All-New 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Revealed With Nissan Underpinnings
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All-New 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Revealed With Nissan Underpinnings

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has been unveiled and it looks sharper than ever. It also uses the all-new Nissan X-Trail's platform.

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has finally been unveiled and it features a very distinct design and Nissan X-Trail (Rogue in North America) underpinnings. The all-new Outlander is also the first Mitsubishi vehicle that’s developed under the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance.

“Based on the product concept ‘I-Fu-Do-Do,’ which means authentic and majestic in Japanese, the all-new Outlander has been crafted into a reliable SUV with significantly upgraded styling, road performance, and a high-quality feel to satisfy the needs of customers who want to expand their horizons and take on challenges of every kind,” said Takao Kato, chief executive officer of MMC. “With the launch of the all-new Outlander, we will first expand our sales in the North American market and then aim for global growth.”

Mitsubishi’s North American offerings are not as competitive as they used to be, with the automaker still relying on their older platforms and uncompetitive tech. Thankfully, that’s all been addressed with the all-new Outlander, which is the brand’s most important vehicle in North America.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Despite being a result of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the Outlander’s styling is completely distinct from the X-Trail which it shares its underpinnings. It’s also arguably sportier to look at, thanks to its aggressive Dynamic Shield face. The LED headlights themselves are now separate from the LED daytime running lights, while the side profile features two character lines that give the Outlander more character. At the back, things look a little more conventional, with its slim LED taillights and sculpted tailgate.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

The interior of the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is more conventional than its exterior, but it looks significantly more premium than before. As Mitsubishi’s flagship offering in North America, designers focused on significantly improving material quality and fit-and-finish. As a matter of fact, higher variants are available with real aluminum and luxurious semi-aniline leather upholstery. Higher variants of the Outlander also come with a 12.3-inch fully-digital gauge cluster, a 9-inch touch screen infotainment system, head-up display and a 10-speaker Bose sound system. If the Outlander’s digital screens look familiar to you, it’s because these are shared with the all-new X-Trail.

Under the hood of the all-new Outlander is the same 2.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that’s found in the all-new X-Trail, which means it produces the same 181 hp and 245 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front or all four wheels via a CVT.

The all-new Outlander’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) is completely different from the X-Trail’s all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and is a completely Mitsubishi-developed system. Just like other applications of S-AWC, Mitsubishi says the system draws from its rally heritage. S-AWC’s newly developed drive mode selector allows performance and grip to be tailored to the conditions through six distinct settings: Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow and Mud. Interestingly, the drive mode selector is also available in the 2WD model, though it misses out on Mud mode.

As with most modern cars nowadays, the all-new Outlander is equipped with a plethora of advanced driver assist systems such as automatic emergecy braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, just to name a few. These come on top of the Outlander’s new MI-Pilot, which is a semi-autonomous driver system that combines full-speed radar-guided cruise control, lane keeping assist and traffic sign recognition. MI-Pilot can be linked to the navigation system, letting the system proactively steer and brake the car as it anticipates an upcoming curve or bend.

The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will go on sale in North America this April, with a global relese happening later this 2021. The Outlander PHEV will still be sold alongside the all-new Outlander for at least a year in North America.

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