Great looks, new features: All-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander makes global debut!

Sanjay · Feb 17, 2021 08:33 AM

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It's here - the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has just made its global debut through an online event streamed through Amazon Live a few moments ago. 

A much more handsome SUV

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'I-Fu-Do-Do', meaning authentic and majestic in Japanese, was a term much bandied around by the designers during the livestream.

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Essentially, the design signature for this fourth-gen Outlander - termed as 'Bold Stride' - introduces a more confident and sharper design than the outgoing generation.

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Up front, the 'Dynamic Shield' front fascia looks like a more rounded-off Mitsubishi Xpander. The cues are there - huge LED headlights in the middle of the bumper, and squinty daytime running lights (DRLs) flanking the X-motif grille. 

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With a swoopy profile capped by a sharp rear-end, the new Outlander cuts a sleeker figure than the outgoing generation for sure. 

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18-inch wheels are standard, but the car in this pictures wear the optional 20-inch units.

Creature comforts inside

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The interior has got the shake-up it deserves too, with a simple, clean design. 

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The biggest news here is the available 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster, which is a first for any Mitsubishi model. There's also a 10.8-inch head-up display (HUD) too, depending on variant.

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Gone also is the old dashboard-integrated touchscreen infotainment system, replaced by a new, floating-type 9-inch unit with Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity.

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Depending on variant, the 7-seater gets semi-aniline, quilted leather first- and second-row seats (standard leather seats for the third row), as well as a massive sunroof. It's all very upmarket, this.

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Speaking of upmarket, the Outlander gets double-glazed front windows and windshield for better sound insulation.

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Clockwise from top left: USB ports, fold-flat third-row seats, rear air-cond vents, and interior detailing.

Other creature comforts include USB-A and USB-C charging ports, a wireless charger by the centre console, rear air-cond vents, and a powered tailgate with kick-sensor.

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All-white interior is a questionable choice if you like off-roading...

Beyond that, the new Outlander also comes with Mitsubishi Connect smart car system (remote start function, among others), and a 10-speaker Bose sound system.

Under the skin

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As a result of Mitsubishi's close alliance with Renault and Nissan, the latest Outlander sits on the CMF-CD platform which also underpins the equally-new T33-generation 2021 Nissan X-Trail, also known as the Nissan Rogue in the North American market.

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The Outlander is powered by a 2.5-litre, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine capable of making 183 PS and 245 Nm, which is also shared with the X-Trail. 

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Power is sent to all-four wheels (Super All-Wheel Control in Mitsubishi's parlance) via a CVT with 8 virtual ratios.

Safety features

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Standard on the Outlander are 11 airbags. Higher-end variants also get Mitsubishi's Mi-Pilot advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) functions such as:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go (ACC)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • 360-degree camera

Hitting Malaysian streets when?

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The all-new Outlander is manufactured at Mitsubishi's Okazaki plant.

The all-new Outlander will go up for sale in North America first in April 2021, with the global market to follow thereafter.

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That, compounded by the lead time required to prep this model for local assembly (CKD), expect the all-new Outlander to only make it to Malaysia sometime in 2023 or so.

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Malaysians will have to rely on the third-gen Outlander for a while more

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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