Mitsubishi has given its seven-seat Outlander a refreshed exterior design, as well as some added features for 2020.
Originally launched in South Africa in September 2003, Mitsubishi says the new Outlander now has a fresh, modern and stylish look, many new features and a host of visual improvements all over.
On the outside, the Outlander has a new redesigned front grille, new alloy wheels and a new rear bumper. Standard features include dusk-sensing headlamps that automatically switch on when visibility drops. The electric tailgate also opens at the touch of a button.
The enhanced interior with its new features for the driver is designed to provide maximum comfort and postural support. Drivers can now adjust and tailor their perfect seating position with both power and manual controls as well as new dual zone air-conditioning with rear vents.
The driver also benefits from advanced features such as the new Electric Parking Brake with Auto-Hold. It’s also equipped with climate control and a new Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA), which includes Bluetooth and Handsfree Voice Control integrated into the Multi-function Leather Steering Wheel.
The biggest visual difference is found in the centre of the front console housing the cabin controls – Mitsubishi Motor’s improved new Smartphone-link Display Audio system.
The SDA boasts a new eight-inch WVGA full-colour display with touch controls as well as USB power supply for your mobile phone. The system also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay with extra features to mirror your smart device.
Other new interior features include a variety of stylish additions, such as upgraded leather seats, new trim on the dashboard and door panels, auto up and down electric windows all around, additional storage for the rear passengers who now also have their own USB plugs for keeping their smart devices fully charged, and a single door-locking/unlocking function for additional safety.
Both the second row and third row seats can be easily re-arranged (60:40 split and folding function with slide and recline adjustments for the 2nd row; 50:50 folding function for the 3rd row).
The Outlander is powered by a 2.4-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine, delivering 123kW and 222Nm of torque. It’s mated to CVT transmission with a six-step shift mode and Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control System.
On the safety front it’s equipped with Automatic Stability and Traction Control (ASTC), an important safety feature in rain and on gravel roads whilst working with S-AWC to provide maximum safety and driver control.
Another new safety feature in the new Outlander is the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto-Hold which prevents the vehicle from rolling back on an incline.
The latest Outlander retains its array of advanced passive and active safety technology. This includes a seven-airbag system for increased safety for every seat, while Mitsubishi’s advanced RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction utilises crumple zones that route and absorb energy during high-impact collisions. This leads to improved safety for all occupants, regardless of impact direction.
Side Impact Protection Bars in the doors add to the vehicle’s impressive passive safety features which include ISOFIX child seat anchors and Hill Start Assist allowing the driver to take off at an incline without the vehicle rolling back.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is covered by the original Mitsubishi Motors’ Manufacturer’s Warranty of 3 years or 100 000km, a 5-year/ 90 000 km Service Plan and a 5-year/unlimited mileage Roadside Assistance. Service intervals are scheduled at every 15 000 km or once a year.
The facelifted Outlander retails for R499 995.