Mitsubishi’s Outlander has undergone a mild facelift, which includes visual and mechanical tweaks. Only one model is offered in South Africa: the GLS Exceed, priced at R439 9000. Visual upgrades include a new uppergrille design, black under-grille area and chrome surrounds for the front fog lamps. Silver roof rails and skid plates are offset by new black wheel-arch trim. Changes to the CVT are aimed at better driving characteristics and a lower fuel bill via a wider lock-up range. The 2.4-litre DOHC petrol engine remains, offering a combinedcycle fuel index of 8.2l/100km. Ground clearance is 190mm, and the 4WD system offers three modes: front-driveonly Eco mode, occasional drive to the rear axle in 4WD Auto when conditions are slippery, and 4WD lock for a 50:50 drive apportioning in tougher terrain.
Specification highlights include Bluetooth with hands-free voice control, an electric tailgate, a rearview camera linked to rear parking sensors, a touchscreen audio system, an on-board entertainment system for rear passengers, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an electric driver’s seat, a dual-zone aircon, cruise control, automatic lights and rain sensors, an electric glass sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Outlander has a 5-star Euro NCAP rating, in part because it has seven airbags, ABS with EBD and BAS, Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), ISOFIX child seat anchors and Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction. A 3-yr/100 000km warranty and 5-yr/90 000km service plan is standard.