The new MY2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has been launched in Sydney, only weeks after being unveiled at the New York Motor Show. The extensively revamped Outlander and the newly released Triton are evidence to the Mitsubishi philosophy of creating vehicles with a focus on design, technology and quality.
The 2016 Outlander has been heavily updated sporting an entirely new look, with the brand’s bold, ‘dynamic shield’ styling, the most noticeable change. The design is based on its big brother the Pajero, with the distinctive large corner bumpers said to create a feeling of security. There’s a chrome and silver-plated grille, silver skid plate and new-design fog light bezels. All models sport modern LED daytime running lights (DRLs) and stylish 18" alloy wheels, the top spec Exceed benefits from LED headlights. Changes to the rear end include: a revised tailgate, new LED light housings and a new rear bumper.
Outlander is the new mid-size SUV from Mitsubishi, with either five or seven seat options available. There are three equipment levels on offer, designated LS, XLS and Exceed.
A front-wheel drive only drivetrain is available for the LS and XLS, both powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 110kW/190Nm, coupled to a CVT auto (constantly variable transmission). The entry level LS is the only variant with a manual transmission option. These both come with five seats as standard.
All-Wheel drive is available for all three trim grades and is complimented with either a larger 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine producing 124kW/220Nm, coupled to a CVT auto on the LS and XLS, or the 2.2-litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine producing 110kW/360Nm with a conventional, 6-speed automatic transmission on the XLS and Exceed. Seven seats are standard on the AWD XLS and Exceed models.
Fuel consumption figures see the 2.0-litre petrol engine drop from 6.9L/100km to 6.7L/100km for the CVT auto variants (manual drops slightly from 7.1L to 7.0L/100km), while the 2.4-litre drops from 7.5L to 7.2L. The diesel remains stable in terms of consumption at 6.2L/100km.
Improved fuel consumption has been achieved by a new-generation continuously variable transmission, said to offer improved acceleration, performance, and torque delivery.
Other improvements to the MY2016 Outlander include increased body and suspension structural rigidity, retuned suspension dampers and electric power steering. Reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) has been achieved with noise-isolating windscreen and tailgate glass, more sound insulation throughout the vehicle and improved door seals.
Internally, emphasis has been placed on upgrading the quality, look and feel of the trim, notably the multi-function control, steering wheel, instrument panel, stitching and soft touch trim elements. Seat comfort has been improved, due to direct feedback from customers and now sport better cushioning and side bolstering support. Rear seat spacing and legroom is good for the mid-size SUV however you will only fit youngsters in the third row of the seven seat versions.
Safety features have not been forgotten either, seven airbags (driver and passenger, side and curtain, driver knee) and a big tick of approval goes out for reverse sensors and a reverse camera, standard across the range, which will make some other manufacturers sit up and take notice hopefully. Exceed buyers will also benefit from a forward collision mitigation system, (which unfortunately isn’t offered as an option for the other models) along with electric, heated leather seats, sunroof, smart key and adaptive cruise amongst other things, attracting a price tag of up to $46,490 for the diesel.
If buyers opt for the 2WD LS the manual will cost you $28,490 or the CVT auto for an extra $2000. In the limited amount of time I had to experience the different models, I was particularly impressed with the 4WD, 2.4-litre CVT auto drivetrain which will suit Tasmanian roads, terrain and outdoor lifestyles to a tee. The LS at $33,490 is packed with features and offers the best bang-for-buck in my opinion. It will be a case by case, personal choice to upgrade to the XLS, $36,490 or diesel variant at $39,490.
For the new Outlander, Mitsubishi is offering four year capped price servicing and a revised, 5 year, 100,000 km Warranty (reduced from 130,000 km to “align with the company’s global Warranty policy”).
LS standard features:
• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Hands free Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel controls
• Display audio
• Reverse sensors
• Reverse camera
• Privacy glass
• LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
• LED rear combination lamp
• Front and rear fog lamps
• Side turn lamp in door mirrors
• Climate control air-conditioning (single zone)
• 60/40 split rear seats
• Cruise control with steering wheel controls
• ECO mode
• 7 airbags (driver and passenger, side and curtain, driver knee)
• Hill start assist
• Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
• Leather steering wheel and shift knob
• Silver accent on instrument centre panel
• Welcome light and coming home light
• Chrome belt line moulding
• Chrome inside door handles
• Driver and passenger sun visor with ticket holder and illuminated vanity mirror
• Headlining with sunglass holder (LS and XLS only)
XLS features over LS:
• Digital Audio
• Touch Screen-Satellite Navigation (MMCS)
• Dual zone air-conditioning
• Dusk sensing head lamps
• Rain sensing wipers
• Electric folding mirrors
• Heated mirrors
• Electro-chromatic rear view mirror
• Cargo blind
• High contrast meter with colour LCD display
Exceed features over XLS:
• Forward Collision Mitigation
• Adaptive Cruise Control
• Smart key
• One Touch Start
• Power tailgate
• Leather seats
• Seat heaters
• Driver power seat
• Driver seat back pocket
• LED headlamps
• Headlamp washers
• Gloss black streamline vein instrument panel and door trim
• Chrome outer door handles
• Outer scuff plate
Exterior colour range
Ironbark (new), white, starlight, silver, black, red.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander (price difference from MY14)
|2WD LS (manual)||$28,490 || + $750|
|2WD LS (automatic) ||$30,490|| +$500|
|2WD XLS (automatic)|| $33,490||no change|
|4WD LS (automatic)||$33,490|| +$500|
|4WD XLS (automatic) ||$36,490 ||no change|
|4WD Exceed (automatic) ||$43,490|| -$400|
|4WD XLS DiD (6 speed Auto Transmission) ||$39,490 ||no change|
|4WD Exceed DiD (6 speed Auto Transmission) ||$46,490|| -$400|