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2014 Outlander SUV Sets Direction for Mitsubishi

11/29/2012
With the discontinuation of the Endeavor SUV, Galant midsize sedan, and the Eclipse sport coupe and convertible, Mitsubishi is banking on the redesigned 2014 Outlander crossover SUV to prove popular with consumers. Completely redesigned, the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is 200 pounds lighter and 7% more aerodynamic than the model it replaces, and is equipped with standard 7-passenger seating.

Three trim levels are offered--ES, SE and GT--all equipped with electric steering. A 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, generating 166 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,200 rpm. It is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that mimics shift points for more natural "shift" feel and which provides an Acceleration Control feature for improved drivetrain response when climbing hills. A driver-controlled Eco Mode is designed to improve fuel economy by reducing engine power and climate control function.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander GT is equipped with a standard 3.0-liter V-6 engine generating 224 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 215 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters delivers the power to all four of the crossover SUV's wheels through Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system. The S-AWC system is optional for the Outlander SE.

In addition to a standard third-row seat, the 2014 Outlander ES is equipped with soft-touch interior surfaces, gloss black cabin trim, and dark-tinted privacy glass. Additionally, this model includes air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, power side mirrors, remote keyless entry, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a stereo with a CD/MP3 player. Standard safety features include a knee air bag for the driver, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, and hill-start assist.

The 2014 Outlander SE is equipped with a 6-inch touch-screen radio, HD Radio, USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity. Dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, passive keyless entry and push-button ignition, and a reversing camera are also standard on the SE trim, which is distinguished by fog lights and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Outlander GT adds a V-6 engine and the S-AWC system, plus high-intensity discharge headlights, chrome exterior accents, rain-sensing wipers, satellite radio, and wood grain interior trim.

Mitsubishi plans to offer two option packages for the SE and GT versions. The Premium package includes a panoramic glass sunroof, leather seats, power driver's seat, remote power tailgate, and a 710-watt premium audio system. For SE models, this package also includes satellite radio and wood grain interior trim. The optional Touring package equips the 2014 Outlander with a next-generation navigation system, lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control system, and a forward-collision mitigation system.

Six color choices will be offered for the 2014 Outlander: Cool Silver Metallic; Cosmic Blue Mica; Mercury Gray Metallic; Copper Metallic; Diamond White Pearl; or Labrador Black Mica. An Outlander plug-in hybrid model is planned for launch in early 2014.

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