Refreshed Outlander arrives

Refreshed Outlander arrives

2Mitsubishi says it’s successful Outlander SUV, takes on a sporty new look with its 2014 range launching onto the market this month.

The six models (one 2WD, five AWD) share a design evolution of Mitsubishi’s ‘jet fighter’ look. The new front grille and face undergoes a significant redesign which is echoed from the new wheel arch surrounds through to the new rear bumper, new LED rear taillights (VRX) and enhanced by roof rails and, on XLS and VRX models, by new machine finished 18-inch alloys.

All of the 2014 Outlanders have enhanced CVT mapping and improvements in NVH levels and suspension for a quieter drive. All models gain Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) which flashes the rear high-mount stop light under heavy braking to warn following drivers.

The petrol-powered Outlanders’ 2-litre and 2.4-litre MIVEC engines offer fuel economy, at 6.6/7.5 litres/100km respectively.

Meanwhile the 2.2-litre Diesels introduced last year are building their share of sales as customers recognise the value of the additional torque (224Nm) and economy (6.2 litres per 100km) in daily running.

The only change in the just-announced 2014 line-up is the replacement of the previous VR diesel with the new higher specification XLS, which adds a host of upgrades while retaining VR pricing.

Petrol and diesel XLS models gain partial leather seat trim, and heated auto folding mirrors, while the diesel XLS gains HID headlamps with washers and dusk sensing function, rain sensing wipers and a colour LCD display to complete the XLS package.

Other RRPs are also unchanged. Mitsubishi’s six-model 2014 Outlander choice is:

LS 2-litre MIVEC 2WD ($39,990)
LS 2.4-litre MIVEC AWD ($43,990)
XLS 2.4-litre MIVEC AWD ($47,490)
XLS 2.2-litre Diesel AWD ($49,990)
VRX 2.4-litre MIVEC AWD ($54,490)
VRX 2.2-litre Diesel AWD ($56,990)

All except the LS 2-litre model have seven seats.

Arriving April: the game-changing Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle)

The comprehensive six-model petrol/diesel range expands to eight in April, with the launch of the y new Outlander PHEV (in XLS and VRX specification), which Mitsubishi says will be New Zealand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle: a full 5-seat AWD petrol/electric SUV capable of 1.9L/100km.

Mitsubishi’s head of marketing Daniel Cook predicts they will be popular, with a RRP starting from $59,990 for what he says will be “the performance model” of the Outlander range.

“This car truly heralds a new era of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, which Mitsubishi sees accelerating to 20% of the market by 2020”, he says.

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