Would you believe us if we told you that the UK’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Juro? Well, believe it, because it’s about to get better. For a slight price hike of £750 (RM4,104), the Outlander PHEV Juro gets improved convenience, comfort and safety.
On top of the standard equipment previously available, the 7-seater SUV now gets electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, EV Priority mode, DAB Smartphone Link Display Audio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and reverse camera. A new Cool Silver has been added to the colour palette.
The new EV Priority mode allows drivers to operate the vehicle in full-electric mode without the petrol engine kicking, provided the car has sufficient charge. This function should be particularly useful for those who want to make full use of the Outlander PHEV Juro’s 51 km pure electric driving range.
Besides that, regenerative braking has also been refined in the 2017 model. Charging time from flat to 80 percent battery only takes a mere 25 minutes. That’s even quicker than our average lunch breaks!
No changes were made to the Outlander PHEV’s powertrain. It is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder MIVEC petrol engine that produces 119 hp and 190 Nm of torque coupled with two electric motors fitted onto each axle that generates 80 hp and 137 Nm at the front and 80 hp and 195 Nm at the rear. Combined output is rated at 200 hp and 500 Nm. Transmission of choice is a single-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four-wheels.
With the enhanced equipment and faster charging time, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Juro may very well soldier on as UK’s best-selling PHEV for years to come. Meanwhile, our Mitsubishi Outlander remains powered by a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, and it’s quite unlikely that the Outlander Juro will find its way here.