Mitsubishi Motors Outlander Sport Gets an Upgrade in Europe

May 2nd, 2024 by


Mitsubishi Motors is already seeing some good news after it invested in the Ampere battery-electric vehicle (BEV) facility Renault proposed. As soon as the investment was finalized, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced a new crossover for Mitsubishi. A few months later, Nissan and Mitsubishi announced a new pickup truck, possibly for the new U.S. Now, we’re seeing a newly refreshed Mitsubishi ASX in Europe, and it comes with a hybrid (HEV) model. This isn’t like other overseas models by Mitsubishi Motors, either. “ASX” is the European nameplate for the “Outlander Sport” here in the States.

Finally, a new electrified model from Mitsubishi! We’ve gotten a little tired of the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Sure, it was a nice change of pace at first, but sales for the Outlander PHEV are slowly dying. The Eclipse Cross continues to beat it every year, and if anything, we thought this sporty crossover would be the next electrified entry into the lineup. Apparently not, with the new Outlander Sport HEV powered by a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors (powered by a 1.2 kWh battery). There’s also a “mild hybrid” version, whatever that means, and a gasoline model powered by a 1.0-liter turbocharged engine.

There’s also some really cool tech coming into the Outlander Sport. A partnership between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Google started in 2022 and sparked the talk of software-defined vehicles (SDVs) for the Alliance with a Google Operating System (OS). The newly refreshed Mitsubishi ASX basically comes with a Google OS thanks to the new Google built-in connected service. Part of the Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) system Mitsubishi Motors is known for, the new system comes with a 10.4-inch display and plenty of nice features thanks to access to Google Assistant. Consumers can make phone calls, send texts, play music, set reminders, and control the temperature with voice commands. There are also Google Maps for navigation and real-time traffic information and Google Play for downloading apps.

This is a huge change for the Outlander Sport, assuming it comes to the U.S., and why wouldn’t it? Usually, changes come to the European market first, then the North American market. The new tech also reflects the upgraded and modern design with a front fascia that features an entirely blacked out center of the front bumper and a black grille with satin silver motifs to highlight the Mitsubishi three-diamond logo and emphasize Mitsubishi Motors’ Dynamic Shield design identity. Also bringing the SUV into the modern age are L-shaped LED headlights, a new theme we’re seeing in a lot of SUVs with vertical headlights. Riding on the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance CMF-B platform and newly designed 18-inch black alloy wheels, this is turning out to be a very cool Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

No specs have been released yet, so we’re not sure how powerful the Mitsubishi ASX is, but we’re not expecting high-performance numbers. The current 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I4 engine standard, able to generate 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. The GT trim comes with a 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I4, able to generate 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque. This refresh seems to be more focused on the new look and connected technology services. Regardless, you can learn more about the refreshed Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (ASX) and other new Mitsubishi Motors models when you follow us on University Mitsubishi social media.

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