Mitsubishi is a company that is not spoken about much nowadays, sadly. While the company still sells the Pajero Sport and the Montero SUV, they have completely lost the plot in all other segments. This is mainly due to lack of service stations and fear among customers regarding the commitment of the company in the future.
Well looks like the company wants to change that by strengthening its SUV line up in the country. A few units of the Outlander SUV have been imported into the country for certification purposes which means that the company will be introducing the vehicle in the near future. The Outlander was previously present in the Indian market and took on the Honda CR-V, being the only other petrol alternative. When it is launched now, it will take on the Hyundai Tuscon and the Honda CR-V.
The vehicle that has been imported into the country is the 7-seat version which means that it will be an interesting option for those looking for a compact 7-seat SUV. Powering the Outlander is a 2.4 liter Mivec engine making 165 Bhp and 222 Nm. The engine is mated to a CVT gearbox. Currently, the only petrol SUV that can be had is the CR-V.
The Outlander will be the first new product in India to feature Mitsubishi’s new design philosophy. Where the previous Outlander borrowed it front end from the the Evo X, this one looks a lot more flashy with the large amounts of chrome plastered all over the front. In the international market, the Outlander comes with a whole host of features including 7 airbags, electric tailgate and an electric sun roof. What will make it to the Indian spec version is still not clear but we expect it to come with the 4wd system and come well loaded. It is not clear if the company will bring the car in as a CBU or CKD either.
We hope that the company can improve its after-sales as well to give customers the confidence of buying vehicles from the brand.