Mitsubishi may have faced some pesky little battery-fire issues with its Outlander Plug-in Hybrid earlier this year in Japan, but as far as Europeans are concerned, the SUV is pretty darn safe. The Japanese automaker says the Outlander PHEV just received the highest-possible five-star rating by the 2013 Europe New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Mitsubishi notes that other awards for the SUV include the Car of the Year Japan award for 2013-14 and, more recently, the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan's RJC Technology of the Year 2014.

The Outlander PHEV had its global debut in Japan earlier this year but then faced some safety issues when a battery pack at a Yokohama dealership overheated in March (Mitsubishi had a similar issue with one of its i-MiEV electric vehicles), damaging one of the three blocks of cells in the battery and disabling the vehicle in the process. The incident temporarily stopped production of the model, which eventually started sales in Europe in October. US sales are slated to start around September 2014. The Outlander PHEV can go up to 34 miles on electricity alone and gets about 143 MPGe. Check out Mitsubishi's press release below.
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MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV EARNS MAXIMUM 5-STAR RATING IN 2013 EURO NCAP

06/12/13

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that the company's Outlander PHEV mid-size crossover/SUV featuring MMC's own Plug-in Hybrid EV System has been awarded a maximum 5-star rating in the 2013 Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), an overall safety rating system for new models launched in Europe*1. Euro NCAP puts new cars through some of the world's toughest safety tests, including an array of crash tests.

String of Awards Redeems "@earth TECHNOLOGY"

This recognition is the latest in a string of awards that confirms MMC's @earth TECHNOLOGY, the technologies that embody MMC's Drive@earth pillars of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness and safety – all of which are combined in the Outlander PHEV, the pinnacle of @earthTECHNOLOGY.

The Outlander PHEV was awarded the "Car of the Year Japan*2 2013-2014's Innovation Award" for its environmental performance and motive performance.

In addition, the Outlander PHEV's Plug-in Hybrid EV System was recognized for its environmental performance and driving dynamics by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan*3 (RJC), which in November named the plug-in hybrid EV system the "RJC Technology of the Year 2014."

About the Outlander PHEV

The world's first plug-in hybrid crossover/SUV, the Outlander PHEV is an "electric car that changes itself" and represents a fusion of the EV technologies developed by MMC for models such as the i-MiEV, 4WD technologies honed in the Lancer Evolution, and SUV know-how gained from the Pajero (Montero or Shogun in some countries).

The Outlander PHEV is fitted with a combination of several advanced safety features including e-Assist*4 advanced safety technologies, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE*5) high-rigidity impact safety body and SRS air bags and harmonizes high levels of performance in environment, safety and premium quality.

*1: For more information, please visit http://www.euroncap.com/results/mitsubishi/outlander_phev/543.aspx
*2: Held by the Car of the Year Japan's supervisory board, made up primarily of Japanese automobile journalists.
*3: A non-profit organization consisting of Japan-based automotive critics and journalists.
*4: Called "e-Assist" only in the Japanese market. A combination of advanced technologies including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) which automatically applies the brakes as necessary to help avoid a collision with the vehicle ahead or reduce impact damage in the event of a collision; Lane Departure Warning (LDW) which alerts the driver when the vehicle starts to drift from its lane, aiding driver concentration; and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), a radar-based system that automatically maintains a driver-adjustable distance with the vehicle in front, reducing the chance of a collision if the vehicle in front suddenly stops.
*5: Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE), MMC's patented safety body construction system. For more information please visit http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/en/spirit/technology/library/rise.html.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all research & development, manufacturing, marketing, sales and financial services for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells sedans and crossovers/SUVs through a network of approximately 400 dealers. MMNA is leading the way in the development of highly-efficient, affordably-priced new gasoline-powered automobiles while using its industry-leading knowledge in battery electric vehicles to develop future EV and PHEV models. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.


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      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is exactly the sort of vehicle which GM-Holden or Ford should have produced in Australia. Most Australian SUV owners (like Americans) use SUV's in place of the traditional stations wagon. These vehicle almost never leave the black-top, and any suburban school will see long queues of SUV's driven by mothers picking up children. If GM or Ford had built an LPG-Electric PHEV SUV in Australia , perhaps Australia would still have a viable motor industry. (Sigh) Lost opportunities ! The real off-road capability of the Outlander PHEV has yet to be tested under local conditions, but I look forward to the Outlander PHEV's release in Australia.
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some of the people who have got theirs in Europe are posting on how they are getting on with the car: http://www.insideoutlander.boards.net/thread/385?page=1 It sounds good to me. One or two seem surprised that the EV range goes down in cold weather, but otherwise fine! ;-)
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DaveMart
        Thanks for the link. Lots of good reading there.
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is a Breakthru SUV. Why can't Honda or Toyota design like this?
      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      How is this vehicle getting 143 MPGe when its little sibling -- the i-MiEV -- gets 126 MPGe? I would expect this large and heavy of a vehicle to get around 85-95 MPGe.
        futurecars
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron
        think it is more 143 MPG combined gas and electricity.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron
        Aaron, that is because MPGe and an MPG are completely different measurements of completely different things. MPGe is a measurement of how many kilowatts of electricity is used per mile, which is then mathematically converted to MPGe based upon a formula of how many kilowatts worth of energy is in a gallon of gas. MPG (in this context) is a measurement of how much gas is used on average when a specific cycle of driving is done using both pure electric and gas modes. This measurement does not include how much electricity is used, only how much gas is used. This vehicle also has an MPGe rating along with this MPG rating. This car's MPGe rating will be much lower than the i-Miev This measurement is also heavily dependent upon what driving cycle is chosen, so YMMV substantially. Some folks will end up getting less than 100 MPG, while other folks with get 100's or even thousands of MPG depending highly upon their driving habits. Some folks may argue that one measurement is more accurate than another, or more important than the other. But actually both measurements have their own flaws, and neither of them tell the whole story. MPGe for example, fails to account for the difference in price between gas and electricity. This falsely makes people believe it will cost them the same amount of money to operate as a gas car with the an MPG rating of the same number. This is usually false (depending on your cost of your electricity). The true cost us in most cases much less to buy electricity than gas. MPG as it is used in this context doesn't include the cost of electricity, so it also can give a false impression about operating costs, because it does not include that expense. Both numbers are useful to inform people about different cars, if you understand what they measure, and what the limitations of both measurements are. The best place to see how MPG works compared to MPGe is the voltstats.net website. You can see how people's MPG and MPGe ratings change based upon what percent of miles they run in EV mode.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @raktmn
          Thanks for the very clear explanation.
      Dave R
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsubishi can't get this to the USA market soon enough. There are a lot of people clamoring for it. I would prefer the drive-train in a station wagon, though, for better efficiency. Heck - with suspension modifications they could simply lower it a lot and call it a hatchback.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave R
        Mitsubishi are now cranking out 4,000 a month to catch up with demand, as supply was hit by the battery glitch. That is around the same number of cars that are sold per month in North America of the Leaf and Volt combined, so Mitsubishi look like having a huge, huge hit on their hands.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      Maybe, just maybe, Mitsubishi is no longer the Rodney Dangerfield of Japanese auto makers.
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      About time someone did this. Way to go Mitsubishi. I hope this is a huge success.
      methos1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      I haven't been following this much - does it come with AWD?
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @methos1999
        Yep. And lots of other goodies: http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/publish/pressrelease_en/motorshow/2012/news/detail0853.html
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          'Pricing for the US has not been released. However, pricing has been released for the Netherlands market in 3 trim levels as follows: Intense+ € 43,490 ($56,807USD) Instyle € 48,990 ($63,991USD) Instyle+ € 51,990 ($67,909USD) By comparison, the Chevrolet Volt sells in The Netherlands under the Opel Ampera nameplate at a starting price of € 46,265 ($60,431USD). In the US, the Volt starts at just under $40,000. Should the Outlander PHEV have a similar price ratio, it would start at about $38,000 in the US. In addition, the Outlander PHEV should qualify for a Federal tax credit of just over $5800 which would put the final base price at around $32,000. Pricing in Australia is expected to start around $50,000 AUD ($52,505 USD). In that market, the Volt goes for $59,990AUD ($63,265USD). Again, if we assume a similar price ratio were applied to the Outlander PHEV, that would put the US starting price at about $33,000 or just $27,500 after the tax credit. Recently, it was reported that Australian pricing may come in even lower, possibly as low as $40,000 AUD.' http://www.insideoutlander.com/pricing
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          The downside is that the likely real world EV range is probably around 20-25 miles, a lot less than the Volt. But then it is a SUV style car, and less aerodynamic, so you trade long EV range for accomodation. On a long journey the average miles per gallon will be less than a diesel. So this is good for people who do a lot of relatively short runs, so that electricity covers most of it. Hey, used every day you are still getting perhaps 9,000 miles a year on electricity.
          methos1999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Very Cool! Next question will be how much does it cost when it comes to the US...
          Actionable Mango
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          I hope you are high on the US pricing because that is outside my range of affordability, even including gas savings and the Federal tax credit. It's not too far out, but I'd have to cut my household budget somewhere.
      Sami Love
      • 11 Months Ago
      its' best tecnologer
      sandos
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would love this car to tow our caravan/camper! Perfect allround car, maybe not so much for everyday short commuting.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sandos
        Dave is right. That is the very best part about PHEV's. With a gas car, there is a significant penalty for choosing a larger allround car for everyday short commuting compared to a small economy car. With a larger crossover SUV PHEV, the additional electricity cost is very small for everyday short commuting, when compared to a smaller EV or PHEV. You can get more car with less penalty when it comes to commutes that are within the pure electric range of a PHEV. And yet you can still do the towing, carry bigger stuff, and do long trips using the same car.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sandos
        'Everyday short commuting' in this will be done pretty much on electricity only, so that sounds pretty good for the purpose to me.
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitz has got a winner with this one. No great looking but it does the job.
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