Mitsubishi is intent on lowering emissions for the third-generation Outlander medium SUV, the production version of which will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The new model features a new design style for the company after it dismissed the aggressive "jet-fighter" grille, which was first viewed on the Evo sports sedan and utilized on the current Outlander.
The new appearance was seen by the PX-MiEV II last year at the Tokyo auto show. It signifies an aspiration to reduce emissions, the company said. General Design Manager Hiroaki Ohtsuka commented at the Tokyo show that up until now, Mitsubishi has focused on the drivability and SUV development. He disclosed that their new initiative switches the focus to the more environmental factors.
In Europe, the new Outlander will be launched for sale in late summer with a selection of a 2-liter petrol or a 2.2-liter diesel. The emissions decreased to as low as 130g/km with the selection of a two-wheel-drive variant and the utilization of stop-start technology.
A plug-in hybrid Outlander will follow in 2013 with a CO2 emissions figure goal of 50g/km, the company disclosed. Innovative options for all models include active cruise control with automatic braking and collision warning.
Another feature to be offered is an electric tailgate, which will come with a third row of seats in the boot. The new Outlander will not be manufactured in the NedCar facility in the Netherlands.
The plant has been reportedly put up for sale after Mitsubishi publicized that it would end all operations there. Although the company has stated that it will manufacture the plug-in hybrid in Japan, the location has yet to be disclosed.
The next generation Mitsubishi Outlander is 4,655-millimeter long and is similar in size to the current model. It follows a very clear design brief, which, in true Mitsubishi fashion, states that it is an "engineer's car" featuring a "solid, safe, and simple" shape and blends clean surfaces with a substantial look, as earlier shown by the Concept PX-MiEV and the Concept PX-MiEV II show models.
With its raised beltline, high flanks, strong shouldering, soft-contoured fenders, or uncluttered surfaces, the all-new Outlander gives you utmost comfort and a sense of safety and quiet protection. This quality car and vehicle of substance is designed for long-haul travel with its innovative power-train, and without any cheap styling thrills.
Mitsubishi Outlander's exterior design is understated yet assertive, further enhanced by its slim front aerodynamic grille. This front grille, found in between the feline-looking sculptured wrap-around headlamps, features hockey-shaped chromed strips that seem to be directly milled from solid brass to seemingly shield the brand’s three-diamond logo.
The car’s interior sports a look of similar quality, with high-grade premium materials gracing its dashboard, which is designed for improved driver concentration. It also boasts an ergonomic steering wheel, and easy-to-read and high-resolution instrument displays, as well as padded surfaces, its soft-touch finish, gloss black appliqués, and its silver or wood accents.
In keeping with the Outlander's forte, the next generation model will continue to comfortably and safely accommodate five to seven people, supported by its powerful electronic architecture.