Redesigned and re-engineered in 2014, the newest Mitsubishi Outlander compact sport utility gets subtle styling updates that add up to a more daring execution up front. The 2015 Outlander’s new, all-black front fascia and bumper produce a fresh, integrated look, complemented by restyled, silver skid plates and all-black mouldings that arch around the wheel well.
Mitsubishi offers three Outlander ES price lines equipped with the 2.4-litre, four-cylinder MIVEC engine, including a price leading $25,998 2WD version, and two price lines equipped with all-wheel control (AWC). For 2015 model year, Outlander ES also receives a new-look bezel around the front fog lamps and, inside, new contrast seat stitching.
Outlander SE and GT are powered by Mitsubishi’s 3.0-litre, 227-horsepower, 24-valve MIVEC engine and six-speed Sportonic Automatic Transmission. The leap to the GT price line includes S-AWC, or Super All-Wheel Control – Mitsubishi’s sophisticated AWC system with added torque vectoring capabilities – essentially managing under/over steer and superior traction by providing torque to the front wheels on a left-to-right basis in addition to AWC’s front-to-back. Both AWC and S-AWC are selectable by the driver.
Outlander is rare among Canada’s compact SUVs to offer V-6 power but also for its advanced safety technologies Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Mitigation on GT price lines.
Based on NRCan’s new-for-2015 fuel ratings, the 2015 Outlander boasts near class-leading economy with a highway rating of 7.5 L/100 km on four-cylinder 2WD prince lines.