Sep 20, 2015 08:23 AM EDT

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Now Made Earth-Friendly With PHEV Variant

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is probably one of the most in-demand compact SUVs in the market right now, and it's for a very good reason.

For starters, according to the Globe and Mail, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is the only compact sport-utility vehicle available with a V6 engine. A feature rare in its segment.

Those looking for a more gas-friendly 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander can still rejoice as its still has an available four-cylinder variant. But according to Mitsubishi's statistics, 70 percent of their buyers still prefer the V6 engine variant.

As reported by The News Wheel, the Mitsubishi Outlander has the most terrific sales year ever. Just last August, Japanese car maker Mitsubishi managed to sell a total of 8,289 vehicles, a clear 22.1 percent increase from August of last year, all thanks to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

According to Indiana Autos Blog, Mitsubishi even just recently unveiled a Plug-In Hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander. The exterior of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has the Dynamic Shield fascia feature similar to its gas-powered variant.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is equipped with a hybrid Twin Motor 4WD drivetrain, a 2.0-liter motor on the front and an electric motor at the rear axles that gets its power from the high-capacity battery, located under the floor of the car.

Mitsubishi claims that the engine friction of the new Mitsubishi Outlander has resulted to CO2 emissions coming down to 42g/km from 44 g/km.

The new Outlander also boasts better soundproofing materials that reduces noise of engine, tire and wind when driving. In addition, the door close sound was also improved by modifying the door seal.

Those who think that a hybrid can't be quick is in for a surprise as the new Mitsubishi Outlander also boasts better acceleration response from a full stop. Apart from that, the ride and even driving around the corners have also been made even better.

But according to rumors, the hybrid 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will not yet hit the American markets until May 2016, Clean Technica has learned.

For those interested in the specifications of the hybrid SUV, there is no reported significant change to the powertrain from previous versions. Apart from the SUV, Mitsubishi is also reportedly working on other PHEV vehicles to supplement the Outlander.

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