Replacing its versatile and popular predecessor the new Outlander adds a butch design paired with updated tech and safety to keep the whole family happy.
Mitsubishi has announced the all-new 2022 Outlander midsize SUV will start from $34,490 (before on-road costs) and is expected to arrive by November this year.
With the manual and entry-level 2.0L petrol engine ditched the price of entry has climbed by $4,500, unlike rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 who have kept their equivalent of this option and subsequently undercut the starting price of the new Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi offers the Outlander in ES, LS and Exceed grades with the new midfield Aspire and range-topping Exceed Tourer joining the lineup for its fourth generation.
The popular Outlander plug-in hybrid will arrive in Australia early next year boasting more power and range and is available with seven seats for the very first time.
With a butch new look the Outlander features slim daytime running lights and lower large headlights similar to the Eclipse Cross small SUV, while the rear is more familiar.
Other highlight changes can be found in the interior including a 9.0-inch centre touchscreen which all now features wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto as standard along with a wireless charger and 12.3-inch digital driver’s display on most grades.
Sitting on an all-new platform the Outlander features improved practicality, as we’ve highlighted previously, and is said to offer increased refinement and capability.
The newly-developed 2.5L four-cylinder petrol is the sole engine choice until the hybrid arrives, which has more power (135kW) and torque (245Nm) than the outgoing powerplant and is paired exclusively to a CVT automatic transmission.
Mitsubishi has re-engineered the S-AWC all wheel drive system which dials in the active yaw control and adds rear wheel brake control which, effectively, just makes the Outlander go around corners better.
Safety has also taken a note step up with eight airbags lining the cabin if the worst should happen and a slew of driver aids to make sure it doesn’t.
These include additions such as lane keep assist, traffic sign recognition and forwards AEB with pedestrian and junction detection.
Mitsubishi has also added rear automatic emergency braking on all but the base model Outlander, which is both relatively rare and yet very important for a family car in our eyes.
Adventurers will also appreciate the addition of trailer sway control and hill descent control as standard to make the best of the all wheel drive system.
Mitsubishi adds a healthy level of specification as standard on the entry-level Outlander ES which wears finishes off the new design with relatively large 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interior is trimmed in cloth and features niceties such as an electronic park brake, dual-zone climate control and air vents in the second row.
Directly in front of the driver is a new 7.0-inch digital display in the instrument cluster which works in conjunction with a 9.0-inch centre touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto.
Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, driver monitoring along with front and rear parking sensors.
Buyers who step up to the Outlander LS grade gain some chrome touches on the front and rear bumper, silver roof rails, LED front fog lamps, rear privacy glass along with a leather steering wheel and gear shifter.
Convenience features such as a wireless phone charger, power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers and USB ports for the rear passengers are thrown in, along with safety features such as rear cross-traffic alert and rear AEB
The new Outlander Aspire grade gives the midsize SUV bigger 20-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone finish and an interior trimmed in a combination of microsuede and synthetic leather.
Front occupants gain heated seats while the driver gets power seat adjustability, a larger 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heads up display and a 360-degree camera to make life a bit easier.
The Outlander Exceed opts for a full leather seat trim, power-adjustable front seats, a panoramic sunroof, 10-speaker Bose sound system and parents will enjoy the three-zone climate control and built-in rear sunshades in the rear seats.
Mitsubishi’s new range-topping Exceed Tourer adds a little bit more plushness with two-tone exterior paint, two-tone higher-grade leather seat trim and a massage function for the front seats.
As with all Mitsubishis, the 2022 Outlander is covered by the brand’s industry-leading but conditional 10 year, 200,000km warranty with 10 years of capped price servicing.
The new Outlander is expected to arrive in showrooms by November of this year.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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