2012 Los Angeles Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, which will go on sale here in July 2014, made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
- The Outlander plug-in hybrid goes on sale in the U.S. in January 2014. Its battery pack, inverter and electric motor are shared with the i-MIEV electric car.
- The 2014 Outlander is 200 pounds lighter and features a re-engineered version of Mitsubishi's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a continuously variable transmission.
LOS ANGELES — The redesigned 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander, which will go on sale here in July 2013, made its North American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. Mitsubishi North America President Yoichi Yokozawa also confirmed that the Outlander plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will arrive in the U.S. market in January 2014.
Pricing will be announced closer to launch date, Mitsubishi told Edmunds. The 2013 Outlander starts at $23,520, including an $825 destination charge.
The 2014 Outlander went on a diet, as its unit-body structure (known as the body-in-white) is 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. It uses a heavily modified version of the platform architecture used for the original Outlander and current Lancer. The Outlander targets the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Kia Sorento and Toyota RAV4, among others. Seven-passenger seating is standard in Mitsubishi's crossover.
The base 2014 Outlander features a re-engineered version of Mitsubishi's 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The engine features an enhanced version of Mitsu's MIVEC system, which provides fully variable valve timing and lift on both the intake and exhaust side. In addition, four-cylinder Outlanders will now be available with the company's more advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system.
The premium 2014 Outlander GT model will be offered exclusively with a more powerful 224-hp 3.0-liter V6. This engine is a carryover from the current generation, but it's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that has been recalibrated for better fuel economy. A new driver-activated Eco-mode setting is standard on all 2014 Outlanders and helps to cut fuel consumption by slightly reducing engine power on initial throttle application. Mitsubishi has not provided fuel economy estimates on the 2014 Outlander.
Inside, the new Outlander features all-new audio and navigation system components, and Mitsubishi officials tell us you'll see these upgrades in the 2014 Lancer as well. New tech features include adaptive cruise control, a forward collision warning system and a lane departure warning system.
Meanwhile, when it arrives a little over a year from now, the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will share many of its components with the Mitsubishi i-MIEV car, including its electric motor, inverter and 16-kilowatt-hour battery pack. That's the same size battery pack as a Chevrolet Volt, but Mitsubishi officials insist the packaging will be better in the Outlander.
"It will be like a much more usable Volt," one official told us. That said, cramming all the plug-in hybrid components into any vehicle is no easy feat, so the plug-in Outlander will lose the third-row seat and only seat five. Mitsubishi hasn't disclosed the specifications on the gas engine for the Outlander PHEV, but officials have confirmed it will use the conventional Outlander's AWD system.
The Japanese automaker also showed the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition model at the Los Angeles auto show. It marks the automaker's 30th year in the U.S. and features blackout exterior trim, special alloy wheels and two-tone leather seating in the cabin. Under the hood, the 2.4-liter engine has been fitted with a new balancer shaft for smoother, quieter operation.
Edmunds says: Mitsubishi flexes its muscles at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show with the long-awaited arrival of the 2014 Outlander and a firm date for the arrival of the Outlander plug-in hybrid.