The Mitsubishi Outlander recently received an update that the brand says will make the family-focused SUV more competitive, attractive and better to drive.
The modifications Mitsubishi has made to the car are significant. The car’s suspension dampers and shock absorbers have been changed for improved body-roll control and cornering stability, while it has also revised the CVT automatic transmission offered on petrol models, and claims it has improved noise, vibration and harshness levels of its 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol variants with more sound-deadening.
Styling changes include a new grille, revised bumper design, underbody bash plates finished in silver at the front and rear of the car, black wheel arch extensions, silver roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels for all models. The Outlander Aspire has a different 18-inch wheel design and sees the addition of LED tail-lights, but the plasticky garnish across the boot-lid remains. A new red metallic hue also joins the colour palette.
There are no changes to the mechanicals, and as such the diesel Outlander still returns a respectable claimed fuel consumption of 6.2 litres per 100km. During our time in the car, we saw 7.0L during mainly urban commuting.
The engine remains a fair performer – it’s not as lively or powerful as diesel units seen in competitor cars like the Mazda CX-5, but nor is it sluggish. There is some low-rev turbo lag that can be frustrating in urban driving but once the engine gets above 1500rpm it pulls quite strongly, and saunters nicely during highway driving.
The diesel isn’t what you’d call muted, but there’s less audible rumble in the cabin than we recall, particularly at idle. However, its vibrations at idle can still be felt by passengers.
Published: Monday, May 5, 2014