Mitsubishi welcomes a new trim level to the Outlander stable, the SE, which includes a silver-tone lower side-door bar, front grille insert, and roof rack stanchions as stylish accents. Chrome-like finish 17-inch alloy wheels, an exhaust finisher, and an SE-only available color-Electric Blue-complete the new look. For 2006, all Outlanders are equipped with daytime running lights, front seat-mounted, side-impact air bags, and anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution. The Limited model further establishes its upscale position with the addition of automatic climate control.
The Outlander is available in front- or all-wheel-drive versions, with choice of three trim levels: LS, SE, and Limited. All Outlander models are powered by a 2.4L inline four-cylinder engine developing 160 hp. Outlander's LS trim level offers a 5-speed manual, with a 4-speed Sportronic transmission optional on LS and standard equipment on the SE and Limited trim levels. Safety aids include driver and front passenger advanced dual-stage air bag systems, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, daytime running lights and anti-lock brakes.
The LS trim level includes color-keyed door handles, gray-painted bumpers and side sills, air conditioning, a 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system, metallic-painted climate control knobs, power windows/door locks/mirrors, a rear intermittent wiper, 60/40 reclining rear seats, and dual vanity mirrors. A tubular roof rack, keyless entry, cargo cover, and floor mats are standard on the Outlander LS 2WD with automatic transmission and the Outlander LS AWD. The Outlander SE improves on the LS model's exterior with a tubular roof rack with matching silver stanchions, color-keyed side mirrors, privacy glass, fog lamps, and 17-inch chrome-like five-spoke alloy wheels. Distinctive silver-tone accents highlight the grille, doors, roof rack, and wheels to visually enhance the vehicle's eye-catching appearance.
Inside, the SE adds sporty seat fabric, heated front seats, white-faced gauges, an analog clock, see-through headrests, rear privacy glass, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Also standard on the Outlander SE is a premium six-speaker, 210-watt Mitsubishi/Infinity AM/FM/CD audio system with a 6-disc CD changer and MP3 playback capability. Opting for the Limited trim level nets leather seating surfaces, automatic climate control, unique power window switch panels and center panel, unique headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and temperature readings, heated side mirrors, a power sunroof, and a monochromatic fender flare and side air dam treatment.
Marketed to urbanites that occasionally need to haul bulky items and first-time SUV buyers, the Compact CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) segment in which the Outlander competes is filled with 18 prospects.
The Ford Escape was the best seller in the segment for 2005 (165,122 sales), according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Second in sales was the Honda CR-V with 150,219 units sold, and the Chrysler PT Cruiser was third with 133,740 sales. Mitsubishi's Outlander sold 11,848 copies in 2005. Other models with sales greater than 50,000 in 2005 include the Chevrolet Equinox, Saturn Vue, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson, Honda Element, Scion xB, and Subaru Forester.
|LS||5 speed manual||$18,499||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||22/28|
|SE||4 speed automatic||$21,999||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||21/26|
|Limited||4 speed automatic||$24,549||160-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl||21/26|