The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport sports a new fairing before Mitsubishi calls it “innovative”. On the top-of-the-line Outlander SEL model seen in these official images, this means calender inserts instead of last year’s horizontal fins, slender ducts sliced into the formerly smooth black bottom trim. At the rear, we find a new complete bumper design with a diffuser-shaped insert under a full-width recessed gray strip that is framed by C-shaped red reflectors. The rear lights are connected by a new chrome trim. Other than that, it’s the same look worn by the Outlander Sport since last year.
A similar touch of light has been used on the interior of the 2018 Outlander Sport, but the changes should improve usability. The most important is a new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system called Smartphone Link. It is very similar to the Honda HR-V’s Display Audio system, one of Outlander Sport’s main competitors, except that the Mitsubishi has a volume knob (ahem, Honda); it also integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In another technological update, a Touring Pack provides automated emergency braking, a forward collision warning, a lane departure warning, automatic high beam and reversing camera, and a panoramic sunroof.
The New Mitsubishi Outlander uses two full-time 60 kW electric motors, one on the front and rear axles, and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. The system stores energy in a 12 kWh lithium-ion battery stored under the vehicle. Mitsubishi estimates total power at 197 horsepower.
The Outlander 2018 PHEV will start at $ 34,595 and is eligible for a $ 5,836 federal tax credit, plus anything your state can offer.