Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continues to rake in awards

  • The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received a number of additional awards.
  • To date the Outlander PHEV has won awards in all markets in which it has been launched.
  • The Outlander is due to be launched in South Africa in 2023.

JOHANNESBURG – The Outlander, which is due to be launched in South Africa in 2023, continues to add to its long list of awards in markets across the world.

The latest accolade saw the Outlander PHEV win the Clean Car PHEV category in the New Zealand Car of the Year competition.

Mitsubishi Outlander award winner

2023 Family Green Car of the Year and top segment performer as part of the Green Car Journals 2023 Green Car Awards. 

In Japan, the Outlander PHEV managed to secure first place in the PHEV sales race, with 10 749 units sold in the first half of 2022.

2022 iF Design Award 2022 

Technology Car of the Year in the 2021-2022 Japanese Car of the Year competition thanks to its innovative technologies, eco-friendliness and safety credentials.

2022 Australian Good Design Award in the Product Design.

Five Star Award in the Vehicle Safety Performance 2021 car assessment by Japan New Car Assessment Program.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers a clean and fully electric range of up to 60 kilometres, the ease of refuelling and convenience of a petrol engine, unique styling and three rows of seats.

“We feel that the award winning Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the perfect first step in cleaner motoring, without any of the drawbacks of a fully electric vehicle, while still maintaining the legendary Mitsubishi reliability, styling and capability,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).

The Outlander combines the efficiency of an electric vehicle with the utility of a crossover and the surefootedness that the standard Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system offers. This system utilises the PHEV’s unique twin electric motor configuration to allow for maximum performance and superior traction and safety across all road conditions.

“The Outlander brings together a modern design, the best in all-wheel drive technologies and convenient seating arrangement for seven passengers in three rows and we believe that this model range will be a fitting flagship when it is launched locally in 2023,” concludes Allison.

First Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition finds owner

L-R – Thato Magasa (Managing Director for Mitsubishi Motors SA); Dr Mathews Phosa.

  1. The first Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition has been delivered to its owner.
  2. This special edition model is limited to 50 units.
  3. The Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition provide owners with exclusive experiences.

JOHANNESBURG – The very first production version of the Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition has been handed over to its new owner, Dr Matthews Phosa, an avid game breeder from the Nelspruit area.

“It is an honour to hand over the keys of the first Mitsubishi Triton Heritage Edition to a person that has played such a big part in South Africa’s heritage and who will use the vehicle to protect our heritage with his successful game breeding operation,” says Thato Magasa, Managing Director: Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).

The physical hand over took place at Mitsubishi Sandton where Dr Phosa also received the limited edition owners case that contains a number of unique offerings and experiences reserved for the 50 Triton Heritage Edition owners.

The Triton Heritage Edition model was announced during heritage month and saw a number of special features added to the top of the range double cab 4×4.

This special edition is limited to 50 units, all of which are individually numbered and the purchase also includes a number of exclusive experiences at no additional charge.

The exterior of Heritage Edition model has been enhanced by a variety of black trim pieces including blacked out lower scuff plate, grille, wheel arch cladding and roof bars. The front fenders are adorned with numbered Heritage badges, solidifying its special edition status.

Additional standard equipment includes a sleekly integrated tow bar, a rubberised load bin that has been fitted with a black Keko roll bar and enclosed by a black tonneau cover.

The interior, which combines modern, high-quality materials on tough surfaces also features a numbered plaque as an extra reminder of its special edition status.

Under the bonnet is Mitsubishi’s tried and tested 2.4L MIVEC turbodiesel engine that offers 133kW at 3 500 r/min and 430Nm at 2 500 r/min, and has been mated to a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission featuring Intelligent Shift Control.

Along with the purchase of the Triton Heritage model, buyers receive a bespoke limited edition owners case incorporating the limited-edition number, space for two keys and a host of experiential benefits.

Inside the box is also an invitation to join a bespoke 4×4 club, who’s first activity will be an experience that will allow owners to get to know their vehicle intimately under the guidance of expert instructors. This exclusive and specially curated off-roading experience, will allow these owners to experience the beauty and heritage of South Africa from the comfort of their own vehicles.

Also included in the purchase of a Heritage Edition is a card that allows access to a bespoke Heritage Edition portal where owners will be treated to VIP customer support. This VIP online portal will give Triton Heritage customers access to a direct communication line with trained Mitsubishi Motors Heritage specialists who will not only offer aftersales support but also a variety of concierge services such as personalised service bookings, latest upgrade offerings, service plan extensions and many more personalised experiences.


Triton 2.4L DI-SC M/T GL 4×2 R419 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T GL 4×2 R494 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×2 R599 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×2 R619 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC M/T 4×4 R669 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 R689 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 Xtreme R758 990
Triton 2.4L DI-DC A/T 4×4 Heritage Edition R719 990

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins No. 1 PHEV Sales in Japan in First Half of FY2022

Tokyo, October 20, 2022 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (hereafter, Mitsubishi Motors) announced that the total sales of the Outlander PHEV model, its flagship crossover SUV, won the first place in the PHEV sales ranking1 in Japan with 10,749 units2 sold in first half of fiscal 2022. In addition, the PHEV model of the Eclipse Cross crossover SUV sold 2,430 units as second place in the PHEV category. With total sales of 13,179 units for both PHEV models, Mitsubishi Motors took the lead in the PHEV category of Japanese market with approximately 65% of total shares.

1. April to September 2022; Survey by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association (JADA)

2. Total sales of the previous generation and current generation model which launched in December 2021.

ModelFirst Half of FY 2022
Outlander (PHEV model)10,749 units
Eclipse Cross (PHEV model)2,430 units
Total PHEV unit sales in first half of FY202213,179 units


The Outlander PHEV model is Mitsubishi Motors’ flagship model which brings together the best in electrification and all-wheel control technologies. Launched in Japan in December 2021, it has been highly acclaimed by customers for its bold exterior design based on the product concept of “I-Fu-Do-Do” or authentic and majestic in Japanese; its convenient seating arrangement for seven passengers in three rows; and the smooth and powerful acceleration of a twin-motor 4WD. Mitsubishi Motors launched the new model in Australia and New Zealand this year and will start the sales in North America in November 2022.

The Outlander PHEV is the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV, and the all-new Outlander PHEV combines everything that has made the gasoline-powered 2022 Outlander so successful: bold styling, advanced vehicle architecture, award-winning2 interior, seven-passenger convenience and legendary Mitsubishi SUV capability. To this, the PHEV model adds an all-new version of Mitsubishi Motors’ plug-in hybrid electric drivetrain, boasting more power and torque, greater all-electric range and the latest and most sophisticated version of Mitsubishi’s confidence-inspiring Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)3 all-wheel drive system.

The seven-passenger 2023 Outlander PHEV offers up to 38 miles of all-electric range, up to 420 miles of overall range4 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.The 2023 Outlander PHEV also features Mitsubishi’s new “Innovative Pedal” technology, which allows near-one-pedal acceleration and deceleration, similar to full battery electric vehicles. This system further differentiates the Outlander PHEV from other plug-in hybrids, and highlights the vehicle’s electric-first design philosophy.

Outlander PHEV Line-up and Trim Level


Standard equipment: 7-Passenger Seating, 18-inch Alloy Wheels, 12.3-inch Full LCD Meter Cluster Display, Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning and Prevention (LDW & LDP), Driver Attention Alert, Automatic High Beam (AHB), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Rear Automatic Emergency Braking (Rear AEB), Rear Parking Sensor, Push Button Start, Apple CarPlay™ And Android Auto™, Front USB Ports, 8″ Smartphone-Link Display Audio (SDA) – SiriusXM® with 3-Month All Access Trial, Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, Mitsubishi Connect with Safeguard and Remote Services and 24-Month Trial (+EV Features including battery capacity)


All ES equipment, plus: 20-Inch Two-Tone Alloy Wheels, Heated Front Seats, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) With Traffic Jam Assist, Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR), 9-inch Smartphone-Link Display, Audio w/ Navigation – SiriusXM® with 3-Month All Access Trial, HD Radio®, Auto Up/Down Windows for Passenger/Rear Seats, Led Front Fog Lights, Heated Door Mirrors, Front Rain-Sensing Wipers, Hands-Free Remote Power Liftgate, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel, Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob, Synthetic Leather Seating Surfaces, Multi-View Camera System, Front Parking Sensor, Smartphone Wireless Charging, Rear USB Ports, Front Heated Seats, Electric Folding Mirrors

SE w/ Tech Package

All SE equipment, plus: Power-Panoramic Sunroof, Auto-Dimming Rear-view Mirror, Bose™ Premium Audio w/ Nine Speakers


All SE equipment, plus: Leather Appointed Seating Surfaces, Key-Linked Driver Position Memory, System Including Mirrors, Reverse Auto Tilt Mirrors, Roof Rails, 3-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Auto-Dimming Rear-view Mirror, Heated Rear Seats, DC Fast Charging, Rear Door Pull-Up, Sunshade, Rear Seat 1500W Outlet Trunk, 1500W Outlet Passenger, 8-Way Memory Seat

SEL Touring

All SEL equipment, plus: Power Panoramic Sunroof, Heated Steering Wheel, Head-Up Display, Bose Premium Audio w/ Nine Speakers, Pull-Up Rear Window Shades

SEL Premium

All SEL Touring equipment, plus: Semi-Aniline Premium Leather Seats, Black Roof, Massage Function Driver & Passenger Seat40th Anniversary Edition

All SEL Premium equipment, plus: Black Diamond Paint w/ Bronze Roof, Limited

40th Anniversary Badges

As a result of its research and development of electrified vehicles since 1964, Mitsubishi Motors launched the i-MiEV – the world’s first mass-produced electric vehicle – in 2009. The company then introduced the Outlander PHEV – the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric SUV – in 2013, and added the Eclipse Cross PHEV model to the line-up in 2020. The company has been taking the lead in the PHEV category with approximately 310,000 units of Outlander PHEV sold in more than 60 countries around the world. With these solutions, Mitsubishi Motors will continue to contribute to solving climate change and energy-related problems and achieve carbon neutrality.

“The multi-award winning Mitsubishi Outlander’s body style has surpassed the conventional sedan in popularity, mostly because of functionality. This makes the spacious, but stylish Outlander a perfect fit for our local SA launch early in 2023,” explains Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).

World Premiere: The Mitsubishi XFC Concept

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (hereafter, Mitsubishi Motors) today held the world premiere of the Mitsubishi XFC Concept, a compact SUV concept car, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The car will be on display at Vietnam Motor Show 2022 to be held from October 26 to 30.

With the concept of being the “best-suited buddy for an exciting life,” the Mitsubishi XFC Concept is a next-generation compact SUV that offers the powerful and imposing design of an SUV. The XFC promotes ease of handling and ample cargo space, comfort, including class-leading interior space and safety, secure road and rough surface handling even on wet slippery surfaces.

“The launch of the new compact SUV will be sequentially in the ASEAN markets including Vietnam in 2023*,” said Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing at Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA). “An electrified variant to the lineup is also planned and to also roll it out in regions outside ASEAN. We hope to grow the model from a vehicle for the ASEAN market to a global strategic vehicle which will include South Africa, making it a core model like our sales-leading Xpander crossover MPV.”

The Mitsubishi XFC Concept complements Mitsubishi Motors’ wide range of products tailored to the ASEAN market — the Triton pickup truck and its derivative, the Pajero Sport midsize SUV; the Outlander and Outlander PHEV midsize SUVs; the Xpander and Xpander Cross crossover MPVs.

Powerful and imposing design  

In line with Mitsubishi Motors’ design philosophy of Robust & Ingeniousness, the Mitsubishi XFC Concept combines a compact yet powerful and imposing aura of an SUV with a sleek surface that forms one continuous flow, starting from the three-diamond emblem on the front and extending to the sides and rear. This gives it a stylish and sporty profile to match the cityscapes. In addition, with enhanced road handling on rough surfaces thanks to ample ground clearance and large-diameter wheels, the Mitsubishi XFC Concept expresses both toughness and agility while featuring an authentic SUV styling that stands out in outdoor scenes.

At the front, the Dynamic Shield concept, which expresses both performance and protection, has evolved in line with the concept. The L-shaped headlight in the headlight unit’s upper portion combines with the louver-like daytime running lights (DRL) below to light up in an iconic T-shape, which shows a sense of broadness. The sides of the body are composed of rich, muscular surfaces, with sculpted front and rear fender flares and character lines expressing the power and dynamism of an SUV. Like the front, the rear also features T-shaped tail lights to create a rear styling that accentuates wideness and stability.

The interior offers ease of operation and comfort – essential for an SUV. The instrument panel has a horizontally themed design, making it easier to sense changes in the vehicle’s posture when driving on rough surfaces while also improving forward visibility. Meanwhile, the dynamic design extending from the instrument panel to the door trim, along with a series of soft padding, give a sense of enclosure and protection to create a secure and comfortable interior. 

Utility provided by ease of handling and ample cargo space

 The Mitsubishi XFC Concept is designed for ease of operation, providing good forward visibility, easy perception of the vehicle’s dimensions, and smooth handling. The instrument panel features a large display panel integrating a full digital driver display and a centre display that can show three separate information layouts, such as navigation, road surface conditions, and other information necessary for driving. The screen assists in providing a safe and comfortable driving environment while also expressing a sense of advanced design. Despite its compact body size, the Mitsubishi XFC Concept is also designed for utility with ample cargo space.

Comfort provided by class-leading interior space

 Although it is a compact SUV, the Mitsubishi XFC Concept comes with a spacious cabin area, generous legroom in the rear seats and offers top-level comfort in its class. Moreover, everyone on board can feel safe and reassured, with vehicle stability control in slippery road conditions and high-quality ride comfort.

Safe and reliable driving on rough and flooded roads

 With plenty of ground clearance and four drive modes — Normal, Wet, Gravel and Mud — the Mitsubishi XFC Concept offers a fun, safe and secure ride in various weather and road conditions. The Wet mode, introduced for the first time in a Mitsubishi vehicle, is designed with use in ASEAN countries in mind, such as enabling safe driving even on roads flooded by sudden showers

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