• Oct 18, 2009
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

We're starting to think that Mitsubishi might just have a shot at making it in the States yet. Not necessarily based on product, although that's looking better all the time, but because half of their team seems to hang out at our favorite weekend car meet in Southern California. We love the fact that they bring their best and brightest right to us instead of making us chase them down. A little while ago, they gave us a sneak peek at the new 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring, and today they brought out the pre-production version of the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT.

That's the jacked up Outlander with the pumped up V6, S-AWC, aluminum racing pedals, multi-color 3.5-inch LCD between the gauges, upgraded navi, Rockford Fosgate stereo, leather, sunroof and trick new FUSE handsfree media gateway. We saw the prototype in New York, sporting an aluminum roof and Brembos, neither of which made it through to production. What did make it through was the new corporate schnoz, which apparently has been focus grouping well. It definitely makes it next to impossible to mistake it for anything other than a Mitsu. Love it or hate it, this is an Outlander Evo in all but name.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      i say go for it. it's dramatic, maybe too much for most, but Mitsu, and all makers, have to do things to make themselves stand out. if pointing up the relationship with the Evo does it, fine with me. the angles of the chrome grille go well in this 3/4 angle, with the D pillar and rear side glass angles. it's a stand-out suv trucklet for sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seems like a good application of the new Lancer's front end, but I think the rest of the vehicle needs some updates to go with it. Sharper corners and perhaps a flatter, angled back end instead of the older roundish one that went well with the old front.

      To be clear, I like the new Mazda 3 (especially since it's got a rear end that's as aggressively styled as the front) and hated the Aztek.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the Evo IX next to it, thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They're just putting the front end of a lancer ralliart on the outlander.
      • 5 Years Ago
      there are more spider webs at our local Mitsubishi dealer than cars. I think Mitsubishi is loosing its appeal to customers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As far as I know it's already out, I've seen one driving around already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks much better with a french face
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a car company ditch the "Design by committee" for just one model and let one guy set the vision. You see it with the smaller ones, and even ones like the S2000 and NSX. But when I hear focus groups, I lose interest...
        • 5 Years Ago
        you mean like Chris Bangle did for BMW???
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring this rig with the Super AWD and the limited slip front differential to Canada.

      My Dad who's looking to replace his 1989 Corolla All Trac has been at wits end trying to find a suitable replacement and this is IT. I even put off my plans to add to my fleet until this beast arrives. I like the fact of not only locking up the axles to the same speed but having side to side control over wheel spin is fantastic. Putting a limited slip up front is a huge bonus. Now if only I could convince ARB to make an Air Locker for the back diff and you would have an unstoppable beast.

      Way to go Mitsubishi.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This vehicle is pretty much guaranteed to make it to Canada since the current Outlander is here and Mitsubishi is doing a lot better in the Canadian market than they are doing in the USA. Mitsu has decent product. Unfortunately you can't support a dealer network on two models (Lancer and Outlander).

        The Gallant isn't in the same league, the Endeavor causes people to yawn and the current Eclipse doesn't deserve to wear it's badge. As it stands the Outlander is probably the most overlooked vehicle on the market and Mitsu's best current effort. It even holds up well in reliability studies. If the refresh gives it a interior materials upgrade then this vehicle should be a hit.

        Now give us the Colt and some of the other really well done small vehicles already available overseas (especially for the Canadian market) to go with it and keep your dealers afloat. I suspect it is starving dealers pulling shady tricks that has turned so many Americans off of Mitsu.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No. Still no. Heck no.
      • 5 Years Ago
      well it's got bmw 3 series headlight and lexus 330/350 tailights so that's kinda of a no-no for me but the interior does look pretty nice so i'll give them that and the wheels are good looking too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Renault or Citroen/Peaugeot would have been better for Saturn.
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