Mitsubishi has lifted the covers of its all new Outlander, with the fourth-generation medium SUV due to arrive in Australia in the second half of this year.
The Outlander has been a very solid citizen for the brand in Australia, accounting for 7.8 per cent of the 2.15 million SUVs sold here since its introduction in 2003.
Despite the outgoing model’s age, it still enjoyed a 7.9 per cent market share in 2020 and was Mitsubishi’s third-biggest seller behind the Triton and ASX.
The new model shares its underpinnings with the new generation Nissan X-Trail also arriving this year.
Mitsubishi says the new Outlander is based on the product concept ‘I-Fu-Do-Do’ (stop giggling), which means ‘authentic and majestic’ in Japanese.
It follows in the bold design footsteps of recent offerings from the brand: character lines with sharp edges, thin daytime running lights and indicators placed above the headlights, a hexagon motif on the tailgate and horizontal-themed T-shaped tail lights.
Overall, the new Outlander is slightly bigger in every direction, helping to improve leg room in the font and second rows.
There’s also room for seven seats, with the second row able to be slid forward and back for better flexibility.
No official cargo space figure has been released.
Interior trim depends on the variant — we’ll have to wait fro Australian-specific details — with seats being either leather, suede or fabric.
Higher-spec variants will get a lot of kit, including a 12.3-inch driver display, 9-inch infotainment screen, 10.8-inch head up display, seat heaters, 3-zone automatic climate control, 10-speaker Bose stereo, wireless phone charging and more.
Lower grades will will get a 7-inch driver display and 8-inch infotainment screen.
Safety gear includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition which will automatically adjust the vehicle speed when approaching bends a front centre airbag — now crucial to gaining a five-star crash rating.
For the airbags, a front center airbag for the driver’s seat and side airbags for the second-row seats are standard equipped, and a total of 11 airbags are installed. In case of a side collision, the front center airbag deploys between the driver’s seat and front passenger seat.
Though a plug-in hybrid version will come at later date, initially there will only be one engine available: a 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol offering 135kW and 245Nm and paired to a CVT automatic.
Four-wheel-drive models get electronically-controlled 4WD incorporating a hydraulic clutch driven by an electric motor used in the center-coupling device to send torque ot the front and rear.
They also get an updated version of Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control system, plus the choice of Mud driving mode in addition to the standard Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Snow and Gravel modes found across the range.
Local pricing will be revealed closer to the Outlander’s Australian arrival.