Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Although the Mitsubishi Outlander was revised for the 2014 model year, the Japanese automaker is giving its midsize three-row crossover a major update for the 2016 model year. In addition to introducing the new corporate face, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will get a refined interior with updated infotainment and safety tech, and an improved chassis and drivetrain.
The crossover gets a more aggressive front fascia with Mitsubishi's new "Dynamic Shield" design language, inherited from the beloved Montero SUV with its lower side cladding. The standard halogen headlights have been redesigned and feature LED park lights, and round foglights set at the lower edge of the front bumper frame a large center. Other exterior changes include redesigned front fenders, lower door sections, new LED taillights, and a new rear fascia. New wheel arch moldings house restyled 18-inch alloy wheels. Top-spec Outlander GT models feature power-folding side mirrors, windshield de-icer, and LED headlights.
The Outlander gets more soft-touch materials inside, including a redesigned steering wheel, new accent trim on the doors and dashboard, and upgraded seating and headliner material. The folding rear seat has been revamped for easier operation. New interior tech includes the latest Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS) navigation audio system, and the GT model gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink.
The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander comes with lots of standard equipment, including automatic climate control; an ECO mode; a tilting and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls; a leather-wrapped shift knob; a six-speaker, 140-watt audio system with Fuse Hands-Free Link System with a USB port; power windows, door locks, and mirrors; and 60/40 split second-row seats and 50/50 split third-row seats.
Standard safety features include seven airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, hill start assist, active stability control with Traction Control Logic (TCL), and a tire-pressure monitoring system. SEL and GT trims are available with advanced safety tech, including forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.
Mitsubishi says it improved the body's structural rigidity and revised the suspension. The electric power steering has also been retuned. NVH has been reduced with a noise-isolating windshield and thicker rear-hatch glass, more sound-deadening material, improved weather stripping, and engine compartment trim. New dynamic dampers on the front and rear suspensions and rear differential also reduce NVH. Although no powertrain details were revealed, Mitsubishis says a new CVT gives the 2016 Outlander improved acceleration, performance, shift feel, and torque delivery. We expect the current model's powertrain options to carry over. The base engine in the current model is a 2.4-liter I-4 with 166 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque mated to a CVT and available in front- or all-wheel drive. The top-spec GT model features a 224-hp, 215-lb-ft, 3.0-liter V-6 mated to six-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive.