raytaylor: You guys have got me all excited about that outlander PHEV
Except looking at the specifications I dont know if it can come near the Korando I drive now.
And thats highly annoying - I want something electric but wont change unless it feels like it has a bit of power when i put down my foot.
The korando is not super fast like a v8 commodore, but its much better than a typical 2 litre petrol.
Diesel Korando: 129kw @ 4000rpm + 360 Nm @ 2000rpm + 0-100 in
Outlander PHEV: 80kw + 332 Nm
So both have similar torques, but one has only 60% of the horsepowers, yet both claim 0-100 in about 9.5-10 seconds.
What do you guys think?
You are misreading the power figures.
The outlander PHEV has a small 88kW petrol engine, Plus twin 60kW electric motors (one for each axle).
Combined these add up to 200BHP at the wheels (149kW) source (How these power sources add together is a bit complicated as, peak power for each axle occurrences at a different speed, and the transmission only allows the engine to drive the wheels directly (parallel hybrid mode) at higher speeds, at lower speeds it runs in series hybrid mode with a 70kW generator, making power for the electric motors. Of course for most of your driving the petrol motor won't run at all, and the car will use power from the battery by the two 60kW(each) electric motors.) - Don't worry if this seems complicated, the car does it on its own, I'm a mechanical engineer who is interested in such things)
The outlander PHEV is also the performance model of the range (replaces the V6 version that was available on the previous generation outlander)
also: "On road, the PHEV has a very useful turn of speed; underfoot, if you didn't know, you would swear there was a V6 under the bonnet"
Suffice to say, I would expect the outlander PHEV to hold it's own performance wise with other vehicles in its class, But of course take it for a test drive to see how all the motors come together.
Other things to note with outlander PHEV:
- Best acoustic insulation in the outlander range
- No 7 seat option
- No spare tire (replaced with flat tire fixing kit).