World Premiere of the All-New OUTLANDER – Sales to commence in North America in April 2021
Mississauga, ON / Tokyo, February 16, 2021 – MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION (MMC) today revealed the all-new OUTLANDER, featuring a new design direction, premium quality, rugged performance and innovative technology. The flagship SUV is reimagined and reinvented in every way and gears up for sale in North America (the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico) in April 2021, with other markets to follow.
Today, the all-new OUTLANDER made its debut on Amazon Live, making it the first automobile to be launched on the platform. After the reveal, Canadian customers are invited to a special Mitsubishi section on Amazon.ca to explore key product features.
“Based on the product concept ”I-Fu-Do-Do”, which means authentic and majestic in Japanese, the all-new OUTLANDER has been crafted into a reliable SUV with significantly upgraded styling, road performance, and a high-quality feel to satisfy the needs of customers who want to expand their horizons and take on challenges of every kind,” said Takao Kato, CEO of MMC. “With the launch of the all-new OUTLANDER, we will first expand our sales in the North American market and then aim for global growth.”
“We believe the all-new Outlander will reshape customer perceptions toward both Mitsubishi Motors the brand and OUTLANDER. With OUTLANDER we have an opportunity to attract new customers while also impressing existing customers who have an affinity for Mitsubishi. We are excited by what the future holds,” said Juyu Jeon, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.”
The OUTLANDER was launched in Canada in 2002 as MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ first crossover SUV. Through three generations, it has been highly recognized for its utility and road performance as an SUV, as well as its eco-friendliness and economy. Globally, the total sales volume of the OUTLANDER series has reached 2.6 million units1.
With a complete upgrade, the all-new OUTLANDER is the 4th generation of the series. Styling emphasizes its powerful sense of presence with the next generation Dynamic Shield front face, large 20-inch wheels2, fenders and bold proportions. Newly developed platform and 2.5L engine, updated electronically-controlled 4WD and S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) system, and newly developed drive mode selector all contribute to the safe and secure road performance. The cabin space features an enhanced feeling of quality and convenience through a high-quality interior, three-rows of comfortable seats for seven, large digital meter displays, and a new wireless smartphone charging function.
Heritage-inspired powerful design
The design concept of the all-new OUTLANDER is “Bold Stride”, representing a bold, adventurous attitude and confidence to move forward. The strong, horizontal-themed proportion from front to rear, the contrast of broad and powerful surface and character lines with sharp edges, as well as the large 20-inch wheels and overhanging fenders that emphasize the wide body express a bold aura and a sense of presence and stability.
The next generation Dynamic Shield that expresses strong performance and protection further emphasizes the all-new OUTLANDER’s powerfulness as an SUV. The daytime running lights and turn signals are positioned in the upper area and given a thin, sharp shape to improve their visibility by oncoming vehicles and pedestrians. The headlights are placed beneath them toward the outside to illuminate the road more brightly and emphasize the wide body.
A hexagon motif that appears to have been cut from a single surface ornaments the tailgate. This unique and sophisticated shape was inspired by the rear-mounted spare tire of the PAJERO/MONTERO, and upper area expresses stability while the lower area shows the high road performance as an SUV. Further, the horizontal-themed T-shaped taillights emphasize the wide look of the body and stability.
The body colours come in MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ unique brilliant Diamond Series paint, Red Diamond and White Diamond, and Black Diamond is newly added to the lineup. Black Diamond is a special colour consisting of three coats to which a high-density shiny layer containing glass is added to make the vehicle appear jet black when not lit but then emits a captivating sparkle when struck by light. Also available are five basic colours for a total selection of eight body colours.
Rugged engineering maximizes performance and driver confidence
The newly developed platform greatly improves collision safety performance and achieves a high level of steering stability. For the first time MITSUBISHI MOTORS has used an ultra-high tensile strength steel sheet with hot stamping around the cabin to create a high-strength cabin structure with little deformation while also achieving weight reduction. Adopting connected cyclic structures around the engine compartment and cabin increased flexural and torsional rigidity of the body over that of the previous model. The multi-link suspension and dual-pinion electric power steering achieve high-quality ride comfort while also providing operability with a direct, linear feel. This greatly improves traceability during cornering as well as linear stability and provides driving pleasure.
The newly developed 2.5L gasoline engine is torque-full and powerful at low to medium rpm but smooth and easy-to-handle at high rpm means the driver can enjoy pleasant city trips to fun sporty driving. An 8-speed sport mode CVT is used for the transmission. The step shift control that changes speeds crisply like a multistage automatic transmission is employed for acceleration, and a powerful and agile acceleration can be felt when depressing the accelerator. When cruising, the CVT delivers a quiet and smooth ride.
All models feature an electronically-controlled 4WD system, incorporating a hydraulic clutch driven by an electric motor in the centre coupling device controlling front and rear torque distribution. The front and rear wheels can be strongly held when the vehicle is stopped, so the rear wheel drive force is generated at the moment of launch to provide a powerful sensation befitting a 4WD. This in particular generates power under severe conditions, such as starting uphill on frozen roads.
All models are equipped with an improved S-AWC integrated vehicle dynamics control system. The Brake AYC (Active Yaw Control) is adopted on the rear wheels as well, making it possible to provide front and rear wheel distributed control. Sensors detect the steering angle, yaw rate, driving torque, brake pressure, wheel speed, and other factors to continuously and correctly identify driver operation and vehicle status. When turning, the Brake AYC optimizes the difference in drive force and braking force among the front and rear, right and left wheels to improve tire grip allowing the driver to steer as desired maintaining driving stability on a variety of road surfaces.
The all-new OUTLANDER is equipped with six drive modes that allow the driver to select the vehicle driving characteristics that are optimal for a variety of operation styles and driving situations. The mode selector in the centre console can be used to select the drive mode for choosing the road situation and Eco for choosing the operation style. The settings for the drive mode are Normal for normal driving, Tarmac for sporty driving on paved roads, Gravel for high traction performance and stability on unpaved roads, Snow for snowy and other slippery roads, and Mud3 to increase the road handling ability on muddy roads, in deep snow, and similar conditions. The drive modes bring out the high road handling of 4WD models, to increase their potential during urgent situations and the sense of security and reliability while driving. When a mode is selected, an image representing the driving situation is displayed in the meter to allow the driver to intuitively select a mode.
A comfortable sanctuary for the whole family
A linear instrument panel with a powerful horizontal tone gives the vehicle a spacious and roomy look while producing a functional form that makes it easy to see the changes in the vehicle position. The upper part is covered with a soft padding wrapped in leather, and stitching has been applied to project a high-quality feel. The door panels feature a large area of door inserts and the same soft padding as the instrument panel and floor console sides, aiming to create a high-quality and comfortable space.
Saddle tan accent colour and semi-aniline leather seats are available on a new premium priceline. Interior colour variations of genuine leather seats of light grey and black are available on depending on the priceline. Also available are instrument panel and door trim in the same colour, with real aluminum used in the shift panel. Black suede combination seats and piano black interior material, and black fabric material seats and piano black interior material are also available.
The front seats have a two-layer urethane structure to ensure the seats are comfortable immediately and to reduce fatigue during long trips. Roominess and comfort is enhanced by widening the body and increasing the legroom of the first and second-row seats. In addition, features such as seat heaters, 3-zone automatic climate control, and rear door sunshades are available depending on the priceline to make the rear seats more comfortable for a family SUV.
There are two types of meters depending on the trim level. The 12.3-inch full digital driver display equipped with a MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ first full-screen, full-color TFT shows a variety of contents on a large screen with clarity in an easy-to-view manner without appearing cluttered. The display is also equipped with a customization function that allows a variety of information to be freely combined and displayed. Another high-contrast meter with a 7-inch multi-information display can show simple arrow navigation in the central information display. It utilizes the high recognition advantage of an analog display while producing a high-quality look with a stereoscopic dial and decorated indicator needle.
An available large 9-inch screen is used for the centre display and is equipped with Smartphone-link Display Audio navigation system. This smoothly provides highly accurate route information using internal maps and the navigation functions. A variety of functions, such as navigation and audio, can be easily selected with one touch of the launch menu icon that is always displayed at the bottom of the screen. By connecting to Android™4 smartphone or iPhone5, user can also enjoy the Android Auto™4 and Apple CarPlay5,6 applications. Functions for receiving the latest traffic information or updating software online are also planned for the near future.
To provide drivers with driving information safely and more quickly, for the first time MITSUBISHI MOTORS has installed a windshield-type 10.8-inch Head-Up Display (HUD) to project in full colour the information required for driving. Driver can manually select ON/OFF for this HUD and customize the displayed contents. In addition to driving information and warnings, such as lane departure, the displayed contents include navigation information and audio information through a link with the centre display screen, and multiple types of information can be displayed at the same time.
BOSE premium sound system is used for the speakers on upper pricelines. The all-new OUTLANDER is equipped with a sound system consisting of 10 speakers. Combining large door woofers with dual subwoofers provides excellent reproduction of powerful deep base to achieve surprisingly high-quality sound like a live performance.
The all-new OUTLANDER is a family SUV that offers three-row, seven seats, which is unique in its class. The seats can be flexibly arranged with multiple configurations to suit the number of passengers and their luggage. The second-row seats have a sliding and reclining function, as well as a 40:20:40 split division, allowing two adult passengers to comfortably sit in the second row even when carrying long items such as skis.
Space for storing smartphones is provided in the centre console tray, centre console side pockets, front-seat back pockets, and door trim pockets. The centre console tray also has a wireless phone charging function (15W) that charges smartphones when placed on it. USB charging ports Types C and A are provided, respectively, on the front and back of the centre console.
Advanced driver-assistance system and safety features
MI-PILOT Assist8 integrates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA), and supports driving operation by maintaining the distance between vehicles and keeping the vehicle in the center of the lane. Vehicles equipped with navigation link system can read the speed signs to automatically change the set speed and utilize the navigation map information to automatically adjust the vehicle speed to that appropriate for curves and forks in highways and other situations. To reduce troublesome setting operations while driving in heavy traffic on highways, the vehicle will automatically move forward if less than about 30 seconds have passed since the vehicle stopped.
For the airbags, a front centre airbag for the driver’s seat and side airbags for the 2nd-row seats are standard equipped, and a total of 11 airbags are installed. The front centre airbag deploys between the driver’s seat and front passenger seat.
For the first time in Canada, Mitsubishi Connect is installed as a car support system that allows users to enjoy a more comfortable car life and a safe driving experience. To protect the safety of the driver, a button can be pressed to request aid from the call centre if the vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident, and it automatically reports when an airbag is deployed. It also handles a variety of incidents, such as generating a vehicle theft warning and gathering and reporting to the user vehicle position information if the vehicle is stolen.
Further, operation by smartphone can be used to display the vehicle’s parked position or to cause the vehicle’s lights to flash to show where it is parked. Many convenient functions are provided, such as remote operation that can be used to start the engine and operate the climate control system before getting in to make the cabin comfortable during cold winters and hot summers as well as unlocking the doors from a remote location. The user can also receive notices when the vehicle is driven outside of a set time period, above a set speed, or outside a set area to manage driving by family.
- Total sales volume includes gasoline, diesel and PHEV variants, and is based on MITSUBISHI MOTORS’ internal sales data from 2001 to 2020.
- Equipped on certain trim levels.
- Android and Android Auto are trademarks or registered trademarks of Google LLC.
- iPhone and Apple CarPlay are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the US and other countries.
- Apple CarPlay allows wireless connection.
- Vehicle specifications may vary by market.
- MI-PILOT Assist in the U.S. and Canada.
About Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada is the sales, service, parts and marketing arm for Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors. With a product range consisting of Mirage, RVR sub-compact crossover, Outlander compact sport utility and Outlander PHEV, and Eclipse Cross, MMSCAN supports its dealerships with a head office team and parts distribution centre both located in Mississauga, Ontario. Established in 2002, MMSCAN and its dealerships employ over 1,200 people in communities large and small.