D three years after its introduction there is a facelift for the Mitsubishi Outlander. The mid-range SUV is getting a new front design, which, according to Mitsubishi, is to achieve a 'jet fighter look'. A new front mask with a large radiator grille and the current family look for the headlights with projectors and internal flashing lights; the exterior mirrors now also flash. At the rear with its characteristic LED taillights, the designers did not lend a hand, instead the furniture was newly furnished.
New look for the Mitsubishi Outlander
Revised The renovation work is characterized by seat upholstery and trim, a bit of chrome for the controls and a new central display between the round instruments. Something has also changed with the drive. A front-wheel drive two-liter gasoline engine with variable valve control marks the entry-level with immediate effect, the Outlander 2.0 MIVEC is available from 21,990 euros. Like the unchanged 2.4 Outlander, it can be combined with a continuously variable CVT transmission. The Outlander 2.0 DI-D, whose pump-nozzle diesel supplied by Volkswagen, develops 140 hp, also remains technically untouched. There are also innovations in the 2.2 DI-D, whose 156 hp common rail diesel comes from a cooperation with Peugeot /Citroën. It can now be optionally equipped with a dual clutch transmission (surcharge: 1,800 euros). We went on our first test drive with this new Outlander 2.2 DI-D TC-SST.
Car customers in our sights
Mitsubishi wants that Reposition Outlander - probably not without a quick glance at the successful competitor Nissan Qashqai. Buyers of sporty station wagons are now in their sights, no longer the clientele with off-road ambitions. As a hearty, sporty multi-purpose car, the Mitsubishi Outlander scores above all with its variability. Hidden in the loading floor (from the Intense version) is a bench that can be unfolded in a few simple steps and offers accommodation for small passengers - at least on short journeys. As a multi-family shared taxi, this definitely scores points in everyday life. The regular rear seat bench is divided in a ratio of 2: 1 and can also be moved lengthways in this division. In the rearmost notch, the legroom is lush even for tall people.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander is a comfortable oneCruiser
The executive chair is also cozy. The not too tight seats with the new upholstery offer sufficient lateral support and seating comfort. The new instruments with the backlit scales and the central color display are perfectly legible, even though the central display with its numerous information looks confusing at first glance.
As with a converter machine, the dual clutch transmission is also equipped with a selector lever served. In addition, there are large shift paddles behind the steering wheel to intervene directly in the action. In normal operation, it makes little sense to relieve the transmission control from thinking and to determine the gears yourself: The dual clutch transmission sorts the six stages with great gentleness, without any noticeable jerk and with smooth transitions. Downshifting on steep inclines or when overtaking also happens according to plan and without a detailed kickdown command using the accelerator pedal. An additional sport setting that can be activated essentially ensures that the gears are turned further. A decision that does not seem very practical in view of the maximum torque (380 Nm) already applied at 2,000 revolutions. The manual selection of the six gears is particularly recommended in trailer operation (2,000 kg trailer load) or when driving in the mountains, in order to use the engine braking effect.
Double clutch transmission with a lot of shifting comfort
The start delay, however, takes some getting used to. When driving off, the TC-SST transmission reacts thoughtfully: should we really? Only after a short moment of pause is the accelerator command implemented and the Outlander set in motion. A more or less pronounced peculiarity also in other such transmissions. This behavior can also be read from the acceleration values: Instead of 9.9 seconds like the manually shifted 2.2 DI-D, the Outlander with TC-SST needs 11.1 seconds to accelerate to 100 km /h. The system is also compared to a conventional automatic converter with high loads (heavy trailers or off-road use) at a disadvantage, after the control computer lets the clutch 'slip' in such situations. The driver must adapt himself and his driving style to this.
The automatic Outlander consumes a little more
Compared to the six-speed manual gearbox, the consumption surcharge of the TC-SST is 0.3 liters, 7.3 liters should be in the EU cycle are sufficient for 100 kilometers. A somewhat optimistic assessment in view of the on-board computer, which reported values of eight to eleven liters in our test drives, the latter with brisk driving style.
The rather gently tuned chassis matches the very comfortably shifting transmission, the Outlander is more of a cruiser than an athlete. The noise insulation against rolling and engine noises is well done, but the wind pulls from a speed of 130clearly audible on the case.
Mitsubishi Outlander. The prices will not be increased
Nothing has changed in terms of price, adjusted for equipment, the new generation comes without an inflation rate. The aforementioned basic model with front-wheel drive, which is equipped with automatic air conditioning and window regulators, is new for everyday use. The basic model of the diesel units is the two-liter DI-D in Inform equipment for 28,990 euros, the 2.2 DI-D is available from 31,990 euros from the Invite equipment variant. The top version is the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D Instyle TC-SST for 40,490 euros. With the exception of metallic paint, everything that the option list has to offer is included, including leather and a large color navigation system with rear view camera. The new Mitsubishi Outlander can now be ordered from dealers.