Mitsubishi has done up its new Mitsubishi Outlander in hopes of a better response from the Mitsubishi Outlander market, and it has done a good job at it too! Check out the various features that make the Outlander a signature Mitsubishi SUV. You may also be tempted to buy this car after reading this article.
The Outlander follows a conventional SUV template, though it could benefit from better exterior styling and few visually aesthetic changes that would make it a “piece de resistance.”
The exterior styling of the Mitsubishi Outlander has some interesting elements, along with some neat touches that Mitsubishi is known for. At the front, the shapely headlamps and the two-part grille give the SUV an impressive look. At the rear, the LED lights are stunning and really grab your attention. The Outlander’s upright stance and huge ground clearance (215mm to the CR-V’s 185mm) make it look taller than it is.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander gets an electronically-controlled four-wheel drive, along with a two-wheel-drive only mode, to help with fuel economy. Built on a car platform, the Outlander is based on Mitsubishi’s GS platform, which is shared with the Lancer and Evo X. There is use of high-tensile steel to keep weight down and the Outlander gets a light-weight aluminum roof too.
The Outlander’s interiors are all black with a few splashes of silver. The dials are sporty, the three-spoke steering is nice to hold, and the red-lit displays look good. The car has good fit and finish and the quality of the plastics is good. However, for a car costing over Rs. 20 lakhs, the interior plastic could have been richer. A curious feature of the Outlander is the heated seats, which is a rather redundant feature for a country like India. Boot space is good and the Outlander’s split tailgate is extremely useful and one of the most practical bits of the car.
The front seats are really comfortable and can easily accommodate people with a large build. The dashboard is somewhat higher than other SUVs in this category. Forward visibility though good, could have been better. The rear seats aren’t as spacious though, however they do slide back to provide some much needed inches.
The Outlander comes with a twin-cam 2.4-litre engine. Mitsubishi’s engine is an all-alloy unit and a good performer. The Outlander is more fun to drive in manual mode with its 6 level gearshift. The downside is that the engine gets noisy when you extend it and in terms of refinement isn’t the best past 4000rpm. The Mitsubishi Outlander cruises the highway with ease and feels effortless at high speeds. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Outlander returns 7.2kpl on the highway and 9.7kpl in the city.