Eleven years after it first coined the term "crossover", Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil its third embodiment of this concept at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show with the new generation Mitsubishi Outlander. This all-new mid-size crossover is meant to better comply with the times - a strategic and innovative premium vehicle of substance developed around a versatile global platform and borne of a harmonious balance.
This same uncluttered quality look continues inside the car with high grade materials (padded surfaces, soft-touch finish, silver accents, gloss black appliqués…) 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 Mitsubishi Outlander will offer at launch the choice between two low impact engines (whether 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 6-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 & market.
After this Geneva unveiling, the next generation Mitsubishi Outlander will be launched first in Russia in summer 2012, prior to European (late summer), Japanese, Oceania, Chinese and North American debuts.
From 2013 in Europe, MMC will also take advantage of the built-in possibilities of Mitsubishi Outlander's versatile architecture to add an EV-based plug-In hybrid powertrain - a fully integrated solution, based on MMC's EV technology and making the best use of MMC's extensive 4-Wheel-Drive expertise as well. When fitted to Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV system will allow for a range and very low CO2 emissions similar to that of the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II Concept (over 800 km and a target of below 50 g/km).
Source: Mitsubishi press