2013 Mitsubishi Outlander at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show

2013 mitsubishi outlander

  • Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento
  • Looks like: Outlander gets a more fluid and sculpted look
  • Drivetrain: No word on U.S. powertrains, but Europe will get diesel and gas versions: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel
  • Hits dealerships: On sale in Russia this summer; other markets will follow

Mitsubishi's Outlander is going green. The Outlander is redesigned for 2013 with more sculpted styling, new safety features and plans for a plug-in model.

The third generation of the midsize crossover loses less than an inch in length and gets a whole new look, including a restyled grille with Mitsubishi's three-diamond logo prominently displayed, a raised belt line, a more contoured body and wraparound headlamps. We first saw the new design in concept guise from the Mitsubishi Concept PX-MiEV II at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

Europe will get diesel and gas versions: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel with stop-start functionality. No word yet on U.S. powertrains, but we expect the diesel won’t be offered here.

The Outlander will continue to seat five or seven passengers, but the second row seat gets an update, including a new 50/50-split formation. Several new comfort and convenience features will be offered on the 2013 model, including dual-zone air conditioning and a tilt/telescopic steering wheel (the one on the current generation just tilts). Mitsubishi says the new Outlander uses a higher grade of interior materials for a more soft-touch and comfortable cabin. Also for 2013, the tailgate is now one piece with a newly optional power function.

In terms of safety, Mitsubishi added a slew of new systems to the Outlander, such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation. The latter sounds a lot like Volvo's City Safety in that it detects obstacles in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes if needed to avoid a crash.

The new Outlander will go on sale first in Russia this summer, followed by Japan, China, North America and Europe. The plug-in model will debut after the regular vehicle's launch. It will borrow technology from the Mitsubishi i subcompact electric car.

Comments 

PS

Looks like a car that would be sold solely in Asia...I don't think the design will sit well with American consumers. Similar to the original Infiniti M

Jon

Its good to hear Mitsu will be updating the interior. Quite honestly, that is the only real BIG thing wrong with the current one. other than that, it deserves its spot as Mitsu's best seller. its a competent vehicle and gets the job done, and it does it well.

as for its competitors, the Edge and Sorento are not it. think more along the lines of Rav4, CR-V, Sportage, Equinox, and Forester.

John

like it very much... better looking than Ford Edge, and Kia Sorento. looking forward for the 7 passenger. mitsu...

Mike

I dont think Mitsu has a place in the US car market anymore. They let all the good products age and never introduced new/updated models in a timely period.

DJ

I currently own a 2011 Outlander and love it, its my third Mitsu in a row and all have been excellent (although I agree with Jon on Mitsu interiors, they look good, they just have a lot of hard plastic and develop rattles over time) When I first saw the new one I was dissapointed, looked dull and boring. Then I saw a picture of a white one with black interior and I gotta say its growing on me, will reserve final judgement until I see one in the flesh.

Dennis dadio

The 2014 outlander 6 cylinder is a great truck. I bought it and love it.

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