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Mitsubishi has announced initial details of its new generation Outlander mid-sized crossover SUV. The current Mitsubishi Outlander has been around since 2005; this brand-new version highlights Mitsubishi’s latest ‘Solid – Simple – Safe’ design principles.
Following these design principles, the Japanese manufacturer is claiming the third-generation Outlander blends substantial and robust looks with clean surfaces. It is also described as being ‘similar in size’ to the current Outlander.
The new car’s interior has also been revised with Mitsubishi paying close attention to the quality of materials – the Outlander’s cabin now features more padded surfaces and soft-touch plastics in a bid to improve tactility.
Eco drive system
The new Outlander will be available with a choice of Mitsubishi’s start-stop equipped 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines, mated to a new six-speed automatic transmission, with buyers able to choose between two- and four-wheel drive.
The brace of engines will feature the firm’s new ‘eco-friendly driving system’ that notifies the driver when the vehicle is being driven at maximum efficiency. Mitsubishi is yet to release any official power, fuel economy or emissions data, although it has confirmed is targeting headline efficiency of under 130g/km CO2.
However, with Nissan’s upgraded Qashqai 1.6 dCi turbodiesel producing a claimed 119g/km CO2, dropping it into the £30 per year road tax bracket, Mitsubishi’s targets for the Outlander already look outdated.
The new global platform underpinning the Outlander has been designed to accommodate a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mitsubishi claims that such a vehicle would offer CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km, and plans to prove it by putting it on sale in 2013.
Equipment and safety
Mitsubishi is marketing the Outlander as a premium mid-sized crossover and is set to endow the vehicle with appropriate levels of kit to support this.
It will get a Forward Collision Mitigation system – technology that will sense an imminent collision at low speed, applying the brakes to lessen the impacts of a crash – a Lane Departure Warning system and radar-based Active Cruise Control.
The Outlander should offer strong levels of practicality too, retaining the existing car’s full third row of seats – meaning room for seven – while adding a powered tailgate.
The new Outlander will go on sale in the UK in summer this year with full pricing and specification to be announced closer to the car’s launch.
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