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The facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander range has been revealed for the Japanese market. Looking much like the US-spec Outlander, the presence of the refreshed version in Japan sees Mitsubishi’s new ‘Dynamic Shield’ design make its homeland debut. Updates include external and interior changes as well as improved handling, ride quality and fuel economy.

As mentioned, both the regular Outlander and Outlander PHEV variants will sport the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ design theme. Lower down on the front fascia, a blacked-out air intake gets framed by stylised chrome strips that originate from below the headlight assembly and meld all the way to fog light surrounds. LED headlamps, with LED positioning lamps and rear LED taillights are featured.

A closer look will reveal subtle differences that set both variants apart – the front grille on the PHEV features darkened, horizontal bars while the regular model has it decked out in a brighter finish. While both models feature a skid plate, the one on the PHEV gets bolted on to a subtly different front bumper design. Both models are equipped as standard with two-toned, 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Under the skin, the Mitsubishi Outlander facelift gets larger diameter shock absorbers at the rear as well as stiffer suspension mounts for increased ride quality and handling. Additional sound deadening material have been added into key areas of the vehicle, allowing for a 30% improvement in NVH levels.

As for what lies under the bonnet, it is understood that the Outlander PHEV will soldier on with the same drivetrain considering no new information was disclosed by the brand. Subtle reworking of the electric motors have resulted in smoother throttle response. Other changes include an improvement in the Outlander PHEV’s fuel consumption, which is now rated at a JC08-cycle 20.2 km/l, all-electric range now stands at 60.8 km.

The regular Outlander, on the other hand, is offered with a choice of two engine options – a 2.0 litre MIVEC four-cylinder mill or a 2.4 litre four-banger. Two-wheel drive variants get the smaller engine while the larger mill is fitted to four-wheel drive variants – an INVECS-III CVT gearbox is offered. Fuel economy is rated at 16 km/l and 14.6 km/l for the 2.0 and 2.4 litre engines, respectively.

Interior of the Outlander PHEV (left). Click to enlarge.

On the inside, changes are relatively modest, to say the least. Drivers of the Outlander PHEV will be greeted by a four-spoke, leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with a chrome finish while drivers in the regular Outlander will be presented with a three-spoke wheel with piano black accents instead. Leather seats are featured in the PHEV while the regular variant makes do with fabric seats.

The Outlander PHEV range features four trim levels – M, G Safety, G Navi and G Premium. In all but the base-spec M trim, the Outlander PHEV is equipped with a Multi-around Monitor and a Steering Heater system. Prices for the PHEV range from ¥3,596,400 (RM108,631) to ¥4,590,000 (RM138,644) while the regular variant is priced from ¥2,519,640 (RM76,107) to ¥3,211,920 (RM97,018).

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