10 new vehicles to get you into the beyond—and back again—in comfort, safety and style
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
For Canadian outdoorsfolk ready to leap boldly into the future of electric vehicles, 2018 brings the Outlander PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a well-reviewed compact SUV/crossover. Propulsion is based on a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine mated to 80-horsepower electric motor, direct drive to the front wheels. At the rear is another 80-horsepower electric motor, and there’s a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery pack located under the floor. That positioning also means there’s a negligible loss of utility and cargo space. The PHEV is primarily a front-wheel drive, but there’s a torque shift to the rear depending on conditions. Sweetening the deal, several provinces offer a rebate on the vehicle’s purchase price: $2,500 in B.C., $4,000 in Quebec and $9,555 in Ontario.
ENGINE: 2.0-litre DOHC in-line four-cylinder, two electric motors