The Outlander has been a long awaited 7 passenger SUV mostly because the previous generation wasn’t exactly on par with the rest of its competitors. However, the wait is over with the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander being released at the New York Auto Show, just a few days ago and the first impression is very good about this upcoming model. The new Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 not only looks better but it also seems to be a better sorted car than before with better engines, new technology under the chassis as well as less weight to carry around which should also mean a better fuel consumption.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander review
The exterior of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander mostly changed in the front where the car received a new front fascia, newer halogen headlights with LED fog-lamps as well as a bigger grille with a honeycomb mesh. This new look Mitsubishi calls the “Dynamic Shield” and this 7 passenger SUV will get bumper side protection which we can see on the Pajero.
On the interior, Mitsubishi did work on the interior in order to make it not only more comfortable but also cozier. The new Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 now features a bit more equipment in the standard trim like a pretty good infotainment system, electric front seats with a heating system included, premium cloth upholstery with soft touch materials as well USB connectivity for the audio system. Options include a Rockford Fosgate audio system with a subwoofer, leather upholstery and even satellite navigation.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 specs
Just as we said, the old 2.0-liter engine has been discontinued. The new Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 comes with a base 2.4-liter naturally aspirated inline 4 which is good for 166 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. While it doesn’t sound much, it should be more than enough to carry the car with ease. The top of the range is the same 3.0-liter naturally aspirated V6 as before, engine which can provide 230 horsepower and around 220 lb-ft of torque which is a reasonable amount. The news comes in the form of a new CVT gearbox which will now come standard on all models of this 7 passenger SUV. This is said to be faster in response and also quite a bit better, offering a much better gear change feel than before. All wheel drive is going to be standard on the V6 and an option on the smaller 2.4 liter engine. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In will come to the U.S. in the second quarter of 2016.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander price and release date
The price of the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 is expected to rise a bit over the previous generation mostly because the old 2 liter engine has been dropped in the favor of a bigger and more powerful unit. Expect to pay at least $25,000 which is still a fair price for a 7 passenger SUV than can go on unpaved roads or in light off-road with ease. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander release date on the other hand is expected to be some time in the mid of 2015 with a hybrid version coming in the second quarter 2016.