Mitsubishi has declared plans to bring the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander to the global automotive market this fall. This is yet another Mitsu’s refresh attempts to make the Outlander relevant in the marketplace. Mitsubishi seems to be having only a few cards left in the United States. We’ve noted with a lot of concern that the Outlander Sport has been underwhelming according to our testing.
Luckily, the company is doing everything in its capacity to keep the Outlander a top seller once again. Since the Outlander Sport first premiered in 2011, Mitsubishi has been conducting regular updates. The first significant refresh was done in 2013. And three years later, the company adopted Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front fascia. For the 2018 model year, the Outlander Sport receives a third redo before greeting the New York Auto Show this fall.
The incoming Outlander introduces adequate space to suit your unique lifestyle. It brings a standard third-row seating that can accommodate families and friends. You can also fold down the second- and third-row seats for more room that fits your needs.
Besides, the new model lets you stay connected throughout your ride. It comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, which you can use to stream songs over Bluetooth. The car’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to access apps. Mitsubishi leaves no stone unturned as far as passenger safety is concerned. Come what may, Mitsubishi pledges to keep you safe on the road regardless of your trip—big or small.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Exterior and Interior Updates
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander sports a revised front fascia that the company describes as “innovative”. The top-tier SEL model, which we’ve seen in official company images, sports some mesh grille inserts rather than last year’s horizontal vanes. Moreover, this top-shelf Outlander model carries fang-like LED running lights along with slim ducts that are carved into the previously smooth lower back trim.
Out back, there is a chunky new bumper design with a diffuser-like pullout beneath a recessed gray band that is connected by C-shaped red reflectors. A fresh chrome garnish conjoins the tail lamps. Aside from that, the inbound Outlander Sport generally wears the same exterior look as its sibling.
Inside, the upcoming 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander portrays a few updates that improve usability. One of the most significant upgrades is a 7-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system dubbed Smartphone Link. It appears to mirror the Honda HR-V’s Display Audio system, save for the fact that Mitsu’s Smart Link includes a volume knob.
Besides, it will also incorporate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The inbound Outlander equally gets a revised center console alongside a new shifter. Some other tech news claim that a Touring package comes furnished with a forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, lane-departure alert, and a rear-view camera. It also is slated to convey a panoramic sunroof.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Engine and Gearbox
Mitsubishi remained tight-lipped on chassis and powertrain updates. However, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is likely to use a 2.4-liter directed-injected turbocharged four unit with undisclosed potency. The same unit is rumored to power the Eclipse Cross that becomes available in the first half of next year.
The other one options is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that powers GT version. This engine is capable to produce 224 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque [email protected] 3,750 rpm.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Price and Expected Arrival
Mitsubishi hasn’t announced the prices, but they aren’t likely to stray far from the current model. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport should start off somewhere in the region of $25,000. It will become available in Mitsubishi showrooms in a couple of days. So, watch out.