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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

We have already reported on the 2014 version. Now, after 150,000 units sold in Europe, it has got a facelift. That didn't even change the car that much. Didn't have to, 'cause the price of the car is a knockout. More on that later.

Technically, this is the first car where the 'Serial Hybrid' mode really makes sense, but also shows its disadvantage. Because although there is a (much cheaper) version with two liters displacement and 110 kW (150 HP) as 2WD or 4WD with both five-speed and CVT transmissions, this PHEV does not need a transmission.

The petrol engine, which has been enlarged again compared to the previous model, always runs in the highest gear, slightly reduced because the car is limited to 170 km/h. That means the two electric motors in the front... and in the rear drive must replace the missing torque. It is said that if you go under 40 miles an hour, the petrol engine is disconnected.

There is supposedly no such thing as an empty battery because it always holds back some charge. If it's attacked, the 'serial hybrid' mode is needed, namely in such a way that the combustion engine is charging the front e- motor then working as a generator producing power for the rear e-motor. You can imagine that this will probably be the most unfavourable mode for the overall efficiency, should be avoided.

On the other hand, speeds above 65 km/h can be considered relatively relaxing and longer lasting than the good 50 km purely electrically. Provided that one has charged at home in about 5.5 hours or at ChaDeMo with 50 kW, the fuel consumption of a small car for a two-tonne truck could be determined here.

Anything else special? 13.8 LiIo-kWh are not sensational, but if you combine it with up to 1.5 kW (picture above) reloadable out of the Outlander again, then it may be OK. You have to be careful with heating electrical appliances and strong electric motors, but otherwise nothing stands in the way of a somewhat longer stay in the wilderness.

Let's recap: A car with the loading capacity of a VW Tiguan, available as a plug-in in the second half of 2020 after deduction of all discounts for 27,000 € plus collection and registration. The cheapest one at the moment, and also with further tax benefits and E-number plates. So it would be downright immoral to charge this car too seldom, wouldn't it?

Leider in der Basisausstattung nur mit Halogenlicht.

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