The Mitsubishi Outlander range introduces significant changes as the Japanese brand tries to claw back some sales in the tough-fought family SUV segment.

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The updated Outlander range arrives just six months after Mitsubishi made a round of line-up changes and only 16 months after its initial launch. The news also comes just weeks after Nissan announced pricing for the new X-Trail, which, like the Mitsubishi, offers models with five or seven seats.

The changes are significant: Mitsubishi says it has retuned the car’s suspension dampers and shock absorbers for improved body-roll control and cornering stability. The company has also revised the automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) offered on petrol models, and claims it has improved noise, vibration and harshness levels of its 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol variants with more sound deadening.

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Styling changes include a new grille, revised bumper design, underbody bash plates finished in silver at the front and rear of the car, black wheel arch extensions, silver roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels for all models. The Outlander Aspire has a different 18-inch wheel design and adds LED tail-lights. A new red metallic hue (pictured) also joins the colour palette.

“When we introduced the new generation Outlander, customers told us they really liked Outlander’s cabin space and ergonomics and they were pleasantly surprised by its high level of safety and convenience features, but wanted Outlander to have a more distinctive on-road presence,” said Mitsubishi Australia executive director of marketing Tony Principe.

Inside, the Outlander ES gets new black cloth seat trim, while the LS adds cloth with leather inserts and chromed door handles. Range-topping Aspire models get a silver garnish across the dash and doors.

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The updated Outlander range sees only minor price adjustments, with some models rising by only $100. The Outlander line-up will soon include the brand’s first hybrid model, the Outlander PHEV, which is expected to top the range with a price of more than $50,000.

The Outlander comes with a five-year/130,000km warranty and a four-year capped price servicing program.

MY14.5 Mitsubishi Outlander: Key features model by model

ES 2WD:

2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, five-speed manual transmission or CVT automatic (optional)

Five seats with black cloth trim

Seven airbags

Cruise control

Reverse-view camera

Rear parking sensors

Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with voice control

18-inch alloy wheels

Silver roof rails

Front bumper with silver skid plate and blackout sections

Black wheel arch garnish

Fog lamps

Chrome fog lamp bezels

ES 4WD:

As above, with 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine, CVT automatic and all-wheel-drive

LS 2WD:

7.0-inch colour touchscreen media system with sat-nav

Auto headlamps

Auto wipers

Dual-zone air-conditioning

New black cloth seat trim with leather inserts

Chrome inner door handles

Cargo blind

Eco mode system with Eco score

LS 4WD:

As above, with choice of 2.4-litre petrol four-cylinder engine and CVT automatic and all-wheel-drive or 2.2-litre turbo diesel with six-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive

Seven seats

Aspire 4WD

2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with CVT auto or 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel with six-speed automatic

Seven seats

18-inch grey machine-faced alloy wheels

Smart key and push-button start

Power tailgate with remote operation

Sunroof

Leather seat trim

Heated front seats

Six-way electric adjustable driver’s seat

Forward collision mitigation system

Radar cruise control

HID headlamps with auto levelling and washers

Chrome belt line tri and outer door handles

LED rear tail-lights

Mitsubishi Outlander Pricing (plus on-road costs):

ES 2.0-litre petrol 2WD manual $27,740

ES 2.0-litre petrol 2WD CVT - $29,990

ES 2.4-litre petrol CVT 4WD - $32,990

LS 2.0-litre petrol 2WD CVT - $33,490

LS 2.4-litre petrol 4WD CVT - $36,490

LS 2.2-litre diesel 4WD auto - $39,490

Aspire 2.4-litre petrol 4WD CVT - $43,890

Aspire 2.2-litre diesel 4WD auto - $46,890