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by George Skentzos

Following a dramatic 39.6 percent increase in sales this November sparked by the introduction of the all-new Lancer, Mitsubishi has continued the roll-out of its new range with the 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander.

Following in the footsteps of the Lancer, Active Stability Control with Traction Control (ASTC) system has been included as standard on all 2008 Outlander models.

The Outlander range consists of six variants – which vary from the base model LS, the sporty VRX and newly introduced Luxury models – and are now available in a seven seat layout.

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

Powering the 2008 Outlander is either a 2.4-litre DOHC MIVEC engine which produces 125kW and 226Nm, or a more powerful 162kW 3.0 litre SOHC MIVEC V6 engine with 276Nm on tap.

Aside from the entry model LS which is available with a 5-speed manual transmission to provide a more attractive entry price into the Outlander range, all remaining models feature a CVT (continuous variable transmission) with INVECS III and 6-speed ‘Sport Mode’ tiptronic-style sequential shifting function.

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

XLS variants receive modest interior upgrades and add standard side and curtain airbags, a new voice activated hands-free Bluetooth telephone system and new sport mesh seat trim. An option pack comprising leather seat trim and power/heated seat with back pocket is available for the first time on XLS.

Finally, XLS Luxury variants now arrive with seven-seat layout only and offer several additional appointments including HID headlamps with auto leveling and headlamp washers, Rockford Fosgate audio package and a dusk-sensing headlamp and rain-sensing wiper combination package.

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

Pricing begins at $31,490 for the five seat LS Manual with the range topping VRX Luxury rounding out the range at $48,990.






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