There’s A New 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander
Next year is still months away and Mitsubishi is already prototyping what is considered the next-generation (2021) Mitsubishi Outlander. The key element is the irregular front-end headlight arrangement, amongst other things. Does it look familiar?
It should look familiar since it comes directly from Mitsubishi’s recent Engelberg Tourer concept car. It also features a grille facia which is something that can be found on the Tourer concept.
There’s no question that the next Outlander will grow in size. It is already on the larger end of the compact-SUV division and it offers seven seats in total with a third-row that offers a more accommodating space for passengers. The Outlander Sport is also expected to grow in size.
Once completed, the smallest vehicle in the lineup will be the Eclipse Cross and the Outlander Sport will be compact enough to fit into a compact space while also serving as Mitsubishi mid-size SUV. Over at Car and Driver, they hope that the Outlander Sport is stretched into an Eclipse Cross’s platform and honestly it’s an intriguing idea. It’ll most likely share the same base engine which is the turbocharged 1.5L, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, with a V-6 as an option and also the Outlander’s plug-in hybrid might carry over with a few upgrades.
Mitsubishi might give the Outlander extra power. It might come with a 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine, which is just a rumor as of right now. The Outlander will also come with optional hybrid technology as well.
The current Outlander generation was first introduced in 2012, but although it’s seven years old it still sells very well. Rumor also has it that the new Outlander could be riding on the same platform as a Nissan Rogue.
For the 2019 Outlander, there are three powertrains available. The standard configuration comes with a 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine which is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The GT, which is the top of the line Outlander, receives a six-speed automatic transmission and a V6 engine that delivers 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque.
On the base trim, the Outlander gets an EPA-estimate of 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. That’s great for both compact SUVs and 3-row SUVs. The GT models with its V6 engine, get premium gasoline with a fuel estimate of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The PHEV for the Outlander has an all-electric range of 22 miles and 74 MPGe combined. As for charging, it can charge as fast as 3.5 hours with a 240-volt outlet and between eight and 13 hours to charge with a 120-volt outlet. With a DC Fast Charging, you can recharge up to 80 percent of the battery in 25 minutes.
So what else does the Outlander offer? It comes in a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and there is an all-wheel-drive (AWD) drivetrain available in the lower trims. The AWD is standard in the plug-in hybrid and the Outlander GT.
The 2021 Mitsubishibishi Outlander has been caught on the roads of Michigan. Models are set to arrive in dealerships near the middle of 2020 for the 2021 model year. There’s been no price announced for the 2021 Outlander, but we can suspect that it will be around the same price as the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, which started at $22,495 (plus destination fee).
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