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The next generation of this compact crossover is on the way and the latest reports suggest it should still hit the market before the end of 2021. The new model will certainly bring a lot of novelties, but the thing that interests us most is the excellent plug-in hybrid system. As you may know, the new model will share most of the parts with the next-generation Nissan Rogue, but we have no doubt that this system will remain in the offer, despite the new platform. The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will continue to be one of the strongest selling points of this crossover.
Of course, this redesign will bring all kinds of other novelties, starting from a new exterior design, significantly updated interior and all kinds of new tech features. Another thing we should mention is that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2021 model will also get a couple of inches in wheelbase, so this particular version should also come with three rows of seats, just like the standard gasoline model does.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Redesign
The upcoming redesign will bring a lot of novelties and one of the first things that come to mind is the platform. AS you know, Mitsubishi is now a part of the Renault Nissan Alliance, so it seems logical to see 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with a completely new layout. Of course, it will be based on one of the key corporal architectures, known as the CMF platform. In practice, this means a lot of things in common with Nissan Rogue, which is also about to come completely redesigned for the next year. This platform will certainly bring improvements in terms of the ride quality, while the new model is expected to feature the same wheelbase as Rogue. The exact measurements are still unavailable, but we presume it would go around 107 inches.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Powertrain
A new platform usually means new engines, but we have no doubt that the Japanese manufacturer will eep its excellent PHEV system. This system is based on a four-cylinder engine and a couple of electric motors. In the current model, it delivers 197 horsepower, which seems like a quite decent amount for the class. Still, the upcoming redesign will probably include some rework on this powertrain as well, so we may see a little bit more power too.
This system has been updated last year when we saw a bigger battery pack. The outgoing model can make around 40 miles on a single charge. Speaking of charging, you may count on three options. The current model needs between 8 and 13 hours to charge on standard 110V socket. A 240V socket significantly cuts this time, to just 3.5 hours. Finally, the fast charging options allow you to charge 80% of the battery in just 25 minutes. These are all pretty strong numbers, but we may expect even better things in the redesigned models. This refers to both the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range and charging time.
The test mule has already been spotted on the road and although it still wears a complete camouflage, we can easily see the design approach for the new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. As you may presume, the Engelber concept will serve as inspiration, so the new model will come with a pretty bold, SUV-ish shape, which isn’t so typical for this class of crossovers. Of course, one of the highlights will be the new front end, which should come with a bold grille and bumper, sharp and angular lines and separated lighting groups.
This is one of the weakest points of the current model, which looks really outdated in this aspect. The dashboard looks dated, while the quality of materials is lower compared to most competitors. Finally, the current model lacks many modern tech features. We expect this will change with the new model but there is another interesting thing about the new cabin we expect to see. As we already mentioned, the new model is about to get a couple of inches in wheelbase. In practice, this means more space on the inside, which leads us to the conclusion that the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV should be offered with three rows as well. So far, only gasoline models were available in such configuration. By the way, the Outlander is the only compact crossover that comes with three rows of seats, along with VW Tiguan, which is available in a stretched-wheelbase version.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Release Date and Price
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will probably see some delays and changes in the planned schedule. Still, most reports suggest that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2021 release date will definitely be scheduled for this year, sometime in the last quarter. When it comes to the price, the current model goes around 36.500 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in this aspect.