For the first time in moons, the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV gets a facelift and its unveiling has just taken place on the new Amazon Live platform, an original way to launch a new product when our activities are still limited. due to the pandemic.
We still had a lot on the newcomer. Firstly because we\’ve been hearing bits and pieces about it since last summer, but also because spy images that appeared a few weeks ago showed us what it would look like.
Let\’s go, then, with the main lines. And we\’re going to keep it short, because in exactly six weeks, I\’ll have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the vehicle. At that point, it will be easier and more appropriate to come back to this new model in detail.
This element is always a very subjective matter and I wouldn\’t want to dwell on it too much, but looking at the looks of the Outlander, I\’m not sure what to think. If you like, great good to you, but we could have gone so far with a more harmonious pencil stroke. It\’s tortuous! The grille is reminiscent of the mouth of a child whose cheeks are being pressed.
Fortunately, at the rear, it is more successful. And we can\’t say that Mitsubishi was lacking in boldness, at least.
Unsurprisingly, it\’s the Rogue\’s 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that takes its place under the hood, which offers 181 horsepower and just as many lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) capable of simulating eight reports is associated with it and we will find the competent all-wheel drive system S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) from Mitsubishi. The latter notably comprises a hydraulic clutch powered by an electric motor which controls the distribution of torque between the front and the rear.
The towing capacity is set at 2,000 pounds. Some already regret the absence of the V6 engine. Six driving modes are also available. We will have the opportunity to come back to this.
Inside, the step forward is gigantic, but considering the age of the current model, it was not difficult to stand out. Here too, Nissan\’s contribution is notable and welcome. We note some significant differences if we observe the presentation in general (especially with the air vents), but by analyzing everything a little more closely, we discover the same screen of the multimedia system and the same design at the instrument block, as well as common controls. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just an observation.
For example, Mitsubishi advertises a 10.8-inch head-up display, the same size as the Rogue. Considering the clarity of the latter, this is good news. In short, the marriage between the brands serves the small Japanese firm very well and a glance at the interior quickly makes us understand.
The main distinction is that the Outlander will still be available with a third row, unlike the Rogue.
Safety, connectivity and driver aids are also ubiquitous. Once again, we will have the opportunity to come back to this after testing the model in early April.
So here is, in short, an interesting first contact with this new Outlander, once you go beyond this twisted design at the front. We will of course also have the opportunity to get back to you with the details of the plug-in hybrid variant which will be presented a little later. It remains a major asset for the brand while the approach is not yet very widespread in the segment.
We\’ll talk again at the beginning of April following the test drive of the model. The model will show up at dealerships at that time.