The latest generation has received a significant update in the styling department. Both the front and rear sport all-new light, bumper and apron designs that make the Outlander look more with the times. Another important feature is the fact that it is now a seven-seater, although the final row may only be suitable for short adults and children though.
The latest Outlander was launched in other countries last year, however, due to the model’s rather late introduction locally, we benefit from recent tweaks and aerodynamic improvements implemented on the 2014 models. For now there will only be one derivative in the local line-up, namely the GLS Exceed. It is powered by the familiar 2.4-litre petrol engine that produces 123kW and 222Nm of torque. The claimed figures include a top speed just shy of 200km/h, fuel consumption of 8.2 litres/100km and a towing capacity of 750kg.
The engine is coupled with a CVT transmission and is a slight disappointment as the engine does not have enough grunt to allow for the seamless operation a CVT is meant to provide. This causes somewhat of a drone when driving. There is a diesel model on the way that would better suit this transmission, however, I believe a traditional automatic unit would prove the best option.
There is also an electronic multi-select four-wheel drive system. The unit features an Eco mode which allows for the Outlander to run in two-wheel-drive during normal driving conditions and automatically engages four-wheel-drive when it senses one of the wheels slipping on a loose or slippery surface. There is also the auto setting, which as it suggests detects when four-wheel-drive is needed automatically as well as four-wheel-drive lock-up for off-roading.
The rather lengthy list of standard features includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, touch-screen Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers, Bluetooth and USB input, rear-view camera, rear entertainment system with wireless headphones, glass sunroof, electric tailgate, cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, paddle shifters, park distance control as well as a retractable cover over the luggage compartment.
The Outlander also received five-star NCAP and ANCAP safety ratings.The new Mitsubishi Outlander will retail for R429 900 which includes a 3-year/100 000km warranty with a 5-year/90 000km service plan.