Smoother, more rounded and upright lines are “the go” for the new Mitsubishi Outlander. This is a vehicle that offers light off-roading duties and very comfortable everyday transport which is all wrapped up in a pleasantly styled aerodynamic body-shape.
There is ample room inside the well appointed Mitsubishi Outlander interior, and the characteristic Smart, dark interiors have a well-groomed appearance that, when appointed with chrome finishing, looks very first-rate, indeed.
Roomy seating that offers split-folding seats and massive luggage capacity when the seats are folded down, offer you a driving experience that has all the bases covered. Dinky storage compartments, cup-holders, electric windows and air-conditioning are some of the standard features you will find onboard that all help a trip become a relaxed and enjoyable affair. The XLS and XLS Luxury models even boast thermo boxes that keep your cold drinks icy cool for refreshments on the journey. A Rockford Fosgate audio package makes excellent sound, while the multi-function driver’s display, bluetooth phone connectivity and multifunction leather steering wheel add an atmosphere of luxury to the Mitsubishi Outlander package. Like leather? Then the XLS and XLS Luxury models boast leather seats that look magnificent and feel superb, too.
AWD traction, five-star safety, powerful engines, strong brakes and a sharp chassis create what is one of Australia’s top light off-roaders.
Hot isn’t a word one would often use for an SUV, but it’s fitting for the Mitsubishi Outlander. The Mitsubishi Outlander has a stunning exterior that looks like a design ahead of its time. Seven-spoke 18 inch alloys look outstandingly awesome on the XLS Luxury model. The chunky colour-coded door mirrors, rounded fog lamps, rear roof spoiler, silver roof rails, privacy glass, chrome exhaust extensions and tear-drop lines all add to the pleasing first impressions that one gets when drooling from outside this classy machine. Open the solid driver’s door and close it again, and a very reassuring clunk follows, again adding to the building impression of strength and durability that the big Outlander encompasses in its looks, design and engineering.
Now sitting back into the supportive driver’s seat, I get an impressive feeling of totally modern technology and premium interior design. The tactile black upholstery looks very Smart, and is complemented superbly with the silver interior trimming, and red and blue dial-lighting. The interior is luxurious and well equipped. The Mitsubishi Outlander’s interior is designed to provide comfort for those long drives and off-road jaunts. With seating for up to seven, the Outlander’s has plenty of room for your family and friends. Leather seating is an option; however, the Non-Phenol Felt looks and feels just as well-dressed. The seats are covered in either cloth, sports mesh or leather. If you opt for the Non-Phenol Felt fabric, then their clever design reduces the formation of compounds on the material and reduces lingering odours.
I have a musical ear and love to listen to loud music. Not necessarily of the crash bash type, but as long as the music is clear and melodious it often does the trick. Listen to the clarity of the outlander’s audio system, and you’ll get the sound I’m after. It’s very nice, and the audio system integrates into the 8 inch LCD touch screen navigation system. The system has an impressive 30 GB hard drive space and DVD capability, as well as information on how the vehicle is performing – all at the touch of a button. There is even a Bluetooth phone integration system available. Another well designed feature is the steering wheel mounted controls for not only the audio system but also the navigation system.
The Outlander is commendably designed, and is very useful off-road. At the touch of a button, you can engage the 4-wheel drive system that transfers just the right amount of power to each wheel to ensure you have the best traction available. Not only does the 4-wheel drive system help ensure your safety when the road conditions get bad, but the Outlander has both driver and passenger front airbags as well as roll-over and side curtain airbags. The ABS anti-lock brakes help ensure you stop very quickly, when necessary. The Outlander is a very safe vehicle, and boasts crumple zones and a collapsible steering column.
Packed with plenty of punch under the hood, the Outlander performs with lots of sparkle. There are two engine options. The most powerful is reserved for the VR and VRX models. The long-awaited 3.0-litre V6 bristles with the latest in engine design, and pumps out 169 kW of power for those who like plenty of high sped action – just don’t abuse the limits. Offering a nice tone, the 291 Nm of torque gives a deep throaty response and loads of pulling power. Smaller, but just as responsive, the 2.4-litre has 125 kW of power and feels swift in its operation.
When it comes to applying the power to the wheels, there are choices for the transmissions. A five-speed manual gearbox on the base model, a CVT transmission version, and a silky six-speed auto is linked to the lusty V6 models. The combination of power and modern technology make the Mitsubishi Outlander frugal on gas, particularly when travelling out on the open road. The Outlander weighs over 1.5 tonnes and yet can hand back to the driver a class leading 32 km/litre city and 44 km/litre highway driving.
Don’t miss adding this one to your shopping list. It’s definitely worth a look, boasting all the bells and whistles that make driving fun, enjoyable and exciting.
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