Outlander PHEV – More competition for the C-max Energi

As of January 2013, Mitsubishi has started selling the Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in Japan. It’s very similar to the C-max Energi. Both have an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that can drive the vehicles on pure electric power, and then can turn on the gasoline engine when the battery pack’s charge is depleted. They both use a 2.0 liter atkinson cycle engine as well.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a larger SUV with 4wd, where as the Ford C-max Energi is a crossover vehicle, slightly larger than a compact car with a more upright seating position.

Cargo space in the C-max Energi is limited because of the battery pack. In the Outlander Plug-in hybrid, they sacrificed the 2 small rear seats for the battery pack and rear electric motor, but they were able to keep the cargo floor flat and maintain all of the cargo space.

Here is a picture of the Outlander PHEV’s cargo space, as well as the hidden storage spot for the 120V charging cable:

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Storage

 

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