Mitsubishi is all set to unveil the first of its next generation of vehicles at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next month – a still unnamed compact sports utility vehicle. But even before that important unwrapping, Mitsubishi intends to keep matters fresh by unveiling a limited edition of its Outlander Sport SUV at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
The new Outlander Sport Limited Edition builds on the equipment and features found in the ES model, but adds a couple of enhancements both in terms of style and technology. Enhancements implemented on the exterior of the Outlander Sport Limited Edition include HID headlamps and fog lamps, as well as alloy fuel door, black painted door mirrors. Also added on the feature list of the Outlander Sport Limited Edition are 18-inch alloy wheels and a rear view camera as well as a Limited Edition badge. All exterior colors available for the Outlander Sport could be specified for the Limited Edition model.
Inside, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition features a custom designed cabin, as marked by black fabric and red stitching on the steering wheel, aluminum pedals and heated front seats. In addition, the carmaker throws in trim-exclusive shift knob and brake lever exclusive for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition. In addition to these interior elements, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition is also provided with a display audio system with Smartphone Link for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Aside from these enhancements, all other specs of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition are the same as the Outlander Sport ES. This means it is still powered by a 2.0-liter 16-valve inline four-cylinder engine that provides 148 hp of max output available at 6,000 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 4,200 rpm. This engine sends power to the wheels of the Outlander Sport Limited Edition through a five-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission.
All of these are up for grabs just right after the Chicago Auto Show as Mitsubishi plans to commence sales of the Outlander Sport Limited Edition by the end of February 2017 at a price pegged at $21,995. While the modifications made on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition are quite subtle, they still are quite an improvement from the base ES trim. In fact, the Outlander Sport Limited Edition is still cheaper than the all-wheel drive version of the Outlander Sport ES, which has a price of more than $23,000.
According to Mitsubishi, the new Outlander Sport Limited Edition will only be available through the current model year. The Outlander Sport Limited Edition could be enough to fill in the gaps before the next generation of Mitsubishi’s SUV becomes available for the 2018 model year.