Mitsubishi unveiled the fourth generation Outlander a few weeks back. At the time, they went into great detail about its new design and features. However, they didn't show off everything, namely the full specifications.
Now, the Japanese automaker has published those figures. So this begs the question, are the specs good enough? Let's take revisit the Outlander and take a closer look at its specs.
First, the size. The redesigned Outlander measures 4709 mm long, 1862 mm wide, 1748 tall, with a wheelbase of 2705 mm. For comparison, the current model (albeit in PHEV form) is 4,695 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, 1,710 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2670 mm.
These measurements make the Outlander one of the longest vehicles in its segment. Most of its competitors hover around the 4,600 mm range. For instance, the Toyota RAV4 is exactly 4,600 mm, while the Honda CR-V is at 4,623 mm. The Outlander's closest competitor in terms of length is the Subaru Forester, but it's still far behind Mitsubishi's length at 4,625 mm. So far, so good.
According to Mitsubishi, one of the reasons for its size is to make way for third-row seats. It's an option for most variants, at least in the U.S. With seven seats seen as an advantage these days, it could be said that this was a wise move on Mitsubishi's part. It's not alone in its class though since the Honda CR-V and current Nissan X-Trail have them as well. Given its length, there might be a little bit more room in the Mitsubishi.
Now, for the engine. When the all-new Outlander debuted, Mitsubishi didn't publish horsepower and torque figures. We only know that it uses a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, and that's about it. Now, Mitsubishi released the numbers. It's 181 PS and 245 Nm of torque. If the power figure looks familiar, that's because it's the same one used in the Nissan Rogue, also known as the next-generation Nissan X-Trail. Like the Rogue/X-Trail, the engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission.
The only crossover in its class that surpasses it is the Toyota RAV4. It also uses a 2.5-liter engine, but it puts out 203 PS, over 20 more than the Mitsubishi. However, the RAV4 makes a little less torque than the Outlander at 243 Nm. That said, the engine in the Outlander is for the U.S spec model, and a 2.0-liter mill will likely join the range in international markets.
But the question now is this: Will it be offered in the Philippines? Mitsubishi is assigned as the Alliance's leader for the Southeast Asia market, so that boosts its chances somewhat. However, it might be tricky given that the Montero Sport also has three-row seating and has the advantage of size. Still, the specs look promising, and there's always room for another three-row crossover in the Philippines.