2013 Mitsubishi Outlander To Debut At Australian International Motor Show

Mike Stevens | Sep 5, 2012

Mitsubishi's all-new 2013 Outlander will make its local debut in October, appearing at this year's Australian International Motor Show in Sydney.

The new plug-in electric hybrid version, previewed by last year's PX-MiEV II concept, is expected to join the range in early 2013, after its Paris Motor Show debut later this month.

The news follows the new Outlander's unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show, confirming speculation that the two PX-MiEV concepts - stretching back to the first car's 2009 Tokyo Motor Show unveiling - would become the new Outlander.


The new Outlander gets a downsizing under the bonnet, with the current model's 3.0 litre V6 discontinued (in Australia), and a 110kW 2.0 litre petrol engine and 110kW 2.2 litre diesel joining the 2.4 litre petrol in the range. Both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available, the 2.0 litre petrol engine exclusively for FWD variants.

Fuel consumption figures for the new engines, in Outlander form, are still to be released.

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Transmissions include a five-speed manual and CVT automatic for the petrol engine, while the diesel mill will be offered with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

A start/stop system will also be fitted as standard to all but the automatic-equipped diesel variant.

In 2013, Mitsubishi will add a plug-in hybrid variant to the Outlander range, mating a 2.0 litre petrol engine to an electric motor at each axle.

In hybrid form, the Outlander will offer three driving modes: Pure (electric-only), Series (electric motors supported by the petrol engine and a generator), and Parallel (electric drive, backed up by the engine at higher speeds and with the electric motors assisting the petrol engine in acceleration).

Combined, the plug-in hybrid system lists a driving range of around 800 kilometres, with carbon emissions listed at a low 50g/km.

Styling and Features

The new third-generation Outlander's styling remains virtually unchanged from its concept form, with only minor elements not carried over to the production model.

The vertical LED strips in the concept's front bumper have disappeared, while the grille, headlights and front bumper have all been massaged into a simpler form.

Mitsubishi has held back on making the new Outlander larger than its predecessor, with the overall length shrinking by 10mm, and width is down by 5mm. Wheelbase remains unchanged at 2670mm.

Today's unveiling also offers a first look at the new Outlander's interior, revealing a more upmarket cabin than the outgoing model, with silver and gloss-black highlights dominating the dash.

Mitsubishi promises improved material quality in the 2013 Outlander's cabin, with more soft-touch plastics and padded surfaces featured.

The cabin of the new Outlander benefits from improved NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), and dual-zone air-conditioning is also featured.

A 50/50 split-folding third seating row will feature, and a powered tailgate will figure on the options list.

In the rear, the new Outlander offers a 1690mm-long floor space with the second and third rows laid flat, making for a 335mm increase over the outgoing model. Actual storage capacity volume figures has yet to be released.

All-new safety features for the Outlander include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning.


Watch for more details on the new Outlander's Australian pricing and specifications to be revealed closer to the SUV's AIMS unveiling.

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  • charlesk says,
    3 years ago
    It is looking more and more like a crossover between a Challenger, a minivan, a stationwagon and, dare I say it, a CRV. I guess that's the point, though
  • Poisson says,
    3 years ago
    Pleasing to see that it's not bigger than the previous model. There seems to be an inexorable trend for each new model (of almost any car) to be bigger than the last. Unfortunately roads are not being made any wider and parking spaces are getting smaller.
  • MJ
    MJ says,
    3 years ago
    Down sized engines and a big hit from the ugly stick.
  • cyclone says,
    3 years ago
    The front end of the current model is better looking. And at least original. What is with the new models grille. Is it a drawing?
  • ford says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    bleh mitsubishi needs a new designer
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    3 years ago
    1 like
    This certainly is what comes-out off a company that became lazy after putting the same look of the Lancer on most their line-up.. they simply ran out of ideas.
    3 years ago
    1 like
    if it will tow 2000+ kg, i'll have one
  • DWS1 says,
    3 years ago
    The biggest joke was when they put the Lancer face on the current Outlander, so they could put it's face on the current Challenger. The Outlander now looks like the nose has just been pasted on.
  • Richo says,
    3 years ago
    For a mid sized car this looks like a good one. I looked at the current shape Outlander and drove the 6 cylinder and the fuel usage was getting close to the Territory and CX7. The 4 cylinder wouldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding. The other thing that put me off was the 2 piece tail gate which while pretty was impractical if the car was going to have a tow bar. What else is out there in this size car that has a automatic diesel? Yes there is the CX5 but like the BT50 it's had the ugly stick waived over it just like the Nissan Dualis as well. RAV4? No diesel there to be found. The Outlander's sister Peugeot? No thanks. The Craptiva? Nah.
    • OutbackOZ
      OutbackOZ says,
      3 years ago
      Richo, have you looked at the Hyundai Santa fe or the X-trail? Both do diesel. As for the Hyundai if u read the TMR article on the 2013 Santa fe it has some f'n power under the hood. I coldnt think of a car to come close for power, and the car is not to bad either. Just a thought mate
      • joel says,
        3 years ago
        i looked at the xtrail and Santafe, ended up buying the skoda Octavia scout. 4x4, frugal diesel and more usable boot space than either for my needs... That said the I would certainly have looked at this outlander if it had been out then..
  • Shaun says,
    3 years ago
    Despite what everyone else has said, I quite like the look of this car. It looks neat, clean and sophisticated. I would be a very happy owner based on the looks of this car, and if the drive-ability and fuel use are going to be improved, I think it will be a winner (subject to pricing of course!).
    • Some European news says,
      3 years ago
      Only 2% bigger than what was current Outlanders price, and MPG for diesel now is 50MPG(I am not quite sure if imperial or US are used)-previous was 44mpg, however I hate the fact that MIVEC system was removed from diesel engine sad
  • Lightning Rod says,
    3 years ago
    Exterior looks like Kluger. Mitsubishi needs to come up with some new V6, V8 and diesel engines to compete with the likes of Toyota and Nissan
  • kim says,
    2 years ago
    Despite being apparently the same size it looks fatter with a heavy front end and flanks. The previous model looked crisp and lithe this one is top heavy and bulbous and the wheels are just too small. This seems to be a current Japanese style - you might call it "blobby"

    They have also got rid of the split tailgate which is backward step for an off-road "out-doors" vehicle being able to take your muddy boots off or sit and watch an outdoor event, whilst sitting on the lower flap Range Rover style was a great feature.

    Despite its 7 seat capacity and high quality it has become an amorphous blob indistinguishable from any other small small off-roader.
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