Mitsubishi has unveiled its 2014 Outlander ahead of its press conference at the 2012 LA Auto Show. We’re rather familiar with the base 2.4-liter, four-cylinder MIVEC and the GT-spec 3.0-liter V-6. The four-pot is mated to a CVT, while the V-6 will be joined by a six-speed automatic (presumably, both powertrains will offer a manual mode). If past Outlanders are any indication, Mitsubishi’s excellent Super All-Wheel Control will also be available.
Mitsubishi has given us a glimpse off of its new-for-2013 Outlander, ahead of its debut at next month’s Geneva Auto Show. The look of the new car is a significant departure from the Evo-schnozzed crossover on sale today. Unfortunately, we’ll need to wait until March 6 to get a more detailed look at the new Outlander. Here’s what we know though.
The Mitsubishi Outlander, when driving it, felt pretty average to me, which isn’t bad considering its low starting price of just under $22,500 (1K more for all-wheel drive), with our tester starting below $28K. It’s also a vehicle that has sort of grown on me as I ponder it after our week-long loan. First of all, it provides a good amount of space, and can haul a lot of people or cargo comfortably. Its grip is pretty remarkable, and the dial in our tester that lets you select between “Tarmac,” “Snow,” and “Lock” makes choosing the right mode a simple choice, and proves the Outlander capable. I also enjoy the big magnesium paddle shifters mounted on the steering column. They’re fun to use, and are really easy to grab regardless of where you’re pointing the steering wheel.
In the world of cute utes, the Mitsubishi Outlander flounders in relative obscurity. Overshadowed by the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Ford Escape, the Outlander trundles on as the oddball choice, which is a shame because Mitsubishi’s small SUV is actually a pretty decent alternative.
We just took delivery of the new Evo-inspired Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Our Outlander came fully loaded with heated leather seats, a satellite navigation system, Rockford Fosgate stereo, a 230-horsepower 3.0-liter V-6, a six-speed automatic, and Mitsubishi’s Evo-derived Super-All Wheel Control system.