The newly facelifted and updated Mitsubishi Outlander, revealed in New York just this month, is now on sale in Australia from $28,490.
The new five- and seven-seat 2015 range’s entry point marks a $750 increase, and pricing has also been adjusted either side of most 2014 prices by up to $500.
Despite the pricing shuffle, Mitsubishi says its re-styled and re-engineered Outlander promises the drive and feel of an “entirely new vehicle”.
For now, the Outlander’s updates focus on the regular petrol and diesel range.
The plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV will join the line-up later in the year with updates of its own.
On the styling front, the Outlander picks up a sharpened look at both ends, debuting the first production example of the company’s new family styling.
The recent Concept-S show car offered a first preview of the new look, which includes new headlights, a revised dual-louvre grille and big new chrome garnishes that form the basis of the carmaker’s new family look.
At the rear, the Concept S PHEV’s dramatic tail-lights have been replaced with a pair of smaller units connected by an arched chrome garnish across the tailgate.
New-look 18-inch wheels are also featured, while the top-shelf Exceed model picks up new LED headlights.
In the cabin, there’s a new and more premium range of seat and trim materials, and Mitsubishi has also introduced a redesigned steering wheel and updated infotainment system.
New black cloth seat trim features on LS and XLS models, while the Exceed gets a leather treatment.
The top model also gets a gloss black instrument panel and door trim.
POWERTRAINS & SPECIFICATIONS
Mitsubishi says the Outlander’s updates go well beyond styling and interior trim, confirming more than 100 changes above and below the surface.
Improved driving performance is promised, with re-tuned handling and a revised drive system a key focus.
A new-generation CVT automatic transmission is also on-board, with Mitsubishi promising improved acceleration, shift feel and torque delivery.
New sound-deadening materials have also been added throughout the cabin, along with a new noise-isolating glass for the windscreen and rear door glass. Improved weather stripping and engine bay trim has also been added.
Powertrain options remain unchanged for the new model year, which, for Australia, means 110kW/190Nm 2.0 litre petrol, 124kW/220Nm 2.4 litre petrol and 110kW/360Nm 2.2 litre diesel options.
The LS model is available in 2.0 litre manual and CVT automatic front-wheel-drive, along with a 2.4 litre CVT automatic configuration.
XLS is available in CVT automatic 2.0 litre front-wheel-drive and CVT automatic 2.4 litre all-wheel-drive form.
Exceed is available in all-wheel-drive only, with 2.4 litre CVT auto and 2.2 six-speed auto configurations.
Fuel economy and emissions
|2.0 petrol 5spd manual||2.0 petrol CVT||2.4 petrol CVT||2.2 diesel 6spd auto|
|fuel use||7.0 l/100km||6.7 l/100km||7.2 l/100km||6.2 l/100km|
Standout standard equipment for the entry LS includes 18-inch alloys, hands-free Bluetooth calling with voice command and steering-mounted controls, reversing camera and sensors, single-zone climate control and seven airbags.
XLS key features include digital audio, satellite navigation, auto wipers and headlights, dual-zone climate control, powered and heated exterior mirrors and a multi-function instrument cluster colour display.
The top-shelf Exceed adds Forward Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, smart key, one-touch start, a sunroof and heated leather seats.
LS models are five-seat only, while the XLS can be had in five- and seven-seat form, depending on configuration. Exceed models are seven-seat only.
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Hands free Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel controls
- Display audio
- Reverse sensors
- Reverse camera
- Privacy glass
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- LED rear combination lamp
- Front and rear fog lamps
- Side turn lamp in door mirrors
- Climate control air-conditioning (single zone)
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Cruise control with steering wheel controls
- ECO mode
- 7 airbags (driver and passenger, side and curtain, driver knee)
- Hill start assist
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Leather steering wheel and shift knob
- Silver accent on instrument centre panel
- Welcome light and coming home light
XLS features over LS:
- Digital Audio
- Touch Screen-Satellite Navigation (MMCS)
- Dual zone air-conditioning
- Dusk sensing head lamps
- Rain sensing wipers
- Electric folding mirrors
- Heated mirrors
- Electro-chromatic rear view mirror
- Cargo blind
- High contrast meter with colour LCD display
Exceed features over XLS
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Smart key
- One Touch Start
- Power tailgate
- Leather seats
- Seat heaters
- Driver power seat
- Driver seat back pocket
- LED headlamps
- Headlamp washers
- Gloss black streamline vein instrument panel and door trim
- Chrome outer door handles
- Outer scuff plate
Storage capacity in the five-seat models is listed at 477 litres with the rear seats up and 1608 litres when folded flat. For seven-seat models, storage with the rear seats upright shrinks to 128 litres.
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- 2WD Outlander LS MT - $27,740 (up $750)
- 2WD Outlander LS CVT - $29,990 (up $500)
- 2WD Outlander XLS CVT - $33,490 (no change)
- 4WD Outlander LS CVT - $32,990 (up $500)
- 4WD Outlander XLS CVT - $36,490 (no change)
- 4WD Outlander Exceed CVT - $43,890 (down $400)
- 4WD Outlander XLS DiD 6AT - $39,490 (no change)
- 4WD Outlander Exceed DiD 6AT - $46,890 (down $400)