Thursday, 9 February 2012 11:46 AM
The third version of the Mitsubishi Outlander midsize crossover will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Mitsubishi are boldly claiming they coined the term "crossover" 11 years ago and that particular segment of the market has been going gangbusters ever since.
At Geneva, Mitsubishi is promising an Outlander that is greener than ever with target emissions below 130g/km, depending on the model and improved safety features such as forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, wide vision xenon headlights, easy-to and active cruise control. They're also promising much practicality with a power tailgate, a full third row of seating and a flat floor cargo area so you can fill the car with people and luggage. Keeping things comfortable, there's dual zone climate control and a telescopic, tilting steering column.
The interior has been spruced up too. Quality materials have been used to create padded surfaces and soft-touch finishes. There are also silver accents, gloss black appliqués on the dashboard as well as high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.
In Europe, there will be two engines to choose from: a 2.0-litre petrol or a 2.2-litre Clean Diesel. Options include Auto Stop & Go and an all-new 6-speed automatic gearbox and there is a choice of 2WD or 4WD set-ups. From 2013 in Europe, an EV-based plug-In hybrid powertrain will become available, aiming for emissions below 50g/km. The European launch is expected in late summer - stay tuned for exact launch dates for the UK market.
By Georgia Lewis
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