Mitsubishi Outlander

Over the past few years, Mitsubishi has been teasing the public with concept cars, teasers, and renderings of a new Outlander. For 2016, Mitsubishi has finally unveiled what they have been working on. Introduced in 2001, the Outlander was based on the ASX Concept, offered with a multitude of different drivetrains, transmissions, and options. Mitsubishi was really trying to cover the whole market with one car. For 2016, Mitsubishi decided not to leave the two engine options untouched from the two offered in last year’s model. Base MSRP $25,000


For the new model, Mitsubishi redesigned the front fascia, including a new grille with horizontal slats, a new bumper with a large, trapezoidal inlet to allow for maximum airflow. Revised headlamps trimmed in chrome accents really set the front apart from past generations. The front fog lamps received new housings that blend better with the chrome trim. Towards the rear of the car, redesigned taillights and more chrome accents freshen up the look of the rear. Further enhancing on those good looks are the rear bumper lights and revised bumper that features a diffuser-like element at the bottom.


As with most redesigns, the interior received vast improvements over past models. A new steering wheel, rear folding seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink all allow for an easier driving experience. Other improvements include higher-quality leather on the seats and door inserts, a nice, 8-speaker display audio system, and a new headliner compliment the exterior looks rather well. Other additions that add to the overall car are Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.


Depending on the trim that the customer selects, there are two engines available for the Outlander. For the ES and SE versions of the car, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, while the GT models receive the 3.0-liter V6. This motor makes 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. All models have an electronically limited top speed of 145 mph.


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