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Mitsubishi Outlander in the driving report: Now on the soft tour

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 Di-D 4WD in the driving report
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M itsubishi goes bold paths and says goodbye with the third edition of the Outlander with its eye-catching 'jet fighter' look. A measure that will probably also affect future Lancer and Colt. The well-known trapezoid had to give way to a narrow, buttoned grill. The distinctive wheel arches and free-standing roof rails have also disappeared. The stern has also been purged. This means that the 4.7-meter SUV is smoother, shaking off its previous off-road look and mingling with the large group of peaceful-friendly family vans.

Whether this is the right way, more customers in to lure the car dealerships remains to be seen. At least the Mitsubishi Outlander doesn't have to fear competition from France. PSA won't take part, so this SUV will not be available as a Peugeot 4009 or as a Citroën C-Crosser.

Mitsubishi Outlander as a five- or seven-seater

The equipment and seating concept is Mitsubishi but remained true. The Outlander can still be ordered in four equipment variants as a five- and seven-seater. Always on board are automatic air conditioning, CD radio with USB interface, cruise control, keyless entry and an automatic start-stop system.

A two-liter petrol engine can be used under the hood of the Mitsubishi Outlander or the well-known 2.2 Di-D diesel. As an option, the revised units can be coupled with a variable all-wheel drive including limited slip differential on the rear axle and automatic transmission. Both the two-liter gasoline engine and the 2.2 Di-D produce 150 hp. Both engines are also capable of the Eco driving mode: the engine management system reduces power and air conditioning at the push of a button. Green leaves in the instrument cluster praise the driver for a correspondingly economical driving style.

Cultivated diesel impresses with powerful steam

Mitsubishi promises an NEDC consumption of just five liters per 100 kilometers for the front-wheel drive Outlander 2.2 Di-D in this way. A seven-seater with all-wheel drive and automatic is 6.1 liters. Together with a torque of 380 Nm, the diesel is clearly the more recommendable unit on paper. On the road, the cultivated diesel also impresses with its powerful steam - that in combination with its precise and short-stepped six-speed transmission (petrol engine only with fiveGears) even promotes driving fun.

Nevertheless, the Mitsubishi Outlander is not suitable for a sporty pace - the soft chassis and the very indirect steering of the pre-production vehicle make even roundabouts a fickle adventure. The Mitsubishi technicians have obviously taken the criticism of the stiff chassis of the predecessor very seriously.

Mitsubishi Outlander with seven standard airbags

The space in the rear has improved significantly. The middle three-seater bench can now be adjusted lengthways by 25 centimeters (previously eight), and on short stretches it sits quite sensibly even on the fold-out (enlarged) seats in the trunk.

Mitsubishi has also stepped up in terms of safety. Seven airbags are standard. Lane keeping and an actively intervening emergency braking assistant are optional; but only for the expensive Instyle variant with automatic transmission. Even if the product manager has not yet made any official statements on this, the associated diesel outlander with all-wheel drive and seven seats is likely to cost 41,000 euros, the basic 2WD petrol engine starts at 25,000 euros. Market launch is in September.

In order not to be forgotten too quickly afterwards, a plug-in hybrid variant with two electric motors will come onto the market in 2013. At least then the Mitsubishi Outlander should stand out from the crowd of open-plan cars.

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