June 16, 2014
Having won numerous important automotive industry awards and accolades – including being ranked #1 on Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com "5-Year Cost to Own" list for the Mid-Size SUV/Crossover segment – the stylish 7-passenger Mitsubishi Outlander receives numerous new design and feature improvements for the 2015 model year in just its second year in existence. These new highlights include:
With its blend of pleasing styling both inside and out, the convenience of seating for seven occupants, high-tech safety features and excellent fuel economy with an estimated 31 mpg highway* (Outlander ES and SE FWD models), the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is a highly-functional crossover/SUV that's offers a tremendous amount of versatility and features at a very attractive price point (starting MSRP of 2015 Outlander ES 2WD is $23,195)**.
Completely redesigned in the 2014 model year, the latest Outlander offers an all-new interior update featuring a more minimalist, contemporary-looking aesthetic for the instrument panel, along with greatly improved materials including high-grade soft-touch premium surfaces, a high-gloss piano black center console panel and rich wood grain appearance trim (the latter feature a standard item available exclusively for the premium Outlander GT model).
Among the long list of standard amenities included on the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander are FUSE Hands-Free Link System® with USB/iPod® port and Bluetooth® hands-free phone system; automatic air conditioning with micron air filtration; a rich-sounding 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; convenient steering wheel-mounted audio system and cruise controls; halogen headlights; tilt and telescopic steering wheel; engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry, among many other welcome items.
Innovative High-Tech Safety Technologies
Introduced just last year as a completely redesigned vehicle that was named an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick+" *** – the non-profit vehicle crash testing agency's highest accolade – the Mitsubishi Outlander is available with the trifecta of avant-garde safety technologies:
Furthermore, every 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is equipped with a wide array of comprehensive standard safety features including Hill Start Assist (HSA); Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); anti-lock brakes (ABS) with brake assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); a supplemental restraint system (SRS) consisting of seven (7) air bags including driver and passenger side dual-stage air bags, driver's knee air bag, and curtain airbags for the front and second row seating areas; and a receding brake pedal protection design to help reduce injury to the driver's lower legs in the event of a high-speed frontal crash.
Additional protection is offered through Mitsubishi Motors' patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body/chassis safety cell technology that includes energy absorbing sections beneath the front floor section of the passenger compartment, the engine's sub-frame and to sections of the body and chassis.
Choice of Versatile 4- and 6-Cylinder Drivetrains
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by a pair of very capable and fuel-efficient engines: a robust 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a high-tech continuously-variable transmission (CVT) or a workhorse 3.0-liter V-6 that is paired with a smooth-operating 6-speed automatic transmission.
Featuring Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) variable valve-lift for increased fuel efficiency, reduced exhaust emissions and to maximize power production, the 16-valve 2.4-liter SOHC 4-cylinder engine delivers 166 bhp at 6,000 RPM with 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. The bore and stroke within the all-aluminum engine block measure 3.5 in. (88 mm) and 3.8 in. (97 mm), respectively, with a compression ratio of 10.5:1.
Working in concert with an advanced continuously-variable transmission (CVT), the 4-cylinder engine-equipped Outlander delivers outstanding fuel mileage at an EPA-rated 25 mpg city/31 mpg highway. What's more, the CVT has been recalibrated for the 2015 model year for a more refined operation as well as improved response.
The exclusive drivetrain providing the motive force for the top-of-the-line 2015 Outlander GT model is the excellent 3.0-liter SOHC V-6 and 6-speed automatic transmission.
This polished V-6 engine provides a full 224 bhp at 6,250 rpm and 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. With its high ignitionability iridium spark plugs, reduced friction internal engine components, low viscosity engine oil and 10.5:1 compression ratio, this powerplant provides outstanding power output with excellent fuel efficiency with an EPA-rated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway.
Other fuel-saving technologies include with either 4- or 6-cylinder-powered Outlander models are a high-efficiency alternator and electric power steering (EPS) that help to reduce parasitic drag on the engine.
Thanks to their low exhaust emissions, all 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander 7-passenger crossover/SUV models (4-or 6-cylinder) are classified as LEV2-ULEV ultra low emission vehicles.
Sure-Footed Super All-Wheel Control
Along with the more powerful V-6 engine, 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander owners benefit from Mitsubishi motors exceptionally capable Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system as part of the Outlander GT's standard equipment package (the S-AWC system is also available on the mid-grade Outlander SE trim level).
The electronically-controlled Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system features the convenience of push-button activation as well as four distinct driving modes – the standard "NORMAL" mode, enhanced traction in slippery conditions with the "SNOW" setting, maximum traction in "LOCK" and an "AWC ECO" mode that maximizes fuel efficiency by operating primarily as a front-wheel drive vehicle that switches in a split-second to all-wheel drive when multiple sensors determine its necessity.
Another benefit of the S-AWC system is its included Brake Control technology. This helps to improve vehicle stability as well as steering response through the use of a yaw control sensor to more precisely control yaw rate by applying brake pressure on the inner wheel for improved vehicle stability and composure.
Rounding out the S-AWC system is the inclusion of an Active Front Differential (AFD) for precision delivery of power routing and control to the front wheels.
The Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system found on the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the most advance all-wheel drive systems in the industry today.
Suspension/Chassis: Sanguine Ride Assured
Athletic handling, sublime ride quality and a whisper quiet cabin are assured, thanks to the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander's well-engineered platform.
Mitsubishi Motors' handsome-looking crossover/SUV with seating for seven has an aerodynamically sculpted body that is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but possesses a very low coefficient of drag of only 0.33 – an extremely low number for a vehicle of its type. What's more, thanks to the use of high-tensile steel in the Outlander's body makes for a platform with exemplary structural rigidity as well as a very lightweight structure (a weight reduction of about 220 pounds over the last-generation Outlander model).
The Outlander's suspension set-up features MacPherson struts up front with optimized shock absorber and spring settings configured within a front suspension subframe that not only reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) from entering the cabin but also provide a smooth and composed ride while soaking up road imperfections to maximum effect.
At the rear of the vehicle is a multi-link rear suspension with finely tuned bushings within its trailing arms that has been optimized to provide a very smooth suspension stroke for improved ride comfort as well as to minimize NVH experienced by the vehicle's occupants.
*Preliminary estimated fuel economy numbers pending final determination by the EPA.
**Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. See your Mitsubishi retailer for details. Destination/handling charges for Mitsubishi Outlander $850; Alaska/Hawaii $975.
***Applies only to SE and GT models equipped with optional Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system.