For the past decade, Canadians have been leading the way in moving from talking about climate change to actually doing something about it. It’s more than just social responsibility, though it is that as well, it is also a growing recognition that the long-term costs of a continued high-emission lifestyle will quickly dwarf any short-term savings. Given that motor vehicles and transportation are among the largest sources of emissions in Canada, it’s no surprise that sales of hybrid and electric vehicles have seen dramatic growth. Widespread adoption, however, is still lower than it could be, in part due to a lack of selection in the marketplace.
Those in the market for green compact sedans and hatchbacks have a wealth of choices available to them today, which is great news. But for those with other needs and preferences, the options have remained slim or nonexistent. Thankfully, that’s finally beginning to change.

A first of its kind

The Outlander PHEV is Mitsubishi Motors’ first plug-in hybrid SUV with an advanced four-wheel drive system (Mitsubishi Motors’ proprietary S-AWC), and it now has the distinction of being the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV. And now, with the 2018 model, Canadians will be able to get their hands on it as well.
In a country as huge, wild, and varied as Canada, we value certain things in a vehicle. Range, reliability, safety, ruggedness. So it’s refreshing to see all these characteristics, too often associated with gas guzzlers, embraced in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. With a substantial battery and a unique quick-charge system, it can easily handle most day-to-day commutes in all-electric mode, and be back at 80 percent charge within 30 minutes of being plugged in. And with a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre gas engine complementing the twin electric motors, and the innovative twin-motor four wheel drive system supplying optimal torque and traction to each wheel, the Outlander PHEV delivers the power and control for all the diverse road conditions and terrain Canadians face.

The best of both worlds

For consumers who value fuel savings and minimizing environmental impact, but also need the cargo capacity, passenger room, towing capability, safety features, and general go-anywhere-ness of an SUV, this is really a best-of-both-worlds solution. “The all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a game-changing, technological tour-de-force that is unlike anything in the Canadian marketplace,” says Tony Laframboise, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada. “An international sales sensation, Outlander PHEV offers it all: Innovative electric-vehicle technology, superior four-wheel-drive handling, proven sport utility design, and range-extending capability — all this with our world-leading, 10-year, 160,000-km powertrain and traction battery warranty.”

What’s particularly remarkable is that for all the advanced technology that goes into the Outlander PHEV, it’s the soul of simplicity to drive. The four-wheel drive system (S-AWC) is intelligent and adapts to road conditions with the simple push of a button. Though there are three different driving modes (all-electric, series hybrid, and parallel hybrid), the Outlander PHEV eases into the necessary mode as speed, driving conditions, and driver inputs dictate. And the safety features, while exhaustive, are all designed to be intuitive and natural to use.

Canadians are eager to make strong environmental decisions, if we are given the opportunity to do so. As the hunger for green vehicles grows, we need unique offerings like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to ensure that momentum doesn’t stall.