Sometime last year, we brought you a story that Mitsubishi has imported the new Outlander for homologation purposes and that the market launch would follow soon after. The car has now been spotted at a dealership and here are the first pictures of the car at Indian shores, courtesy Autocar India.
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 and the newly launched Tucson. The product will be offered with Mitsubishi’s new AWD system (S-AWC).
The Outlander will be the first new product in India to feature Mitsubishi’s new design philosophy. Even the recently launched Montero SUV continued with the oldschool design theme of Mitsubishi. 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.
The product will be offfered as a CBU and will be sold by the current lot of Mitsubishi dealers that are present across the country. Dealers have started accepting bookings for the vehicle and Autocar is reporting a starting price of close to Rs 29 lakhs, ex-showroom which brings it in the Tiguan range as well.
The Outlander will take on the soft roaders, like the CR-V, the Tucson, the Tiguan (while that is being positioned as a rival for the X1 and GLA) and the soon to be launched and higly anticipated Jeep Compass.