The new Outlander sees a distinctive and aggressive styling make-over, and a host of new comfort, convenience and safety features
The big story for the 2010 Outlander is the “next generation” styling, inspired by the Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype displayed at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The front grille design is taken from the Lancer Evolution’s “jet fighter” look and is complemented by a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and bonnet. Reshaped headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills also hint at the sporty styling.
“Over the past four years, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been the best-selling medium SUV in New Zealand," said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. "After such impressive service, it was time for a freshen-up and the new exterior styling and interior appointments have achieved exactly that.”
“With its city-friendly size and style, its rugged off-road capabilities and all the technology we could squeeze into it, this new Outlander will take you where you want to go in comfort, style, and safety,” said Wilkins.
Te Outlander interior design has been freshened with the addition of new seat, door and dash trims, leather look to premium models, double stitching, chrome accents and a new instrument cluster. Additional Lancer-Evolution-inspired design cues for the VRX include aluminium racing style pedals and a sport-type steering wheel.
Technological upgrades for the new Outlander include the addition of Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control system (S-AWC) to V6 models, improvements to power delivery and fuel economy, the addition of Hill Start Assist (HSA) for all CVT and automatic models and USB inputs for audio connectivity.
The new Outlander retains its two existing engines. First, the 2.4-litre DOHC 16-valve MPI MIVEC which generates 127kW of power @ 6000rpm and 230Nm of torque @ 4100 rpm. This engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with Sports Mode sequential style shift changes and INVECS Smart Logic.
The more powerful V6 3.0-litre SOHC 24 valve MPI MIVEC engine now generates 172kW of power @ 6250rpm and 296Nm of torque @ 3750rpm.
All Outlanders are available in a variety of paint colours including the new shades of Iron B ark and Atlantic Blue, as well as Rose Red, Cool Silver, Amethyst Black, Effect Grey and Cardrona White.