Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced the seven-seat Outlander CKD, introducing a new locally-assembled 2.0 AWD variant to be sold alongside an updated 2.4 AWD CBU. The 2.0 AWD model carries an introductory price of RM139,988 (until the end of 2017), while the 2.4 AWD CBU remains at RM171,000.

“We assure that there’s no difference in quality between locally-assembled and fully imported units,” said Tomoyuki Shinnishi, CEO of MMM. Just like the locally-assembled ASX, the Outlander now comes out of Tan Chong Motor Assemblies’ plant in Segambut, which is more closely associated with Nissan. Although initially unrelated, this connection is in line with the Strategic Alliance Agreement signed between Mitsubishi and Renault-Nissan alliance last October. MMM aims to have 50% locally-sourced content for the Outlander CKD.

The new base model has a 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine that makes 145 PS and 196 Nm of torque, channeling drive to all four wheels through an INVECS-III CVT gearbox. Yes, it’s the same powertrain from the CKD ASX, which is also contracted for assembly in the same plant. Comparatively, the Outlander 2.4 has 167 PS and 222 Nm of torque. Claimed fuel consumption for the 2.4 AWD is 13.0 km/l, while the 2.0 AWD is marginally better at 13.7 km/l.

Mitsubishi’s proprietary Multi-Select 4WD system with three modes – 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock, operable via a button just aft of the gearstick – is standard on the Outlander 2.0, making it one of the most affordable 2.0 litre AWD SUVs in its class. In Eco mode, power is primarily sent to the front axle for optimal fuel efficiency.

On the outside, it’s pretty much identical to the CBU Outlander 2.4, save for the halogen projector headlamps (the 2.4 gets twin LED projectors). The LED DRLs, LED combination taillamps, shark fin antenna, reverse camera with guide lines and front and rear parking sensors are all carried over from before. The 2.0 gets the same triple-five spoke 18-inch wheels as the 2.4 model.

Inside, the Outlander 2.0 makes do with fabric seats and loses out on the 2.4’s paddle shifters, sunroof, electronic parking brake, auto-dimming rear view mirror, powered driver’s seat and powered tailgate. Other than that, it gets keyless entry and start, auto headlamps and wipers, a 7.0-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay and a dual-zone automatic climate control system.

The middle row seats – with two Isofix anchors – slide (by 150 mm) and recline to give more space for the third row. Mitsubishi also claims best-in-class cargo capacity of 1,608 litres with both the last two rows folded down. The full size spare tyre (alloy wheel) is externally stored underneath the rear of the car.

On the safety front, the Outlander 2.0 AWD is identical to the 2.4 with seven airbags, Active Stability Control, Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, and Rest Reminder, which audibly alerts the driver after driving for a certain number of hours. There’s also a new wide-angle dashcam (170-degree view) and security safety film for all windows thrown into the package.

The Outlander comes in three colours, Red Metallic, Solar White and Ruby Black (predominantly black with a tinge of maroon under sunlight) which is new and exclusive to Malaysia and available only on the 2.0 AWD. The CBU Outlander 2.4, on the other hand, keeps the existing Grey Metallic option. A five-year/unlimited mileage warranty is standard, and bookings can be made at all authorised Mitsubishi dealers nationwide.