2018 Mitsubishi Outlander receives significant exterior and interior updates; sold only with a petrol engine
Mitsubishi listed the all-new Outlander SUV on its official website back in August 2017 without giving any indication of its launch timeline. The second generation Outlander entered Indian market in 2008 but due to raise in competition, it fell short in terms of sales numbers.
The new model’s bookings have commenced across Mitsubishi’s dealerships in India officially but disappointingly it comes only with a petrol engine option when rival have more buying choices with diesel variants. Priced at Rs. 32 lakh (ex-showroom), the new-gen Outlander is offered in a single fully-loaded trim for India.
It measures 4,695 mm long, 1,810 mm wide and 1,710 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,670 mm. It features 190 mm ground clearance and has minimum turning radius of 5.3 m. It weighs 1,602 kg and the fuel tank can hold 60 litres. Built on a monocoque chassis, it is longer and taller than the forthcoming CR-V.
The seven-seater SUV uses a 2.4-litre MIVEC, 16 valve, DOHC four-cylinder petrol engine producing a maximum power output of 167 PS at 6,000 rpm and 222 Nm of peak torque delivered at 4,100 rpm. Power is transferred through a six-speed CVT with paddle shifters and onto multi-select electronically-controlled 4WD system.
The SUV is suspended on MacPherson strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar at front and multi-link with coil springs and stabilizer bar at the rear. Braking duty is done by ventilated front disc and solid rear disc and the SUV has electric parking brake with auto hold function.
The electronically controlled fuel injection system should help in improved fuel efficiency at around 11 kmpl. The 2018 Outlander is claimed to do standstill to 100 kmph in 11.1 seconds and gains Eco and Sports modes. Up front, it adorns ‘Dynamic Shield’ design language with plenty of chrome garnishing, sleeker auto-levelling LED headlamps, integrated LED DRLs, masculine front bumper, new LED fog lamps with chrome bezels, etc.
Other significant exterior features are LED rear combination lamp, body-coloured side door garnish, laminated green windshield glass, electrically foldable body-colour ORVMs, black roof moulding, license plate garnish, heated door mirror, rain sensing windshield wiper and washer and high-mounted stop lamp.
It is offered in Black Pearl, Orient Red, Cosmic Blue, Titanium Grey, White Solid, White Pearl and Cool Silver colours. On the inside, the new model possesses black and beige layout, leather driver seat that can be power adjustable, three-point passenger seatbelt, 60:40 split foldable and tumble seats, central armrest with cup holder.
Additionally, it gainsdual-zone automatic climate control,room lamp with map lamp, electronic power steering, AC air filter, keyless ignition, piano black trim around the centre console, leather gearshift knob, anti-trapping electric sunroof and 6.1-inch 2DIN audio system with an 8-channel Rockford Fosgate 710 W premium audio system.
The loaded safety features made available are seven airbags, HSA (Hill Start Assist), RISE body structure, security alarm, immobilizer,ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ASC (Active Stability Control), front and rear impact bar, seatbelt pre-tensioner, adjustable seatbelt anchor, brake assist system and auto headlamps.
The main competitors for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander are Honda CR-V, Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Volkswagen Tiguan.