Third generation RHD Mitsubishi Outlander launched; India launch when?
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Mitsubishi launched the third iteration of the Outlander SUV in Japan.
The SUV has already been launched in Russia and some European countries, and the crucial difference here is that the vehicle is in RHD format. The looks of the SUV has less aggression than the model it replaces.
The angry looking face is toned down and the way the front fenders flow into the bumper is unique. The headlamps, grill and lines on the bonnet add to the looks.
On the side, the shape of the roof line is same as the previous Outlander while the rear quarter glass and the D pillar have different shapes. The shoulder crease is now accentuated and sharp.
The rear of the car looks wider than before and the rear windscreen is now slightly tapered. The interconnected tail lamp cluster is an interesting touch. The revised interiors look better and is finished in matte and glossy black and silver.
The new Outlander comes loaded with safety features like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control, active stability control and seven airbags. The car is packed till the brim with features such as keyless entry and go, start/stop system, hill start assist, dual zone climate control, multimedia system with navigation.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by either a 148 bhp 2.0 litre or a 170 bhp 2.4 litre MIEV petrol engine which are very fuel efficient, thanks to the Outlander’s low drag coefficient of 0.33. Both the engines are mated to a CVT gearbox with six pre-fixed ratios.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander retails in four variants with a price range of 2.4 million Yen (around Rs. 16.21 lakhs to 3.1 million Yen (around Rs. 20.93 lakhs).
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