The New Outlander | Part Two

In terms of driving dynamics, Outlander borrows much from the legendary Evolution VIII – it sits on a modified Evo VIII platform and utilises the car’s rally-derived permanent all-wheel-drive system. Developed from the Lancer Evolution system, Outlander’s mechanical permanent four-wheel-drive system features a centre differential with a viscous coupling unit that under normal conditions splits torque equally between the front and rear axles.

From urban commuting to long motorway journeys to twisty back roads, the Outlander aims to match its versatility with an involving driving experience in all conditions. Outlander rides on a MacPherson front strut and independent multi-link rear suspension set-up. It’s similar in principle to the layout used in the Evolution VIII, but modified and tuned for more compliancy and motorway friendliness - when tuning the suspensions, Mitsubishi’s engineers were aware that Outlander would be driven primarily on road.

All Outlander models come laden with equipment with the entry-level Equippe boasting ABS and EBD, driver and passenger front and side airbags, climate control, four speaker single slot stereo radio/CD sound system, central locking, alarm and keyless entry, electric front and rear windows with anti trap function, split folding rear seat, electrically adjustable heated wing mirrors, colour-coded rear spoiler with high mount stop lamp, 16inch five-spoke alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearlever and integrated roof rail. The Sport model then gains electric sunroof and fixed rear skylight with blinds, six speaker single slot CD sound system, colour-coded electrically adjustable wing mirrors, black wood-effect dash panel and integrated front fog lights. The range-topping Sport SE gets all of the above plus leather front and rear seats.

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a hugely significant car for Mitsubishi Motors "As the first of fourteen new models over the next five years, it emphatically marks the start of a new era in our history." Stefan Jacoby, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Europe

Additional Outlander Facts

  • First new model to be launched across Europe since 2000, for a revitalised Mitsubishi Motors Europe
  • Launched in Europe May 2003. YTD October sales 7,287 with a full year target of 8,000. Current revised forecast of 10,000
  • Outlander was born out of the striking Active Sport Crossover ASX concept car, which made its world debut at the Detroit Motor Show in 2000
  • High levels of active safety equipment across all models include front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and intelligent full-time four-wheel drive.
  • Passive safety features include stiffened chassis with 13-point RISE impact absorbing design features, high-tensile steel side impacts bars, a collapsible steering column, high driving position and four ISOFIX-seat fixtures.
Published 13 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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