After the Mitsubishi Outlander garnered the most coveted success in the automobile market, the developers are set to give out something more for the European market. In fact, the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation recently introduced the first official image data of the next generation of Outlander for 2012. The vehicle is expected to have its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show.
What could be car enthusiasts be looking forward to for the new model of Outlander? The MMC promises that the new generation of this vehicle carries the same dimensions as the predecessors, and still equipped by the signature designs of other models. But the interior is revised to come with high-quality materials and ergonomic space for comfort. According to some of those who took a sneak peak, there is a noticeable improvement on this aspect of the car.
Given that MMC has targeted the European market, the new Outlander will be initially sold with two drive units: the 2.0 MIVEC petrol and 2.2 MIVEC clean diesels which can be available for the two or four wheel drive models. The company is still on the verge of deciding whether or not to introduce the new 6-speed automatic transmission to their consumers in Europe, but the fate of other units in other parts of the world has been decided. What accounts for this turnout of features is the quest to have a ride that can have an Eco-friendly driving system – that is, a technology that can notify the drivers when it comes to fuel combustion level and any other factors that affects the efficiency of driving.
Alongside, the Japanese makers are also looking into the possibility of adding a plug-in hybrid version of the car together with the four-wheel drive model. The setup then would include a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that works with two electric motors that produces at least 81 horsepower. This kind of technology is deemed to have a range of 800 km per charge and a fuel economy rating of 1.7 liters for every 100 km.
Together with the consciousness of the makers in environmental protection, reviews on the 2013 Outlander point to positive feedback from the car enthusiasts. While the new model is smaller than the spacious predecessors, this ride is meant to better comply with the time. Praises are all in for the harmonious balance of safety features that include forward collision mitigation system, active cruise control and lane departure warning system. The decreased environmental impact (target emissions of below 3g/km) does not necessarily compromise the performance of driving.
Mitsubishi asserts that the new Outlander ought to have a drivetrain for Europe that is preferably 2.0 liter that can produce 148 horsepower with a continuous variable transmission. The makers are also looking into the possibility of introducing a 2.4 liter base engine also with a CVT that can have a slight difference in performance.
Amidst these myriad of promises these few features currently garner the most thumbs up from experts – the adoption of a power tail-gate, full third row seating and a flat floor cargo area. The tilt and telescoping steering column, Super HiD Wide Vision xenon headlamps are not bad ideas either.