Mitsubishi Outlander gets a make-over, inside and out

Mitsubishi’s popular crossover SUV, the Outlander, has undergone a make-over giving it a fresh new look along with some interior upgrades.

Brian Joss – The new Outlander has been given the Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield design treatment giving it a bold and edgy new look. Mitsubishi’s new design language – which was recently introduced in SA on the ASX model – lends the new Outlander a more stylish and purposeful appearance.

The focal point of the Outlander’s new front design is the distinctive Mitsubishi badge which is centred just above the grille. Two swathes of chrome lead from the outside edges of the LED headlights where they make a sharp curve downward and taper off around the lower fog lights. The effect is striking and creates the distinct look characterised by the company’s new Dynamic Shield design.

The new Mitsubishi Outlander: luxury lifestyle vehicle. Picture: Quickpic

The addition of chrome highlights around the redesigned grille give the Outlander a more refined feel – it still looks tough and rugged, but the new chrome detail is indicative of the Outlander’s status as a luxury crossover SUV.

 “The Mitsubishi Outlander is a luxury lifestyle vehicle in every sense of the word,” says Nic Campbell, general manager for Mitsubishi Motors. “It’s spacious, comfortable and stylish with all the features customers expect in a vehicle of this calibre. The new design language gives it a fresh, bold appearance that truly illustrates the Outlander’s capabilities.”

Mitsubishi is known for its immaculate interior design and high level of specification, and the Outlander more than lives up to this reputation. At 4,695mm the Outlander is notably longer than its direct competitors, which translates into a more spacious and luxurious interior. This additional space, combined with an innovative cabin layout, places the Outlander in the top of its segment among vehicles offering seven seats.

The leather seats are designed with long road trips in mind and third-row passengers have ample space thanks to the Outlander’s roomy cabin.

The seats in the second row can slide 250mm forward which makes for easy access to the third row from either side of the vehicle.

Despite its generous proportions, the Outlander boasts a turning radius of just 5.3m which is notably better than most of its competitors.

The Outlander is equipped with an impressive Rockford Fosgate sound system that makes use of nine speakers, a 710W eight-channel high-power amplifier and subwoofer to create the perfect surround-sound experience for all occupants.

The Mitsubishi Outlander offers rear passengers a nine-inch roof-mounted DVD player with a fold-down screen that is clearly visible from all seats in the second and third rows. Occupants have a choice of directing the sound via the Rockford Fosgate system or making use of cordless infrared headsets.

Adding to the Outlander’s spacious feel is a glass sunroof, whilst features such as automatic lights and windshield wipers, dual-zone climate control and cruise control ensure the utmost comfort for driver and passengers alike. The electronic tailgate also makes daily life a lot easier.

Campbell notes: “The new Outlander is the type of vehicle that perfectly slots in with any lifestyle. It has all the comfort features to make long journeys an absolute pleasure, and all the small luxuries that help simplify daily tasks. It’s the ultimate go-anywhere vehicle for the South African market.”

The facelifted Outlander is powered by Mitsubishi’s popular 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC petrol engine producing 123kW and 222 Nm. Average fuel consumption comes to 8.2 litres/100km, Mitsubishi said.

Power is delivered to all four wheels through Mitsubishi’s next-generation, all-new INVECS-III Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with a 6-step Sports Mode shift control. The CVT gearbox adapts to varying road conditions and power demands, allowing for a smoother ride than traditional automatic transmissions.

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