2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Revealed All Set for Geneva Launch

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2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Revealed: All Set for Geneva Launch

Mike Bourne | 13th February 2012

Mitsubishi has released the first official picture of its newest generation Outlander. The vehicle is expected to be officially launched at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Officials confirmed that the new Outlander will be available for sale in the UK by the end of 2012.

This model will replace the current Outlander.

The 2012 version of the Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to cost around GBP26,000.

The Exterior Looks

Though curves may not be popular on the ramp (unfortunately), they are definitely in at Mitsubishi. The new Outlander appears to be a curvaceous cousin of the model it replaces. The front end has a more rounded appearance with integrated headlights and the grille is elongated to drive home the car’s width.

Officials revealed that the 2012 Outlander is built on Mitsubishi’s new global platform. The overall dimensions of the latest model do not differ much from the current model.

The Interior Features

The new Outlander has a redesigned interior for improved practicality and enhanced quality. The rear seats fold flat, increasing the space availability. Ergonomics has been given due consideration in the design features as is evident by the adjustable height of the steering column and other controls.

The dashboard displays are more user friendly as compared to the current Outlander. While these are standard features, an electronically powered tailgate and dual-zone climate control options are available in the luxury variants.

The new Outlander incorporates sophisticated safety features such as lane departure warning system, forward collision mitigation system and high intensity LED lights that offer wide range of vision

The Heart of the New Outlander

Two engine options will be available at launch – the 2.0litre petrol unit and the 2.2litre diesel unit. Both engines will be mated with a new six speed automatic clutch- gear assembly. The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander will be available in both the front wheel as well as the four wheel drive format.

The company confirmed that the UK models will come equipped with a ‘start-stop’ technology that maximises fuel efficiency. According to the company, the most efficient variant will have emissions of 130g/km of carbon dioxide.

A Plug-in Hybrid Version in 2013

In keeping with its commitment towards the environment, Mitsubishi announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander will make its appearance in 2013. Based on the PX-MiEV II concept that Mitsubishi revealed in Tokyo in 2011, the plug-in hybrid will see collaboration between a 2.0 litre petrol engine and twin 60kW electric motors. Mitsubishi is targeting to achieve sub 50g/km emission levels with the new plug-in.

Most likely, the plug-in version will be available in the four wheel drive format.

In the Market

Interestingly, Citroen and Peugeot sell their own versions of the current Outlander – the Citroen C-Crossover and the Peugeot 4007. At the moment, there is no word whether a similar deal has been made with regard to the new Outlander.

In the Future

The platform on which the next generation Outlander is based is likely to be used by Mitsubishi for its forthcoming Lancer and the performance model Evo.

Alongside the launch of the newest Outlander, the Mitsubishi Mirage is also expected to share the limelight at Geneva.

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