Outlander PHEV Design Gets a Facelift

The Outlander PHEV is back and better than ever. The 2016 model will feature a new facelift, adding sporty contours and an aggressive new fascia. Plus, the model will be getting some mechanical upgrades as well.

According to World Car Fans, the Outlander PHEV design will feature the iconic Mitsubishi “dynamic shield” fascia, using extensive chrome. In addition to a new front end, the PHEV will get two-ton 18-inch gloss black wheels, interior cabin upgrades, redesigned seats, and a four-spoke steering wheel.

Under the hood, the 2016 Outlander PHEV, which stands for “Plug-in electric hybrid,” will also get some upgrades. This includes a new hybrid setup to lower friction, an 8% increase in electric range, and better throttle response. A Multi-around view monitor provides added safety as well.

The new model is set to be released sometime in July, although it will only be available in Japan for some time. Mitsubishi has stated that it should hit the US market sometime later this year, although no specific date has been given.

Choosing the Right Drivetrain: 2WD, 4WD, and AWD

Although you’ve probably heard the terms two-wheel drive (2WD), four-wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel drive (AWD), do you know the difference between them?

Autotrader explains that the drivetrain is the system which transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Choosing the right drivetrain is important and depends on your driving. There are three options (2WD, 4WD, and AWD), each with various advantages.

The 2WD system sends power to only two wheels, either in the front (FWD) or in the rear (RWD). This is good for milder climates, and tends to offer better efficiency. Most high-performance cars tend to be 2WD models, though the obvious disadvantage for 2WD is a loss of handling and traction.

For better grip, try 4WD. This sends power to all four wheels, and is typically switched on and off by the driver. Most 4WD are good for off-roading and low-speed driving, capable of tackling rough terrain and harsh weather.

Though it sounds the same, AWD is a computerized drivetrain which sends power to individual wheels as needed. It is usually always on, and works well in harsh weather and at high speeds. The disadvantage to AWD is that it is highly complex and usually only gets average fuel economy.