Eleven years after it first coined the term crossover, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC ) has unveiled its third embodiment of this concept at the Geneva Motor Show with the new generation Outlander.
This all-new mid-size crossover is meant to better comply with the times - a strategic and innovative premium vehicle developed around a versatile global platform and borne of a balancing of: low environmental impact (with target emissions below 130 g/km minimum - depending on models and markets ); advanced safety (with the likes of forward collision mitigation system, lane departure warning system, and active cruise control ); comfortable driving (with a dual zone air conditioner ); clever utility (with the adoption of a power tail-gate, full third row seating, flat floor cargo area ); and added convenience (with now tilt and telescopic steering column, Super-HiD Wide Vision xenon headlamps ).
Similar in size to the current car, the new generation Outlander follows a clear design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an engineer’s car with a solid, safe, and simple shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces.
This same uncluttered quality look continues inside the car with high grade materials, gracing a dashboard designed for better driver concentration, including ergonomic steering wheel controls as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.
In Europe, the new Generation Outlander will offer at launch the choice between two low impact engines (in 2WD or 4WD ): 2.0 l MIVEC petrol or 2.2 MIVEC Clean Diesel (MMC’s own 4N14 engine ). Depending on market, model, engine, and specifications, Auto Stop & Go will be available, as well as an all-new six-speed automatic gearbox.
As part of its novel technical package, the new Outlander will also be equipped with an eco-friendly driving system that notifies the driver when she/he is driving at maximum efficiency. Accordingly, the driver can choose to drive at maximum efficiency to enhance actual fuel consumption of the vehicle - availability according to model and market.
The new Mitsubishi will arrive here later this year, so I will bring you further details on the Irish specifications and prices closer to the autumn launch date.