Outlander Concept: in Europe from the
1st quarter of 2007.
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
The Mitsubishi SUV strategy for
Europe will be based on three main sectors:
- Mid-size SUV, with the new
- 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
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)
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
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.
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.