2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, PHEV hybrid, review – The next-gen Outlander should be one of the most expected SUV vehicles in the car market that could shake the automobile business. It will come with more comfort with better efficiency and it will drop its performance character and bold design. Standard three-row seating, advanced safety features and satisfying interior quality will be one of the most compelling and appealing attributes that you will be able to find on the new Outlander. We expect that it will come to the car market in March of 2017. Kia Sorento, Dodge Journey, Honda CR-V and Hyundai Santa Fe will be closest competitors to the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2017.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander review
The new Mitsubishi Outlander 2017 will come with attractive and very modern exterior look. It will be built of lightweight materials like carbon fiber and aluminum. This will result in significant reduction in fuel consumption and its weight. It is expected that it will come with completely redesigned front bumper with integrated large air intake, chrome details and LED fog-lights. Front grille will be more impressive and more beautiful with some chrome details. Front headlights will use LED technology. It will be available in ES, SE, SEL and GT trim levels.
Inside the new Outlander there will be room for 7 passengers. Besides three-row seating there is a satisfying interior quality and advanced safety features such as Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian-detection capability and advanced connectivity features like Multiview camera, Android Auto compability and Apple CarPlay support. It will also support Android Auto platform. This midsize SUV will also have well-distributed commands: one part on the driver’s door and other part will be located on the steering wheel.
New Mitsubishi Outlander 2017 specs
The new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will come with two different engine options. First one will be 2.4-liter inline 4 which will be able to deliver 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be available with ES, S and SEL trim levels, CVT automatic transmission and either FWD or AWD system. Second engine will be 3.0-liter V6 with 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. It will come only with 6-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel- drive system. Towing capacity equipped with the most powerful engine will be around 3,500 pounds.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV comes powered by 2.0-liter gasoline DOHC I-4 engine with 119 horsepower and 140 lb-ft of torque in combination with two rear and front 80-HP and 101-lb-ft electric motors. This engine combination comes paired with 1-speed automatic transmission and with AWD system. Acceleration of the new Outlander PHEV is pretty good, 11.0 seconds for sprint from 0-62 mph with maximum speed of 106 mph. Towing capacity isn’t that good like with standard engines: only 1,650 pounds. We expect that it will have around 30 miles of autonomy with battery-only type of driving and you should take 3.5 hours with 16-amp 240 volt service to fully recharge batteries.
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Engine type|2.0-liter 119-hp/140-lb-ft DOHC I-4~~plus 2x 80-hp/101-lb-ft front and rear electric motors
Curb weight|4,100 pounds
Acceleration (0-62 mph)|11,0 secs (est)
Top speed|102 mph (est)
Fuel economy|not rated yet
“It’s not the European spec. We’re tailoring it for the U.S. market, and that’s affecting range, MPGe, acceleration, and performance numbers, too.”, company official said. Still, we expect that there will be a lot of same features for the U.S. version too.
Release date and price
The officially release date for the PHEV models is set for Fall 2016 while other models with conventional engines is still unknown and we expect it in late months of 2016 or early 2017. It will get technology upgrades, more aggressive style which could influenced its final price. We don’t expect bigger price changes and it should be in range from $25,000 to $35,000 depending on chosen trim level. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be much more pricy and its price could go even up to $42,000, which could be pretty much for standard consumer.