Ready to mount an even more significant challenge to the mid-size crossover set, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander showed its new and more sophisticated self in Geneva. Developed as an "engineer's car" with a "Solid - Safe - Simple stying brief, the new Outlander bears a strong resemblance to Mitsu's Concept PX-MiEV II plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that was shown last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. A conventional version of the Outlander will go on sale this summer in Russia, with subsequent rollouts to follow in European, Japanese, Oceanic, Chinese and North American markets. However, the Mitsubishi also confirmed that at some point in fiscal 2012, it also will introduce a Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) version.
A significant advance beyond the vehicle it replaces, the next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander will offer a far more sophisticated user experience as well a introduce a host of new safety technologies to go along with even greater fuel efficiency. The cabin feature a richer look with more soft-touch surfaces, high-resolution displays and instrumentation and multifunction steering wheel controls. Easily configurable seating for five or seven and an available power rear liftgate add even more functionality to this versatile hauler. The new Outlander also will offer a Forward Collision Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control System and Lane Departure Warning as well as Super HiD "Wide-Vision" headlamps.
While powertrain specifics for the U.S. 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander still have not been confirmed, European versions will offer the choice of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with the latest iteration of Mitsu's MIVEC valvetrain technology or a super-clean 2.2-liter turbodiesel. Depending on its market, the new Outlander also will feature mileage-enhancing "Auto Stop&Go" technology and a new six-speed automatic transmission as well as a new "eco-friendly driving system" that indicates when the vehicle is being operated in the most efficient manner.