passengers. It also comes with the reassurance of a five star Euro NCAP safety rating. All models come equipped with seven airbags, three ISO-FIX child seat anchors, ABS with EBD and brake assist, active stability and traction control as standard. Mitsubishi’s renowned Super-all wheel control system can adapt to all types of driving conditions, including snow and icy conditions or gravel and dirt roads, making it a capable companion at all times.
It also comes with all the latest in-car infotainment including a Smartphone Link Display featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, Bluetooth phone connectivity and six-speaker surround sound to keep you entertained on the move. Also standard is a reversing camera, Keyless operation, and 18 inch alloy wheels.
Those looking for more gadgets can upgrade to the Instyle model which adds even more impressive high-tech features. These include a 360 degree around-view monitor with parking sensors for making short work of those tight spaces, adaptive cruise control for effortless, long distance journeys, a luxurious full leather interior complete with electrically-adjustable, heated seats and a heated steering wheel.
The top of the range S-Edition adds further styling upgrades - a nine-speaker premium sound system, panoramic glass sunroof and a power tailgate as well as Bilstein shock absorbers to improve handling and stability, meaning whatever your budget or priorities, there’s a model in the range to suit your lifestyle.
Peace of mind
Low carbon emissions of just 46g CO2/km put the Outlander PHEV in one of the lowest possible motor tax bands at just €170 a year, helping you to reduce your overall motoring costs, while doing your part for the environment. To top it all off, you’ll also have the peace of mind of Mitsubishi’s outstanding eight-year warranty which covers the battery and all plug-in hybrid components.
If you want to go electric without worrying about range anxiety or sacrificing on space, style or capability, the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV might just be the no-compromise package you’ve been waiting for.