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Mitsubishi has revealed its all-new Mitsubishi Outlander at the Geneva motor show
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6 March 2012

The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander has been revealed at the Geneva motor show. The new third-generation Outlander line-up will eventually include a plug-in hybrid model with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km, whose hybrid system could see use in replacements for both the Shogun and the Lancer Evolution X.

The new Outlander was most recently previewed at the Tokyo motor show as the PX-MiEV II concept car. The production car sports very little changes over the concept, featuring a slightly softened front end with circular fog lights, a revised front grille and a different lower front bumper.

The interior sports a similar design to the current car but Mitsubishi claims it benefits from improved sound insulation and higher-quality materials. The seven-seat interior features plenty of padded surfaces and a soft-touch finish, a new dashboard for “better driver concentration”, a new multi-function steering wheel and a clearer instrument panel.

New features include a new steering column that adjusts for reach and rake, ‘wide vision’ xenon headlamps, dual-zone air-con, a third row of seats that splits 50/50 (revised from the current model's jump seats), a flat cargo area, and a powered tailgate. Added safety kit includes a ‘Forward Collision Mitigation System', a lane departure warning system and active cruise control.

Power comes from revised versions of the current engines, both available with front or four-wheel drive. The 2.0-litre MIVEC petrol option produces 148bhp, with CO2 emissions below 150g/km, and is offered with a five-speed manual 'box or optional CVT. The similarly powerful 2.2-litre MIVEC clean diesel engine generates nearly twice as much torque, emits less than 130g/km of CO2, and introduces a new six-speed auto 'box alongside the existing six-speed manual.

During the course of this year the all-wheel drive plug-in drivetrain will be introduced too, and will be available in Europe from 2013 following the standard car’s late summer launch. The system uses two electric motors, one to power each axle, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

It can travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, while the petrol engine can act as a generator or supplement drive at the front wheels. Its range should approach 500 miles and Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko confirmed to Autocar today that the drivetrain is both strong enough for use in models like the Shogun, as well as offering sufficiently quick response to be used in a car like the Evolution XI, whose development will follow the introduction of the next Lancer.

The new Outlander will not be built in Europe, however, following Mitsubishi's decision to end production at its Dutch factory due to falling production volumes.


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9 February 2012

Technically this isn't too bad but the design is just boring!

This isn't going to get people in to the show room and it certainly isn't going to turn Mitsubishi's sales round in this country.

9 February 2012

Its a pretty sad looking car isn't it.

The slabby sides dont help either.

9 February 2012

"plug-in hybrid model with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km"

That's really impressive, in some reports 50g/km is on a par of a walking human's output.

Although we tend to walk 1-2km a day and you can do that in less than a minute in a car

9 February 2012

It already looks dated.

9 February 2012

I loved the preceeding model and had one as a company hack for nearly 12 months. I hope they maintain the tailgate which allows you to drop the bumper and use as an extension for long loads or just to sit on whilst having a coffee in the countryside. Yes a lot of folk are going to pan it as not being adventurous enough. Personally I like it and yes I suppose I am biased. If you have Angelina Jolly are you going to complain because 10 years later all thats changed is the hair style and colour?

9 February 2012

This all looks like BMW X1 sides mated to a Citroën C4 front... BORING! Sales figures will surely reflect this, even though the car in itself is not that bad... Limited editions not far way I'm afraid. Lonsdale from Down Under, anyone?

9 February 2012

Its almost got the Citroen chevron front grille on it, even as a Mitsubishi!

9 February 2012

love, love those stupid fog lights!

safe design, they call...

about Mrs Jolie nop, with age tities go down too.

9 February 2012

Like the front end.

It's a little softer than you'd expect from an SUV but that's no bad thing.

I've never seen a nice Mitsubishi interior though, so if this one is true to form it'll be hideous inside.

9 February 2012

Thats horrid to look at! its pretty much mitsubishis top seller aswell hope the production version isnt this bad


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