Mitsubishi Motors Corporation revealed the 2022 Outlander to a virtual global audience on Amazon Live yesterday, the first-ever vehicle launch on the juggernaut e-commerce platform. We watched the show while munching on Pocky snacks – the green tea flavoured ones.
Featuring an all-new design, rugged performance and state-of-the-art technology, the flagship SUV has been reinvented in many ways.
Takao Kato, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors, describes the new Outlander: “Based on the product concept ‘I-Fu-Do-Do’, which means authentic and majestic in Japanese, the new Outlander has been crafted into a reliable SUV with significantly upgraded styling, road performance and a high-quality feel to satisfy the needs of customers who want to expand their horizons and take on challenges of every kind.”
2022 Outlander, the fourth generation of Mitsubishi’s first SUV, is all grown up
With the transformation of the 4th generation Outlander, Mitsubishi feels they have an opportunity to attract new customers while impressing existing customers with the direction the manufacturer is going in terms of design and technology.
Mitsubishi launched the Outlander in Canada in 2002, its first crossover SUV. Since then, global sales of the Outlander series have reached 2.6 million units.
Advanced styling in the 2022 Outlander is obvious, with the next generation Dynamic Shield front face, large 20-inch wheels and striking proportions.
A newly developed platform and 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, updated electronically-controlled 4WD, S-AWC (Super-All Wheel Control) system and newly developed drive mode selector all contribute to the Outlander’s improved safety and road performance.
2022 Outlander features a high-quality cabin, new convenience and safety technologies, better performance and unique-to-the-segment third row
The cabin features a high-quality interior, large digital displays and a new wireless smartphone charging function.
According to Mitsubishi, the 2022 Outlander’s new platform greatly improves collision safety while achieving a high level of steering stability. For the first time, the brand has used an ultra-high tensile strength steel sheet with hot stamping around the cabin to create a stronger cabin structure while reducing weight.
Coupled to an eight-speed continuous variable transmission (CVT), the 2.5-litre engine is powerful at low to medium rpm but smooth and easy-to-handle at high rpm.
A linear instrument panel gives the interior a spacious and roomy look that makes it easy to see what’s going on with the operation of the vehicle. The upper part of the instrument panel is covered with a soft padding wrapped in leather. Door panels feature a large area of door inserts with the same soft padding, creating a high-quality and comfortable space.
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: A winning package for new and existing customers
The all-new Outlander is a family SUV that offers seating for seven in a three-row seating configuration, which is unique in its class. The second-row seats have a sliding and reclining function, as well as a 40:20:40 split division, allowing two adult passengers to comfortably sit in the second row even when carrying long items like fishing poles or skis.
Mitsubishi’s dramatic new Outlander goes on sale in North America in April, with other markets to follow. We’re looking forward to testing it, in the ‘flesh’.