2014 Mitsubishi Outlander compact SUV gets new look

2014 Outlander

More substantial and sophisticated than the model it replaces, the third-generation 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) has been redesigned and re-engineered to provide more comfort, optimize fuel efficiency and provide advanced, new technologies.

The 2014 Outlander has a highway fuel-economy rating of 6.3 L/100 km from its newly designed 2.4-litre, four-cylinder Smart MIVEC engine. Advanced safety technologies available on the new model include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation on premium V6 models.

The first Outlander arrived in Canada in October 2002. The second generation Outlander arrived in early 2007 and was freshened in 2010. Since launch, over 52,000 Outlanders have been sold in Canada.

Fresh new look

The new-look Outlander is more refined and less cluttered – a slim front grille with stylish chromed strips link to the new, super-wide HID headlamps. A raised beltline, clean surfaces and soft-contoured fenders contribute to an aerodynamically slick 0.33 co-efficient of drag, a 7% improvement.

The 2014 Outlander looks and feels like a premium SUV with available seven-passenger seating. For added comfort, second row seats receive 170 mm more travel slide for additional legroom; third-row seats are more comfortable (120 mm wider and provide 60 mm more legroom), and the cargo area behind the front seats has grown, including 335 mm more length.

Available new conveniences include an automatic open/close power tailgate, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, premium audio and next-gen SD navigation and all-new Display Audio and 6.1-inch QVGA liquid crystal display with multi-function touch panel. New, high-grade materials (padded surfaces, soft-touch finish, silver highlighted, carbon-look instrument cluster, accents, and gloss black appliqués) grace a more ergonomic cockpit that is anchored by a glossy, piano-black centre panel. The steering wheel is also re-designed and now features tilt and telescopic functions.

Outlander is also quieter with added insulation to the dashboard, floor and headliner. A reshaped A-pillar, side mirrors and weather stripping, new insulator tuning for the suspension and tires, plus redesigned engine mounts all contribute to significantly reduced noise and vibration.

Improved engines

The compact SUV’s 2.4-litre, 166-hp, four-cylinder engine has a new continuously variable-valve lift system. Using a single mechanism design to simultaneously vary the lift amount, valve opening and closing time, the lighter-weight SOHC design reduces the amount of energy lost when air is drawn into the cylinder. Dubbed Mitsubishi’s Smart MIVEC engine, it improves fuel economy and uses fewer parts versus the previous DOHC design.

A second engine, a 3.0-litre, 227-hp, V6, receives high-ignition spark plugs and an improved exhaust system for reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. A six-speed Sportronic transmission has a new final drive ratio for improved fuel economy as well as an updated torque converter for better performance.

Advanced safety

Features standard on the 2014 Outlander GT S-AWC model include Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) detects other vehicles in front of the Outlander and issues warnings if there is a danger of a collision, and will apply the brakes if necessary. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) alerts drivers if they’re drifting to another lane, and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) uses radar to automatically follow a vehicle at safe distances and speed.

The addition of a driver’s-side knee airbag brings to seven the number of SRS airbags on all 2014 Outlander models.

High-tension steel plates have been incorporated throughout the frame to reduce weight while maintaining a high level of collision safety, particularly the structure for the second and third row of seats. Additionally, Outlander uses Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body system. RISE includes an impact energy-absorbing front end and a high-rigidity cabin structure.

An improved chassis design includes re-tuned suspension and the extensive use of high-tensile strength steel. The addition of a sub-frame and a reinforced structure offers a refined driving experience, quieter cabin with reduced noise, vibration and harshness.

In the 2014 Outlander, both All-Wheel Control (AWC) and Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) functions are improved and receive a new ECO driving, push-button selection mode for optimum fuel efficiency. For AWC models, the new selections are 4WD ECO, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock; for S-AWC models it is AWC ECO, Normal, Snow and Lock.

Fuel economy

In addition to improved aerodynamics and redesigned four-cylinder valve train, Outlander’s fuel economy ratings of 6.3 L/100 km (highway), 8.2 L/100 (city) and 7.3 L/100 km (combined) are abetted by reduced weight – the 2014 Outlander is over 100 kg lighter than the model it replaces.

A new Eco Drive Support system allows drivers to monitor their eco-driving habits and automatically dials-in energy saving instructions to the engine, air conditioning and four-wheel drive.

2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Models

The 2014 Outlander is available in four trim levels: Outlander ES 2WD, and three models with standard all-wheel control – Outlander ES AWC, SE AWC and, at the top of the line, Outlander GT S-AWC, which features Mitsubishi’s S-AWC advanced traction technology. Available packages include: ES AWC Premium, SE AWC Touring, and GT S-AWC Navigation.

S-AWC uses electronically controlled four-wheel drive with integrated control of the Active Front Differential, splitting torque to either left or right, providing power to the wheels with the most traction for superior cornering and stability.

Entry-level feature list

The entry-level 2014 Outlander ES 2WD features a strong list of standard equipment:

– 2.4-litre, 166-horsepower four-cylinder engine with redesigned SOHC Smart MIVEC variable timing mated to the Continuously Variable Transmission

– Seven airbags – dual front seat-mounted side-impact, dual side-impact curtain and driver’s knee airbag

– Four wheel anti-lock disc brakes and electronic Brake-Assist System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Override System

– Active Stability Control (comprising stability control which stabilizes the vehicle when it detects skidding, and traction control to control wheels from spinning when detecting loss of traction over slippery surfaces)

– Hill-Start Assist system

– MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link at rear

– Tilt and telescopic steering, power locks, windows and mirrors, USB/iPod input, AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers and Bluetooth 2.0 hands-free cellular phone interface with streaming audio and voice control

– 60/40 split folding rear seat with recline

– Heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls

– Cruise control, keyless entry, electronic power steering, halogen headlamps, intermittent front & rear wipers, heated door mirrors, front/rear reading/cargo lamps and security system.

The Outlander has a warranty of 10 years or 160,000 km limited for the powertrain, five years or 100,000 km limited for the new vehicle and includes five years unlimited mileage roadside assistance.

The Canadian base price for the entry-level 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is $25,998. It is available now.

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