Environment-friendly Next Generation Mitsubishi Outlander
GENEVA - March 7, 2012: Eleven years after it first coined the term "crossover", Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveils today its third embodiment of this popular concept at the Geneva Motor Show with the Next Generation Outlander.
After a total of over 950,000 sales (as of end of December 2011 - incl.
Airtrek/first generation Outlander) for the first two generations since
June 2001, this all-new mid-size crossover is meant to better comply with
the times - a strategic and innovative premium vehicle developed around a
versatile global platform and borne of a harmonious balancing
This unveiling will confirm the start of an all-new generation of global products for Mitsubishi Motors, consistent with the ambitions set in MMC's "Jump 2013" smart business plan for a greener and more global Mitsubishi.
Fittingly, MMC's complete family of cars / crossovers / SUVs will also see a gradual transition to a re-focused design language, as seen with the new Outlander.
While still being formulated, it is envisaged as an open concept, meant to be flexible enough to suit specific vehicle requirements whilst staging Mitsubishi's famous Three Diamond logo accordingly.
This new engineering-driven look can be understood as the new expression of Mitsubishi's near century old tradition of technology tailored for today's world.
Similar in size to the current car, the 4655 mm Next Generation Outlander follows a clear design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an "engineer's car" with a "Solid - Safe - Simple" shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces, as previewed in the Concept PX-MiEV and Concept PX-MiEV II showcars.
Whether its high flanks, raised beltline, uncluttered surfaces, strong shouldering or soft-contoured fenders, the new Outlander offers a very comforting sense of quiet protection and safety to its occupants - a quality car of substance devoid of cheap styling thrills and designed for the long-haul travelling its innovative powertrain will allow.
Understated yet assertive, Outlander's exterior design is further enhanced by a slim front aerodynamic grille whose stylish hockey-shaped chromed strips seem to be milled directly from solid brass as if to shield the Three- Diamond logo, in-between the feline look of the sculptured wraparound headlamps.
This same quality look continues inside the car with high grade premium materials (padded surfaces, soft-touch finish, silver or wood accents , gloss black appliqués…) gracing a dashboard designed for better driver concentration, including ergonomic steering wheel controls as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.
In keeping with Outlander's forte, the Next Generation Outlander still carry 5 or 7 people in comfort and safety. However, supported by a powerful electronic architecture, the new Outlander now comes with a finer blend of:
MMC's "4J11" - a 110 kW (150ps) 2.0 l MIVEC petrol now fitted with an all-new valve train.
MMC's "4N14" - a 110 kW (150ps) 2.2 l Clean Diesel whose many innovative
features (incl. an ultra-low 14.9:1 compression ratio, etc,… ) and
further improvements allow for high performance and low emissions,
This system maintains a safe distance between the car in front even at
very low speeds experienced in heavy traffic congestion.
This system detects obstacles on the road ahead of the car and
automatically applies the brakes to help preventing a collision.
This system warns the driver that her/his vehicle is about to depart
from its lane through a visual warning display and a buzzer.
Approx. 1.4 times more powerful than conventional HID headlights, they provide a 1,350-lumen beam that shines over an extremely wide area of 80°x 2 in total, instead of the 42° x 2 of conventional HiDs.
After this Geneva unveiling, the Next Generation Outlander will be launched first in Russia this summer, prior to European (late summer), Japanese, Oceania, Chinese and North American debuts.
During the course of 2012, MMC will also take advantage of the built-in possibilities of Outlander's versatile platform & powerful electronic architecture to add an EV-based plug-In hybrid powertrain to the ICE Outlander range.
This will be a fully integrated solution, based on MMC's EV technology
and also, making the best use of MMC's extensive 4-Wheel-Drive expertise,
offering a choice of driving modes including:
When fitted to the new Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV system will allow for a range and very low CO2 emissions similar to that of MMC's Concept PX-MiEV II (over 800 km and a target of below 50 g/km).