Mitsubishi pulled the wraps off the updated Outlander in this year’s New York Auto Show. For 2016, the Outlander adapts Mitsubishi’s new corporate face called the Dynamic Shield. To blend in with the new grille, Mitsubishi has also reshaped its headlights and added daytime running lights for a fresher look.
Mitsubishi has also continued the minor exterior tweaks by restyling the fenders and rear bumpers. Silver trim is also added to the base of the door to reduce the visual bulk of the new SUV. The rear tail lights now comes with LED’s as well. The new 18 inch wheels complete the Outlander’s refreshed exterior.
The updates continue inside with a new steering wheel, accent trims, a redesigned rear folding seat and an updated infotainment system.
Mitsubishi is adamant that the updated Outlander is not just a cosmetic tweak. The new Outlander gets a redesigned suspension and Electric Power Steering. Acoustic glass is installed in the front and rear windshield to reduce cabin intrusion along with more sound insulation. The CVT transmission was also updated to give better performance and acceleration. All in all, Mitsubishi states that they have over 100 engineering and design improvements done to the Outlander.
For US-spec Outlanders, there will be two engine choices: A 2.4 inline-4 and a 3.0 V6. The 2.4L puts out 168 PS and 219 Nm of torque and is paired with the updated CVT. The V6 develops 227 PS and 291 Nm of torque. The V6 models come with a six speed automatic transmission.
Not leaving safety behind, The Outlander will be available with Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Sales will commence by the second quarter of 2015.