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    2022 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV revealed: Toyota RAV4 Hybrid on notice as new seven-seat plug-in hybrid EV looms with more power and electric-only range

    Save for two-tone paintwork, a second ‘fuel’ cap and unique badging, the PHEV looks like any other Outlander.

    Mitsubishi has revealed the second-generation Outlander PHEV mid-size SUV, with the new plug-in hybrid EV introducing seven seats and more power and electric-only range to the series.

    Due in Australia showrooms in April next year, the latest Outlander PHEV looks virtually identical to the traditionally powered fourth-generation Outlander it’s based upon.

    That said, the Outlander PHEV does stand out from the Outlander crowd with its two-tone paintwork, second ‘fuel’ cap and unique badging, while its multimedia system features specific content.

    Now, you’re wondering what’s changed with the Outlander PHEV’s “new generation” powertrain, but Mitsubishi won’t be confirming further details until 2.30pm (AEDT) on Thursday, October 28.

    That said, the Japanese brand has already revealed the Outlander PHEV comes with more powerful front- and rear-mounted electric motors as well as a larger battery that increases its electric-only range.

    For reference, the first-generation Outlander PHEV’s powertrain currently produces a combined 157kW of power and 332Nm of torque, with it including a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated petrol four-cylinder engine and a 13.8kWh battery that can last 54km (NEDC).

    Also confirmed for the next Outlander PHEV is Mitsubishi’s S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) full-time four-wheel drive (4WD) system as well as seven drive modes, including off-road-ready Gravel and Snow settings.

    Local pricing and full specification details for the Outlander PHEV will be released closer to its launch, at which point it will go tyre to tyre with the 'self-charging' Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

    However, expect the upcoming Outlander PHEV to be more expensive than the existing model, which costs between $47,990 and $56,490 plus on-road costs.