At 4.6 metres long and 1.8 metres wide, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a similar size to a D-segment hatchback. It’s only 1.7m tall and weighs well under two tonnes. All good on the low-guilt front so far, then.
The Outlander sits on a new platform frame, Mitsubishi’s first-ever global platform, developed in conjunction with Daimler. The styling of the mid-sized SUV is inspired by the Pajero Evo 2 + 2 concept unveiled by Mitsubishi in 2002.
The Outlander is suspended by MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Ground clearance is 178mm and gives the car a modicum of off-road ability.
However, Mitsubishi admits the extent of the Outlander’s off-road abilities are limited to light tracks and towing things in poor conditions. The car’s approach, departure and ramp angles are 22, 21 and 19 degrees respectively, ruling out much more than unmade roads and light rocky paths.