MITSUBISHI has made history with the launch of the new Outlander, debuting the next generation of its popular SUV on Amazon Live. The new model, now in its fourth iteration, features the latest version of the company’s Dynamic Shield front face.
Large diameter 20-inch wheels, extended fenders and bold proportions give the Outlander an improved look, with a newly developed 2.5-litre engine and updated electronically-controlled 4WD and S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) system completing the package.
The cabin space features an enhanced feeling of convenience through a high-quality interior, comfortable three-row seven seats, LCD displays, and a new wireless smartphone charging function.
Through three generations, the Outlander has been highly recognised for its utility and road performance as an SUV, as well as its eco-friendliness and economy. A total of 167,575 examples have been sold in Australia.
Design features of the new model include daytime running lights and turn signals that have been positioned in the upper part of the new front end, and given a thin, sharp shape to improve their visibility for oncoming vehicles and pedestrians.
The headlights were placed beneath them toward the outside to illuminate the road more brightly and emphasize the wide body. The colour range has also been expanded to nine choices, with Black Diamond joining the premium Diamond paint series.
Black Diamond is a special colour consisting of three coats, and a high-density shiny layer containing glass is added to make the vehicle appear jet black when not lit but then emits a powerful sparkle when struck by light.
The newly developed 2.5-litre petrol engine improves maximum output by 8.9 per cent and fuel efficiency by 2.6 per cent over the previous model. An 8-speed sport mode CVT is used for the transmission.
The step shift control changes speeds crisply like a multi-stage automatic transmission, while on the 4WD model, electronically-controlled 4WD incorporates a hydraulic clutch, driven by an electric motor, to control front and rear torque distribution.
The 4WD model is also equipped with an improved S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system. The brake AYC (Active Yaw Control) is adopted on the rear wheels as well, making it possible to provide front and rear wheel distributed control.
The interior colour variations for the premium-level vehicle feature genuine leather seats of light grey and black. The instrument panel and door trim are the same colour, and real aluminium is used in the shift panel.
The mid-range model features black suede combination seats and piano black interior material, while the standard vehicle offers light grey or black fabric material seats and piano black interior material.
The 12.3-inch full digital driver display is equipped with Mitsubishi Motors’ first full-screen, full-colour liquid crystal display, and shows a variety of content on a large screen, with clarity. It also features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Functions for receiving the latest traffic information or updating software online are also planned for the near future. Further information, pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.