Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial interior & comfort

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial makes for a refined and upmarket LCV

The main differences between the Outlander PHEV Commercial and the SUV version are the elimination of the back seats and the blanking of the side windows. This is necessary to qualify the Outlander as a light commercial vehicle (LCV).

As a result, the Outlander Commercial is identical to the SUV in the front seats. There’s a mesh guard dividing the seats from the load area, but that means the front seats can’t go back as far or recline as much as they can in the SUV. Other than that, a lack of over-the-shoulder visibility is the only other clue to this commercial version’s different layout.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Commercial dashboard

The dashboard is carried over wholesale from the SUV variant. So you get instruments that feature an energy meter next to the speedometer, while the trip computer between the dials shows battery capacity and what’s in the fuel tank.

Everything feels well screwed together, and while the quality of plastics isn’t on par with premium manufacturers, it’s certainly further upmarket than any other light commercial vehicle on sale.

Equipment, options and accessories

Prices and specifications for the 2.4-litre Outlander PHEV Commercial have still to be confirmed, but they're likely to mirror the entry-level versions of the SUV. That means we’re likely to see Juro and 4h variants, which means the Commercial version will be pretty generously equipped.

That will include pre-heating for the interior when the car is plugged in, as well as heated seats, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, a rear camera, dual-zone climate control and keyless starting. When compared to rival LCVs, the Mitsubishi is positively luxurious.

Infotainment, apps & sat nav

Mitsubishi will offer smartphone app connectivity with the latest Outlander PHEV Commercial when it arrives. This allows you to remotely manage the Commercial’s charging and heating, among other functions. Sat nav will be available on higher-spec models, although the latest update hasn’t improved on Mitsubishi’s infotainment offerings. The systems all seem a bit aftermarket and are clunky to use.