Availability of Mitsubishi Motors’ Outlander PHEV will expand to UK showrooms in May.

Mitsubishi said the Outlander PHEV is the most practical vehicle that qualifies for the UK Government’s £5,000 Plug-in Car Grant (P-iCG) with 5 seats, 4WD capability and a very large trunk. With CO2 emissions of 44 g/km, the Outlander PHEV is free from UK’s Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).

In the UK, the Outlander PHEV does not carry a price premium for its hybrid technology. UK customers can choose between a diesel or PHEV Outlander for the same price. The entry-level GX3h Outlander PHEV is priced at £28,249 after the grant, which is the same price as the Outlander diesel GX3 auto.

There are two other Outlander PHEV versions, GX4h priced at £32,899 and GX4hs which is £34,999 (after the grant). These two are £1,000 more than their diesel equivalent due to added specification.

The official fuel consumption figure for the Outlander PHEV in the UK is 148 imperial mpg, based on industry standards set by European law.

Mitsubishi stated storing the drive battery under the floor improves safety by lowering the centre of gravity and reducing roll movement, without affecting SUV functionality.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation explained it has developed a new Twin Motor 4WD system that delivers power independently to the front wheels (from the front motor and/or engine) and rear wheels (from the rear motor). The use of motors and absence of mechanical connections such as a propeller shaft mean the Twin Motor 4WD delivers better response and finer control than conventional 4WD systems and reduces friction loss, according to Mitsubishi.

These electric motors are smaller, lighter, higher output versions of the permanent magnet synchronous motors used in the i-MiEV are located front and rear. These have a maximum output of 60 kilowatt each.

Twin Motor 4WD is coupled with MMC’s S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, which combines front- and rear-wheel-drive control and left- and right-wheel-brake control to provide consistent handling and what the company qualifies as unbeatable stability on the road. Two modes are offered, selectable at the flick of a switch: Normal Mode for ordinary conditions and Lock Mode for enhanced all-terrain performance.