• Oct 17, 2005
Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi announced that its new Outlander crossover would launched in Japan today. The redesigned Outlander will start at ¥2,352,000 (about 20,545 US Dollars). The new Outlander will feature a CVT transmission with a six speed manu-matic function, three row seating, split tailgate, and electronically controlled 4WD on a completely new platform. We've posted on the new Outlander before, but these photos are definitely worth a thousand words. Mitsubishi seems to have invested into improving the quality and design of its products. We have more photos and the press release at the jump.

Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

October 17, 2005   ? Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that Outlander, an all-new mid-size SUV using a new platform and a new powertrain, was launched at Mitsubishi dealerships throughout Japan today. Tax-inclusive prices range from ?2,352,000 to ?2,667,000.

Outlander?s distinguishing features include a new-generation platform which underpins better crashworthiness and greater rigidity, a high power and high fuel efficiency aluminum cylinder block 2.4-liter MIVEC*1 engine, a Sport Mode 6-speed CVT, and an electronically controlled 4WD system. The new model also uses the aluminum roof panel, mono-tube rear shock absorbers, and other advanced technology proven on Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi Motors? iconic sport sedan, to surpass traditional off-road SUVs and deliver heart-thumping on-road performance. Outlander also features major improvements in interior comfort and utility for convenience compatible with its Smart X Sport theme including a 7-seat model with underfloor-stowed occasional-use seats for two extra passengers.

In terms of environmental performance, Outlander earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are 75% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption by returning fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.

Mitsubishi Motors has revamped its production facilities for the new model. At the Mizushima Plant, where Outlander is assembled, a new welding line has been installed for the first time in 10 years to accommodate the requirements of the new platform. At the Shiga Engine Plant, state-of-the art machining and assembly lines have been added for the new 2.4-liter MIVEC engine. The company has also bolstered quality assurance levels throughout the full development-to-shipment chain. Outlander is the product of stringent scrutiny and inspections implemented through the Mitsubishi Motors Development System (MMDS) in the development phase and the multi-level In-Stage Quality Creation (ISQC) system on the production line.

Outlander recently won the 2005 Good Design Award (Product Design Category) sponsored by the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization.
I . Outlander: major product features

?Heart-thumping performance?, ?pleasure-rending utility?, and ?sporty styling? were the key phrases that drove the development of this exciting new model. Outlander is distinguished by: on-road performance that redefines SUV standards, a comfortable living space and an easy-to-use luggage compartment wrapped in sporty lines, and premium-grade specifications for richer driving pleasure.

Heart-thumping performance

Outlander uses a number of new components developed in line with Mitsubishi Motors? All Wheel Control*2 (AWC) concept to deliver the highest levels of ?driving pleasure? and ?reassuring safety? and reflect the new domestic corporate slogan ?Kuruma zukuri no genten e? (English translation: ?pursuing the origins of car engineering?).

1. New-generation platform
    Outlander sits on a new platform that not only supports superior acceleration, handling and stability but also underpins a level of crashworthiness that meets the latest safety regulations.

2. Body: lightweight, high-rigidity, all-directional impact safety
    Outlander uses more high-tensile steel sheeting to increase stiffness with little weight penalty, and employs octagonal-section straight front side members and a reinforced cabin environment to create a body that provides higher levels of all-directional crashworthiness. The body construction also meets the requirements of compatibility during impact with small cars and pedestrian protection during impact.
    An aluminum roof panel lowers the center of gravity and reduces roll inertia to improve steering response and handling by reducing body roll and stagger without impacting ride quality.

3. New 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine
    Outlander is powered by a new compact lightweight engine with a die-cast aluminum cylinder block. Using MIVEC intake and exhaust valve trains, the new engine delivers more power while returning better fuel efficiency and low emissions. It earns a 4-star rating for emission levels that are 75% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and qualifies for Green Vehicle Tax Exemption by returning fuel consumption that is 5% lower than Japanese 2010 efficiency requirements.

4. New INVECS-III*3 Sport Mode 6-speed CVT
    Outlander?s engine is mated to Mitsubishi?s INVECS-III Sport Mode 6-speed CVT that brings significant improvements in terms of fuel efficiency as well as in smooth and responsive acceleration by continuously selecting the gear ratio that keeps the engine working in its optimal power range. In addition, the CVT features paddle shifters that allow slick and smooth gear changing without taking hands off the steering wheel (standard on G grade).

5. Electronically controlled 4WD
    Outlander uses Mitsubishi?s electronically controlled 4WD system that continuously distributes front/rear wheel drive torque in an optimal way according to conditions. A dial selector gives the driver the choice of three drive modes: 2WD, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK.

6. Active Stability Control (ASC)
    ASC provides automatic and integrated control of braking force, engine output, CVT and the electronically controlled 4WD when system sensors detect an unusual change in vehicle attitude or behavior. The system prevents the vehicle sliding sideways as a



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      • 9 Years Ago
      I agree, rvr, I am definitely interested in seeing the production Evo-X. It's interesting how much the concept resembles the previous generation (circa 2004) Galant. The body shape with the low-rise headlight/grill cluster is pretty close to the Galant. It will be intersting to see how the production details are presented. Also, I agree on the D pillar window comment. Unfortunately, that's almost all that's left to distinguish themselves from other SUV's. They've done the "shoe" appearance (as my girlfriend refers to the Murano and Infiniti FX), everybody has the Xterra roof rack down, now it's down to the funky D window. Headlights, taillights, wheel openings are about the only other areas of distinction left for a 2 box SUV.
      • 9 Years Ago
      2 things: 1) what's the deal with those eyeballs on the side view mirrors on the interior pictures? Is this some sort of CBS Big Brother subliminal branding? And, 2) those rear seat headrests are ugly as hell.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why is bad visiblility now an accepted part of modern car design? This vehicle looks to have large blindspots, maybe just maybe those "ugly" mirrors have a purpose. I read here and elsewhere praise for the groundbreaking designs of the new Chrysler Magnum, 300series and Charger cars, but not being able to see behind you is a huge mistake, isn't it?
      • 9 Years Ago
      aside from some quibbles with a few design elements (enough with the traingular d-pillars people!), i think this is a big step forward for mitsu. they are clearly moving in a new and strong direction with their recent work. see the concept sportback and concept x. this is not groundbreaking design, by any means, but it's clean, purposeful, and muscular. considering what they've been up to in recent years, it could have been a lot worse. i'm just dying to see the production version of the concept x/lancer/evo.
      • 9 Years Ago
      So how come Mitsubishi can design a compact, 7 passenger SUV with a nice clean rear tailgate (and a split one, at that!) while Toyota has to resort to a big butt-ugly spare hanging off their wrong-side-hinged-for-everywhere-in-the-world-except-Japan&England side-swinging rear door on their "all-new" Rav4?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey guys, mabye should have asked first but I purchased a used 2004 Outlander over the weekend for my other half, it was $15,700 with only 5000 miles on it, in brand new condition. What are everyones thoughts on this car?! We both love it and hope it lasts a long time, anyone know anything about Outlanders?!
      • 9 Years Ago
      To #14, the Grand Vitara is nothing other than re-branded GM cheapery packed in a slightly more atractive package than anything else GM has to offer. Expect the Outlander to perform WAY better and have much better reliability. The Vitara will enjoy popularity, but unfortunately will suffer the same ailments as all other GM SUV's and cars. A point is it's favor? It's going to be one of the few GM's with actually decent gas mileage. I test drove the Grand Vitara this weekend, and was slightly disappointed. The ride was below average and the interior materials were 100% GM (meaning cheap and butt-ugly), plus interior noise was absurdly high. Expect to see the Vitara in Avis lots within a year.
      • 9 Years Ago
      What's up w/ the dial below AT shifter? looks kinda like "i-drive" by the way looks a whole lot better than current version. engine might be a concern like Brad said.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wish they would have released power figures, even JDM figures just to see whether the 2.4 is similar to that in the current Galant (160 HP if I remember correctly) or is a little more pumped up. The current CRV gets by with around 160, but if the Outlander is offering 3 row seating, it may wind up suffering from a poor power to weight ratio (like the current one). Also, it's going to have a battle with the new RAV 4 and its 260+ HP V6, which offers very similar styling cues. I like the looks, inside and out, but the power levels give me concern.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well, if its as good as the current model (2003-2005), like the one I currently own (2004), I'll probably consider buying the new model, which, admittedly, looks a lot better. This has been the second Mitsu I own, and with over 8000 miles clocked already it still is like new. My other Mitsu, which I sold in 2002, a 1992 Japanese-built Lancer GLX had over 60,000 miles when I sold it and I enjoyed every single mile I drove in it. These cars are 1000% reliable, never had the smallest problem with them, just your basic wear and tear and basic car needs (oil changes, filter changes, tire rotation and wheel re-alignation, suspension replacement in the rear, brake change, etc). The only "problem" I've had with my Outlander is that I can't find replacements for the black plastic thingies that cover the metal hinges that hold the metal bars on the roof of the truck, which accidentally broke on both sides when a garage gate/door dropped on it. But that's about it! Mitsu's are really underrated, as they are really awesome cars with good performance and even better reliability. I've had more issues with my 1994 BMW 325i, 1999 Honda CR-V LX, and 2003 Mercedes Benz C-230 than with any of the Mitsu's. To #4, GREAT BUY! You will not regret it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      HUGE improvement over the current Outlander... lord knows who penned the nose of THAT monstrosity... 1/4 view reminds me of a Saturn Vue in the front and the back is reminiscent of a smaller Montero Sport.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is great to see 7 seat X SUV concept at a competitive pricing. The styling is more young and energetic. For consumer like me, I need 7 seat car but hate old fashion Picnic from Toyota... which make me look like a cab driver Will it be available in Hong Kong soon ?
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