The New Mitsubishi Outlander Arrives
The fourth generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been officially unveiled, revealing a model that surprisingly resembles its predecessor, despite being brand new. Although in the technological plane it is a very different model and that premieres some new technologies for the crossover.
The new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is here. These are the first images and official data of this new generation of the Japanese crossover, which begins its fourth stage in the market since it was originally presented in 2001. This presentation is tremendously important for the Japanese firm, although for the moment we should not wait for it in markets such as Europe.
At the moment, the Japanese brand has limited itself to making the global presentation of the model, so most of its specifications and its new performance figures have not been revealed. They have only limited themselves to showing the first images of the interior and exterior of the crossover and mentioning its most important technical developments, which are not few. In principle, only the arrival date of the variant destined for the North American market has been revealed, so these images also correspond to that variant.
This is the most complex part to analyze of the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2022, as it seems clear that the company has adhered to the saying “if something works, don’t change it”, since aesthetically the new model is quite similar to its predecessor. To the point that surely before the eyes of a neophyte it can be problematic to distinguish them with the naked eye, especially in their frontal perspective.
The design of the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2022 was advanced by the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept presented in 2019 and has a structure very similar to that of its predecessor in the front area, which is not identical but shows a new interpretation of the language “Dynamic Shield” that Mitsubishi has been using for several years. The upper optics are now slimmer and are integrated into the upper grille that appears divided into 3 large horizontal chrome slats, while the main optical assembly is somewhat lower with polygonal shapes and in a vertical position, in stark contrast to the numerous horizontal shapes that make up the front. The new generation of Outlander is more stylized, but its front is so similar to the previous one that more than one might think that we are facing a facelift. Even the nerve that forms the waist line is in the same place.
Curiously, it is in the rear area where we will find more news in this new generation of crossover, as the model changes completely by adopting more straight and solid shapes, as well as new horizontal pilots. These new forms are called “Hexaguard Horizon” by the Japanese company.
Inside, however, we find a very different Mitsubishi Outlander, which debuts a very stylish and modern dashboard that significantly increases the perceived quality sensation. It features an 8-inch floating-type center screen that rises above a sloping dash in very clean and minimalist ways. This is joined to the central tunnel by a large, highly inclined console that receives various controls, such as the electronic parking brake or the automatic transmission selector. Higher versions will be able to equip a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument panel and a 10.8-inch head-up display.
Technique and equipment
On a technical level we are going to find a very different and rabidly current model, because despite the fact that the new Mitsubishi Outlander is quite continuous in the aesthetic section, the truth is that under the sheet it is a completely new model, which even uses a new platform, the CMF architecture inherited from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Although the Japanese company has been quite sparing in details, the most notable of the technical novelties of this new generation is the premiere of a totally new 2.5-liter engine of which they have only confirmed that it will improve the power of the previous one by 8.9% and its efficiency by 2.6%. This will be associated with a new CVT-type automatic transmission and will have a new hydraulic clutch actuated by an electric motor to control the distribution of torque between both axles in the all-wheel drive versions.
The two rear seats.
In addition to the new interior screens and the updated infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the new Outlander 2022 is going to debut a new driver assistance system for the first time. The company has not given too many details about its performance, but states in its statement that “the MI-PILOT system integrates adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane keep assist (LKA) and supports the driver in maintaining distance. between the vehicles and keep the vehicle in the center of the lane. ‘
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