The current Outlander has been around since 2012 and in the meantime, the car didn’t really change much. There have been rumors about an entirely new model ever since a couple of years back. Unfortunately, the manufacturer failed to deliver up to this point. Now it looks like the car will be delayed evermore. Why? Well, Mitsubishi merged with Nissan a short while ago so they will have to rethink most of their development process. Even so, we should see a brand new model with the upcoming 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander. Even though this has yet to be confirmed, it would make quite a bit of sense releasing it, especially since most of its rivals already went through a few refreshes.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Review
Not that long ago the manufacturer released the Eclipse Cross, a car sharing its platform with the current Outlander. The big difference is its size with the Cross being quite a bit smaller despite sharing the same wheelbase. It looks like the future Outlander will use a new platform.
It still is unclear as to what architecture they will use but some suggested it may be a Nissan chassis. This would make a lot of sense, especially since Mitsubishi doesn’t really have a suitable platform to work on.
Using Nissan’s technology would allow them to build a better car for far less money than before. We can expect it to boast a longer wheelbase, a wider wheel track as well as far more up to date features. The end result should be more comfortable, better to drive and safer too.
While the platform will change to something provided by Nissan, the looks should remain those of a Mitsubishi. From the looks of things, the car may boast a similar design scheme to that of the Cross.
We can expect their well known shield-like grille to stay unchanged. However, the car should boast slimmer and more aggressive headlights, a new bumper with sharper intakes and possibly a splitter too. The rear of the car might receive the L-shaped taillights similar to those of the Eclipse.
The roof may also get a more coupe-like shape but this has yet to be confirmed. Let’s just not forget the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander may feature 7 seats in which case it will likely look like a regular crossover.
Things will change quite a bit in here. For starters, there is going to be more available room, both in the front and at the back. The car would be able to deliver this thanks to its longer wheelbase and a wider cabin.
On top of that, the design should get more similar to that of the Eclipse. We can expect a new center stack, far fewer buttons than before as well as a new infotainment system which should get considerably easier to use than its predecessor.
The biggest upgrade here will be the driving position through which is going to be raised slightly over that of its predecessor.
Engine and Specs
So far the car featured two different engines with none of them being all that efficient. Well, things are going to change with the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Rumors say the car will get new engines from Renault and Nissan which should make things quite interesting. The base model might come equipped with a new 1.6 liter turbo-four good for up to 205 horsepower and over 200 lb-ft of torque. With the added benefit of being lighter, the new car should provide a far better experience than its predecessor.
|2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Manual ES 2.0||Short specs|
|Engine||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Gas mileage||23/29 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body style||Sport Utility|
Further up the range, the Outlander might get a 1.8-liter turbo-four with close to 260 horsepower and over 260 lb-ft of torque. Front wheel drive should be available with the base model while an all-wheel-drive system will be in store too. As for the transmission, the car is likely going to boast a dual-clutch automatic.
Release and Price
If the rumors are anything to go by then the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander will hit the market by the start of 2019. However, they should release at least a concept in 2018, so things are definitely bound to get interesting.
Its price is likely going to increase, especially since Mitsubishi has a new crossover slotting between it and the ASX.
The price may hike to around $27,000 which would still be quite good if they manage to deliver a better experience than before.
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