2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Preview

Jeff Youngs | Mar 16, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • Redesigned crossover SUV can seat up to 7 passengers
  • Debuts new "Solid, Safe, Simple" styling theme for Mitsubishi
  • First new Mitsubishi as part of automaker's "Jump 2013" plan
  • Introduces several new features and technologies to Mitsubishi lineup

Exterior Features

Mitsubishi characterizes the 2013 Outlander's styling as "solid, safe, and simple," a design that intends to "blend substantial forms with clean detailing." Highlights include the new grille, which prominently features the Mitsubishi triple-diamond logo set against "hockey stick" grille bars. In the back, a new one-piece liftgate with optional power operation replaces the old Outlander's split tailgate design.

Interior Features

According to Mitsubishi, the new 2013 Outlander has "premium" soft-touch interior materials, high-resolution displays, and gloss black trim with a choice between silver metallic or wood accents. A tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel is standard, and Mitsubishi offers 2-row, 5-passenger seating or 3-row, 7-passenger seating. The automaker says the Outlander's available third row is a 50/50-split bench seat rather than the jump seats offered on the previous version of the crossover SUV.

Optional Features

A dual-zone automatic climate control system and Super-HID "Wide Vision" Xenon headlights are among the options that Mitsubishi is planning for the 2013 Outlander.

Under the Hood

At its debut at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander was introduced with small-displacement gasoline and turbo-diesel engines that were not confirmed for the U.S. The gasoline engine is available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a CVT, and includes fuel-saving Automatic Stop & Go smart-stop engine technology. Mitsubishi says it is planning a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander for the future.

Safety

If Mitsubishi was reluctant to provide details for U.S.-specification Outlanders in Geneva, the company was clear about its plans to offer a number of safety technologies on its new crossover SUV. A rearview camera will be available, as well as an adaptive cruise control system and a lane departure-warning system. Mitsubishi will also make a Forward Collision Mitigation system available as an option. If the FCMS technology determines that a collision cannot be avoided, it will automatically apply the brakes to reduce or eliminate forward momentum before impact.
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