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  • That's right, I'm wearing a jacket. There's a reason to this.

  • Today, I'm driving a business-like car. It's no test with 500+ hp, drifting, and hooning.

  • This'll be a bit of consumer information. We're driving the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid.

  • This car is very important for the Dutch market.

  • More so, it turned Mitsubishi's world upside down in 2012/2013.

  • Because the car is plug-in electric, it had 0% additional tax liability when it was introduced.

  • We know how that works in the Netherlands: if something has little or no additional tax liability,

  • people are standing in line. Mitsubishi usually sells 3,500-4,400 cars a year.

  • When the Outlander PHEV was introduced, they had 10,000 orders in 10 weeks time.

  • 10,000. Holy crap.

  • This meant that the Mitsubishi dealers needed extra space, and more manpower.

  • At some point, the cars were delivered in groups.

  • The car was introduced just before the turn of the year,

  • and everyone wanted to register the car before that to get the 0% additional tax liability for 5 years.

  • Mitsubishi again announced right before an additional tax liability transition another Outlander PHEV.

  • Let's start with the looks.

  • You'll recognize the new Outlander by the nose, because it now has a dynamic shield.

  • We had no idea what that meant either, but it's what the designers call the new nose,

  • especially the 2 brushed aluminum trims hugging the headlights and grille.

  • The designers say it was inspired by the old Pajero and SUVs.

  • We found some. See if you can spot the similarities.

  • We thought it was difficult. Spoiler alert, but we thought it was difficult to spot the similarities.

  • At the rear, the taillights turned red, there's a new trim, and the bumpers are different.

  • I think the rear looks better, because the transparant lights from the previous Outlander PHEV are ugly.

  • It's the Lexus-look from the IS200 some years ago, but cheaper. It looks a lot better now.

  • The interior got an upgrade as well. It got a facelift, and more expensive materials were used.

  • Or rather, the press conference guy said expensive looking materials were used.

  • It looks more expensive, but it apparently isn't.

  • It looks nice. Not very sexy, but business-like. This suits the car, because that's today's theme.

  • Another important change is that the Outlander is more quiet.

  • The result is that an extra 77 lb needs to be lugged around.

  • Not all of this is isolation material, but a large part is.

  • It's also because the rear side windows are 0.14 inches thick. This used to be 0.12 inches.

  • Apparently, this is a major difference.

  • Then there are changes to the suspension, front and back.

  • Especially at the front. In Europe we get a special subframe with thicker, more sturdy steel.

  • The Mitsubishi guy talked about this for 5 minutes, and we just concluded it was better.

  • New subframe. Cool. Don't expect sporty handling, because that won't happen.

  • Come on, it's an Outlander.

  • Don't expect too much of it.

  • The engines didn't change much. It has 200 hp combined power by 2 electric motors front and back

  • and a combustion engine up front. The CO2 emissions are lowered from 44 to 42 grams.

  • This kills nature, because trees need CO2. Driving electric is very relaxed.

  • It's smooth. If it needs the combustion engine, it starts very subtly. You don't notice much.

  • The one thing you do notice is when you need more power, it starts howling.

  • They made the car more quiet, but it's still not very pleasant to your ears.

  • This suits the type of car, and let's be honest; people who buy it don't really care.

  • If you love driving, you don't buy a car like this. You buy this car out of commercial reasons.

  • The people who buy these cars reflect this. 98% of the Outlander PHEVs are company cars.

  • A large part is leased; 60-65%.

  • So yea, it's for people who want to drive from A to B in a sizable car,

  • but don't want to pay much or no additional tax liability.

  • Speaking of which: this car gets introduced at the right moment for Mitsubishi.

  • It sits right before the introduction of new additional tax liability rules.

  • Starting January 1, plug-in hybrids go to 15% additional tax liability.

  • Now, they're still at 7%.

  • Starting next year, they go up step by step to the same 22% where all the other cars will end up.

  • These steps are made 'til 2020, but the first big step is made on January 1.

  • If you want 7% additional tax liability for the next 5 years, you may want to order this thing now.

  • The only thing you'll have to do, is to charge.

  • Always the same jerks who buy a car like this and do 14 mpg, full throttle in the left lane,

  • too lazy to put the plug in at home. I think that's not done.

  • Dammit. I pay road taxes for this.

  • So you should plug in, OK?

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