The heavily facelifted 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has arrived in Australia following its reveal at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month.
Sporting a thoroughly redesigned front and rear fascia, the new-look Outlander also gains significantly improved NVH, ride and handling.
Mitsubishi has also take the opportunity to rename the three-model range, with the entry-level LS now joined by the mid-range XLS and range-topping Exceed. Most models cop a slight price increase of up to $750, with the exception of the Exceed, which is $400 cheaper.
The Outlander’s bold new front design marks the first time Mitsubishi’s new “Dynamic Shield” design concept being applied to a production model. The feature is said to be inherited from the bumper side protection seen on generations of Pajero.
It is consists of a chrome and silver plated grille, silver skid plate, LED daytime running lights and fog lamp bezel.
At the other end, the Outlander’s new sharper rear styling features a new design bumper, silver skid plate, chrome tailgate garnish with LED taillights and rear fog lamp. Completing the new look is a set of fresh 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the interior is embellished with soft touch features and premium grade materials at every contact point. A new design steering wheels features gloss black bezel and new accent trim has been applied to the doors and dashboard. New material headlining, subtle stitching highlights on the instrument panel and a soft type centre console enhance the sophisticated feel of the cabin. The top-of-the-range Exceed model also gains a gloss black streamline vein instrument panel and door trim.
The seats have been improved with better lateral support and an increase in side bolster stiffness. A new black cloth seat trim (on LS and XLS models) with stitching details complement the new interior look.
Mitsubishi says the 2016 Outlander boasts improved handling dynamics and greatly reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) along with increased body and structural rigidity for a quieter and superbly composed ride.
NVH improvements have been developed in part from the application of extensive sound insulation and isolation damping materials throughout the vehicle. Engine noise, cabin boom, road and wind noise are all reduced due to the modified engine air intake system (petrol and diesel engines), noise-isolating windscreen glass, improved weather stripping, new tyres, damper tuning and modified suspension mounts. In total, thirty-nine NVH improvements have been applied to the 2016 model.
The door closing sound is further improved by revising the structure of the door seals for greater sense of quality when opening and closing.
Refinement also comes in the form of manoeuvrability. Improved steering response, handling and ride feel are achieved through a more rigid suspension system, reinforced body and Electronic Power Steering calibrations. The larger diameter rear dampers is said to allow accurate tuning to gain good straight-line stability and high levels of ride comfort.
The revised Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) system delivers improved acceleration launch feel from a standing start as well as acceleration response across the rev range to give increased overtaking performance. Transmission shift quality, kick-down feel and downshift response are all improved, as is fuel economy from friction reduction applications and overall ratio expansion.
The 2016 Outlander range maintains its five-star ANCAP safety rating thanks to its combination of active and passive safety features.
The Outlander has front driver and passenger airbags, side, curtain and knee protection airbags, reversing camera, reserving sensors and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.
MY16 Outlander Key Features
LS standard features:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Hands free Bluetooth with voice command and steering wheel controls
- Display audio
- Reverse sensors
- Reverse camera
- Privacy glass
- LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRL)
- LED rear combination lamp
- Front and rear fog lamps
- Side turn lamp in door mirrors
- Climate control air-conditioning (single zone)
- 60/40 split rear seats
- Cruise control with steering wheel controls
- ECO mode
- 7 airbags (driver and passenger, side and curtain, driver knee)
- Hill start assist
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Leather steering wheel and shift knob
- Silver accent on instrument centre panel
- Welcome light and coming home light
- Chrome belt line moulding
- Chrome inside door handles
- Driver and passenger sun visor with ticket holder and illuminated vanity mirror
- Headlining with sunglass holder (LS and XLS only)
XLS features over LS:
- Digital Audio
- Touch Screen-Satellite Navigation (MMCS)
- Dual zone air-conditioning
- Dusk sensing head lamps
- Rain sensing wipers
- Electric folding mirrors
- Heated mirrors
- Electro-chromatic rear view mirror
- Cargo blind
- High contrast meter with colour LCD display
Exceed features over XLS:
- Forward Collision Mitigation
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Smart key
- One Touch Start
- Power tailgate
- Leather seats
- Seat heaters
- Driver power seat
- Driver seat back pocket
- LED headlamps
- Headlamp washers
- Gloss black streamline vein instrument panel and door trim
- Chrome outer door handles
- Outer scuff plate
Exterior Colour Range
*Premium Paint $550 RRP
|2WD||LS||2.0L Smart MIVEC||5MT||5|
|LS||2.0L Smart MIVEC||CVT||5|
|XLS||2.0L Smart MIVEC||CVT||5|
|4WD||LS||2.4L Smart MIVEC||CVT||5|
|XLS||2.4L Smart MIVEC||CVT||7|
|XLS||2.2L DiD I/C T/C||6AT||7|
|EXCEED||2.4L Smart MIVEC||CVT||7|
|EXCEED||2.2L DiD I/C T/C||6AT||7|
Recommended Retail Pricing
|2WD LS MT||14.5MY||16MY||Change|
|2WD LS MT||$27,740||$28,490||$750|
|2WD LS CVT||$29,990||$30,490||$500|
|2WD XLS CVT||$33,490||$33,490||$0|
|4WD LS CVT||$32,990||$33,490||$500|
|4WD XLS CVT||$36,490||$36,490||$0|
|4WD Exceed CVT||$43,890||$43,490||-$400|
|4WD XLS DiD 6AT||$39,490||$39,490||$0|
|4WD Exceed DiD 6AT||$46,890||$46,490||-$400|
Fuel economy / emissions / kerb weights
|2.0L Petrol 5MT||2.0L Petrol CVT||2.4L Petrol CVT||2.2L Diesel 6AT|
|Fuel consumption (L/100km)||7.0||6.7||7.2||6.2|
|CO2 Emissions (g/km)||162||156||166||163|
|Fuel tank capacity||63||63||60||60|
*7 seat version
Key dimensions / capacity
|Width – exl mirrors (mm)||1810|
|Front & rear track (mm)||1540|
|Leg room – front (mm)||1039|
|Leg room – 2nd row (mm)||948|
|Cargo area, 5 seat|
|Capacity rear seats folded (L)||1608|
|Cargo area, 7 seat|
|Capacity (L) (behind 3rd row)||128|
|Capacity rear seats folded (L)||1608|
|Turning circle – kerb to kerb (m)||10.6|
|Ground clearance (mm)||190|