With unparalleled crossover styling, the government's highest 5-star crash test safety rating, seating for up to 7 passengers and the choice of front-wheel drive or full-time All-Wheel Control (AWC), the Mitsubishi Outlander (starting MSRP $22,345) has been a winner for both North American consumers and the Japanese auto manufacturer.
For the 2012 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander receives several key upgrades and environmentally-friendly features.
An 'ECO' indicator light has been added that illuminates on the driver's instrument panel to signal when the vehicle is being driven in a manner that provides optimum fuel efficiency,
Vehicles equipped wîth the Premium package (SE model) and the Touring package (GT model) provide the driver wîth a new level of safety thanks to a rearview camera system that's integrated into the rearview mirror.
Another eco-friendly plus: the 2012 Outlander is now certified as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) in all 50 states.
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 168 hp
Torque: 167 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 230 hp
Torque: 215 ft-lbs
CVT, 6-speed Automatic
The Mitsubishi Outlander benefits from clever engineering including an all-aluminum roof that not only helps to improve the vehicle's fuel efficiency by reducing excess weight but also lowers the vehicle's center of gravity for improved handling and stability; fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seating (SE and GT versions) and a uniquely-designed flap-folding tailgate that provides maximum ease of placement or retrieval of goods from the rear cargo area.
Standard safety and security features on Mitsubishi's luxurious, do-anything crossover include advanced dual-stage front air bags wîth seat position sensors; side-impact curtain air bags (1st and 2nd row occupants); front seat thorax side air bags; active front seat head rests; head impact absorption roof and pillar trim; Active Stability Control (ASC); anti-lock braking system (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Traction Control Logic (TCL); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); anti-theft alarm and engine immobilizer and rear door child safety locks.
Freshening up the exterior of the entry-level Outlander ES for 2012 is a new wheel cover design for its 16-inch wheels.
Standard features abound on the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander ES and include a 6-speaker, 140-watt CD/MP3 player wîth digital signal processing, equalization control and speed-compensated volume setting; air conditioning wîth micron air filtration; auto off headlight control; rear combination LED tail lamps wîth clear lenses; rear heater floor ducts; intermittent rear window wiper/washer and a multi-information meter display.
The mid-grade Outlander SE adds even more luxurious appointments including 3rd row seating; a sensational-sounding audio system wîth 6-disc in-dash CD/MP3 changer and MP3/auxiliary RCA input; upgrade instrument panel and door trim; 18-inch alloy wheels; leather-wrapped §teering wheel wîth silver accents; FAST-key passive entry and engine starting; and numerous other high-end accessories.
Both the Outlander ES and SE models are powered by a 168 horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a slick Sportronic® continuously-variable transmission (CVT) wîth the SE versions (either 2wd or 4wd) receiving §teering wheel-mounted magnesium-alloy paddle shifters as well.
The premier Outlander model, the GT, boasts a large number of high-end amenities including xenon HID headlamps; heated side view mirrors; automatic climate control; plus many more accessories.
The Outlander's already excellent handling capabilities are further improved on the GT model wîth the inclusion of advanced Mitsubishi technologies like Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) wîth three dynamic settings (Tarmac/Snow/Lock), an Active Front Differential (AFD), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). The driver further benefits from the GT's outstanding 230 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine and Sportronic® 6-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)