Mitsubishi Outlander Review 59

Following its preview in February, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has officially launched its new Mitsubishi Outlander. The seven-seater SUV is now available at all authorised Mitsubishi showrooms nationwide, and is priced at an introductory RM166,720 (OTR without insurance). The introductory price is only available until May 31, while there’s still no mention of the model’s price beyond that.

Appearing first at the New York Auto Show in April last year, the new Outlander is now in its third-generation facelift form. It features Mitsubishi’s new “Dynamic Shield” face, highlighted by a chrome element that links the headlamps to the fog lamps and “mouth.” The brand’s latest styling concept was first seen on the XR-PHEV concept and later on the latest-gen Pajero Sport.

Measuring 4,695 mm long and 1,810 mm wide, the Outlander is notably longer than its key competitors, the Nissan X-Trail and Honda CR-V, although its 1,810 mm width is marginally (10 mm) less than its rivals. Kit wise, the Malaysian-market model gets LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, a sunroof and a power-operated tailgate.

Inside, the SUV gets keyless entry with engine push-start button, leather seats (with heated front seats) dual-zone auto air-conditioning, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers and a 2DIN touchscreen head unit as standard. Additionally, MMM claims that the Outlander has the best cargo volume in its class – a total of 1,608 litres with the second and third row seats folded.

Standard safety features on the SUV include seven airbags, Active Stability and Traction Control, Hill-Start Assist, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, two Isofix child seat mounts in the middle row, Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body and a collapsible steering column.

The sole Outlander variant is powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder MIVEC engine which delivers 167 PS at 6,000 rpm and 222 Nm of torque at 4,100 rpm. As before, no performance figures have been revealed by MMM, apart from the company claiming that an in-house test showed its SUV to have a fuel consumption figure of 12.8 km per litre.

The engine is paired to an INVECS-III CVT automatic transmission which features a Sports Mode. Mitsubishi’s Multi-Select 4WD system is also on hand, offering three modes – 4WD Eco (FWD as default, sending drive to the rear wheels only when necessary), 4WD Auto (continuous drive to all wheels, automatic torque distribution) and 4WD Lock (even torque to all four wheels).

To recap, the introductory price (lasts until May 31) for the new Mitsubishi Outlander is RM166,720. Included in the CBU model’s price is a warranty package of five years or 100,000 km (whichever comes first). The SUV is available in three body colours, being Red Metallic, White Pearl and Grey Metallic.

Want to know how the new Mitsubishi Outlander drives? Read our full, comprehensive review here.