Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Review
Of the limited line-up that Mitsubishi has in Malaysia, one of the most important models for them is the Mitsubishi Outlander. This seven-seater has been in production for close to nine years, undergoing a facelift back in 2017, but on the whole remaining the same stout vehicle that presents a more urban-focused proposition for Mitsubishi buyers.
Beyond being a people hauler in an SUV body, the Outlander also maintains Mitsubishi’s core important technologies. MIVEC and 4WD are standard across the range – of which there are two variants. The next generation model of the Outlander has been unveiled globally, but it will be a fair amount of time before it eventually gets to our market.
Both of these models are locally-assembled at Tan Chong Motor Assemblies plant in Segambut. They come with a very attractive five year, unlimited mileage warranty, with two years of free maintenance.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Specifications
There are two powertrains available for the two different variants of the Mitsubishi Outlander, and both of them are packaged with a CVT-type automatic transmission and Mitsubishi’s electronically controlled four-wheel drive system. The first engine is a naturally-aspirated, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, making 145 PS and 196 Nm of torque. It also happens to be the stalwart 4B11 engine that features in the now defunct Mitsubishi Lancer GT.
The larger engine option is a naturally-aspirated 2.4-litre petrol engine that makes 167 PS and 222 Nm of torque. This engine has been made available before in vehicles like the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, and is a reasonably potent, torquier motor than before. Both engines have MIVEC, though in this context it is a variable valve timing setup that improves the breadth of the torque band for better driveability.
Dimensions and capacities for the Mitsubishi Outlander are identical across the range as well. You get a 60 litre fuel tank, shifting a kerb weight of between 1,575 and 1,610 kilograms. The wheelbase maintains itself at 2,670 mm, with an overall length of 4,695 mm, a width of 1,810 mm, and a height of 1,710 mm. The proportions are almost wagon like, being as tall as it is wide and with the length to accommodate occupants. The minimum ground clearance of the Mitsubishi Outlander is 190 mm, depending of course on how you approach an obstacle.
In terms of how robust this chassis is, it is one that’s bespoke and specific to the Outlander itself and it doesn’t happen to be a ladder frame like the Mitsubishi Triton or Pajero Sport. The Outlander is designed to be an out-and-out urban vehicle, with a MacPherson strut front axle setup, and a multi-link rear suspension setup. This allows it to have impressive ride and handling characteristics.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Exterior
Both variants of the Mitsubishi Outlander are outfitted with 18-inch alloy wheels, and you can get either variant in all three colours: Ruby Black, Red Metallic, or Solar White. The most noticeably differences between the two are the LED projectors and a rear spoiler for the more expensive 2.4-litre model, in place of the halogen projectors and spoiler-less rear for the 2.0-litre model.
On the whole, the Mitsubishi Outlander has an impeccable combination of styling elements that follow the most current design language from the Mitsubishi Triton and Xpander. Mitsubishi has always managed to maintain balanced proportions with their vehicles – as you can see, the Outlander manages to seat seven without looking comically tall or narrow like some of the other options on the market.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Interior
The inside of the Mitsubishi Outlander is arguably more function than form, with elements placed and materials chosen more for access and harder wearing properties than for outright beauty and design. The head unit and climate control knobs are easy to reach and adjust, and vents are liberally placed across the width of the dashboard. There is a mix of hard plastic and leatherette, the latter of which extends to the seats and the steering wheel as well. The aforementioned sunroof for the more expensive 2.4-litre variant does add a touch of roominess to the cabin, although third row passengers will still have a dearth of legroom to exploit and this can be a problem on longer journeys.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Safety Features
Being a model that came out close to nine years ago, the Mitsubishi Outlander doesn’t have much in the way of active safety systems, especially being retrofitted and made to work with older systems. This doesn’t mean that the Outlander is lacking in terms of outright safety systems – both variants get seven airbags, active stability control (electronic stability control), traction control, hill-start assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist, a driving video recorder, an all-round monitor (bird’s eye-view for parking), and a rear-view camera. There’s also a collapsible steering column that pulls away from you in the event of an impact, reducing the risk of injuring from hitting it.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Strengths and Weaknesses
If there is to be a strength to the Mitsubishi Outlander, it would be that it is impressive ride and handling abilities – something that it inherits from other Mitsubishi passenger cars in the past. Mitsubishi has a lot of experience with isolating their cars from the unpleasantries of the road, something they’ve had to do for many of their top-sellers and icons alike – the Pajero comes to mind – and that translates well to a seven-seater designed for a city more than the beaten path.
But one can’t get around the fact that Mitsubishi’s powertrain technologies are arguably a little dated – as are their interiors. They have had this issue with other models in the past, and without the means and budget to develop new engines and invest in better interior materials, it remains an issue that buyers will have to contend with. That being said, the next generation model will be a massive step up in this regard.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Price
To get yourself a Mitsubishi Outlander in your driveway, the cost of entry starts at RM 133,490.67 for the 2.0-litre variant, and RM 147,761.85 for the 2.4-litre variant. These prices are including the 10% sales tax exemption that is ongoing until the end of June, or possibly longer. These prices are also excluding insurance.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Features
The price spread across the range of variants for the Mitsubishi Outlander isn’t all too large, and the feature lists reflect that. There aren’t very many items that differ from one variant to the next – for example, the higher spec variant gets auto-levelling headlights, an electronic tailgate, an electronic parking brake, paddle shifters, electrically adjustable driver seats, electrochromic rear-view mirrors, and a sunroof.
Beyond this, both variants get keyless entry and start, roof rails, a high-contrast instrument cluster, dual-zone climate control, a seven-inch touch screen head unit with CD, MP3, USB, and Bluetooth functionality, air-gesture controls for the head unit, and a six-speaker sound system setup.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2021 Fuel Consumption
The manufacturer quoted fuel consumption for the Mitsubishi Outlander is 13.7 kilometres per litre for the 2.0-litre variant, and 13 kilometres per litre for the 2.4-litre variant. These are reasonable figures considering that they have to deal with the aerodynamic drag of a high-riding car, alongside the rolling resistance provided from a four-wheel drive system.
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- Body Type: SUV
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1998 cc - 2360 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 7
- Price: RM 133,491 - RM 147,762
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