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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Now Has More Capabilities

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The current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has received very good reviews from critics and car enthusiasts alike. It was efficient, functional, fun to drive, and a relatively affordable plug-in hybrid, midsize, crossover option. For the 2019 model-year, on its home market in Japan, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is receiving a slew of updates—more electric power, a bigger gas engine, a bigger battery, better suspension, two new drive modes, and a number of design tweaks.

The car’s battery capacity has been increased to 13.8 kWh from 12 kWh. That will allow the car’s electric driving range to power to 40.4 miles from the regular 37.8 miles. There is also a boost in power coming from the rear electric motor/generator, and the gas engines increase its displacement from 2.0 liter to 2.4 liters.

There are new driving modes for this model—the Sport and Snow modes. Its 4WD Lock has also been adjusted to enable the better handling of poor road surfaces. This means the midsize crossover will be more than capable to handle off-road conditions.

To do this, the Japanese automaker must fit the Outlander PHEV with larger front and rear dampers with a new type of damper valve. For better steering feel and response, it will also come packed with a faster steering ratio and retuned electric power steering control.

For the exterior, the Outlander PHEV is now fitted with full LED headlights, an updated grille in front, and a new rear spoiler that improves aerodynamics and gives the midsize crossover a sportier look.

The cabin’s seats get leather wrapping with a diamond-quilt pattern. The door trim follows the same design. The front seats have been reshaped for added support.

These updates will likely make Mitsubishi’s midsize crossover more attractive for those looking for functionality and design. These updates are being offered to its Japanese market for now, but we think it’s more than likely we’ll see them in US soil.

4 Important Things To Know About The 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider

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The 488 Pista Spider is the 50th drop-top model built by Ferrari since 1947. Making its global debut at the Pebble Beach show in California, the Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is officially replacing the 458 SpecialeAperta in the lineup. It is also the first of its kind to have a turbocharged engine under the hood.

Exterior

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Just like its sibling, the 458 SpecialeAperta, the Pista Spider has a spanking new front bumper that includes an F1-inspired S-duct and splitter design borrowed from the 488 GTE race cars. There are also similar changes to the side skirts and the rear fender outlets. The skirts are wider and sportier while the vents have a larger lower section that feeds more air into the engine.

Completing the overall look of the drop-top convertible is the diamond-finish, 20–inch wheels in 10-spoke design. Drivers can also opt for one-piece carbon-fiber wheels that are 20-percent lighter than the regular wheels.

Interior

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The cabin is very similar to the coupe, except that it has unlimited headroom because of the drop-top. It’s finished in all black but you can customize it in bright colors, though that would be expensive.

The dashboard is the same as the one found in the regular 488, though there’s the “488 Pista” badge on the passenger side that separates this from any regular 488. It is the center console that received more revisions as the “R,” “Auto,” and “Launch” is now placed toward the right, closer to the passenger section. The console is made of carbon fiber, which is an upgrade from the aluminum material used on the regular 488.

Drivetrain

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The Ferrari 488 Pista Spider is fitted with the same twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 that debuted in the 488 but upgraded to deliver more power. It can now make a whopping 710 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 50-horsepower and seven-pound-foot increase over the standard 488 GTB.

Price

We don’t have information about the pricing, but we expect the Pista drop-top to start from $350,000.

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