Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has broken new ground in the future of electric power in Australia. It’s the first SUV with Vehicle to Home (V2H) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) capability. They can be used as an energy storage solution in that the energy stored in the drive battery can be used not only to drive the vehicle, but also to power your home, or even to contribute to grid security.

The introduction of Bi-directional chargers in the Australian market in 2021 will unlock V2H / V2G capability for the first time.

In 2020, the Outlander PHEV gained improved drivetrain performance and the addition of a Sport mode. For 2021 is adding Bilstein premium suspension package. It inverted monotube front struts and rear shock absorbers with matched increased front and rear spring rates, and ball-bearing front strut upper insulator assemblies.

The Overlander GSR 18-inch black/machined two-tone alloy wheels. It has black chrome plated radiator grille, front bumper air ducts, tailgate garnish. Black painted front and rear bumper skid plates, door mirrors, roof rails and roof.

Inside there’s more black including the shift knob, roof lining and A-pillar trim. There’s a silver stitched armrest, door trim, and steering wheel.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a comprehensive passive safety architecture based on Mitsubishi’s RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) impact safety body and seven SRS airbag arrangement.

For 2021 the Outlander PHEV GSR adds Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Front Parking Sensors.

The Outlander PHEV Exceed adds Unintended Acceleration Mitigation System in case the driver mistakenly presses the accelerator when stationary or at speeds of up to 6 mph), and a Multi-around view camera for 360o visibility.

We’re booked into a road test Mitsubishi PHEV over the Christmas/New Year period and will bring you our opinions of this next step in clean and green automotive mobility.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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