Launched just a couple of days ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has floated in the minds of many Mitsubishi fans here in the Philippines. It’s Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation’s (MMPC) first ever hybrid vehicle, and it’s another model that can fulfill a primarily family carrying role.
As a proof that many are indeed excited for the Outlander PHEV’s arrival, MMPC has revealed that it has already delivered its first Outlander PHEV unit. The lucky person however isn’t just some customer. Instead it’s Mr. Keeichi Matsunaga, the General Manager of Mitsubishi Corporation Manila Branch. It won’t be used as his personal vehicle though. Instead, this particular Outlander PHEV unit will function as the said company’s official vehicle.
MMPC President Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri and MC Manila Branch Manager Mr. Keiichi Matsunaga with the Outlander PHEV
The Mitsubishi Corporation that Mr. Matsunaga manages is a direct arm of Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), which is a separate company from MMPC. MC however, is currently a 20 percent shareholder of MMPC.
With the delivery of the Outlander PHEV unit, this signals more collaborations between MC and MMPC. This cooperation will involve more self-sustaining and environmentally friendlier technologies available locally. This potentially means that MMPC might be introducing more hybrid vehicles and related technologies to the local market.
Regarding this, here’s what Mr. Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, the President and CEO of MMPC has to say:
“With the initial transaction of Outlander PHEV to Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), MMPC is excited to jumpstart a collaboration between the two companies that is geared to promote environment friendly and self-sustaining technology. As announced in January, we plan to integrate Vehicle to Home (V2H) showcase facilities to some of our pilot dealers. We hope that in the future, we can also collaborate with MC to accelerate the introduction of renewable and self-sustaining power supply systems to MMPC.”
As for the Outlander PHEV itself, it has already been around since 2013. While its most recent version has only been introduced to our shores recently, it is already available in more than 60 countries. Its worldwide sales even reached up to 260,000 units in August 2020 alone. This makes it one of the best-selling PHEVs globally.
The Outlander PHEV costs Php 2,998,000 here in the Philippines
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Know more about Mitsubishi Outlander 2021
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the latest entry of the brand into the Philippine market's clean energy crossover. It features a twin electric motor system that provides the vehicle four-wheel-drive. It can send power to the rear and front wheels separately. The Japanese crossover’s electric motor also benefits the vehicle of near-instantaneous torque and zero emissions. Under the hood of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV lies a naturally aspirated 2.4L gasoline engine that generates 128 horsepower and 199 Newton-meter of torque paired to a hybrid system. The electric motor generates 137 Newton-meter of torque – sufficient energy to keep the eco-friendly SUV going. The vehicle's electric motor and battery pack provide the Japanese crossover an excellent fuel efficiency. Another attractive characteristic of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is its 5-star NCAP safety rating that will provide users with worry-free driving. The vehicle's additional safety features are forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam, blind-spot warning, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, and rear cross-traffic alert. Mitsubishi Philippines offers the Outlander PHEV in a single variant. The starting price of the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 PHEV is Php 2,998,000 with six different color options to choose from: Ruby Black Pearl, Quartz Brown, Rally Red, Pearl White Alloy, Mercury Grey, and Alloy Silver.
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