Published on April 10th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mitsubishi Outlander Drive Experience
This is the 3rd generation Outlander and it is destined to be a segment-leading vehicle that will appeal to buyers wanting value, quality and safety. Mitsubishi’s styling in recent years has seen a more aggressive face with with a design language that will be shared across its truck, SUV and Crossovers.
Now comes this 3rd generation Outlander SUV (previous versions were called Airtrek) that provides a look that is a well-balanced combination of aggression and style; it’s muscular and yet appropriately refined.
This latest version benefits from a larger grille and a fashionable headlight design to freshen the face whilst more body coloured mouldings and chiselled contours around the body sharpen the look. It’s a very attractive and rather handsome looking SUV.
On the inside, Mitsubishi has worked to uplift its interior execution over the last few years and this new Outlander now boasts an interior to challenge the competition from Europe. It manages to blend technology, ergonomics and quality as effectively as any of its European competitors have to offer.
You will find everything a new owner could realistically expect.
It is also very roomy and the boot is on the up side of being massive with the 3rd row seats folded down.
Mitsubishi’s interior planners have installed full leather seats, an electric driver’s seat, reclining angle comfort 2nd row rear seats that can slide up to 250mm inwards and flat folding 3rd row seats.
The tailgate is powered for easy use.
The 2.4L petrol engine is smooth in its power delivery where it goes from rest to 100km/h in just 10.2 seconds. It shows enthusiasm with its 167bhp engine as the 222Nm of torque comes in progressively when you call on it.
It is no slouch when on the highway when the engine spools up to a higher revolution under a heavy foot. In town traffic ‘the get up and go’ nature is quick and sensible. The suspension set-up delivers a saloon car-like comfort and control with minimal body roll, whilst the steering offers good precision and feel.
The Outlander is fully imported and offers a wide array of safety features to keep the driver and occupants’ safe at all times. Active safety systems available include Hill Start Assist (HSA), ABS with EBD and Active Stability Control (ASC) to keep drivers in check.
The 3rd generation SUV is kitted out with up to seven air-bags and boasts an ultra-high strength steel body structure (RISE), making it one of the safest SUV’s in the market.
Mitsubishi Outlander SUV 2.4L Specifications
Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16V MIVEC (4B12)
Gearbox: INVECS-111 CVT Semi-Auto
Horsepower: 167bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque: 222Nm @ 4100rpm
Top speed: 198km/h