Earlier this year, Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander Sport at the Chicago Auto Show with what they called a “special edition”; but wasn’t that successful in the “special” part. Now, for 2017 New York Auto Show, the Japanese automaker re-introduces the 2018 model year by polishing it yet again. Let’s see what changed over the weeks after the Chicago Auto Show.
If you do not look closely (or for some, refer to a “before and after” photo), these changes may be too minimal to be caught right away. For the sake of those who want to know more about the changes, we will be enumerating them one by one.
First off, the front and rear bumpers have been modified to have an “innovative” design with a pair of new LED daytime running lights (inset of each fog light), the most obvious amongst the modifications, accessorizing the sides. Below these LED lights are new air inlets. Two slim chrome bars now accessorize the main grille, giving a slightly dramatic effect to the Mitsubishi logo. The rear bumper, on the other hand, will now feature a new faux skid plate in the center, while each flank features more angular reflectors. The 2018 Outlander will also receive a new paint job in the shade called “Alloy Silver”.
On the inside, the 6.1-inch and 6.5-inch screens offered on the current 2017 Outlander Sport will be replaced with a 7-inch Smartphone Link display for its infotainment system which supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Moreover, it features a redesigned shift lever and a newly designed floor console.
An optional Touring Package is offered for the 2018 model year, featuring a panoramic and a bunch of safety and assistance systems. The latter is inclusive of a lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation, automatic high beam headlights, and a rear camera in the updated Outlander Sport. There are also noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) upgrades for a quieter and smoother ride.
Not much has been mentioned regarding changes in the 2018 Outlander’s powertrain but we’re assuming it will be powered by either a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine, producing up to 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 145 lb.-ft. of torque, or a 2.4-liter version, making up to 168 horsepower and 167 lb.-ft. of torque. All versions are available with a continuously variable transmission, except for the entry-level trim which will come with a five-speed manual gearbox.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to hit dealerships late this year (sometime during the fall), following its public debut at the New York Auto Show. Information regarding pricing details are yet to be revealed but we’re not expecting it to go far beyond the $19,795 price tag of the outgoing model.
This year mark’s Mitsubishi’s centennial year of producing and manufacturing vehicles. It is not surprising that the Japanese automaker aims to develop only the best for its avid customers – thus the enhancements for the 2018 Outlander Sport, continuing its legacy as one of the most reliable and most affordable crossover utility vehicle in the market.