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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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