The new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) is now available to order in the UK, with prices starting from £28,249 after a £5,000 Government grant.

Unusually for a hybrid vehicle, the entry-level Outlander PHEV is priced identically to its diesel-engined equivalent, the GX3 auto.

Two other Outlander models – the GX4h and GX4hs – will also be available, priced from £32,899 and £34,999 respectively, although these models include increased specification levels to compensate for their £1,000 premium over their diesel-fired counterparts.

The Outlander PHEV uses a combination of a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a pair of 60 kW electric motors, one front-mounted with 137Nm of torque, the other mounted in the rear and capable of developing 195Nm.

The system provides for three drive modes: EV Drive Mode drives the vehicle using the front and rear electric motors, powered by the 300V 12 kWh battery, and in this mode the Outlander has a range of up to 32.5 miles.  Mitsubishi points out that the typical UK commute is only 25 miles, so this should prove sufficient for an entirely zero-emission journey to work for many people.

In Series Hybrid Mode, the petrol engine functions as a generator to recharge the batteries, while the Outlander continues to be powered by the electric motors alone.

However, in Parallel Hybrid Mode, the system engages a clutch that allows the petrol engine to drive the front wheels, with assistance from both electric motors, and this mode is intended for use at high speeds.

The official economy figure for the PHEV is an incredible 148mpg, although the company says that for many people there is the opportunity to achieve much more than this.

And with CO2 emissions from just 44 g/km, there’s no road tax to pay.  Company car drivers will also be interested in the 5% BIK.

The entry-level model, the GX3h, comes well equipped with cruise control, dual-zone climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, electric folding/heated mirrors and Bluetooth connectivity as standard.

The GX4h model adds HID headlights, reversing camera, touch-screen navigation, DAB digital radio, heated leather seats, electric sunroof, power tailgate, and Mitsubishi’s smartphone app that allows owners to schedule charging, heat or cool the interior, and manage the vehicle’s systems.

The top-spec GX4hs model goes on to add adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning.

The Outlander PHEV is available to order now, and is expected to arrive in UK showrooms this May.

We’re very much looking forward to driving one.