Mitsubishi has finally introduced a new generation of the Outlander model, which is the first to benefit greatly from cooperation with Nissan.
The new generation of Mitusbishi Outlander should bring a number of innovations and innovations, the first of which has become a way of discovery. Nowadays, it will probably not surprise anyone that the carmaker opted for an online presentation, but it was implemented through the Amazon Live service, which was the first ever transmission of this type.
It is also worth mentioning that the new Outlander benefits greatly from the cooperation within the Renault-Nisan-Mitsubishi group. Although it is based on the Nissan X-Trail platform, the carmaker emphasizes in a press release that the new Outlander is the result of a completely new and independent development. After all, the approach to design is also new.
When creating it, the designers were undoubtedly inspired by the Engelberg concept, from which the new Outlander borrowed a few features. A clear distinguishing feature of modern Mitsubishi cars is the specific mask “Dynamic Front Shield”, in the case of the new Outlander inspired by the Pajero and Evolution X models, which relies on distinctive surfaces and split headlights with LED technology. At the very top is the daytime running lights with turn signals, and in the lower part, the carmaker has placed low beam, high beam and fog lights.
However, the appearance with the Engelberg concept stands out especially in the side view, when we can notice relatively simple silhouettes in combination with distinctive lines. By the way, wheels with a diameter of up to 20 inches can fit in the wheel arches. In the rear we can notice a relatively distinctive D-pillar, which probably does not let too much light on the third row of seats. The rear lights rely on a horizontal layout, in the lower part of the bumper we can notice two indicated tailpipes and interesting is also a recess in the rear door, which according to Mitsubishi should resemble a previously externally mounted reserve.
In terms of technology, a 2.5-liter in-line four-cylinder petrol engine in combination with a CVT transmission, which Outlander shares (not only) with the Nissan X-Trail, has settled under the hood. Future owners can look forward to a maximum output of 135 kW (184 hp) and 245 Nm of torque, which travels to either the front or all four wheels. The Outlander will not be an asphalt shredder, but it should please with a combined consumption of around 8.4 to 8.7 l / 100 km (2×4 vs. 4×4).
The all-wheel drive system is called Super All-Wheel Control and uses a hydraulic inter-axle clutch to transfer power between the front and rear axles. Power is transmitted even without wheel slip. In the event of a slip, the system can then brake the spinning wheel and the power travels to the traction wheels. Thanks to the function of braking the individual wheels even off-road, the Outlander can also prevent understeer in corners and thus increase stability.
The view of the cabin then recalls the significant cooperation with Nissan. For example, the 12.3 ”digital instrument panel, the 9” infotainment or the ventilation control panel come from the new generation of the X-Trail. However, the transparent display or the gearbox selector should also be common. Overall, however, the interior looks modern and relatively valuable.
Thanks to the extension of the body (+15 mm / 4710 mm) and the wheelbase (+36 mm / 2706 mm), the adjustment of the overall width (+51 mm / 1862 mm) and height (+38 mm / 1748 mm), the new Outlander should offer more space in the front and rear rows of seats and more luggage space. Two seats in the third row, which can be folded down in a 50:50 ratio, are also standard. The second row of seats folds down in a ratio of 40:20:40. However, we do not yet know the volume of the suitcase.
Thanks to the cooperation with Nissan, the new Outlander will also offer a wide range of technological equipment. Of particular note is the MI Pilot Assist assistance system, which offers a semi-autonomous steering function thanks to a combination of adaptive cruise control and the ability to intervene in steering. Thanks to communication with maps, it is also able to adjust the speed of the car before the turn and it is not a problem for it to drive in columns. However, the list of security assistants is much longer.