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Mitsubishi Outlander Concept
The new European Outlander

Mitsubishi Outlander Concept: the all-new generation of the European specs. Outlander, expected for the first quarter of 2007.

Mitsubishi Outlander Concept: in Europe from the 1st  quarter of 2007.

APN,
6 October 2006.

With the launch of the upgraded version of its Pajero SUV, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced at the 2006 Paris Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile, 30 September to 15 October) its new SUV strategy for Europe.

The Mitsubishi SUV strategy for Europe will be based on three main sectors:

- Mid-size SUV, with the new Outlander generation,
- Full-size SUV, with the Pajero (more on the Pajero / Montero / Shogun model),
- Pickup, with L200 Sport Utility Truck.

A derivative of the all-new Outlander launched in Japan in October 2005, the upcoming Euro-spec. Outlander will be launched in Europe during the first quarter of 2007.

The Outlander Concept - currently shown at the Paris Mondial - is tailored to the European market through a number of changes to the Japan market model. It is powered by a Volkswagen 2.0-liter 16-valve DOHC direct-injection intercooler-turbocharger diesel engine. Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, in Outlander-Concept it produces an estimated 103kW / 140ps, plus 310Nm of torque, for a top speed of nearly 190 km/h.

A Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) will be made available on the upcoming production car – according to models and markets - whilst further engines will be launched alongside later on, including an all-new Mitsubishi Motors-developed 162kW / 220ps petrol V6 with MIVEC variable valve timing technology, plus a 125kW / 170ps variant of the new petrol “World Engine”.

The Outlander Concept comes in a  4,64 m long body (1,80m wide) riding on 20” six-spoke specific alloy wheels. In its styling, it sports the Mt Fuji-style front grille that serves as one of the design identity elements for Mitsubishi brand models in Europe.

With the all-new Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors enters the fast growing mid-size SUV segment (mid-size in European standards, compact SUV in U.S. standards), against the likes of the Toyota RAV-4, Nissan X-Trail and Honda CR-V...

The Outlander-Concept also previews in Europe MMC’s all-new global C-segment platform (lower medium in Europe, compact in U.S. classification). Engineered by MMC for world markets and shared with DaimlerChrysler, it will also form the basis of a string of new models in various segments of the market, to be launched within the next two years.

This flexible platform will feature – amongst others - advanced AWC (All Wheel Control) technologies, as well as derivatives of the so-called “World Engine”, developed with DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai Motor Company.

Leaving the role of authentic off-roader to its bigger Pajero brother, Outlander Concept is a different type of recreational vehicle. Using the in-built adaptability of MMC´s new global platform, it brings passenger car-like driving and safety, thanks to its 4-wheel independent suspension, high performance brakes and low centre of gravity. The latter is helped by an aluminium roof panel, using a technology tested with the Lancer Evolution IX.

Less extreme than the rugged, transfer-case equipped Pajero, Outlander Concept aims at fulfilling the requirements of an all-weather tourer, on road or on track, featuring an all-new All Wheel Control (AWC) drive-train.

Combining the Active Stability Control technology (incl. Traction Control) with an electronically-managed 4-wheel drive system, the AWC system allows smooth progression on dirt tracks or in difficult weather conditions, from 2WD (for better fuel economy when maximum traction is not required) up to a “Lock 4WD” mode.

The transition from 2WD to 4WD is done by turning an illuminated dial positioned prominently between the front seats.

A multifunction steering wheel with audio, cruise and Bluetooth hands-free controls will, on automatic versions of the production car, house shift paddles allowing quick gear changes without moving hands off the wheel.

Outlander Concept includes features to be found later on in the production car, such as the hard disk-based system with music server, 7” color touch screen, DVD player and integrated navigation incorporating a CD Database (CDDB) from GraceNote that relays information about the CD being played to the display screen.

Outlander Concept is the latest recipient of Mitsubishi Motors’ clever “Hide&Seat” system that can be stowed under the floor when not needed. Applied to the 3rd row, it gives a two-seater road-facing occasional bench seat complete with inertia seat belts and headrests for occasional 5+2 accommodation.

Outlander Concept is also the showcase for the introduction in Europe of MMC’s 2nd row Auto-Folding function. Introduced in Japan with the compact Colt Plus in October 2004 – and to be featured in the upcoming production car - this system turns the often awkward tumbling of the second row into a simple one-step operation: operating a switch on the side of the luggage compartment causes the backrest to fold down, the seat to slide forward and then the whole assembly to tumble forward.

A split tailgate maximizes the benefits of the low-floor luggage compartment with better access to the luggage compartment. The lower section opens at 600 mm above the ground, allowing bulky items to be loaded / unloaded with ease. Splitting the tailgate means that the more regularly used upper section is light and compact.

Additional production-ready Outlander Concept convenience features include rails that facilitate loading and unloading of the cargo, as well as utility bars for attaching a variety of accessories and three 12V AC power sockets.

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