QuickCharge: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid

The first plug-in SUV on the market anywhere in the world — and the first plug-in hybrid in the world to offer DC CHAdeMO quick charging capabilities — the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid has proven popular among early adopters in its home market of Japan, as well as more recently in select European Markets.

Due to go on sale next year in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV combines the practicality of a mid-sized five-seat SUV with the fuel economy of an electric vehicle around town. With a claimed all-electric range of 32.5 miles per charge, most drivers will be able to use the Outlander PHEV on a daily basis without turning on the 2.0-litre gasoline engine at all. At weekends, up to 500 miles of range is possible from a full tank and full battery pack.

The Outlander PHEV is priced from £28,249 including the UK Government’s £5000 grant. It will go on sale in the U.S. next year.

But what does it feel like getting behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for the first time? Armed with a camera phone, Nikki recorded her initial thoughts getting behind the wheel of the Outlander PHEV last week, something we call Quick Charge.

QuickCharge is the Transport Evolved show where your intrepid hosts get behind the wheel of a new car and record their first impressions to camera. Unlike our other shows, which are recorded on professional camera and audio equipment, QuickCharge is recorded in a quick’n’dirty style in order to truly capture our first impressions, unencumbered by camera equipment and sound checks.

We'll share more opinions of the Outlander PHEV in our Charged Up show at the end of our press-car loan.

We’ll share more opinions of the Outlander PHEV in our Charged Up show at the end of our press-car loan.

By the end of this week, she’ll have recorded her full, considered Charged Up review of the same vehicle after living with it for one week.

Together, the quick and dirty Quick Charge and the fully-edited Charged Up give you a representation of what it’s like to drive a new car for the first time and what it’s like to live with.

What are your first impressions of the Outlander PHEV? Is it a car you would consider? Let us know below.

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