The new Mitsubishi Outlander model line-up sees three variants – an entry-level ES, mid-range LS, and luxury Aspire – and the availability of a diesel automatic for Outlander 4WD LS and Outlander Aspire.
The range of engines on offer in the medium SUV now includes a 2.2-litre in-line four-cylinder turbocharged MIVEC diesel engine returning efficiency figures of 153 grams of CO2 per kilomtre and 5.8 litres of fuel per 100kms, a 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol engine that achieves 7.0L/100kms when tied to a five-speed manual transmission and 6.6L/100kms with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and a 2.4-litre MIVEC petrol engine recording 7.5L/100kms with CVT.
Further enhancing the new Mitsubishi Outlander’s green potential is an eco-friendly driving system called ECO Drive that takes into account the engine, air-conditioning and four-wheel drive system as well as notifying the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency.
The exterior’s wraparound headlights and tail-lights are joined by a narrow slim-line front grille and raised character line that flows down the length of the car while inside sees the use of soft-touch materials with highlights of silver, wood and gloss-black, depending on the model.
Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags (driver and passenger, side, curtain, and knee), stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, reverse sensors and hill-start assist.
Forward collision mitigation system – that detects obstacles on the road ahead of the car and automatically applies the brakes to prevent a collision – and adaptive cruise control are also options available on the Mitsubishi Outlander Aspire 4WD, as part of a Premium Pack, as is a hands-free power tailgate.
An increased towing capacity of 1600kg for petrol models and 2000kgs for diesel-powered vehicles adds confidence along with a full-size spare wheel.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is available in White, Starlight, Cool Silver, Titanium, Black, Sapphire and a new Copper colour (pictured top).
While pricing for the new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV, to be added to the line-up in mid-2013, hasn't been revealed, Mitsubishi product manager James Tol told CarAdvice, "people will be surprised" as the brand aims for better pricing than the Holden Volt.
Mitsubishi Outlander pricing:
- Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD ES 2.0L 5-speed manual - $28,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD ES 2.0L CVT - $31,240
- Mitsubishi Outlander 2WD LS 2.0L CVT - $34,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD ES 2.4L CVT - $33,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD LS 2.4L CVT - $38,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD LS 2.2L DiD six-speed automatic - $40,990
- Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Aspire 2.4L CVT - $43,490
- Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD Aspire 2.2L DiD six-speed automatic - $45,490