2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Design Review

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.

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