A few years ago, when the revamped Mitsubishi Outlander appeared on the market with several family-friendly revisions, the automaker announced plans to expand the crossover/SUV lineup and move away from its reputation for practical, budget-friendly sedans. That move proved to be a good strategy, and now, the Outlander family has expanded to include the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV. To the surprise of experts everywhere, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales seem to be leading the charge when it comes to Mitsubishi’s success in 2017.
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was available globally a few years ago, with its U.S. launch being repeatedly delayed due to the fact Mitsubishi wanted to revise the nameplate and add a few upgrades before bringing it stateside. This seems to have been a wise choice. 2017 was Mitsubishi’s best year in sales since 2007, and the brand overall had a sales growth of 7.7% over the previous year due to breaking the 100,000 milestone for vehicles delivered.
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV sales are defying expectation. While selling 623 units in 2017 may not sound impressive when compared to other, more traditional vehicles on the market, the plug-in hybrid SUV brings a new niche of customers to the Mitsubishi brand. Outlander PHEV sales are only expected to increase over the following three-year period.
Many families that need room for seven or eight passengers usually don’t have bigger budgets for a brand new car. This is where Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles comes in handy. For the fourth year in a row, the Mitsubishi Outlander has earned a place on this prestigious list.
This year, the 2017 Outlander takes the top spot as the most affordable crossover on the list. Along with its exceptional affordability, the Outlander was recognized for its well-equipped interior, off-road abilities, and excellent warranty.
The Outlander comes with one of the best warranties in the industry: a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, a 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.
Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA, said, “Outlander offers consumers a quality vehicle with room for seven passengers at an affordable price and is backed up with one of the leading warranties in the industry. We are proud to have Outlander recognized for its value proposition by one of the most reputable organizations in the industry.”
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a top competitor in the small crossover segment and now it’s getting a boost. The new Limited Edition trim officially debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, sporting new design enhancements and plenty of technology. The new Outlander Sport maintains its surprisingly affordable price despite the new high-end features.
Thus far, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has done a spectacular job at bringing all the features drivers want without the ridiculously high prices. Plenty of standard equipment and technologies come loaded into the new Limited Edition trim, continuing the value-oriented offering from the Japanese automaker.
“We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Starting at just $21,995, the new Limited Edition trim boasts styling cues like black 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, exclusive badging, and more. Inside, drivers can expect a sport-inspired design completed with aluminum pedals. Comfort features include heated front seats while tech-savvy drivers will love the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a favorite compact SUV of enthusiasts and the average driver alike. The current generation has been around for a while, which led to many believing that the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander was right around the corner. Now the next-generation Outlander has been spotted testing and the spy photos are pretty revealing.
The new model will take cues from the 2013 and 2015 XR-PHEV concepts, a welcome move, given the brand’s skilled hand in styling. The look won’t be quite as sporty but the front end and sloping roof are here to stay.
The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will likely be more compact to compete with models like the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Several photos gave a sneak peek at the interior, which features a new layout with the infotainment touchscreen on top and plenty of chrome and silver details.
The new Outlander will likely come stocked with a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A new plug-in hybrid model is also rumored as well. Both models will come with front-wheel drive. Rumors of an all-electric Outlander have been flurrying around the industry but there’s no confirmation from Mitsubishi yet.