Sleek New Mitsubishi Outlander Arrives in SA

A restyled and very well equipped Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has arrived. The latest Outlander comes with a great pedigree and has already received two of the most prestigious awards globally.

It is recognised in the United States as the mid-size SUVCrossover with the lowest projected cost of ownership over a five year period. The calculation, carried out by the respected Kelley Blue Book, takes into account the anticipated residual value after five years, estimated repair and maintenance costs as well as fuel consumption.

The 2014 Outlander was also awarded with the Top Safety Pick+ Rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the US.

This followed the Outlander scoring best in class in a series of crash tests. The new model has also fared very well in crash tests in Europe and Australia, scoring five star NCAP and ANCAP ratings.

The arrival of the seven-seater Outlander SUV continues the value-for-money approach adopted by the new distributors of Mitsubishi vehicles in southern Africa.

The Outlander underwent a full model change in early 2013 and in the earlier launch countries, the sales have been very good.

The 2014 model boasts changes that include design tweaks which further refine the Outlander in terms of styling and aerodynamics, as well as a reduced drag-coefficient that further increases fuel efficiency.

The first in the range of Outlanders to be launched will be the luxurious GLS Exceed model. The vehicle is powered by a 2.4-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine developing 123kW of power at 6 000rmin and 222N.m of torque at 4 100rmin. Claimed fuel consumption in the combined test mode is 8.2l100km and emissions on this cycle are 192gkm. Claimed maximum speed is 195kmh with a maximum towing capacity of 750kg.

The Outlander uses a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to transfer the power from the engine to the wheels. The power extends to a multi-select four-wheel drive (4WD) system, which is electronically controlled. In ECO mode, the 4WD system runs in 2WD during normal driving conditions, but automatically engages 4WD when it senses one of the wheels slipping on a loose or slippery surface. The system permits 4WD ECO, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK-UP modes.

The lock up mode increases wheel traction, thereby providing maximum tractability. The different modes can be selected through the simple push of a button. The 4WD system is flexible, driver-friendly and provides great capability in off-road situations.

Steering makes use of a rack and pinion system with electric power steering assistance. The steering wheel can be tilted and telescopic adjustment is possible as well.

All models are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels shod with 22555R18 tyres and there is a full size spare wheel.

The new Outlander is extremely spacious with a lot of loading space for a SUV in this class and offers convenient seating for seven occupants in three rows of seats, with the second and third rows able to fold flat. Getting in and out of the third row of seats is also easy thanks to the simple fold-forward action for the rear seats.

The real clincher with the latest Outlander range, however, is the excellent level of standard equipment. This includes a dual zone automatic air conditioning system, keyless operating system, a high quality touch screen audio system, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, paddle shifts, an information system, park distance control, Bluetooth with hands-free voice control for cell phone use, a USB port and a retractable tonneau cover over the spacious luggage compartment.

The seven-seater Outlander further boasts leather seats (driver and front passenger seats are also heated) and a Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers. It also features a rear-view camera, glass sunroof and electrically operated tailgate as well as a rear entertainment system which connects via wireless headphones.

Safety is always a number one priority for the Mitsubishi engineers and here the Outlander is again very well equipped with seven airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), ASTC (Active Stability and Traction Control) which includes BA (Brake Assist System), and HSA (Hill Start Assist). The vehicle is built using Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) Body Construction.

Other safety features include Dusk Sensing HID Headlamps with Auto Levelling Function for better night vision, headlamp washers and front fog lamps, Rain Sensing Windscreen Wipers, Central Locking with an AlarmImmobiliser with Ultrasonic Motion Sensors, an ISO-FIX Child Seat Anchor (Lower and Tether) and Privacy Glass.

Buyers have a choice of five colours for the latest Outlander: Cool Silver Metallic, Titanium Grey, Black Mica, Warm White Pearl and White Solid. The Outlander also comes with three different interior options for its dashboard and door trims – a wooden, silver or black option.

The Mitsubishi Outlander GLS Exceed retails for N$429 900 and is covered by a three-year100 000km warranty with a five-year90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000km.

Source : The Namibian