Mitsubishi Motors is trying several new ideas to bring its redesigned Outlander three-row crossover SUV to the attention of the American market. Pricing has been announced, starting at $25,795 for front-wheel-drive Outlander vehicles. Mitsubishi’s updated Super All-Wheel-Control all-wheel drive is optional.
If you are looking for a more complete guide to pricing, you can sign up for updates about the 2022 Outlander on Mitsubishi’s official web site.
To create buzz about the new SUV, Mitsubishi partnered with Amazon.com to introduce the updated Outlander to American consumers via a streaming presentation viewable on Amazon Live.
The new Outlander is a vitally important product for Mitsubishi because the compact crossover market segment outsells all other types of vehicles in America. To reintroduce the Outlander and the Mitsubishi brand, the company is banking on a new, more rugged exterior and a more upscale interior to sway customers away from Toyota and Honda, the sales leaders in the segment.
The Outlander’s new exterior design reflects the industry trend towards more masculine, squared-off lines and prominent grille and headlight assemblies. Mitsubishi calls the new look the “Dynamic Shield” design language, and the Outlander highlights its new look with available 20-inch wheels. 18-inch wheels are standard.
The 2022 Outlander is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Power ratings and technical details for the engine have not been released. The engine is mated to continuously variable transmission designed to perform like an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive Outlanders have a new six-position drive mode selector, designed to deliver optimum traction under a variety of conditions.
For in-vehicle technology, Mitsubishi offers an optional 12.3-inch driver information display, a 10.8-inch full-color head-up display to project important driving information onto the windshield, and a 9.0-inch touchscreen interface for the infotainment system. The Mitsubishi Connect smartphone app allows remote start and cabin conditioning. Wireless device-charging and a 10-speaker Bose audio system are available.
Mitsubishi’s partnership with Amazon also extends to Alexa support through the infotainment, and includes a complimentary six-month trial subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited and three months of Audible Premium Plus. For early adopters, an Amazon Echo Auto is also included with the Outlander Launch Edition.
The new Outlander’s interior includes standard three-row seating for seven passengers, which is unusual in a compact SUV. Outlander is the only compact to offer the third row as standard equipment. The hands-free rear hatch opens automatically when you wave your foot under the rear of the Outlander, and a panoramic sunroof is standard.
Available safety features in the new Outlander include Mitsubishi’s MI-PILOT Assist adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance package.
Mitsubishi has committed to give away a new Outlander in a sweepstakes-style drawing. To enter the drawing for the SUV, interested consumers can visit Mitsubishi’s website or amazon.com/MitsubishiOutlander before midnight eastern time (9 p.m. pacific time) on March 30, 2021. Instructions for entering are provided at those sites. The drawing is open only to residents of the 48 contiguous states.
The Outlander is the last of Mitsubishi’s American lineup to be redesigned. The company has already launched the updated Mirage and Mirage G4 subcompact cars, put a new driveline in the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV, added safety features to the smaller Outlander Sport, and totally redesigned the 2022 Eclipse Cross SUV.
The 2022 Outlander will go on sale across the United States in April of 2021. Mitsubishi reports that production has begun in Okazaki, Japan and Mitsubishi says the first shipment of Outlanders is ready for transport to the United States.
Mitsubishi strives to claw back to relevance in the US market, and is doing so by refreshing their entire lineup in rapid succession. Last week, they announced a new 2022 Eclipse Cross. What will be next? No word yet on a PHEV version of the 2022 Outlander, though that makes sense. Can Mitsubishi survive or even thrive in the US? Only if they can prove they have exceptional products, not also-rans. We’re eager to drive the 2022 Outlander to see how they’re progressing.