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All-New Mitsubishi Outlander To Debut At Geneva

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On: Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:23PM | By: Chris Salamone


All-New Mitsubishi Outlander To Debut At Geneva

From March 6 through March 18, Mitsubishi will debut an all-new global version of the company’s much-adored Outlander model at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show. Which, as it turns out, is great news for Outlander enthusiasts and converts alike – the new model will be built with an eco-friendly focus on fuel efficiency, low CO2 emissions, and enhanced storage space functionality.

Launching this summer in Russia, the latest Outlander will then go on to markets in Europe, Japan, Oceania, China and North America.

In the same bold maneuver, Mitsubishi will also unleash an EV-based Outlander which will utilize the same charge system found in the company’s already-to-market MiEV.

The Euro-spec Outlander will be offered with a choice of gasoline and diesel engines. Gasoline vehicles will derive power from MMC’s 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder – which is equipped with an all-new valvetrain. And diesel models will run on the company’s 2.2-liter inline 4-cylinder turbo which miraculously produces a compression ratio of 14:9:1 to meet Europe’s high-bar emission regulations.

New safety technology will include a Forward Collision Mitigation system that detects obstacles in the road ahead and instantly applies braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and a Lane Departure Warning system. Let’s hope that pesky LDW can be turned off for driver sanity.

Although Mitsubishi has kept hush about the new Outlander’s interior, even going as far as to refuse official pics, we can expect quality components with new trim materials and easily-operable folding rear seats – which are purported to fold completely flat.

The company is shooting for a user-friendly vehicle which happens to tread lightly on Mother Nature. To that end, an “eco-friendly driving system” will be included on all new models. Drivers keeping a close eye on fuel economy can choose to drive at maximum efficiency under the guidance of the vehicle’s eco-friendly module, which notifies the driver when he or she is operating ideally.

Otherwise, very little is known about the all-new Outlander. Mitsubishi has kept a tight and dignified seal on their latest utilitarian crossover, so don’t expect an overly dramatic teasing process like you might get from General Motors or Toyota.

Does the Outlander look like a game changer in the crossover market? No, but in reality the previous Outlander wasn’t meant to be either. This is a vehicle which will make a great alternative to a tiresome and bland mix of Honda Crosstours and Nissan Muranos. The Outlander will likely stand out from the crowd like a true social deviant, edging out other crossovers with a combination of features few other crossover makers offer: price, practicality, efficiency, and quirkiness.




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Sami18 | 12:01PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

I like how Mitsubishi incorporated a diesel motor for this SUV and i think customers will really like that.


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Stephy21 | 12:28PM (Mon, Feb 13, 2012)

The new Outlander looks great and i like all the extra's it has.



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