2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Preview

Jeff Youngs | Dec 18, 2012
FAST FACTS
  • Displays future Mitsubishi design cues
  • Lighter, more aerodynamic, less powerful
  • Eco mode designed to improve fuel economy
  • Standard 3-row, 7-passenger seating
  • New safety features offered as options
  • Plug-in hybrid version coming in early 2014

Introduction

The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 3-row, 7-passenger, compact crossover SUV designed to compete against the Chevrolet Equinox, Dodge Journey, Ford Escape, GMC Terrain, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Rogue, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volkswagen Tiguan. All of these models except for the Journey provide a maximum of 5-passenger seating capacity.

Exterior Features

The new 2014 Outlander's styling displays design themes that will be applied to future Mitsubishi models, the most prominent of which is the grille and headlight design.

Offered in ES, SE and GT trim levels, the 2014 Outlander is equipped with standard power exterior mirrors and dark-tinted rear privacy glass. Last year's split clamshell-style tailgate is replaced with a conventional top-hinged liftgate design.

Color choices for the 2014 Outlander include Cool Silver Metallic, Cosmic Blue Mica, Mercury Gray Metallic, Copper Metallic, Diamond White Pearl, and Labrador Black Mica.

Interior Features

Mitsubishi says the new 2014 Outlander is equipped with soft-touch interior materials and standard gloss black trim. Third-row jump seats are standard, expanding passenger capacity to 7 passengers. Additional standard features for the Outlander ES include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, CD player, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Optional Features

Upgrading to the Outlander SE provides buyers with 18-inch aluminum wheels and fog lights. Inside, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats are standard, along with passive keyless entry with push-button ignition. This version of the Outlander is also equipped with a 6-inch touch-screen radio display, HD Radio, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, and a reversing camera.

The 2014 Outlander GT adds a standard V-6 engine, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive, satellite radio, and rain-sensing wipers. This model is distinctive from other Outlanders by its HID headlights, added chrome exterior trim, and wood-grain interior trim.

A Premium package is optional for the Outlander SE and Outlander GT models. It contains leather seats, power driver seat, panoramic glass sunroof, power-operated liftgate, and a premium audio system. When SE models are equipped with this package, they come with satellite radio and wood-grain interior trim.

A Touring package is also optional for the SE and GT models. It includes several technology upgrades, such as a navigation system, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a forward-collision mitigation system. Additionally, the Outlander SE can be optioned with the S-AWC all-wheel-drive system, a first for Outlanders equipped with a 4-cylinder engine.

Under the Hood

The 2014 Outlander ES and SE models are equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 166 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. Both models offer front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that includes a new Acceleration Control feature designed to mimic the shift points of a traditional transmission. A driver-selected Eco mode improves fuel economy by reducing engine output and climate control function.

The 2014 Outlander GT is equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, and Mitsubishi's S-AWC all-wheel-drive system. Horsepower output measures 224 at 6,250 rpm, and torque measures 215 lb.-ft. at 3,750 rpm.

Mitsubishi offers S-AWC as an option on the Outlander SE model.

Safety

Every 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is equipped with 7 standard air bags, including a knee air bag for the driver. Traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and a new Brake Pedal Recession Protection Structure are also included.

A reversing camera is standard on the 2014 Outlander SE, while the Outlander GT model adds rain-sensing wipers. Optional safety features include an adaptive cruise control system with a forward-collision mitigation system that detects obstacles in the Outlander's path, sounds a warning, and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond. The Outlander SE and GT can also be equipped with a lane-departure warning system.

Technology

About 6 months after the new 2014 Outlander arrives in showrooms, a new plug-in hybrid model will arrive that offers pure electric driving for short distances and gas-electric propulsion the remainder of the drive time. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is expected to provide a significant gain in terms of fuel economy.

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