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First Look 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi’s all-new 2022 Outlander compact SUV debuts with fresher styling, more power and an upscale interior.

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Among compact SUVs, the Mitsubishi Outlander has long been the underappreciated contender. The new 2022 Outlander is here, and it looks likely to change the outgoing model’s perception.

Like the last version, the new Outlander has three rows of seats for up to 7 passengers. And it carries an extended, 5-year/100,000-km factory warranty. But the new version brings more power (thanks to a collaboration with Nissan) and a redesign that instantly makes it one of the most distinctive SUVs on the market, inside and out.

“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.”

 

What’s new?

Mitsubishi calls the new 2022 Outlander the brand’s flagship, meaning the compact SUV is supposed to set the design trend for everything else the company plans to make. Based on the new-for-2021 Nissan Rogue, the Outlander tries to distinguish itself on the outside from the Nissan with a two-part grille (Mitsubishi calls its “dynamic shield”) set apart from big headlights by hourglass character lines. A line along the fenders copies the curve of the wheel arch, lending a chiselled look. From the rear, it’s pretty bland, but from the front and sides, it has more character than most of its competition.

Inside the Mitsubishi's cabin is a real surprise. At first glance, it projects a more upscale look than its Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V rivals. The touchscreen (8- or 9-inches depending on trim level) is set apart from the dash in a Tesla-like style. What appears to be full-length air vents (we haven't tested the Outlander yet, but we doubt they're functional across the entire length) bisect the dash. The higher trim levels get diamond-stitched leather that looks like what you'd find in a car at twice this price. Optional upgrades include tri-zone climate control and heated rear seats—also cribbed from the luxury classes.

For the first time in Canada, Mitsubishi Connect will be available as a vehicle support system in the 2022 Outlander. Like General Motors' OnStar system, to protect the driver's safety, a Mitsubishi Connect button can be pressed to request aid from the call centre. If the vehicle breaks down or is involved in an accident, it automatically reports when an airbag is deployed. Mitsubishi Connect also handles various incidents, such as generating a vehicle theft warning and gathering and reporting to the user vehicle position information if the vehicle is stolen.

Under the hood, the Mitsubishi is a Nissan. As it shares a platform with the 2021 Rogue, the Outlander uses the same 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engine. Its 181 horsepower should put an end to complaints that the Outlander lacks power next to its competition. A continuously variable transmission delivers that output. All models feature an electronically-controlled all-wheel-drive system, incorporating a hydraulic clutch driven by an electric motor in the centre coupling device controlling the front and rear torque distribution.

 

What’s the same?

Separate from the all-new 2022 Outlander, Mitsubishi Canada also announced pricing and availability of the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle, the only version of the existing 2021 model-year Outlander on sale.

Featuring a significantly revised powertrain, the Outlander PHEV’s battery capacity grows from 12.0 kW/h to 13.8 kW/h. The result is an increase of all-electric range from 35 to 39 kilometres for a total combined range of 509 kilometres.

The 2021 Outlander PHEV is scheduled to arrive in dealerships at the end of March 2021. Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices begin at $44,198 CDN before available provincial and federal purchase incentives are applied. 

 

When will it go on sale?

The new generation 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander reaches Canadian dealerships in April this year.

 

How much will it cost?

Mitsubishi Canada says there will be seven 2022 Outlander trim lines to choose from, starting with the $31,998 CDN base ES all the way to the $42,178 CDN topline GT Premium.

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