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by Brett Davis

Mitsubishi has just announced the launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander LS 2WD, which coincides with the release of the new 2011 Outlander range.

The new range gets a bunch of additional features over the existing lineup. Automatic one-touch electric driver’s window, enhanced brake assist and a full-sized spare wheel. The most notable headline in relation to the new range though is the option of two-wheel drive.

Much of the technical specifications on the 2WD LS are carried over from the usual all-wheel drive LS and XLS, so it retains the 2.4-litre 125kW four cylinder engine and five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmissions, so everything in the package is still there.

But using a two-wheel drive setup means the 2WD LS uses less petrol, as it doesn’t have to turn as many wheels, but it also means Mitsubishi can offer you a comprehensive wagon with the high-ride seating position of a soft-road vehicle, at a cheaper price.

Mitsubishi’s President and CEO, Masahiko Takahashi, said in a recent report,

“Within this segment there is fast growing demand for two-wheel drive variants, which have a lower entry price. Releasing an economical two-wheel drive variant ensures Outlander will appeal to a much wider range of wagon buyers.”

All Mitsubishi Outlanders will be backed by the five year/130,000km vehicle warranty and ten year/160,000km powertrain warranty.

Savings include;

2011 Outlander LS 2WD 2.4 Petrol
– 2.4 5 seat manual $28990
– 2.4 5 Seat CVT $31490

2011 Outlander LS 4WD 2.4 Petrol
– 2.4 5 seat manual $33240
– 2.4 5 Seat CVT $35740

As well as the fuel consumption figure differences;

2011 Outlander LS 2WD 2.4 Petrol
– 2.4 5 seat manual Combined 9.2L/100km, 220gm of CO2/km
– 2.4 5 Seat CVT Combined 9.0L/100km, 212gm of CO2/km

2011 Outlander LS 4WD 2.4 Petrol
– 2.4 5 seat manual Combined 9.5L/100km and 227gm of CO2/km
– 2.4 5 Seat CVT Combined 9.3L/100km, 222gm of CO2/km




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