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News 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Revised Powertrain, Increased Range

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Revised Powertrain, Increased Range

Small, but welcome improvements.


  • The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts at $36,295 in the U.S. and at $44,198 in Canada, freight and delivery charges excluded.

  • New 2.4L engine, new rear electric motor; combined output rises to 221 horsepower.

  • A bigger battery pack provides slightly better EV range.


Although the next-generation, 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has just been revealed and will go on sale in April, the current-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has just been introduced with a revised engine and a slightly bigger battery pack for improved performance and marginally greater range.

The two generations of the compact crossover will be sold simultaneously because the new one won’t yet be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The 2021 model benefits from a larger engine, stepping up 2.0L to 2.4L, which develops 126 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. The rear-mounted motor now produces 94 hp instead of 80, the front motor is unchanged at 80 hp, and combined output is rated at 221 hp—up by 31 ponies compared to the 2020 Outlander PHEV.

The power gain, along with new Sport and Snow drive modes, should enhance the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s performance, while software revisions are said to improve the collaboration between the engine, the electric motors and the battery pack, in addition to reducing noise, vibration and harshness.

Speaking of the battery, its capacity grows from 12.0 kWh to 13.8 kWh, allowing for a very small range increase, rising from 22 to 24 miles in the U.S., and from 34 to 39 kilometres in Canada. We’ll take it. Also, EV-only speed rises from 79 to 83 mph (126 to 133 km/h).

There are no other significant changes to the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Every trim level includes the brand’s S-AWC all-wheel drivetrain, which features a 4WD Lock button that electronically distributes torque to all four wheels to maximize traction in foul weather.

A new mid-range trim level has been added to the lineup in the U.S. Here’s the pricing breakdown:

SEL S-AWC: $36,295 (unchanged from 2020)
Limited Edition S-AWC: $37,995
GT S-AWC: $41,995 (up $300 from 2020)
Freight and delivery charges: $1,195

In addition, the Outlander PHEV is eligible for $6,587 in federal tax credits, which increased by $751 due to the bigger battery pack.

Pricing has increased by $200 on all trim levels in Canada. Here’s the breakdown:

SE S-AWC: $44,198
Limited Edition S-AWC: $45,698
SEL S-AWC: $47,698
GT S-AWC: $52,198
Freight and delivery charges: $1,900

The Outlander PHEV is eligible for a federal rebate of up to $2,500, in addition to provincial rebates of up to $4,000 in Quebec and $1,500 in British Colombia. Nova Scotia has just announced an EV rebate program, but as these lines are being written, it’s unclear if it includes PHEVs.

The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is now on sale in the U.S., and will hit Canadian dealerships at the end of March.

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