Preview: 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander

September 17, 2009

• What is it? The facelifted version of Mitsubishi’s versatile crossover.
• The basics: Four- and six-cylinder engines and two- and four-wheel drive modes
• On sale: Later this year
• Price: $20,580 - $25,980 (est.)

Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the latest 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--on paper at least--and if the performance of its predecessor is anything to go by this latest model should be one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers on the market.

For 2010, the Outlander has been given a distinctive and aggressive styling makeover that includes the company’s trademark ‘jet fighter’ grille first seen on the Lancer range. Other styling mods include a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and bonnet. Reshaped headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills complete the look.

The crossover also gets a host of new comfort, convenience and safety appointments. Improvements to the Outlander’s engineering include the addition of Hill Start Control to automatic transmission models and Super All Wheel Control to V-6 models.

Mitsubishi describes the Outlander as being squarely targeted at couples and young families who are on-the-go people who are also focused on enjoying life, and we tend to agree.

Inside, there are new seat, door and dash trims, grained leather on premium models, double-stitching, chrome accents and a new instrument cluster. For sports fans, there are also aluminum racing style pedals and a sports steering wheel.

All models are available with two-wheel or four-wheel drive, as well as optional third row seating for carrying up to seven occupants.

Engine options include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 horsepower on tap, or a more powerful V-6 with 220 horsepower.

All Outlanders are available in a variety of paint colours including the new shades of Ironbark and Sapphire, as well as Red, Cool Silver, Black, Effect Grey and White.

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