Whatever might be the secret mojo, the Japanese automaker doesn’t seem to settle for less as a new-gen Outlander aka 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is already in plans to be launched during the 1st quarters of 2018. It’s a thing of amazement how Mitsubishi Outlander being one of the smallest crossovers can include a 3rd-row seating.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Sporty Design
The new model 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander will sport a refined look. Up in the front fascia, the grille will wear 2 chrome louvers that will come in a dramatic intersection with the headlights sitting astride. Speaking of which, the headlights will integrate jewel-style LED daytime running lights. A large air intake will also dominate the entire front fascia. Down below, the front bumper will get a skid plate-like design. However, the new-gen changes will influence the interior cabin as well.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is believed to serve as a host of technological features as the infotainment system will come updated with smartphone integration, HD satellite radio and voice commands. Standard safety features in this cabin will include Dual-stage Airbags, Adaptive Cruise Control, Impact-absorbent Steering Column and also Advanced Crash SOS. The company will try every bit to make this new-gen Mitsubishi Outlander a perfect family hauler by presenting essential improvements.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Two Engine Options
To start with performance, this new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander will include 2 powertrains – 2.4L MIVEC SOHC inline 4 and 3.0L SOHC V6. However, all models (trims) will use the former expect the range-topping GT which will use the latter powertrain variant.
The 2.4L 4 cylinder engine is to receive several tweaks and produce outputs of more than 166 HP. This mill will pair up with a CVT and deliver mileage ratings of 26 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway/ 28 mpg combined. Towing capacity is also expected to top out at 1,700 lbs.
The GT-exclusive mill; 3.0L V6 will be tuned up to churn out a meaty power of 224 HP. This powertrain will also be good for keeping fuel economy at 22 mpg city/ 28 mpg highway/ 25 mpg combined. The new model will not be as fuel thirsty like Honda CR-V and Chevrolet Equinox.
To cater further improvements on overall performance, the Mitsubishi will tune up the suspension system. The front suspension’s cross-member will be reinforced to alter spring rates for a stable ride. The result will be enhanced low-speed cornering and improved traction while off-roading.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander – Price and Release Date
The new Mitsubishi Outlander will come with 4 different trim options including GT, SE, ES, and SEL. The base model (ES) is suspected of costing around $23,000. The SE might cost $25,000, SEL will hold $27,000 and the rage-topping GT might cost up to $31,000. Finally, the release date is expected in first quartal of the 2018 year.