The all-new third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander range revealed at today’s 2012 Sydney motor show, and due to hit showrooms next month from November 18, will offer an automatic diesel drivetrain for the first time.
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.
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