Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) is set to reveal the New Generation Outlander at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. This is the company’s third embodiment of the "crossover" concept after it first coined the term 11 years ago. Similar in size to the current vehicle, the New Generation Outlander follows a unambiguous design brief where in true Mitsubishi fashion, key directions were for an "engineer's car" with a "Solid – Safe – Simple" shape, merging significant appeal with clean surfaces.
This same organized quality look continues in the vehicle's interior with high grade materials such as soft-touch finish, padded surfaces, gloss black appliqués and silver accents, which all grace a dashboard designed for better driver concentration. The vehicle also comes with ergonomic steering wheel controls and high-resolution, easy-to-read instrument displays.
In Europe, the New Generation Outlander will provide a choice between two low impact engines whether in 4WD or 2WD. These engines are the 2.0 l MIVEC petrol or 2.2 MIVEC Clean Diesel (MMC's own 4N14 engine). Depending on market, engine, specifications and model, Auto Stop & Go will be offered.
An all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox is also available. As part of its fresh technical package, the new model will also be fitted with an "eco-friendly driving system", which notifies the driver when driving is at maximum efficiency.
As a result, the driver can opt to drive at maximum efficiency to boost the vehicle's actual fuel consumption. Availability of this system depends on model & market.
After its launch at the Geneva motor show, the Next Generation Outlander will be introduced in Russia this summer, then in Europe in late summer. It will make its Oceania, Japanese, North American and Chinese debuts, too. Beginning 2013 in Europe, MMC will also take advantage of the built-in potential of Outlander's versatile architecture to add an EV-based plug-in hybrid powertrain.
This is a complete integrated solution based on MMC's EV technology and makes the best use of MMC's extensive 4-Wheel-Drive expertise. When used on the Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV system will enable a range and very low carbon dioxide emissions similar to that of the MITSUBISHI Concept PX-MiEV II which provides more than 800 km and a target of less than 50 g/km.