The 2022 model year marks the beginning of a brand-new generation for the popular Mitsubishi Outlander. With the release of its new model for 2022, this compact crossover SUV is now in its fourth generation on the mainstream auto market. While the standard 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is currently available on the mainstream auto market, the Outlander PHEV models that are available at dealerships in the United States are still from the 2021 model year. This is because the newest plug-in-hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander will not be released in the United States until sometime within the second half of 2022. This means that the newest Outlander PHEV will likely be marketed as a 2023 model rather than as a 2022 model due to its late release. The good news is that we have a preview of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV range. 

When it does become available on the mainstream auto market in the United States, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will feature many notable updates, upgrades, and new features that make this electrified compact crossover SUV more appealing for a wider range of drivers. 

If you are in the market for a high-performing, plug-in hybrid compact crossover SUV, keep reading to learn more about the all-new, next-generation upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV that will be released on the mainstream auto market in 2022 as either a 2022 or 2023 model. 

Extended Battery Range 

The plug-in hybrid Outlander model for the 2022 or 2023 model year has an extended battery range when compared with Outlander PHEV models from prior model years. The upcoming Outlander PHEV comes equipped with a 20-kWh battery that is much larger than the 13.8-kWh battery that was featured in Outlander PHEV models from previous model years.

The plug-in hybrid Outlander model for the 2022 or 2023 model year has an extended battery range

The plug-in hybrid Outlander model for the 2022 or 2023 model year has an extended battery range

The Outlander PHEV is expected to be released on the mainstream auto market in the United States during the second half of the 2022 calendar year also comes equipped with a new booster function that improves the efficiency of this compact crossover SUV’s generator. The battery range of the upcoming Outlander PHEV is expected to be approximately 54 miles on a single charge—which is a major increase from the 24-mile battery range of the 2021 Outlander PHEV model.

Increased Passenger Space 

A major criticism of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is that Mitsubishi chose to remove the third row of seats from this compact crossover SUV for 2021. 

For the 2022 or 2023 model year, however, the Outlander PHEV will yet again feature a third row of seats—which was made possible because of this compact crossover SUV’s new platform. 

This third row of seats gives the soon-to-be-released Outlander PHEV a seating capacity of up to seven passengers at one time—which is very impressive for a compact crossover SUV. 

Redesigned Cabin 

It is safe to assume that the upcoming Outlander PHEV for the 2022 or 2023 model year will feature the same redesigned cabin as the standard, non-hybrid 2022 Outlander that has already been released on the mainstream auto market in the United States. 

The redesigned cabin of the 2022 Outlander features premium materials that give it an upscale look and feel. The interior of this compact crossover SUV looks very modern for the 2022 model year, which is a big change from the outdated interior designs of Outlander models of the past. 

Updated Tech Features 

Previous models of the Outlander PHEV have lacked in the area of technology. However, for the 2022 model year, Mitsubishi Outlander’s high-tech features were updated and upgraded significantly—which means that the upcoming Outlander PHEV will more than likely come equipped with the same high-tech features. 

Every 2022 Outlander model features either an 8.0-inch or larger 9.0-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard for this compact crossover SUV. Other high-tech features in the 2022 Outlander include a premium 10-speaker audio system, wireless device charging capability, multiple charging ports, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a head-up display, and more. 

As for safety tech, the 2022 Outlander excels in this area as well. For the 2022 model year, the Outlander is available with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control and a semi-autonomous driving mode are also available driver-assistance features for this compact crossover SUV for the 2022 model year.