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.