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Members of the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) wrapped up two days of on- and off-road testing at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Wash., and the votes are in and conclusive: the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is NWAPA's Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year, against stiff competition from 21 other SUVs and pickup trucks. The vehicle also won a category award, being named "Best Three-row Family SUV". Since its launch in December 2022, the 2023 Outlander PHEV has been garnering awards and media accolades2 for its interior and exterior styling, driving dynamics, Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC)3 all-wheel drive system, and seamless blend of electric and gasoline drive systems.
"Every award is special, and is a nod to our design and engineering teams' passion and talent," said Mark Chaffin, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. "But awards that recognize the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid's on- and off-road all-weather breadth of capability, as well as the unique three-row, seven-passenger capability, speak directly to how our customers use their vehicles every day, regardless of road conditions."
The 2023 Outlander Plug-in Hybrid offers up to 38 miles of all-electric range, up to 420 miles of overall range and is the only plug-in hybrid on the market with available DC fast-charging capability (SEL and above models), which can fill the 20kWh battery pack to 80% capacity in just 38 minutes.4 All models also feature Mitsubishi's new "Innovative Pedal" technology, which allows near-one-pedal acceleration and deceleration, similar to full battery electric vehicles.5 This system further differentiates the Outlander PHEV from other plug-in hybrids, and highlights the vehicle's electric-first design philosophy.
"The victory might be a surprise for some, but not for those that tested the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid," said NWAPA President and Event Chair Nik Miles. "It is well-equipped, extremely capable, and is loaded with features not seen on other plug-in hybrids."
All plug-in hybrid Outlander models are equipped as standard with the brand's signature Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system, allowing for greater vehicle control and increased driver confidence. The twin-motor system, utilizing the gasoline engine and front motor to drive the front wheels, and a stand-alone rear-mounted motor to drive the rear axle, boasts a combined 248-horsepower and 332 lb./ft of torque and achieves a 64 MPGe (miles-per-gallon equivalent) rating6.
In its recently announced Midterm Plan – "Challenge 2025" – MMNA's parent company Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has committed to accelerating its efforts toward a sustainable carbon-neutral future, setting goals of 40 percent reduction in vehicle CO2 emissions and 50 percent reduction in operational CO2 emissions by 2030. Additionally, MMC has set targets for global sales of electrified vehicles at 50 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2035, leveraging a blend of plug-in hybrids (PHEV), hybrids (HEV) and pure electrics (BEV).