Mitsubishi Increases Range, Price of 2023 Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander was never a favorite of editors, but it only added to its appeal. The new plug-in hybrid version of the SUV appears to be getting better, too. The 2023 Outlander PHEV offers a 38-mile range from the 350-volt, 20-kWh lithium-ion battery pack—14 miles more than the previous model. When it goes on sale in November, its base price will be $41,190; The outgoing model started around $38,000 (all prices include destination).

The Outlander PHEV battery pairs with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an extra-large gas tank. Combined, Mitsubishi says the SUV gets 420 miles of driving range — a 40% improvement over the previous model’s 320 miles of range. While the 2023 version has an all-electric range greater than last year’s estimate of 24 miles, the new model has an equivalent rating of 64 mpg, down from the previous version’s 74.

Although the new PHEV is based on the redesigned Outlander, some things are carried over from the old PHEV. Like the previous model, the 2023 Outlander PHEV uses an all-wheel drive system that uses electric motors on the front and rear axles; Mitsubishi said total horsepower increased to 248 horsepower — 221 horsepower more than the previous generation’s 221 horsepower.

It also has a standard fast charger on board. Mitsubishi says the 2023 Outlander PHEV is the only non-luxury PHEV brand in the United States to offer fast charging capability. The SUV can be charged to 80% in about 38 minutes via the quick charger. The automaker did not give shipping times for.

There aren’t very many three-row PHEVs on the market, but the Outlander is battling it out, which is available for 2023 only in a fully loaded SX-P for $51,095. EPA estimates for a 2023 Sorento PHEV aren’t available yet, but the 2022 model has 32 miles of all-electric range.

Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV 2023 will go on sale in “select markets” beginning in November, to be followed later by nationwide availability. Note that prices do not include any applicable federal tax credits.

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