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The Mitsubishi Outlander: A quick look

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover SUV. When it first entered the market though, it was known as the Airtrek. It was based off the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle first seen at the North American International Auto Show in 2001, representing the company’s approach towards the SUV trend of incorporating off-road and all-season capabilities through four-wheel drive systems and high ground clearance complemented by emission levels, size, and economy you’d expect out of a car. The Mitsubishi Outlander has been in production since 2001 and officially adopted its current name when the second-generation model of the vehicle came out in 2005. The current, and third-generation, model of the Outlander was made available in 2012.

Pros

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a jack of all trades. Many consider it to be a combination of many of the vehicles Mitsubishi has produced but at the same time it has an identity all its own. It moves like a car but is gruff enough to tow and has room to accommodate seven seats. It’s also better for the environment because the most recent model of the Outlander is cleaner, lighter, and lower-powered than its predecessor.

And when Mitsubishi redesigned the outlander, they wanted to be mature and sensible. The new model is lower and shorter than its older brother and this also made it lighter by 100kg. This is thanks to the structural redesign that paved the way for an all-steel body. And with the six-speed torque converter gearbox replacing the dual-clutch SSTs of the past, you get to enjoy multiplied torque when you need the Outlander for some towing or off-roading action. It may be a lighter car but it can definitely take some heavy hits when needed.

As for space inside, there’s more than enough for everybody to seat in comfortably. And when needed, 50/50 split sprung chairs at the third row can be propped up for use with a simple prod at the lever. Occupy room at the back and do minor adjustments with the second row and you’ll have the space you need to accommodate everyone.

Cons

Because it’s made to be more environmentally responsible, the Mitsubishi Outlander lacks punch when you rev it up. It’s got a diesel engine that can pull 280lb at 148bhp but that’s the best you can do. You can’t expect some heavy lifting with the Outlander and checking out other models will just reveal that you have even “lesser” choices available to you.

While the popularity of the Outlander has made it a frequent recipient of well-made interiors through the years, it just exactly like that. The interiors are made well (no doubt about it), but Mitsubishi was not keen on being imaginative with the Outlander, even when you’ve full leather trims, metallic highlights, and glossy black inserts in the dashboard. It’s blah, but well-made. But blah nonetheless.

Enough space? There’s enough space all right to sit in. However, taller passengers, most especially if they are sitting at the second row will have to recline a bit to ease their heads into a cove in the roofline.

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A History of the Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander is a 4-door SUV marketed starting 2001 by Japanese auto manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors. The Outlander was first introduced to the public as the Mitsubishi Airtrek in the 2001 North American International Auto Show.

The Outlander is a front-engine, front- and four-wheel drive, and was marketed as an adventuring crossover. The SUV was especially designed for individuals who are interested in an off-road experience while retaining efficient fuel economy and size.

The second generation Outlander unveiled in the 2006 New York Auto Show dropped the name Airtrek to adapt to a more global audience. This generation featured a flap-fold tailgate for loading purposes. In 2007 the production of the Outlander has been altered due to an increased demand in Mitsubishi’s family car, the Lancer. Despite this, sales of the car remained strong. Since distribution of the Grandis stopped in 2011, the Outlander was the only multi-purpose vehicle of its kind offered by Mitsubishi.

A third generation Outlander was introduced worldwide in 2012. Included in this generation is the P-HEV, a plug-in hybrid. The model was based on Mitsubishi’s popular electric car MiEV, and they share the same powertrain. Sales for the P-HEV started early 2013 in Japan, and a European version is slated for release in July 2013.

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