2015 Mitsubishi Outlander: Style, High-Tech Safety and Standard Seating for SevenHaving won numerous important automotive awards and accolades – including being ranked #1 on Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com '5-Year Cost to Own' list for the Mid-Size SÚV/Crossover §egmènt – the stylish 7-passenger Mitsubishi Outlander receives numerous new design and feature improvements for the 2015 model year in just its second year in existence. These new highlights include:
•New standard FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB/iPod® port and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
•New standard leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob
•New upper front grille design, front/rear silver lower bumper trim, wheel arch trim, chrome-accented fog light bezel
•Improved sound insulation for reduced noise, vibration and harshness; improved suspension tuning and CVT calibration (NVH)
•New contrast stitching on fabric seating surfaces
•New leatherette/fabric combination seating surfaces
•New black roof rails (SE models wîth Premium and/or Touring Package)
•New leatherette/fabric combination seating surfaces
•New 18-in. alloy wheel design
•New silver roof rails (GT models wîth Premium and/or Touring Package)
| ||Vital Stats|
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 168 hp
Torque: 167 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.0 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 224 hp
Torque: 215 ft-lbs
CVT, 6-speed Automatic
With its blend of pleasing styling both inside and out, the convenience of seating for seven occupants, high-tech safety features and excellent fuel economy wîth an estimated 31 mpg highway* (Outlander ES and SE FWD models), the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is a highly-functional crossover/SÚV that's offers a tremendous amount of versatility and features at a very attractive price point (starting MSRP of 2015 Outlander ES 2WD is $23,195)**.
Completely redesigned in the 2014 model year, the latest Outlander offers an all-new interior update featuring a more minimalist, contemporary-lòòking aesthetic for the instrument panel, along wîth greatly improved materials including high-grade soft-touch premium surfaces, a high-gloss piano black center console panel and rich wood grain appearance trim (the latter feature a standard item available exclusively for the premium Outlander GT model).
Among the long list of standard amenities included on the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander are FÚSE Hands-Free Link System® wîth ÚSB/iPod® port and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; automatic air conditioning wîth micron air filtration; a rich-sounding 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system; leather-wrapped §teering wheel and shift knob; convenient §teering wheel-mounted audio system and cruise controls; halogen headlights; tilt and telescopic §teering wheel; engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry, among many other welcome items.
Innovative High-Tech Safety Technologies
Introduced just last year as a completely redesigned vehicle that was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 'Top Safety Pick+' *** – the non-profit vehicle crash testing agency's highest accolade – the Mitsubishi Outlander is available wîth the trifecta of avant-garde safety technologies:
•Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM)
A radar-based system that in certain circumstances helps determine if a frontal collision is imminent, it warns the driver wîth audible and visual signals, and automatically applies emergency braking to reduce the severity of the collision.
•Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
A camera-based system that helps to monitor lane position of the Outlander and warns the driver via visual and audio warnings should they begin to veer into the next lane.
•Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
A radar-based sensor in the vehicle's front grille constantly measures distance between the Outlander and the vehicle in front of it, allowing the driver to select three different following distance settings.
Furthermore, every 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is equipped wîth a wide array of comprehensive standard safety features including Hill Start Assist (HSA); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); Active Stability Control (ASC) wîth Traction Control Logic (TCL); anti-lock brakes (ABS) wîth brake assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); a supplemental restraint system (SRS) consisting of seven (7) air bags including driver and passenger side dual-stage air bags, driver's knee air bag, and curtain airbags for the front and second row seating areas; and a receding brake pedal protection design to help reduce injury to the driver's lower legs in the event of a high-speed frontal crash.
Additional protection is offered through Mitsubishi Motors' patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body/chassis safety cell technology that includes energy absorbing sections beneath the front floor section of the passenger compartment, the engine's sub-frame and to sections of the body and chassis.
Choice of Versatile 4- and 6-Cylinder Drivetrains
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by a pair of very capable and fuel-efficient engines: a robust 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a high-tech continuously-variable transmission (CVT) or a workhorse 3.0-liter V-6 that is paired wîth a smooth-operating 6-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Featuring Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-lift for increased fuel efficiency, reduced exhaust emissions and to maximize power production, the 16-valve 2.4-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine delivers 166 bhp at 6,000 RPM wîth 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The bore and stroke within the all-aluminum engine block measure 3.5 in. (88 mm) and 3.8 in. (97 mm), respectively, wîth a compression ratio of 10.5:1.
Working in concert wîth an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT), the 4-cylinder engine-equipped Outlander delivers outstanding fuel mileage at an EPA-rated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway. What's more, the CVT has been recalibrated for the 2015 model year for a more refined operation as well as improved response.
The exclusive drivetrain providing the motive force for the top-of-the-line 2015 Outlander GT model is the excellent 3.0-liter SOHC V-6 and 6-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
This polished V-6 engine provides a full 224 bhp at 6,250 rpm and 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. With its high ignitionability iridium spark plugs, reduced friction internal engine components, low viscosity engine oil and 10.5:1 compression ratio, this powerplant provides outstanding power output wîth excellent fuel efficiency wîth an EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway.
Other fuel-saving technologies include wîth either 4- or 6-cylinder-powered Outlander models are a high-efficiency alternator and electric power §teering (EPS) that help to reduce parasitic drag on the engine.
Thanks to their low exhaust emissions, all 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander 7-passenger crossover/SÚV models (4-or 6-cylinder) are classified as LEV2-ÚLEV ultra low emission vehicles.
Sure-Footed Super All-Wheel Control
Along wîth the more powerful V-6 engine, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander owners benefit from Mitsubishi motors exceptionally capable Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system as part of the Outlander GT's standard equipment package (the S-AWC system is also available on the mid-grade Outlander SE trim level).
The electronically-controlled Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system features the convenience of push-button activation as well as four distinct driving modes – the standard 'NORMAL' mode, enhanced traction in slippery conditions wîth the 'SNOW' setting, maximum traction in 'LOCK' and an 'AWC ECO' mode that maximizes fuel efficiency by operating primarily as a front-wheel drive vehicle that switches in a split-second to all-wheel drive when multiple sensors determine its necessity.
Another benefit of the S-AWC system is its included Brake Control technology. This helps to improve vehicle stability as well as §teering response through the use of a yaw control sensor to more precisely control yaw rate by applying brake pressure on the inner wheel for improved vehicle stability and composure.
Rounding out the S-AWC system is the inclusion of an Active Front Differential (AFD) for precision delivery of power routing and control to the front wheels.
The Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system found on the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the most advance all-wheel drive systems in the today.
Suspension/Chassis: Sanguine Ride Assured
Athletic handling, sublime ride quality and a whisper quiet cabin are assured, thanks to the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander's well-engineered platform.
Mitsubishi Motors' handsome-lòòking crossover/SÚV wîth seating for seven has an aerodynamically sculpted body that is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but possesses a very low coefficient of drag of only 0.33 – an extremely low number for a vehicle of its type. What's more, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel in the Outlander's body makes for a platform wîth exemplary structural rigidity as well as a very lightweight structure (a weight reduction of about 220 pounds over the last-generation Outlander model).
The Outlander's suspension set-up features MacPherson struts up front wîth optimized shock absorber and spring settings configured within a front suspension subframe that not only reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from entering the cabin but also provide a smooth and composed ride while soaking up road imperfections to maximum effect.
At the rear of the vehicle is a multi-link rear suspension wîth finely tuned bushings within its trailing arms that has been optimized to provide a very smooth suspension stroke for improved ride comfort as well as to minimize NVH experienced by the vehicle's occupants.
*Preliminary estimated fuel economy numbers pending final determination by the EPA.
**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details. Destination/handling charges for Mitsubishi Outlander $850; Alaska/Hawaii $975.
***Applies only to SE and GT models equipped wîth optional Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system.