Mitsubishi Australia has introduced its updated Outlander SUV this week, bringing refreshed styling, new features and an updated interior.
The big news for the 2014 range is the availability of the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid for the first time, arriving in Australian showrooms from next month. (Watch for TMR's review.)
Both front and rear have received the new styling treatment on the outside, as previewed in the GC-PHEV, XR-PHEV and AR Concepts at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.
Inside, passengers will benefit from a retuned suspension, improved noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) on petrol models and a new emergency-stop signal feature.
The update builds on a minor refresh unveiled in September last year. For this latest update, prices for the entry-level ES manual 2WD have risen by $100, which the ES CVT 2WD gets a $100 price-cut.
Exterior changes include a new grille, front bumper, fog lamps, rear silver skid plate, black wheel arches and silver roof rails.
All models will continue to feature 18-inch wheels, with a new 10-spoke design for the range-topping Aspire models, available only in all-wheel-drive.
Other interior changes include a new cloth trim for the ES with leather inserts and chrome door handles, while the Aspire gets a silver finish on the instrument panel and front doors.
The emergency-stop signal is new to Outlander in 2014, automatically activating the hazard lights if the driver performs a panic stop.
Mechanical improvements include an upgraded CVT transmission for petrol models, which Mitsubishi says will offer a better driving experience.
Diesel models retain the six-speed automatic, which has also been upgraded to improve the driving experience. However fuel economy for the diesel has taken a hit as a result, rising from 5.8 to 6.2 l/100km.
The Outlander comes with a five-year, 130,000km warranty and a four-year capped price servicing plan.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander range is on sale now. Keep watching TMR for our first drive of the new Outlander PHEV soon.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- ES 2.0-litre petrol 2WD (five-speed manual) - $27,740
- ES 2.0-litre petrol 2WD (CVT) - $29,990
- ES 2.4-litre petrol 4WD (CVT) - $32,990
- LS 2.0-litre petrol 2WD (CVT) - $33,490
- LS 2.4-litre petrol 4WD (CVT) - $36,490
- LS 2.2-litre diesel 4WD (6a) - $39,490
- Aspire 2.4-litre petrol 4WD (CVT) - $43,890
- Aspire 2.2-litre diesel 4WD (6a) - $46,890