I was recently able to put the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and its S-AWC stability control system in the pouring rain on the road and on the track.
The updated 2023 PHEV features a larger battery and more powerful electric motors.
Beneath the passenger compartment, the new 20-kWh battery pack is good for an estimated 38 miles of electric range.
The front electric motor outputs 85 kW, while the rear climbs to 100 kW.
A 2.5-liter gasoline engine turns a third electric motor-generator to extend the hybrid range up to 420 miles.
Around town, the Outlander PHEV feels more like a BEV, since the electric motors are doing all of the work.
Super All-Wheel Control is standard for the PHEV and features brake-based Active Yaw Control torque vectoring.
The new Outlander is around 60 mm wider than the previous generation.
The PHEV seats up to seven passengers with a more compact design for its third row seats than the non-hybrid model's.
After confidently handling the wet course, Mitsubishi invited me to dirty the white SUV by doing donuts in the mud.