As of … 20 seconds ago, Mitsubishi released its latest generation Outlander Compact SUV. We had this news piece sitting here waiting to be published for the last day or so, but there was an embargo and since Mitsubishi was playing nice enough to let us to know to begin with, we thought we will keep our promise and not let the news slip so quickly!
Anyway, the new Outlander has two new four and six-cylinder engines, five and seven-seat configurations and a host of new drive-train, seating and other packaging innovations. So what do yo u think? Does it look niec or what? Personally I really the look, if only Mitsubishi could get whoever designed this beast to redesign the Mitsubishi 380, Mitsu’s fortunes might turn around!
Mitsubishi says that the new outlander was designed with one big thing in mind, fuel economy, and so the new 2.4 litre 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder MIVEC (Mitsubishi’s variable valve timing) engine develops 125kW and 226Nm of torque, the new engine has an alloy block and makes extensive use of resin components to decrease weight. A double overhead cam, with application of the MIVEC variable valve timing technology on both intake and exhaust valves, improves engine efficiency and contributes to the reduction in fuel consumption. However all this talk of reduction of fuel consumption has yet to lead Mitsubishi to actually release some fuel consumption figures!
Don’t panic, the 2.4 litre engine isn’t the only choice! For those wanting additional power, an all-new alloy 3.0 litre 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with MIVEC is also available. The bigger brother of the smaller engine produces 162kW at 6250 rpm and 276Nm of torque at 4000 rpm.
We all know that Mitsubishi are amongst the leaders of AWD and steering technology, one only has to admire the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to notice this. So applying all their technological skills, Mitsu has come up with Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control (AWC) technology, which incorporates Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology with the all new Active Select 4WD system. This is an electronically controlled, on-demand all wheel drive system (with Active Stability Control on six-cylinder models).
The advanced AWD system is coupled with a CVT (continuous variable transmission) with INVECS III and 6-speed ‘Sport Mode’ tiptronic-style sequential shifting function on four-cylinder models. The CVT maintains the engine revolutions at an optimum speed, adjusting the gearing to suit. It is controlled by INVECS III, the latest iteration of Mitsubishi’s acclaimed fuzzy logic intelligent transmission control system. This also allows use of a 6-speed Sport Mode, enabling the driver to change gears manually.
The system is coupled to a new INVECS II intelligent six-speed automatic transmission with ‘Sports Mode’ sequential shifting on six-cylinder models. Did you get all that? No, well don’t, the essential thing is, that its good! CVT transmissions are the way of the future, so don’t simply agree with the Holden salesmen who tells you that a 4-speed auto tranie is all you need.
The four wheel drive system draws on Mitsubishi Motors’ vast experience with this technology. A major advance is an electronically controlled coupling that allows the driver to change modes on the fly, switching from two to all wheel drive at the turn of a dial. Driving the vehicle in 2WD mode offers much better fuel economy, while the AWD options offer increased safety when required and the ability to get off the beaten track. There are two AWD selection positions;
a full-time AWD option
an auto setting in which the vehicle instantly allocates torque to each of the individual four wheels according to their traction on the road surface.
Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control is enhanced by Active Stability Control being standard on VR and VRX models.Four wheel disc brakes are standard across the range and the XLS and VRX run on wide footprint 18 inch wheels, while 16 inch wheels and tyres are fitted to the LS and VR. Naturally ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) is standard across the range.
Mitsubishi says that the new generation Outlander is longer, wider and higher than the previous models, some of the cooler features of the Outlander include innovative one-touch automatic fold rear seats that gives a host of flexible cargo carrying options, the option of an occasional third row seat that stows under the cargo floor when not in use, improved safety engineering and an aluminium roof for reduction of body weight and centre of gravity.
Interior space for the new outlander is generous with maximum rear leg room of 875 mm and maximum cargo space with the rear seats up of 1119 litres and with them folded down of 2056 litres. The centre-console includes the gear change, 2WD/AWD selector, hand operated park brake and an elbow-high, two level storage compartment.
Three-point seat belts are standard in all seating positions, while front dual-stage airbags and the front seat belts with pre-tensioners and force limiters are standard throughout the range. Side and curtain airbags are standard on the VRX and are available on all other models.
ZG Outlander comes comprehensively equipped with all the following as standard:
power windows (on all doors),
power external mirrors,
air conditioning (with ducting to the rear compartment),
steering wheel mounted audio controls,
integrated fascia with AM/FM audio with CD, MP3 and WMA,
leather-wrapped steering wheel,
gearshift knob and handbrake lever,
multi-function information display .
The diagram above is a good way of showing the different models and their features. Mitsubishi’s PR team has done a good job with so real useful information and diagrams, there is a link to a huge PDF document at the end of this post for much more detail. The top-of-the-line VRX model gets a 650-watt 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system as standard, while it can also be optioned as part of a ‘Sports Pack’ in XLS and VR.There are eight colour choices –
White Pearl (P),
Cool Silver (M),
Mystic Blue (M),
Effect Grey (P),
Deep Blue Metallic (M),
Code Red, and Black Mica (P)
The new Outlander comes with Mitsubishi’s industry-leading 5 year / 130,000 kilometre bumper-to-bumper or 10 year / 160,000 kilometre non-transferable drivetrain warranty and 5 years Roadside Assistance as standard.