April 10, 2012
A recap of the Geneva Motor Show – The Mitsubishi Outlander 1
Great first impressions
The new generation has more appeal in terms of the way looks with a curvier type of body shape. First impressions of the vehicle have been quite exceptional from everyone who has seen it so far.
Mitsubishi has released a new global platform which the new Outlander is based on. As you may have expected the car has greater improved practicality with newly designed interior. Luxury items will include dual zone climate control and an electrically powered tailgate. The dashboard display is a lot easier to read this time with the new model.
The seats are able to fold down flat so that there is more space for storage within. The steering column is able to be adjusted for height and is also able to be tilted. Luxury optional extras include an electrically powered tailgate and dual-zone climate control.
Engine options will include a 2.0 litre petrol and a 2.2 litre diesel. Both will come with six speed gearbox transmissions or as a manual. Here in the UK we will be lucky enough to get start stop functionality which will help the most economical version achieve C02 emissions of 130g/km.
Plug-in option in the future
There will be a plug-in hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander is set to make an appearance in 2013. This is expected to use the same technology as that within the Mitsubishi PX-MiEV II shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009. This had a 2.0 litre petrol engine that combined with two electric motors each capable of producing 60kW. It was able to achieve a driving range of an outstanding 500 miles and emit just 50g/km of C02. This variant is expected to come with four wheel drive capability too.
Mitsubishi seems to be taking a strong stance on safety with the inclusion of a number of different features. These include wide vision LED headlights with increased brightness, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Active Cruise Control.
Cost of the Outlander
When the Mitsubishi Outlander goes on sale later this year it is expected to cost around £26,000. There are no estimates yet as to how much the plug-in hybrid version will cost but it is certain to be quite costly.
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