Mitsubishi Outlander LS 4WD 2013 Review

March 13th, 2013 by darren


The Outlander LS is the cheapest four-wheel drive version of the Outlander range. You can get a 2WD two-litre model for $39,990, and that would be fine if you’re trying to save money on petrol (its quoted fuel economy is 6.6l/100km vs the LS’s 7.5l/100km), but this 4WD LS develops more power and torque (126kW and 224Nm) which will make it better for towing, and it has the flexibility of a trick 4WD system. Both vehicles will tow the same amount (1600kg on a braked trailer).

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Mitsubishi Outlander VRX 4WD 7-seat 2013 Review

January 10th, 2013 by Darren Cottingham

The seven seat Outlander has been up at the pointy end of the pack for a while now. In fact, a year ago we tested the XLS version and our only gripes were the interior and the dull colour range.

Enter the 2013 Outlander…in a kind of brown, which is a colour that should have been left with Mark II Cortinas in the 80s. OK, it’s kind of coppery, almost burnt orangey brown, but my personal preference is any one of the other colours for this top-of-the-line Outlander.

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Mitsubishi Outlander XLS 7-seat 2012 Review

January 19th, 2012 by Darren Cottingham

If life has dealt you the hand of abundant fertility there are several car makers vying for your dollars when it comes to transporting your progeny. You don’t need to have a hideous van or MPV when you can have a relatively sleek SUV such as the Outlander XLS.

Of course, it will appeal to you altruistic car-pooler types, too, as you ferry your friends’ kids to school – and it will deal with the urban jungle with aplomb. You could pull up outside any school and the Outlander will not look out of place whether the other parents are driving utes or Maseratis.

Leading the handsome look is the ‘fighter jet’ grille taken straight from the Evo X. This is framed by self-levelling high-intensity discharge headlights that follow your steering wheel – steer left, and the Outlander illuminates the way to the left.

Flared wheel arches and a strong sloping shoulder line draw your eye to the neat reverse slope of the rear window, which is something many cars fail to make look good.

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Mitsubishi Outlander LS 2010 Review

September 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Sharp styling is always nice, and strong performance can be exciting, but nothing speaks to new car buyers as loudly as price. The Korean carmakers have known this for decades and now Mitsubishi has cottoned on and released a new entry-level model in its very successful Outlander range. Like buying ‘home brand’ at the supermarket the Outlander LS forgoes some of the fancy packaging to chase down a more attractive price – $37,990. That’s a tempting sum to swap for NZ’s best selling medium SUV especially coming with Mitsubishi’s 5-year/10-year warranty.  But in achieving this price what concessions have been made on this brazen base-model? Car and SUV opened the packet on the Outlander LS to take a closer look at the contents within.

Visually the LS, like all Outlanders has a more traditional boxy SUV shape when compared to the highly curved new-school SUVs like the Hyundai ix35 and the Mazda CX-7. Classic good looks aside, it’s only under close inspection that the LS differs from its more expensive siblings. Mitsubishi’s ‘jet fighter’ grille, first used on the Lancer then on the facelifted Outlander range, hasn’t filtered down to the LS model. While this leaves it a facelift behind other Outlanders the overall styling on the LS is modern and gives it genuine presence. Tough black plastic mouldings protect the underside and it rolls on 16″ steel wheels with silver covers. Overall, it’s a smart looking machine with its high beltline, tinted rear glass and subtle chrome touches.  With the exception of the steel wheels there is nothing about the Outlander LS that really screams ‘base model’.

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Mitsubishi wins big with NZ government contract

August 30th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Motors has been selected by the New Zealand Government Procurement Development Group to supply vehicles for use by all government agencies over the next five years.

The popular Outlander LS, in both 2WD and 4WD, was selected for Large Wagon and Large SUV categories respectively, while Triton GL and GLX were both selected for the 2WD and 4WD Utility categories.

Mitsubishi Motors NZ national fleet sales manager Mike Davidson is delighted with the decision. “The endorsement is a reflection of the quality and value of both models, our industry-leading 10/5 Diamond Advantage Warranty and the strength of the Mitsubishi network,” he said

“Ever since its launch in 2005, Outlander has been a New Zealand favourite and it continues to top the sales charts in its class. Triton has moved from strength to strength and is recognised for its class-leading 4WD and safety features. It is the only option in the diesel ute segment with active stability control and the GL configuration is the only 4WD ute with rear diff lock as standard.

“The all-of-government procurement process reviewed 518 vehicles provided by 14 suppliers. Up to eighty five percent of the vehicles available to agencies could potentially be supplied by Mitsubishi and two other suppliers,” said Mr Davidson.

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Mitsubishi Outlander VR 2010 Review

March 17th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

For its first generation Mitsubishi’s compact/medium crossover was known as the Airtek, but that name didn’t stick and by its second generation was dropped. Its replacement was equally unique, part highlander, part outlaw, the ‘Outlander’ nameplate was introduced. Like the adventurous moniker would suggest the Outlander was capable of reaching higher ground regular cars couldn’t while still having enough pace to easily enable law-breaking speeds. Late last year the Outlander had a mid-cycle facelift and swaggered back into town with new styling, engine tweaks and a few new tricks. Car and SUV saddled up with the reworked Outlander to see what’s new and check it still had the goods to be NZ’s best selling medium SUVs.

While the upgrades are deeper than a new front end, that’s where the most noticeable change exists. The new ‘jet fighter’ front grille is robbed off the Lancer and although you couldn’t call it pretty, it gives the Outlander a purposeful, staunch presence. Other exterior updates include a new bonnet with character lines that lead into the grille, colour-coded door mirrors, side-sills and a new rear bumper. Our VR model test vehicle was finished off with silver integrated roof rails, front fog lamps and smart 18-inch alloys. Overall, the Outlander is a handsome SUV, it makes use a fairly standard boxy shape but the upgrades have helped release individuality from those confines.

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Mitsubishi Outlander 2008

December 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Mitsubishi NZ launches new Triton & Outlander

November 12th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Mitsubishi Outlander Launch fq

Mitsubishi Motors NZ has just released it’s new Outlander SUV and Triton ute to the local market this week.

The popular Outlander is back sporting an aggressive styling make-over which includes the company’s trademark “jet fighter” grille, and new comfort, convenience and safety upgrades. Improvements to the Outlander’s engineering include the addition of Hill Start Assist on all models and Super All Wheel Control to V6 models.

“Outlander has performed superbly,” said Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. “With the option of five or seven seats it integrates well into large families and commercial users like the space, engine options and, of course, the price. “Over the Mitsubishi Outlander Launch rqpast four years, the Mitsubishi Outlander has been the best-selling medium SUV in New Zealand. After such impressive service, it was time for a freshen-up and the new exterior styling and interior appointments have achieved exactly that.”

In addition to the exterior changes, the Outlander interior design has been freshened with the addition of new seat, door and dash trims, leather look to premium models, double stitching, chrome accents and a new instrument cluster. Additional Lancer-Evolution-inspired design cues for the VRX model include aluminium racing style pedals and a sport-type steering wheel.

Technological upgrades for the new Outlander include the inclusion of Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control system (S-AWC) to V6 models, improvements to power delivery and fuel economy, the addition of Hill Start Assist (HSA) for all CVT and automatic models and USB inputs for audio connectivity.

The new Outlander retains two tried and trusted engine choices.  First, the 2.4-litre DOHC 16 valve MPI MIVEC engine which generates 127 kW of power @ 6,000 rpm and 230 Nm of torque @ 4,100 rpm.  The 2.4-litre engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with Sports Mode sequential style shift changes.

The higher-spec V6 3.0-litre SOHC 24 valve MPI MIVEC engine now generates 172 kW of power @ 6,250 rpm and 296 Nm of torque @ 3,750 rpm (with 95+ RON fuel).  The V6 benefits from improvements to the all-aluminium engine, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimised camshaft timing and compression ratio.

“We’ve worked hard to raise the premium appeal of Outlander with our VRX offerings and the 3.0L model, in particular, provides a level of appointment, technology and power to match,” said Mr Wilkins. “We believe that this new range will raise the bar in the small and medium SUV segment. We have excellent coverage from top to bottom and the product’s success to date indicates consumers love Outlander and this model will continue to be a New Zealand favourite.
Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Triton Launch fqThe new Triton also had its launch this week and has already proved it’s off-road prowess to motoring journalists on a challenging 4WD track.

The 2010 Triton has seen a raft of changes, four-wheel drive models in the 13-strong range receive a new common rail 2.5 litre high-powered turbo-diesel engine; eight models have side and curtain airbags and all but four workhorse variants boast stability and traction control.

“This is a major upgrade for Triton and we’re thrilled with the result,” said Mitsubishi Motors general manager of sales and marketing Peter Wilkins. “We’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink at it and the class-leading power, torque and safety speak for themselves.

The class-topping power output of 133 kW and 407 Nm is achieved with the manual transmission and generated from a new high-powered engine at 4,000 rpm and 2,000 rpm respectively, representing increases of 11 percent and 15 percent over the previous 3.2 litre power plant.

Mitsubishi Triton Launch rIncreased power has not come at the expense of fuel economy, which, at 8.3 L/100 km, is 9 percent better than the outgoing engine and second equal in the class. Automatic variants provide the same power as the manual, torque is 356 Nm and fuel consumption 9.3 L/100 km.

While the 2WD’s 2.5 litre power plant still generates 102 kW @ 4000 and 319 Nm @ 2000, improvements have been made to fuel economy, which now stands at 8.2 L/100 km for the manual and 8.6 L/100 km for auto variants. These savings have translated to lower CO2 emissions at 214 g/km and 224 g/km respectively.

There are two automatic specifications within the range. The GLS receives a five-speed automatic with Sports Mode, allowing drivers to manually select and hold gears. The rest of the range is equipped with the four-speed auto found in the previous model and Mitsubishi’s Easy Select 4WD transfer.

The GLS also gains Super Select, which, like Easy Select, allows drivers to engage 4WD at speeds up to 100 km/h. Super Select varies with the addition of a viscous centre differential, which, when employed with 4H, allows ‘when-required’ torque transfer between front and rear wheels, improving fuel economy in 4WD.

First to market with active stability control and the inclusion of side and curtain airbags has bolstered Triton’s existing four-star safety rating, which Mr Wilkins says best meets the growing demands of consumers. Mitsubishi Triton Launch s”We’re delighted to lead the market with these critical safety features.”

Along with new bumpers and wheels, Triton’s new wellside tray delivers a squarer finish to the vehicle’s profile. The wellside has been extended by 180 mm and deepened by 55 mm, allowing much-improved capacity for tools and toys. Purchasers of 4WD cab chassis models will benefit from an increased braked towing capacity of 3 tonnes.

Inside, all vehicles receive a new instrument display, centre console and seat trims. All double cab driver’s seats gain height-adjust, offering more versatility for the driver, while the GLX and GLS double cabs have extra seat cushioning and bolstering.

The 2010 range holds something for everyone, including one of New Zealand’s few double cab chassis models. Seven 4WD variants include three manual workhorse GL options — in single and double cab chassis and double cab wellside — and GLX and GLS specifications with double cab wellsides available as manual or auto. The six 2WDs host one manual single cab chassis in GLX format. The remainder are double cab wellside with a manual GL and manual or auto GLX and GLS.

For both the Triton and the new Challenger Mitsubishi is offering its new Diamond Advantage warranty, including a comprehensive 5 year/130,000 km new vehicle warranty, backed up by its 10 year/160,000km power train warranty and a 5 year/130,000km roadside assistance package.
2010 Outlander Pricing

2.4LS – 5 seat CVT                              $41,990
2.4XLS – 7 seat CVT                           $44,990
2.4VRX – 7 seat CVT                           $49,990
3.0L V6 VR — 7 seat A/T                     $49,990
3.0L V6 VRX — 7 seat A/T                   $54,990
2010 Triton pricing

4WD GL single cab chassis manual        $41,990
4WD GL double cab chassis manual       $43,990
4WD GL double cab manual                   $45,990
4WD GLX double cab manual                 $49,990
4WD GLX double cab auto                     $51,990
4WD GLS double cab manual                 $52,990
4WD GLS double cab auto                     $54,990
2WD GL double cab chassis manual       $37,990
2WD GLX single cab chassis manual      $33,990
2WD GLX double cab manual                 $41,990
2WD GLX double cab auto                     $43,990
2WD GLS double cab manual                 $44,990
2WD GLS double cab auto                     $46,990

To find out more information on the new Triton and Challenger models click here to visit the Mitsubishi NZ website.

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