2008 Mitsubishi Outlander | new car review

Posted on Jun 25, 2009 by

The versatile Outlander gives Mitsubishi a strong presence in the entry-level SUV category. A proper crossover vehicle, the Outlander utilises the compact  Lancer platform to combine utility, stylish sheet metal and nimble, car-like manners in an attractive, affordable, go-anywhere alternative to the  five-passenger sedan.

Style-wise, the Outlander marks the beginning of a new design language for Mitsubishi. There’s less metal, more openness, giving the overall presence a lighter look and feel. It’s less angular, more round, smoother and softer but with a touch more character.

The current model has received a total redesign for 2008 enabling Mitsubishi to aim the SUV further upscale. As part of the package  the Outlander increased in size, a host of new features were added and a complete makeover inside and out was given. Notably, the Outlander gained 4  inches of length, which made third-row seating possible while adding 13 cubic feet of cargo space. Mitsubishi’s small SUV is available in two trims: GLX and GLS.

Inside, it offers the flexibility of folding rear seats and a choice of premium cloth or leather seating surfaces, depending upon selected trim level. The sporty  gauge panel with metallic accents, simplified layout and easily accessible audio and climate controls help cast the Outlander as a sensible, user-friendly crossover/SUV.

The Outlander is available in all-wheel-drive configuration, with a powerful 2.4-litre MIVEC four-cylinder engine developing a crisp 185 horsepower. This  smooth-revving, four-cylinder engine is mated to Mitsubishi’s 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports Mode, which provides manually actuated,  clutchless shifting. A second engine on offer is the 3.0-litre V6 that also finds its place in the base Pajero. It makes 235hp and 288Nm of torque with power
sent to the wheels via a 6-speed automatic.

Buyers seeking value, style and fun-to-drive characteristics in a package that doesn’t sacrifice daily usability will find the Mitsubishi Outlander a solid  contender.

 

Technical Specifications
Engine2.4-litre 4-Cyl3.0-litre V6
Power185 Bhp235 Bhp
Torque240 Nm288 Nm
TransmissionAutomaticAutomatic
Price Range

Starts from UAE Dirhams 77,000- upto 90,000*

* Prices are indicative and may vary at the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check with your local dealer for current prices and  offers.

Competition

Hyundai Santa Fe
Nissan X-Trail
Toyota RAV-4

 

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