Mit­subishi up­dates Out­lander

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Mit­subishi Mo­tors Aus­tralia Lim­ited has re­leased its MY20 Out­lander mid-size SUV, which is high­lighted by an in­crease in stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion and cor­re­spond­ing price rises.

The NON-PHEV Out­lander line-up is still com­prised of 10 vari­ants across four grades – ES, ES ADAS, LS and Ex­ceed – with the avail­abil­ity of five or seven seats and front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Now $200 dearer, the five-seat ES front-wheel drive opens the line-up from $29,490 plus on-road costs with a 110kw-190nm 2.0-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-cylin­der petrol en­gine and a five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

The al­ter­na­tive ES front-wheel drive – with a 124kw-220nm 2.4-litre unit, a con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion and seven seats – com­mands a $2300 pre­mium, with all-wheel drive adding another $2500. Ei­ther way, it is now $500 more ex­pen­sive, like all other ES, ES ADAS and LS vari­ants.

The ES ADAS grade is ex­clu­sively avail­able with the 2.4-litre en­gine, con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion and five seats, ei­ther with front-wheel drive, $33,290, or all-wheel drive, $35,790.

The seven-seat LS is of­fered with the 2.4-litre unit and con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion in front-wheel

drive, $34,290 and all-wheel drive, $36,790, forms, while the lat­ter can be up­graded to a 110kw-360nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylin­der en­gine with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for $3500.

As­sum­ing flag­ship re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and mov­ing $1000 up­stream, the seven-seat Ex­ceed all-wheel drive is avail­able in two guises – the 2.4-litre unit and con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion, $43,290, or the 2.2-litre en­gine and six-speed trans­mis­sion, $46,790.

In terms of up­grades, the two ES vari­ants with the con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion now come with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, AEB, as stan­dard, while their man­ual coun­ter­part con­tin­ues to go with­out the key ac­tive safety tech­nol­ogy. All other Out­landers al­ready had AEB.

Dusk-sens­ing lights, rain-sens­ing wipers and an auto-dim­ming rearview mir­ror are also now stan­dard on the ES grade.

A new 8.0-inch touch­screen in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has been added range-wide, while the Ex­ceed grade also gets Tom­tom satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion that sends speed-limit in­for­ma­tion to its multi-func­tion dis­play. Map data can be up­dated at home via USB.

Ex­ceed vari­ants have also been up­graded to the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the Ja­panese brand’s all-wheel drive sys­tem, dubbed Su­per All Wheel Con­trol, S-AWC, which fea­tures ac­tive yaw tech­nol­ogy and four drive modes.

Other range-wide up­grades in­clude re­designed air-con­di­tion­ing con­trols, power-ad­justable lum­bar sup­port for the driver’s seat, a re­designed sec­ondrow bench with im­proved cush­ion­ing, and an ex­tra rear USB port.

A new over­head con­sole has also been in­tro­duced, with it in­cor­po­rat­ing the seat­belt re­minders, pas­sen­ger airbag cut-off in­di­ca­tor and a sun­glasses holder, al­though the lat­ter is ab­sent in the Ex­ceed grade due to the space its stan­dard sun­roof re­quires.

Mit­subishi Mo­tors Aus­tralia Lim­ited deputy di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and op­er­a­tions Derek Mcil­roy said Out­lander driv­ers were look­ing for an SUV they could use for their daily drive, but also one they could count on for their next ad­ven­ture.

“The Out­lander is equipped with ex­cel­lent han­dling through the Su­per All Wheel Con­trol sys­tem, in ad­di­tion to am­ple cargo space,” he said.

“This year, we’ve strength­ened the range by tak­ing cus­tomer feed­back and adding ad­di­tional safety, com­fort and in­fo­tain­ment fea­tures. It’s a flex­i­ble and great-value SUV.”

Sales of the Out­lander have im­proved con­sid­er­ably in 2019, with 10,558 ex­am­ples sold to the end of July – a 14.9 per­cent in­crease over the 9187 de­liv­er­ies made dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

The Out­lander is placed fifth in the sub-$60,000 mid-size-suv seg­ment, trail­ing the Mazda CX-5 with 16,116 units, Toy­ota RAV4, 13,878, Nis­san X-trail, 11,208 and Hyundai Tuc­son, 10,851.

ON TRACK: Sales of the Out­lander have im­proved con­sid­er­ably in 2019, with 10,558 ex­am­ples sold to the end of July – a 14.9 per­cent in­crease over the 9187 de­liv­er­ies made dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

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