The Mitsubishi Outlander is family-sized crossover SUV with the stylish look and standard three rows of seats. This compact crossover is also generous with the standard and optional features while also boasts strong safety scores and comes with the low price tag. You can also get this model with the four-cylinder or V-6 engine option and front- or all-wheel drive. However, if you want it with greener and more efficient powertrain and the newest features, then you should wait for the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander.
New for 2018:
The redesigned Outlander went on the sale for the 2014 model year. But Mitsubishi waited just two years to update this model again. The 2016 version received improved body structure and suspension alongside with the refreshed front and rear fascias. There were some cabin upgrades as well and updated features and CVT. The 2017 model brought an upgraded infotainment system and new safety features.
However, for the 2018 model year, Mitsubishi should bring the plug-in hybrid powertrain which has already been a huge success in Europe and there should be other upgrades as well. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi still hides the details about this version and other updates are also the secret.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander: Styling
Mitsubishi hasn’t said anything about the look of the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander. However, we don’t expect that new model will be a large departure from the current design. Mitsubishi refreshed front and rear end styling for the 2016 model year and the 2018 version should display only minor modifications.
The front fascia could get refreshed headlights and tweaked grille and front bumper. The same treatment is expected for mode’s rear fascia while the model should stay in the current proportions.
Inside, the Outlander should not change much either. It will feature soft-touch materials and will have an attractive dash. Comfortable front seats will provide long-ride comfort but passengers in the middle row will also enjoy in the sufficient head and legroom. Since the model should remain in the same proportions the maximum of 63.3 cubes should be available for the cargo.
On the other hand, the new Outlander should expand the list of standard features and offer updated safety features. All models will come with the latest infotainment platform, LED DRLs and taillights, dual-zone climate control, tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, etc. The higher-spec versions will add upgraded upholstery, power seats, a sunroof, advanced safety features, etc. The model will include active safety systems like the lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, surround view cameras, blind-spot system, rear cross-traffic alert, etc.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander: Powertrains
The power options for the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander should again include the four-cylinder and V-6 engines with the addition of the plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The base engine should remain a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit but it should see some improvements. In its current form it can produce 166 hp and torque 162 pound-feet. It comes with the continuously variable transmission and with front- or four-wheel drive.
A more powerful option should be a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Improved version of this engine should produce more than 224 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque.
However, the most significant upgrade will be the plug-in hybrid version of this model. This version will integrate a complex drive system capable of delivering strong performance and respectable efficiency. However, Mitsubishi still hides the specification of this version. In the European-spec version, the PHEV version combines the 2.0-liter four-cylinder MIVEC engine with front and rear electric motors and battery pack. This model provides the EV range of 33 miles.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander should arrive by the end of this year. Projected price range should start from around $25, 000.