Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand announces the arrival of the new Outlander featuring a distinctive and aggressive styling make-over which includes the company's trademark "jet fighter" grille, and a host of new comfort, convenience and safety appointments. Improvements to the Outlander's engineering include the addition of Hill Start Assist on all models and Super All Wheel Control to V6 models.
"Outlander has performed superbly," said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. "With the option of five or seven seats it integrates well into large families and commercial users like the space, engine options and, of course, the price.
"Over the past four years, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been the best-selling medium SUV in New Zealand. After such impressive service, it was time for a freshen-up and the new exterior styling and interior appointments have achieved exactly that," said Mr Wilkins.
"With its city-friendly size and style, its rugged off-road capabilities and all the technology we could squeeze into it, this new Outlander will take you where you want to go in comfort, style, and safety," said Wilkins.
The big story for the 2010 Outlander is the "next generation" styling, inspired by the outstanding Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype displayed at the 2009 New York International Auto Show. The front grille design is taken from the Lancer Evolution's "jet fighter" look and is complemented by contemporary design elements, such as a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and bonnet. Reshaped headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills complete the slick sports styling.
Complementing the exterior changes, the Outlander interior design has been freshened with the addition of new seat, door and dash trims, leather look to premium models, double stitching, chrome accents and a brilliant new instrument cluster. Additional Lancer-Evolution-inspired design cues for the VRX include aluminium racing style pedals and a sport-type steering wheel.
Technological upgrades for the new Outlander include the addition of Mitsubishi's acclaimed Super-All Wheel Control system (S-AWC) to V6 models, improvements to power delivery and fuel economy, the addition of Hill Start Assist (HSA) for all CVT and automatic models and USB inputs for audio connectivity.
Merging Mitsubishi's experience in off-road and rally racing with production car development, the V6 Outlander features the revolutionary Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. Beyond simple four-wheel drive, S-AWC is a comprehensive system that improves handling, traction and stability. Using a first-in-class active front limited-slip differential and an electronically controlled four-wheel drive coupling, S-AWC can prevent wheel slip between front to rear and side-to-side, providing greater traction through all types of terrain and inclement weather, including ice, snow and rain.
The new Outlander retains two tried and trusted engine choices. First, the 2.4-litre DOHC 16 valve MPI MIVEC engine provides peppy, yet frugal motoring for drivers with a keen eye for economy and generates 127 kW of power @ 6,000 rpm and 230 Nm of torque @ 4,100 rpm. The 2.4-litre engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with Sports Mode sequential style shift changes and INVECS Smart Logic.
Drivers with a need for speed will choose the powerful V6 3.0-litre SOHC 24 valve MPI MIVEC engine which now generates 172 kW of power @ 6,250 rpm and 296 Nm of torque @ 3,750 rpm (with 95+ RON fuel). The V6 benefits from improvements to the all-aluminium engine, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimised camshaft timing and compression ratio. These changes raise the maximum output by a modest 7 kW, but, importantly, also contribute to an improved torque curve for more responsive city driving and improved fuel economy and emissions.
"We've worked hard to raise the premium appeal of Outlander with our VRX offerings and the 3.0L model, in particular, provides a level of appointment, technology and power to match," said Mr Wilkins. "We believe that this new range will raise the bar in the small and medium SUV segment. We have excellent coverage from top to bottom and the product's success to date indicates consumers love Outlander and this model will continue to be a New Zealand favourite.
All Outlanders are available in a variety of paint colours including the new shades of Iron B ark and Atlantic Blue, as well as Rose Red, Cool Silver, Amethyst Black, Effect Grey and Cardrona White.
Mitsubishi also provides its industry leading warranty on all Outlander vehicles, including a comprehensive 5 year/130,000 km new vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000 km power train warranty and a 5 year/130,000 km roadside assistance package.
Launching the new Outlander, Peter Wilkins said he couldn't imagine a vehicle that was better placed to meet the demands of today's lifestyle oriented go-getters.
"With life moving so fast these days, our customers need a car that can keep up with them and meet all their needs. This new Mitsubishi Outlander gives them everything they need, and even a few extras they might not expect. This truly is a value-packed vehicle that will not disappoint," said Mr Wilkins.
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