2016 Mitsubishi Outlander receives its new design

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 14, 2015

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger crossover made its official unveiling recently at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. uses new design language on the 2016 Outlander – the first Mitsubishi production vehicle to do so. The changes on the 2016 Outlander go beyond aesthetics.

Overall driving experience is enhanced with a staggering amount of major engineering and design improvements. The 2016 Outlander is expected to appeal to buyers who are looking for quality, value, and safety.

"Dynamic Shield" -- Mitsubishi's new front design concept – is seen on the 2016 Outlander. For generations, the Montero has had bumper side protection – a feature that protects the car and the people. This will be making its way to the Outlander.

The chassis of the 2016 Outlander gets multiple design and engineering improvements such as a more rigid body and suspension structure, a new design for its suspension and Electric Power Steering, more sound insulation, noise-isolating windshield and rear door glass, a new set of dynamic front suspension and rear differential dampers, and better weather stripping and engine compartment trim for all its models.

Furthermore, the new generation continuously-variable transmission provides better acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery for all of its CVT-equipped models.

When it comes to the exterior, the 2016 Outlander features a redesigned front fascia, halogen headlights, LED position lights, front fenders, lower door sections, a set of 18-in. alloy wheels, rear fascia and LED taillights on all models.

It also features power-folding side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and LED headlights on the GT model. The interior has been reconfigured and now comes with a redesigned steering wheel, accent trim, headliner, seating surfaces, rear folding seat, display audio system (all models), and auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink (GT model).

Its safety systems include Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that are now offered for the SEL and GT Models. Mitsubishi Motors is on an impressive sales momentum. It ended 2014 with a 24.8% increase in sales compared to that of 2013, which gives it one of the top sales growths in the U.S.

In the first quarter of 2015, it has recorded a sales growth year-over-year. MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen said that the 2016 Outlander offers a “more compelling value” and is an “entirely new vehicle” in terms of its looks and its feel due to its new designs and its numerous engineering upgrades.

Press Release

Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) unveiled the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander seven-passenger crossover at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The 2016 Outlander is the first Mitsubishi production vehicle to showcase the brand's new design language. The 2016 Outlander is not just a cosmetic "refreshing," however, and features an unprecedented number of important engineering and design improvements that increase the level of refinement and overall driving experience. The 2016 Outlander is a segment-leading vehicle that will appeal to buyers wanting value, quality and safety.

"The 2016 Outlander has an eye-catching new design aesthetic inside and out, and with its long list of engineering upgrades, the new Outlander literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle, making it an even more compelling value than before," said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. "Mitsubishi's outstanding sales momentum is carrying into the new-year and with the arrival of the 2016 Outlander crossover we are well positioned to sustain our growth."

The 2016 Outlander features Mitsubishi's new front design concept, "Dynamic Shield." This feature is inherited from the bumper side protection seen on generations of the Montero, providing unique protection for both the people and car.

Numerous design and engineering improvements have been made to the chassis of the 2016 Outlander, including increased body and suspension structural rigidity, redesigned suspension and Electric Power Steering, noise-isolating windshield and rear door glass, more sound insulation throughout the vehicle, new dynamic front suspension and rear differential dampers, improved weather stripping and engine compartment trim (all models). Additionally, the new generation continuously-variable transmission offers improved acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery (all CVT-equipped models).

The exterior design features of the 2016 Outlander include a redesigned front fascia, front fenders, halogen headlights, LED position lights, lower door sections, 18-in. alloy wheels, rear fascia and LED taillights (all models); and power-folding side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and LED headlights (GT model). The reconfigured interior includes a redesigned steering wheel, seating surfaces, accent trim, rear folding seat, headliner, display audio system (all models) and auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink® (GT model).

Mitsubishi's advanced safety systems including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) are now available for the SEL and GT Models.

Redesigned and Reengineered Crossover

Much more than a traditional mid-cycle design "refreshing" that consists of minor aesthetic updates, the new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has been redesigned and reengineered to stand out in the competitive small crossover segment with its powerful and dynamic appearance and refined driving experience. Combined with Mitsubishi's reliability and safety standards, the 2016 Outlander is an unmatched value.

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander features a bold new exterior design, an eloquent yet functional interior space, and over 100 engineering and design improvements to the platform for better structural rigidity, ride quality and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

Appealing New-Look Exterior

The 2016 Outlander features Mitsubishi's new front design concept, "Dynamic Shield." This feature is inherited from the bumper side protection seen on generations of the Montero, providing unique protection for both the people and car.

The exterior design incorporates a modern and aggressive-looking redesigned front fascia, along with new redesigned front fenders, halogen headlights, LED position lights, lower door sections, 18-in. alloy wheels, rear fascia and LED taillights (all models). For the top-of-the-line Outlander GT model, new exterior features include power-folding side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer and LED headlights.

Fresh New Interior

The 2016 receives a fresh design update to the interior incorporating soft touch features that also includes a redesigned steering wheel, a new Mitsubishi Multi Communication System(MMCS) navigation and display audio system and accent trim for the doors and dashboard, along with improved seating surfaces and headliner (all models) and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink® (GT model). Additional improvements include a newly redesigned folding rear seat for easier operation.

Improved, More Refined Platform and Drivetrain

The 2016 Outlander boasts improved handling and greatly reduced noise, vibration and harshness, along with increased body and suspension structural rigidity, for a quieter and superbly composed ride. Design improvements include redesigned suspension and Electric Power Steering, thicker rear door glass, more sound insulation throughout the vehicle, dynamic dampers on front and rear suspension and rear differential, improved weather stripping and engine compartment trim (all models). Another new feature is a new generation continuously-variable transmission for improved acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery (all CVT-equipped models).

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander comes equipped with the following standard features:

Interior
Automatic climate control
ECO mode switch
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
6 speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system
FUSE Hands-Free Link System® w/USB port
Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Power door locks and side view mirrors
Power windows with driver's one-touch up/down
Full-color LCD Multi-Information Display
60/40 split folding rear seat with independent slide and reclining adjusters
50/50 third-row fold-flat seating
Underfloor rear cargo storage
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Soft-touch instrument panel trim
Remote keyless entry with panic feature
Steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls
Gloss-black shifter panel with silver accent
Two 12-volt power outlets
Exterior
Auto-off halogen headlights
LED position lights
18-in. alloy wheels
LED rear taillights
Wheel arch moldings
Color-keyed front & rear bumpers with chrome accent
Color-keyed exterior door handles
Roof carrier plug-in accommodation
Heated outside mirrors
Windshield wiper de-icer (GT model)
Safety
Advanced seven (7) SRS air bag system including driver's knee air bag, front air bags, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and 1st and 2nd-row occupants curtain side air bags
Hill Start Assist (HSA)
Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
Anti-theft security alarm system
Mitsubishi Motors' Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell body construction
Warranty
Fully transferable 5-year/60,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty
10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty
7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty
5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance
Comprehensive Safety/Warranty for Advanced Safety Technologies

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with advanced safety technologies including Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The 2014 and 2015 Outlander are rated a "Top Safety Pick+" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) due to the optional Forward Collision Mitigation.

Every 2016 Outlander also includes seven (7) Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bag with front air bags with passenger weight and driver's seat position sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, and curtain side air bags with roll-over sensors; anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Hill Start Assist (HSA); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL) and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

An additional layer of occupant protection is afforded by Mitsubishi Motors' advanced Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction system that absorbs energy to help provide protection to the vehicle's occupants. RISE safety structure technology is engineered into every vehicle in Mitsubishi Motors' product lineup.

 

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