2009 Mistubishi Outlander | new car review

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 by

The Outlander is Mitsubishi’s play in the segment and is based on the Lancer platform.

Unlike its bigger sibling Pajero which is almost a mountain goat, the Outlander is a proper crossover and is more at home in the city hauling kids to school or the shopping from the super mart. Thanks to the rally inspired Lancer platform, this compact SUV is a good handler and makes up for its lack of off-road capability by its performance on tarmac.

It makes no fuss about taking corners at speed or sprinting down the highways at full throttle unlike traditional SUVs. The Outlander’s design is clean, non fussy yet attractive. The compact grille and slim head lamps give it an almost saloon like fascia while the steeply raked windscreen and swooping roofline make it look rather squat for an SUV.

2009 Mitsubishi Outlanderr

The Outlander is also bigger than the previous generation model and can now accommodate third row seating, though in the Middle East only the two-row version is on sale and that seats five.

The Outlander come with a choice of two power plants; a 2.4-litre four-cylinder 185 bhp engine and a 3.0-litre V6 which produces 235 bhp. The four-cylinder engine is mated to a CVT automatic transmission which is not as fun to drive as the

V6’s six-speed automatic which also has a sports mode. Both models have an all-wheel-drive system which distributes power to the front and rear wheels as needed under various conditions. Full time 4-wheel drive can also be engaged via the 4WD Lock mode which gives the Outlander some off-road muscle but since it does not have a hill descent control, a ride height adjust or low-ratio 4×4 it is not meant for serious mud plugging.

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

This compact SUV is available in two trims: GLX and GLS which come with descent equipment and safety kit. Power steering, power windows, central locking, keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels and power mirrors are goodies which come as standard on the GLX model.

Cruise control, 18-inch alloys, full keyless system, leather steering wheel with audio controls, rear parking sensors, paddle shifters, faux leather seats and a fantastic Rockford Fosgate stereo with six-CD changer and nine speakers with sub-woofer are additional kit on offer in the GLS. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist are part of the Outlander’s standard safety kit. There is no side or curtain airbag however.

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander

Priced from UAE Dirhams 77,000 upto 90,000 the Outlander’s contenders in the Middle East include the Honda CRV the Nissan X-Trail, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Chevrolet Captiva and Toyota RAV-4.

The Outlander is a good value for money package which would appeal to buyers looking at a spacious crossover which is equally at home trotting around in the city or galloping on the highway with some mild off-road adventures thrown in.

Specification

Body typeEngine (litres)Power (bhp)Torque (Nm)Transmission
SUV2.4185240A
3.02352886A

 

Price Range (AED) 77,000-90,000

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