Mitsubishi has given its strong-selling Outlander midsized SUV a going-over for the 2017 model-year, with changes to safety equipment, seating layouts and connectivity tech among the updates.
From this month, the range-topping 2017 Outlander Exceed gets rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, blind spot monitoring and ‘Multi Around Monitor’ as standard.
For other variants, a new mid-range ‘LS Safety Pack’ model replaces the XLS in the line-up, while the entry-level LS is retained.
As the name suggests, the additional dollars required for the LS Safety Pack over the LS brings features such as forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and auto high-beam. These features are also standard in the Exceed.
Inside, the 2017 Outlander gets improved smartphone connectivity through Mitsubishi’s Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an electric park brake, a DAB+ digital radio, LED lighting in the foot wells and centre console and a 12-volt socket in the cargo area.
Further, Mitsubishi has vastly improved the appeal of its LS front-wheel-drive models with CVT automatic, as these models now come with seven seats as standard.
Mitsubishi has also tweaked the Outlander’s suspension as part of the 2017 update for better ride comfort and stability.
Power for 2WD LS and LS Safety Pack models still comes from Mitsubishi’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and making 110kW/190Nm, matched with either a five-speed manual (LS only) or a CVT automatic.
Stepping up to the all-wheel-drive LS or LS Safety Pack brings the larger 124kW/220Nm 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, available only with a CVT auto.
Optional in the LS Safety Pack and Exceed with AWD is a 2.2 litre four-cylinder diesel engine making 110kW/360Nm, matched only with a six-speed automatic.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is on sale now, backed by a five-year, 100,000km warranty and four-year capped price servicing plan. Prices start from $28,750 plus on-roads. This 2017 update does not affect the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2017 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER
- LS - 2.0 petrol 2WD 5sp manual - five seats - $28,750
- LS - 2.0 petrol 2WD CVT auto - seven seats - $30,500
- LS - 2.4 petrol AWD CVT auto - seven seats - $33,500
- LS Safety Pack - 2.0 petrol 2WD CVT auto - five seats - $32,000
- LS Safety Pack - 2.4 petrol AWD CVT auto - five seats - $35,000
- LS Safety Pack - 2.4 petrol AWD CVT auto - seven seats - $36,000
- LS Safety Pack - 2.2 diesel AWD six-speed auto - seven seats - $39,500
- Exceed - 2.4 petrol AWD CVT auto - seven seats - $44,000
- Exceed - 2.2 diesel AWD - six-speed auto - seven seats - $47,500