The Road Ahead : October 2014
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 46 THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2014 MOTORING | CAR COMPARISON hybrid vs pure petrol power TESTERS: BARRY GREEN, JOHN EWING STARTERS: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV, NISSAN X-TRAIL TI 4WD STORY BARRY GREEN PHOTOS AUTONEWS THE MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV is the world's first plug-in hybrid 4WD and SUV. Unlike other hybrids we've seen, it can be fully charged from a 15amp household power point in about five hours, rather than relying on the petrol engine to provide the charge while driving. Depending on the electricity tariff, a full charge is claimed to cost around $3.50. The 300volt, 12kWh lithium-ion battery is housed under the floor and provides about 50km range, though obviously this is dependent on driving conditions and the amount of power other devices, such as airconditioning and heater, use. Two electric motors -- one driving the front wheels, the other the rear -- are provided. Both axles have their own single-speed transmissions. The PHEV has three separate operating modes -- EV and two hybrid. EV mode drives the vehicle on electric power alone and is the most efficient for low-speed driving. When operating conditions dictate a need for more power, the petrol engine automatically starts and, through the generator, supplies power to the electric motors. And when battery power is low, or high speed operation is required, the petrol engine provides electric power to the motors but is also mechanically coupled to the front wheels to increase efficiency. In effect, this second mode allows both electric motors and the petrol engine to drive PHEV STATS MLP: $47,490 WARRANTY: 5-year/100,000km (includes battery). CAPPED PRICE SERVICING: $360 first service and $470 second, third and fourth services (every 15,000km or 12 months). Average $442.50 per service. SAFETY: DFSCA, KA, ABS, EBD, TC, ESC. MAIN FEATURES: Cruise control, HSA, NAV, bluetooth, voice control, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, 7" colour touch screen, AM/FM radio/ CD/MP3 player with six speakers (including two tweeters), auto rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate-control, RC, PS (rear), dusk-sensing HID headlamps with auto levelling, alarm. ENGINE: Hybrid 2.0-litre DOHC, petrol 4-cyl, twin 60kW electric motors. MAX. POWER: 87kW @ 4500rpm (+ 60kW for each of the front and rear electric motors). MAX. TORQUE: 186Nm @ 4500rpm (+ 137Nm for front and 195Nm for rear electric motors). FUEL: 1.9 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: GVG EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Innovation without real-world compromise. AGAINST: No spare wheel. X-TRAIL STATS MLP: $44,680 WARRANTY: 3-year/100,000km. CAPPED PRICE SERVICING: First 12 x 6-month or 10,000km scheduled services for up to six years or 120,000km (whichever occurs first). Average $310.35 per service. SAFETY: DFSCA, ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESC. MAIN FEATURES: 4x4-AWD system with electronic selection, AW18, 7" colour touch screen, NAV, CD player with MP3 capability, digital radio, AUX, USB/iPod+ connectivity, bluetooth, dual-zone climate-control, cruise control, tilt/telescopic steering adjustment, 8-way power-adjustable, heated driver's seat including lumbar support, 4-way power- adjustable, heated passenger seat, leather accentuated trim, RC, HSA, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, hill descent, heated outside mirrors, front fog lights. ENGINE: 2.5-litre, petrol 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 126kW @ 6000rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 226Nm @ 4400rpm. FUEL: 8.3 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: N/A GVG EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Practical and conventional. AGAINST: Foot-operated park brake. IMAGE: MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV.