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Mitsubishi displays first ever 4x4 commercial hybrid

  • First ever plug-in 4x4 commercial
  • Huge whole-life cost savings
  • On sale in Mitsubishi dealers now

Mitsubishi has displayed its all-new plug-in 4x4 commercial - the Outlander GX3h 4Work - at the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicle event at Millbrook Proving Grounds in Bedfordshire.

It’s the first time ever that a 4x4 commercial has been eligible for the Government’s 20 percent plug-in grant, although the price still stands at £23,373 excluding VAT.

However, things don’t seem so bad looking long term, as the vehicle represents huge total life savings by setting its cost against one year’s trading profit and achieving 148mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle. Because it’s a hybrid of petrol and electricity, it’s also exempt from the London Congestion Charge and Low Emission Zone.

Mitsubishi says that while it inherits the same respectable fuel economy, low environmental impact and off-road capability as the passenger car variant, it has been adapted for tough commercial assignments and a 0.5m³ load space (up to the window level). Payloads have yet to be confirmed, but it’s unlikely it will breach the one tonne threshold.

The interior includes a lot of creature comforts carried through from the passenger versions, like dual zone climate control, keyless entry and operation, leather steering wheel, Bluetooth and quality audio.

Super-all wheel control (S-AWC) delivers traction and stability by automatically adjusting power output and braking. For improved traction on slippery services, four-wheel drive is available at the push of a button.

Energy regeneration paddles allow selective recovery of energy from the motion of the vehicle to the battery. Cruise control, speed limiter and rain sensitive wipers complete a formidable package.

The new Outlander GX3h 4Work is on sale at dealerships now.