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Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 MIVEC (Old)

31st Aug 2009 7:00 am

While the Outlander doesn’t feel as refined as competition and the cabin quality isn’t as best either, the chinks in the armour can be forgiven

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  • Make : Mitsubishi
  • Model : Outlander

The Outlander follows a conventional SUV template. Though it could do with more visual drama, the proportions are spot-on and there are lots of neat touches that make the Mitsubishi stand out. The Outlander’s nose has appealing elements. The two-part grille, the shapely headlamps, and big silver skid plate give it impressive presence in other cars’ rearview mirrors. The LED lights at the rear are stunning and really grab your attention. The rest of the body is quite conventionally shaped except for the D-pillar which tapers inwards. The Outlander’s upright stance and huge ground clearance (215mm to the CR-V’s 185mm) make it look taller than it is.

The Outlander gets electronically-controlled real-time four-wheel drive. In addition, it has a lockable centre differential (that ensures a 50:50 power split between the front and rear axles). There’s a two-wheel-drive only mode you can opt for if you want to help fuel economy.
Built on a car platform, the Outlander is based on Mitsubishi’s GS platform, which is shared with the Lancer and Evo X.

It comes with fully independent suspension. In the front, it uses MacPherson struts, with an added brace, proof that it is a serious off-roader. At the rear the Outlander has a multi-link set up. High-tensile steel is used to keep weight down and the Outlander gets a light-weight aluminium roof as well.

The Outlander’s interiors are all black with a few splashes of silver thrown in (you can order the interiors in beige though). The dials are sporty, the three-spoke steering is nice to hold, and the red-lit displays look good. However, the design itself is a bit bland and doesn’t have too much flair. The quality is pretty good with excellent fit and finish and the switches and controls feel nice and solid. But for a Rs 20 lakh-plus vehicle, the plastics don’t feel that rich and should have had a softer touch.
Climb into the Outlander’s driver’s seat and you’ll notice the dashboard is somewhat higher than that of other SUVs in this category. Forward visibility though good, could have been better. The front seats, however, are really comfortable for people with a large build. They are well bolstered and very comfy.
The rear seats aren’t as spacious though, however they do slide back to give you those vital extra few inches. The Outlander has a keyless system but misses out on dual-zone climate control. Curiously, the Outlander has heated seats, a pretty redundant feature unless you are spending winter in Ladakh. Boot space is good and the Outlander’s split tailgate is extremely useful and one of the most practical bits of the car.

Based on the current Lancer’s chassis, one can expect the Outlander to have tidy dynamics. The steering is a delight, requiring little effort yet providing loads of feel and weighting up perfectly at speed with little body roll. This makes it easy to attack corners with enthusiasm. The ride is pretty good and quite pliant at low speeds and this works well on Mumbai’s bad roads which are soaked up quite effortlessly. On the highway, the Outlander’s ride doesn’t deteriorate and gives a decent sense of security at three-digit speeds.

Seeing the Outlanders suspension and chasis, we feel that the car is meant for more on-road than off-road driving. The high ground clearance and the 4WD systems this car employs is intended to give owners comfort when the roads disintegrate during the monsoon.

Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 MIVEC (Old)
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