After several revealing images emerged online earlier this week, Mitsubishi has officially introduced the 2016 Outlander PHEV facelift.

After several revealing images emerged online earlier this week, Mitsubishi has officially introduced the 2016 Outlander PHEV facelift.

 

Mitsubishi previewed the refreshed Outlander PHEV back in September last year with the Concept-S and has now applied some cosmetic tweaks to the production car similar to those fitted onto the regular 2016 Outlander. It adopts the company's "dynamic shield" front fascia which makes extensive use of chrome and can be further distinguished by its bumper extensions and new side garnish while the body can now be painted in two new hues: Quartz Brown Metallic and an exclusive Ruby Black Pearl.

 

Mitsubishi is also adding some new two-tone 18-inch machined & gloss black wheels unique to the facelifted Outlander PHEV along with a few interior cabin tweaks like the redesigned seats, new four-spoke steering wheel, larger center console and a standard power-adjustable driver's seat while a heated steering wheel is now included in most of the available versions.

 

More importantly, the 2016 Outlander PHEV comes with lower NVH levels and improvements as far as steering, ride and handling are concerned. They hybrid setup has been optimized to enable lower engine frictions and as a result efficiency has increased by 8% while electric range has increased by 0.6 km. Mitsubishi promises they have improved throttle response and have also added new safety kit such as the Multi-around View Monitor and an Unintentional Move Off Control system which can mitigate impact damage by controlling speed when the driver accidentally presses the accelerator and inadvertently moves toward another vehicle (or object).

Mitsubishi will launch the facelifted Outlander PHEV on July 9 in Japan and later this year in the rest of the markets.

 

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