Mitsubishi updates Outlander
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.