Mitsubishi Motors unveiled the third-generation of Outlander SUV in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. After its successful launch in Russia and some European countries, now the third generation of Outlander SUV is launched in its origin, Japan (Right-Hand-Drive version). The next-destinations are Oceania and North America, and a plug-in hybrid version (PHEV) will debut in Japan early next-year.
In Japan, the new Mitsubishi Outlander is launched in four variants priced from 2.4 million Yen (Rs 16.21 lakh) for the base variant, while the top-end costs 3.1 million Yes (Rs 20.93 lakh). The variants are 2.0G, 2.4G, 2.4G Safety Package and 2.4G Navi Package, all powered by MIVEC petrol units, with the larger-engined cars getting 4WD as standard. Where mileage is concerned, on 2WD new Outlander offers 15.2 kmpl and when on all fours, it offers 14.4 kmpl.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander is available with a choice of two petrol engines, either a 148 bhp 2.0-litre or a 170 bhp 2.4-litre. The engine is mated to CVT gearbox with six-speed virtual gears and comes equipped with auto stop / go technology for efficiency and emissions. The 4WD system is electronically controlled; it has three modes with Mitsubishi’s S-AWC dynamic integrated control system that splits torque between left and right side. Other features include front collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.
The European version also gets all these features, along with the option of 2.2-litre MIVEC clean diesel engine. There is also a Plug-in Hybrid version of the Outlander (displayed at Paris Motor Show) with range of 800kms and emission figures of 50g/km.
Features of the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV include, lane assist, seven airbags, three row seating, stability control, cruise control, collision start/stop, hill assist, soft touch material on the dash, color LCD multi information display, and much more. Second row seats are split 60:40 and third row 50:50 – with all of them folded, luggage compartment length is 1685 mm; 335 mm longer than its predecessor. The third row offers more legroom and is also wider.
The current Outlander which is on-sale in India is a very competent product, its just losing due to lack of diesel option. However, the upcoming 2013 Outlander is blessed with a very efficient diesel mill and seven-seats to compete in the ever growing premium SUV segment. But due to some reason the company has delayed launching vehicles in India, despite having a usable facility through their tie up with Hindustan Motors. Now Mitsubishi plans to expand its operations in India and will soon launch the new small car, the Mirage and also the new Outlander is expected to be launched in the coming months.
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