If you can spot the differences, yay you.
Mitsubishi has quietly introduced the 2019MY Outlander SUV, with details emerging on their website accompanied by a handful of photos and little else. Thankfully there was at least an updated kit list.
The exterior of the MY19 Outlander gains revisions like a new grille and front bumper, matched with a new rear bumper and smoked taillights, as well as smarter alloy wheels. Flagship Exceed models also gain snazzy LED headlights, LED fog lights, and a larger rear-mounted spoiler.
Step inside and… we don’t actually know, because we haven’t seen one in the flesh yet. But what we can tell by a sole photograph is that the Outlander has a new steering wheel for 2019, and some very-slightly-updated buttons and switches on the dash. Nothing else has changed, or at least we can’t see it from here.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander lineup hasn’t changed though, so there are still ES, ES ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), LS, and the range-topping Exceed. Between them, there are three drivetrains and the choice of either all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, as well as 5- or 7-seat configurations.
The ES is available only with the 2.0-litre four-cylinder atmo petrol mill (110kW/190Nm), and is available with a five speed manual though front-wheel drive is mandatory. The rest of the range is available (depending on spec) with either the gutsier 2.4-litre atmo petrol (124kW/220Nm) or our favourite 2.2-litre turbodiesel (110kW/360Nm), with the petrol getting a CVT automatic and the diesel a 6-speed manual. The oiler is all-wheel drive only though, while the petrol gets either front- or all-wheel drive.
The Outlander PHEV has yet to be updated to match this new aesthetic, though it’s only a matter of time before it gets similar updates, given that the Outlander PHEV is due on our shores sooner rather than later. The MY19 Outlander’s kit list remains mostly as it has been since the Outlander was updated last in November 2017. Prices also remain unchanged, so the Outlander range begins at $27,990 drive-away for the Outlander ES (FWD, 5-seat, manual) and tops-out at $47,990 drive-away for the Outlander Exceed diesel (7-seater, AWD, automatic).