Mitsubishi just released pricing on the upcoming 2007 Outlander and it looks to be priced just right to compete in this very competitive class, unlike its predecessor that remained a bit player. Base prices range from $19,990 for a 25th Anniversary-discounted ES up to $25,010 for the top-level XLS with 4wd. That puts it about $700-$900 below the upcoming '07 CRV from Honda and Toyota's RAV4. This all-new second generation Outlander represents a huge launch for Mitsubishi and with a 220-hp MIVEC V-6 and 6-speed, manually-shiftable automatic, it looks like it might have what it takes.

As we told you when it was first shown at the New York Auto Show in April, the new Outlander is significantly larger and even offers an optional flip up third-row of seats to become a 7-seater (by name only, don't put humans back there). And for the first time in this class, it is even offered as a P-ZEV in California where the V-6 will be rated at 213 hp. Based on the new Lancer platform, it should handle well for a CUV, too. Standard features include skid and traction control supervision, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, 'FAST-key' keyless entry and ignition, and a 140-watt stereo with compact disc and MP3.

The optional all-wheel-drive system offers selectable modes controlled throuh a center console dial. This allows drivers to select front-wheel drive, "4WD Auto" that directs a variable amount of power to the rear wheels, or "4WD Lock" which enables more power to go to the rear wheels for snow or mud. Other options include a 10 gig hard-drive based sat-nav system that allows owners to load MP3s, rear-seat DVD with wireless headphones, Bluetooth compatibility and an optional Rockford-Fosgate 650-watt stereo with Sirius satellite radio.

(Full press release after the jump)

[Source: Mitsubishi]

Mitsubishi Announces Pricing for All-New 2007 Outlander

CYPRESS, Calif., Oct. 9 -- Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) has announced pricing for its all-new, second-generation Outlander compact sport-utility vehicle. The larger, more powerful 2007 Outlander will start at a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $21,370 for a well- equipped ES front-wheel drive model. Early buyers will receive a Mitsubishi 25th Anniversary discount of $1,380 for a starting MSRP of $19,990.

All 2007 Outlander models are powered exclusively by a new all-aluminum MIVEC V-6 engine teamed to a six-speed Sportronic(R) automatic transmission, achieving 220-hp (Federal emissions.) A segment-first Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (P-ZEV) V6 engine achieves 213-hp. Each of the three trim lines offered for the 2007 Outlander -- the value-minded ES, the well equipped LS and the sport/luxury XLS -- come standard with front-wheel drive. The LS and XLS models also are available with an electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system. The Outlander LS model has an MSRP of $22,410 with front-wheel drive and $23,770 with 4-wheel drive. The Outlander XLS, which features standard 18-inch alloy wheels, an underfloor-stowable compact third row seat and additional amenities, has an MSRP of $23,650 with front-wheel drive and $25,010 with 4-wheel drive.

All Outlander models are equipped as standard with the Active Skid and Traction Control (ASTC) system. Standard safety features for all 2007 Outlander models include an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors; front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags (front and second row); an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Outlander ES Comes Generously Equipped
A standard 220-hp V-6 engine gives Outlander ES a significant performance advantage over similarly priced four-cylinder compact SUVs while still offering an EPA-rated 27 miles per gallon in highway driving. Standard equipment in Outlander ES includes: air conditioning and cabin air filter; ambient lighting monitor; cruise control; power windows, locks and mirrors; engine immobilizer and anti-theft alarm system; keyless entry, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers.

Excellent Value at Every Level
The Outlander LS models add a number of exterior and interior enhancements, including: color-keyed folding power side view mirrors; roof rails; rear privacy glass; 16-inch alloy wheels; steering wheel remote audio switches; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; a driver's seatback pocket; two additional 12-volt accessory outlets (one in cockpit, one in cargo area); and floor mats. The LS also includes the Bluetooth(R) cell phone-ready pre-wire switch.

Outlander XLS models offer a step up in handling response, user technology and comfort, adding: 18-inch alloy wheels; Sportronic magnesium steering wheel shifter paddles (a segment first); underfloor-stowable compact third row seat; automatic climate control system; hands-free Bluetooth cellular phone interface system with voice recognition; fog lights, and cargo area utility bars. The standard FAST (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) Key entry system allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop simply by carrying the remote control.

Premium Technology Options with Value Pricing
Outlander LS and XLS models offer an optional Navigation Package ($1,800 MSRP) that uses a seven-inch touch screen and hard disc drive with a digital music server. This package includes a versatile drive computer and an interface to customize operation of many vehicle features.
The Entertainment Package available for Outlander LS models ($1,150 MSRP) includes a rear seat DVD player with nine-inch LCD screen, remote control, wireless headphone, auxiliary video input jack and a 115-volt accessory power outlet.

The Sun & Sound Package ($1,740 MSRP for LS, $1,580 MSRP for XLS) combines a power glass sunroof with sunshade with the 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate(R) Premium Audio system with nine speakers including subwoofer and SIRIUS(R) Satellite Radio with six month pre-paid subscription. Exclusively in the XLS models, the Sun & Sound Package can also be combined with the Luxury Package ($1,600 MSRP) that adds leather seating surfaces (first and second rows), heated front seats, a power driver's seat and Xenon HID headlamps with auto- leveling.

Premium Warranty
Mitsubishi cars, sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks are backed by comprehensive new vehicle limited warranties. Mitsubishi cars and sport utility vehicles come with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, along with a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty. Mitsubishi pickup trucks are covered by a 5-year/60,000 mile bumper to bumper new vehicle limited warranty that also includes powertrain components. All Mitsubishi vehicles have a 7-year /100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, along with 5-years/unlimited miles Roadside Assistance, which includes free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, and marketing operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States. Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, a mid-size pickup truck and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 540 dealers.

Source: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.


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