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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has confirmed that it will be launching the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV here come early 2016. It has been a long time since we first spotted the pre-facelifted plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of the seven-seater SUV undergoing tests in the country, but until now, MMM never has sold it here.

Now, with a facelifted model already available in several markets around the globe, it looks like Malaysians will finally be able to get their hands on the new-look model. However, it looks like the PHEV variant may be given a miss for Malaysia, with MMM confirming that its car will be powered by a petrol MIVEC engine instead.

Yang Won-Chul, CEO of MMM said, “we are excited to introduce a seven-seater SUV to the Malaysian market very soon. The Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is MMM’s first model to be introduced with the ‘Dynamic Shield’ concept, and it comes with an array of safety and premium features.”

On top of the confirmation of its arrival, MMM has revealed a few details surrounding its version of the coming SUV. Stating that it would be powered by the brand’s MIVEC engine, the Malaysian-market Outlander will also feature seven airbags, Active Stability Control (ASC), an electric tailgate, a sunroof, LED headlamps with integrated daytime running lights, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and more.

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As mentioned, the facelifted Mitsubishi Outlander was revealed in earlier this year in April, at the New York Auto Show. The SUV featured the brand’s latest design language, particularly around its front end, which features twin, horizontal chrome bars flanked by new headlamps, effectively forming what Mitsubishi calls its Dynamic Shield concept design.

At its global debut, the Mitsubishi Outlander was presented with a choice of two petrol-powered engines – a 3.0 litre V6 and a 2.4 litre inline-four. However, we believe that it is more likely for MMM to introduce the latter for Malaysia. The 2.4 litre four-pot offers 166 hp and 219 Nm of torque and is paired to a newly-developed CVT automatic transmission.

Once upon a time, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia did offer a previous version of its Outlander here. Priced at RM183k, the SUV then was also available with a 2.4 litre SOHC petrol engine that delivered 160 PS and 215 Nm of torque. So, how excited are you about the second coming of the Outlander?

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