Outlander GX1 4Work Commercial
The Outlander which starts the CV-oriented part of the range is the GX1. And while it has a comprehensive 4WD system for solid performance in slippery conditions, it also has an eco mode which reduces the output of the engine and ensures that even with air conditioning running the amount of fuel used is minimised.
Other standard features on this model include remote central locking, engine stop-start technology, climate control and a thick rubber load mat to protect the rear of the vehicle from wear and tear which might be caused by the loading and unloading of heavy items.
The efficient DI-D engine is cleaner than many comparable diesel power plants, while ABS with electronic brake force distribution comes with all models sold today. Drivers can specify a maximum speed limit, which is ideal for making sure that any average speed check areas can be dealt with legally.
Outlander PHEV GX3h 4Work Commercial
The PHEV version of the Outlander GX3h comes with all of the features of the GX1 but adds in 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather steering wheel, keyless entry, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors and regenerative braking.
This goes hand in hand with the plug-in hybrid technology which Mitsubishi has introduced to the Outlander range relatively recently. Thanks to the hybrid power train, there is an electric motor which works in combination with the diesel engine to cut fuel consumption and make the car cleaner and more efficient as a result.
Various settings can be altered to adjust how the twin power sources are used. And, of course, the range of the car is not compromised, making it suitable for long distance trips as well as shorter city drives.
On the inside the dash gets overhauled thanks to the PHEV multi-information display, running on a 4.2 inch LCD screen that gives real-time feedback on how the car is performing. This covers everything from how energy is being deployed to the wheels to how many miles can be covered on electric power alone.
The unique S-WAC system is found on the PHEV models in the Outlander range, including this 4Work edition, making good use of advanced electronics to adjust traction and improve handling even on the roughest of terrains. Seven airbags in the cab keep drivers and passengers safe, while a USB connector and Bluetooth compatibility make it easier to use other devices while on the road without taking your hands off the wheel.
The range-topping GX3h+ 4Work adds in compatibility with a smartphone app that makes it possible to control some of the vehicle’s functions remotely. And while the commercial versions of the Outlander range are worth considering, the standard models are also capable of coping with most of the scenarios that will be faced by those who need to drive a rugged 4x4 for a living.