Home' Sunraysia Daily : motors27052017 Contents DEREK OGDEN
THEY say a characteristic of a generation Y
person is that he or she wants everything;
and they want it now. Sounds like perfect
candidates for the upgraded Mitsubishi
Outlander sports utility vehicle.
While already well specified, the MY17
medium-size SUV has shifted up a notch or
two, adding a new mid-range LS Safety Pack
model with forward collision mitigation, lane
departure warning, adaptive cruise control and
automatic high beam feature.
Top model Exceed also adopts these features
as standard, as well as advanced safety systems
such as 360 degree multi-around monitor, blind
spot warning, rear cross traffic alert and lane
The line-up now consists of Outlander LS,
LS with Safety Pack and Exceed, powered
by 2.0-litre or 2.4-litre petrol, or 2.2-litre
turbo-diesel engines, mated with a choice of
five-speed manual, six-speed automatic, or
constantly variable transmission and two-wheel
drive or all-wheel drive.
Five or seven seats are available, depending
Prices start at $28,750, plus on-road costs, for
the LS 2.0-litre petrol 2WD five-speed manual
five-seater and top out a further 20 grand later
for the Exceed 2.2-litre diesel AWD six-speed
automatic seven-seater. The latter was the test
The Outlander eschews the latest fashion
to follow coupe cues, especially in small
SUVs, leaning more to the bold squared-off
proportions of the big 4WD wagons. It does not
suffer by doing this.
However, the look-at-me ornamentation
up front is a little over the top with slashes of
chrome dominating the grille and surrounds.
It’s as if the Outlander is trying to force itself on
other road users.
The overall appearance is rescued somewhat
by distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels and LED
daytime running lights reflecting Outlander’s
Carrying on from the exterior, recent design
refinement has added to the decor with LED
lighting in the front foot wells and centre
console box, and handy 12V socket in the rear
Premium finish in the Exceed extends to
leather seats and a leather trimmed steering
wheel, together with a piano black instrument
panel, while dual zone climate control caters
for driver and front seat passenger separately.
The latest smartphone connectivity
technology via Mitsubishi’s Smartphone Link
Display Audio and digital radio is designed to
enhance occupants’ listening quality and ease
The Mitsubishi Multi Communication System
allows easy use of the 7.0-inch touch screen
on the centre dashboard to control audio,
navigation and other information systems.
ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS:
The 2.2-litre direct injection diesel engine
delivers 110kW of power and 360 Nm of torque
of 360 Nm, the latter at a low 1500 rpm, with
the latest in diesel technology. With a six-speed
automatic transmission chipping in for greater
SAFETY: Occupants are protected by
Outlander’s seven airbags including driver and
passenger, side and curtain airbags and driver
knee airbag. Designed to stabilise the lower
body and knees during frontal collisions, the
driver knee airbag provides an extra level of
Active safety includes the latest in electronic
stability, traction and braking control, plus
adaptive cruise control and hill start assist.
It all adds up to a top five-star ANCAP safety
I’m sorry to say the Mitsubishi Smart
Key turned out to be only ‘half smart’, with
intermittent operation when in my pocket.
Locking and unlocking doors, opening the
tailgate and starting the engine at the touch of
a button was sporadic. Frustrating, to say the
Seating is no big step up, with the third row
made accessible by the middle 60:40 seats
sliding forward. Rear seat comfort is in reverse
proportion to the height of the occupants.
Short trips are the go here.
With rear seat backs folded there is plenty of
room for luggage, golf clubs, even bikes, while
a power tailgate and compartment in the cargo
area floor are an added convenience.
With an undeniable diesel engine note
outside the vehicle, what could have been
intrusive noise was efficiently insulated from
the test vehicle cabin interior, providing a
reasonably quiet ambience for driver and
The latest in diesel technology ensures
fuel efficiency with little loss of performance,
although the test vehicle did record high
consumption of up to 13-plus litres per
100 kilometres in city and suburbs; on the
motorway, as low as 5.4.
Outlander’s performance has been further
refined with suspension changes designed
to enhance ride comfort and stability. Body
control has been improved, especially with
Attention has also been paid to steering,
improving linearity, while rear shocks have
been upgraded to boost vehicle stability and
Electronic Control 4-Wheel Drive, activated
by a button on the centre console, gives access
to three driving modes, balancing performance
and fuel economy over a range of conditions.
They are: 4WD Eco, the most fuel-efficient; 4WD
Auto, so-called Normal; and 4WD Lock for hard
going off road.
The Outlander is well kitted out to carry
five or seven, with cargo capacity in reverse
proportion to the number on board the
proverbial dilemma. The ability to adjust to
a wide range of driving conditions through
electronic control 4WD sets it apart from many
For more information, contact Hutchinson
Motors LMCT 6390, corner 9th Street and
Deakin Avenue, phone 5021 6300 or visit
Sunraysia Daily Saturday, May 27, 2017
Outlander in push for high ground
With the ability to carry five or seven people
and a wide choice of powertrains, the upgraded
Outlander has something for everybody.
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