Mitsubishi’s top-selling small-sized Outlander Sport SUV model has been modestly refreshed for 2017
At the recent New York Motor Show, Mitsubishi presented a modestly refreshed Outlander Sport for 2018. The current car was introduced two years ago and the car’s key USP was that it was capable and affordable with attractive pricing. The segment it represents is also quite busy which has more stylish cars with better powertrains, cabins, handling, and fuel mileage. Despite so many competitors in the fray like the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Chevy Trax and Hyundai Tucson, the Outlander Sport has held on its own quite well.
As such the Outlander Sport is a pleasantly proportioned and good looking vehicle with a slight tall-wagon profile. Designers have ensured that it doesn’t appear slab sides with a smooth running and rising character line which starts at the front wheel arch and runs up to the rear doors. The front face was new for 2016 and incorporates the brand’s Dynamic Shield design language which means it has a wide grille and lower air intake with body-coloured panels on the valance. There’s some chrome thrown in the mix at the fascia, a faux skidplate at the bottom, and round foglamps.
The refresh sees some cosmetic and interesting feature upgrades. Both front and rear and bumpers have been redesigned, partly to smarten the appearance and partly to help accommodate the new LED daytime running lamps.
This infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is a step up from the 6.1in and 6.5in screens offered on the current 2017 Outlander Sport. Other updates include a redesigned shift lever, newly designed floor console, and an Alloy Silver paint job. Some markets are offered Touring package, which bundles together a panoramic roof, NVH improvements for a quieter ride, and a host of safety features including automatic high beam, lane departure warning, and rear camera. Powertrain remains unchanged and the model offers a choice of two engines. A 2.0-litre inline-four produces 148hp and 145 lb-ft of torque while a 2.4-litre inline-four makes 168hp and 167 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to CVT transmission and both 2WD and AWD versions are offered.