Dynamic shield Outlander launched

Dynamic shield Outlander launched

After just two years in the market Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a comprehensive makeover even though the New Zealand distributor says that currently sales remain as strong as ever.

More than 70% of Outlanders are sold to fleet buyers, and while some people may not have been enamoured of the styling of the previous generation car, which will remain on the PHEV variant for the foreseeable future, the company says that sales were unaffected by the styling change and were greater than the previous generation.

However, the MY16 Outlander wears the new dynamic shield style which will become the design direction for future new products says Mitsubishi Motors. The new design was led by the Japanese manufacturer’s recently appointed design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who joined Mitsubishi Motor Corporation in April 2014 after a 40 year career at Nissan.

The 64-year old Japanese national was the chief designer of the R32 Skyline and was responsible for the return of the Nissan Z sports car in the early 2000s.

Tsunehiro recently told US publication Automotive News that he wants to create a style that taps into Mitsubishi’s roots in rugged SUVs.

“Branding is the first priority for Mitsubishi design,” he says. “We want a long term vision.”

All new Outlander models (excepting the PHEV) have an all-new front bumper, grille and headlights as well as LED day running lights. Theres are new LED tail light design, with a chrome tailgate garnish.

The new Outlander has a wider rear bumper with a rear fog lamp on the driver’s side and a lower side door garnish with silver insert.

The XLS and VRX models have LED headlamps replacing the HID units on the previous generation and new black and machine finished 18 inch alloy wheels.

Inside the cabin there has been a comprehensive makeover with better and more supportive seats, a new steering wheel, new headlining materials, and higher quality finishes including chromed door handles, and higher quality door card trims.

More importantly Mitsubishi has reduced the level of noise vibration and harshness by adding thicker rear door glass, an acoustic sound-dampening windscreen, increased sound insulation, more dampening sheets and sound absorbing door sponges.

Fuel economy has also improved on petrol models by 4% thanks to the additional of a new eighth-generation CVT transmission.

The suspension has also received attention with the addition of larger rear shock absorbers as well as improved body rigidity and retuned electric power steering system.

A brief drive around Wellington yesterday in a VRX diesel model revealed that the new Dynamic Shield Outlander is a much quieter and more refined drive than its predecessor, and certainly offers greater levels of comfort.

Despite the upgrades to the MY16 Outlander range the recommended retail prices remain unchanged from the previous generation.

MY16 Mitsubishi Outlander recommended retail prices:

  • 2-Litre petrol LS 2WD 5 seat $39,990
  • 2.4-Litre petrol LS 4WD $43,990
  • 2.4-Litre petrol XLS 4WD $47,490
  • 2.4-Litre petrol VRX 4WD $54,490
  • 2.2-Litre diesel XLS 4WD $49,990
  • 2.2-Litre diesel VRX 4WD $56,990
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