Desiring a stronger weapon in the small SUV competition, today Mitsubishi introduced its mildly-tweaked 2010 Outlander GT Prototype. Big news is an interior made less drab with leather inserts and stitching on the dash, more power for the 3.0-liter V-6 (up to 230), "idle-neutral logic" for the auto trans, and the adoption of the angry, prominent Lancer Evo schnoz.
The new nose takes the front of this vehicle to a much more interesting level, and the leather on the interior is a blessed relief from the bleak sea of hard plastic. Quite fetching is the unpainted aluminum roof that gives the top an Eastern Airlines aesthetic, not to mention reducing the vehicle's center of gravity. Quite depressing is the same nav/audio unit found in the Lancer that's littered with toggle buttons and is not at all easy to use. Here's hoping they re-did the touch screen operation to make it more intuitive.
Mitsubishi hopes to steal sales from the likes of the Ford Escape, Saturn Vue, Chevrolet Equinox, new GMC Terrain, Toyota RAV4, and Honda CR-V.