2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SEL

Mitsubishi has introduced the facelifted Outlander Sport at the 2015 LA Auto Show, which now comes with a bold new look on the outside, and several other upgrades on the inside. If you’re squinting your eyes and wondering where you’ve seen the crossover before, that is because the Outlander Sport is known as the ASX to us here in Malaysia.

The most obvious revamp here is the crossover’s front fascia that features Mitsubishi’s trademark Dynamic Shield design. You may have noticed that most of Mitsubishi’s recent introductions, concepts included, adopt the same design cue as well. This includes the new Pajero Sport, Outlander, Concept XR-PHEV II and the eX Concept.

Beyond the new front-end, everything else on the crossover’s exterior remains status quo. There are a few relatively minor changes that include new black mouldings near the wheel arches, heated side mirrors with LED indicators and new 18-inch alloy wheels. Three new colours are also offered here – Cool Silver, Diamond White Pearl and Quartz Brown.

Inside, the facelift introduces a re-dressed steering wheel that is wrapped in leather with piano black accents, plus controls for the infotainment and cruise control function. Speaking of infotainment, the system has been replaced with an improved 6.1-inch Display Audio System.

Elsewhere, there is a new auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink, allowing customers in the US to link the car to communicate with their garage door opener. The fabric seats also benefit from new materials and design, and there is an option for grey interior trim as well.

No updates to the safety package here as the US-market Outlander Sport (ASX) is still packing seven airbags (dual front, front sides, rear curtain sides and driver’s knee), along with Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL), ABS with EBD, hill start assist and tyre pressure monitoring system.

Under the hood, all 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models carry the 2.4 litre 4B12 MIVEC four-cylinder engine with 168 hp and 226 Nm of torque on tap. The engine is paired to a six-speed CVT automatic transmission and transmits its power to all four wheels via Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control (AWC) System.

Our local Mitsubishi ASX has also been refreshed recently as well, but without the US-market model’s new styling. The crossover here is powered by a 2.0 litre 4B11 MIVEC engine with 150 PS and 197 Nm of torque, mated to a CVT gearbox with four-wheel drive models available, priced from RM104k. Do you like the new look of the Mitsubishi ASX?