The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has been officially unveiled, ahead of an Australian launch in September or October 2021.
The first 'all-new' Outlander in nine years, the fourth generation of Mitsubishi's third biggest-selling model will touch down on local shores later this year with a fresh new exterior design, an overhauled cabin, new technology and a revised engine line-up.
As revealed in leaked images and spy photos since December 2020, the new seven-seat Outlander draws significant visual inspiration from the Engelberg Tourer concept of 2019, with an upright side profile, sculpted side body lines, and bold front and rear fascias in line with the Japanese brand's current design language.
Up front, a variant of Mitsubishi's 'Dynamic Shield' corporate face features with split LED headlights containing upper daytime-running lights, while at the rear slim LED tail-lights with T-shaped signatures sit within an upright tailgate.
Nine exterior colours are on offer – including three premium 'Diamond' hues – while alloy wheels up to 20 inches in diameter fill the arches.
Inside, the new Outlander's cabin represents a significant step up over that of the outgoing model, through trainspotters will note there's a lot shared with the Mitsubishi model's twin under the skin, the new-generation Nissan X-Trail.
The all-new, tablet-style 9.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation fitted to higher grades appears to be lifted straight out of the Nissan, as do the 12.3-inch configurable digital instrument cluster and 10.8-inch head-up display – the latter pair both firsts for the Mitsubishi brand.
Lower grades make do with no head-up display, and smaller 8.0-inch infotainment and 7.0-inch instrument cluster screens.
Upholstery options comprise fabric, suede, semi-aniline leather and quilted genuine leather depending on variant, while the front seats themselves adopt a two-layer urethane structure "to ensure [they] are comfortable the moment they are sat on and to reduce fatigue during long trips.'
Interior materials have seen an upgrade, with the upper dashboard, door cards and lower centre console all featuring a soft leather-wrapped padding trimmed with "high-quality" stitching.
Available interior features include a 10-speaker Bose premium sound system, heated seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass sunroof, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 15-watt wireless smartphone charging, first- and second-row USB-A and USB-C ports, and rear window sunblinds.
Under the skin, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander rides on a new platform compared to the outgoing model: the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's CMF-C/D platform, shared with the aforementioned Nissan X-Trail.
Featuring ultra-high tensile steel for the first time, Mitsubishi claims the new platform offers greater body stiffness, while saving weight thanks to an aluminium bonnet and plastic front quarterpanels.
Measuring 4709mm long, 1862mm wide and 1748mm high, with a 2705mm wheelbase, the new family SUV is 15mm longer in overall length, 51mm wider, 38mm taller and 36mm longer in overall wheelbase – translating into 25mm of additional front and 28mm of rear legroom, and 35mm of additional shoulder room.
The increase in exterior dimensions has enabled a deeper and wider boot – though a specific volume figure isn't quoted – access to and use of which is made easier via a 40:20:40 split-folding second-row bench and a hands-free power tailgate.
The sole engine choice at launch will be a 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine shared with the X-Trail, developing 135kW of power and 245Nm of torque.
It's mated to a CVT automatic transmission as standard – with eight stepped 'ratios' and a shift-by-wire set-up – sending drive to either the front or all four wheels.
The latter drive configuration employs Mitsubishi's latest Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system, upgraded for the new Outlander with improved torque vectoring and a new clutch-based centre coupling.
Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Snow and Gravel modes feature across the range – controlled via a drive mode select dial in the centre console – with all-wheel-drive variants picking up a Mud mode.
A plug-in hybrid model is expected to debut later in 2021 or early in 2022, expected to mate a 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an array of electric motors.
Available active safety technologies include adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-keep assist, lane-centering assist, traffic-sign recognition, auto high-beam, forward and reverse autonomous emergency braking, hill descent control and driver attention alert.
There's also blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert – both capable of detecting and braking for obstacles – plus a 360-degree camera on higher grades.
11 airbags are on offer, including a front centre airbag between the two front seats.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will go on sale in Australia later in 2021, likely September or October.
Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch.