• Apr 1st 2010 at 2:59PM
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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - Click above for high-res image gallery

Let's just go on ahead and make that much needed volume leader. The great economic collapse of 2009 smashed Mitsubishi in the teeth with a much larger brick than most other manufacturers. Thinks have slightly improved, but their February sales were still down 10 percent, and from an already frighteningly low level. Obviously, something must be done.

Meet the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, or as they're calling it in alphanumeric-loving Europe, the ASX. We've covered this particular small crossover pretty extensively already, so here's the U.S. spec deal. It's 15 inches shorter than the Outlander GT. Like its big brother, it gets magnesium paddle shifters. However, they are connected to a CVT instead of Mitsu's sweet dual-clutch gearbox. Now, no one has driven the Outlander Sport yet, and CVTs have gotten massively better in the last few years, so don't bunch your panties up quite yet.

The real upshot of that CVT is the Outlander Sport's 31 mpg highway figure, a right respectable number for a small crossover. In fact, that means the Outlander Sport is competitive with a small CUV we like a whole bunch, the new Hyundai Tucson. Besides the CVT, Mitsu has installed weight-saving plastic front fenders, electric power steering and has sculpted the Outlander Sport down to a admirably slippery 0.33 Cd. The Outlander Sport can also be shifted from front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive and yes, you will be able to order yours in this particularly vibrant shade of show car blue.

Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not another damn CVT. Does it have an attachment so I can mow my lawn?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great car, dumb name, for one reason. This is not an Outlander. Kizashi Sport? It's a Kizashi. Montero Sport? Not a Montero. That's right, they should have already learned this lesson!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey! That car was released in Japan in March. I know because I bought one. It's called the RVR here.

      So, I guess that means at least one person has driven it!!!

      You can see a picture on my homepage:

      I'll be writing some impressions soon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring it!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And while they're at it, how about a new Galant? Letting entries into major markets rot into oblivion is arguably one reason Mitsu is constantly stuck in park stateside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still can't get over that snout... especially in the front 3/4 view. Just something about it...
      • 5 Years Ago
      With a 2.4L and 5 speed auto maybe.... with a 2.0L and CVT, no way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw that too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Mitsubishi hopes 2011 Outlander Sport will be their volume leader"

      All it would take to achieve that goal is to sell 35 or more of them.

      Seriously though, it's a good looking little trucklet, I hope it does well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      to me this just look like a toyota 4 runner on a rav4 chassis, with a lancer rear(not saying it looks bad, actually it looks quite good for a suv or cuv whatever) just hope that the engine is nice and actually have some grunt.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do all Outlander articles mention a "dual-clutch" GT model? The only Outlander that has a dual clutch is a few select international models...none of which are available in North America. The Outlander GT has the same 6 speed automatic that the rest of the 3.0L engine based ones have.

      As for this car, I think it will be a hit in Canada. While Mitsubishi is struggling in the US, their Canadian sales are steadily increasing. If they can get the iMiEV and Colt certified here and get it on sale soon, they will be volume leaders. Subcompacts and CUVs make up the largest percentages of sale over here...so they should have any problems in Canada.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no "true" transfer case with low range.

      The settings are 2WD, 4WD, 4WD lock just like on its big brother.
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