Mitsubishi has rejigged its lineup of the Outlander SUV for the new model year, reintroducing an entry-level variant and offering pretty good drive-away prices for all variants. The Outlander range now kicks off with the previously-culled 5-seater Outlander ES 2WD, with a drive-away price of $27,990.
For that money, you get a 2.0-litre four-pot petrol engine, good for 110kW and 190Nm, returning a claimed 7.0L/100km thanks in part to the 5-speed manual transmission this model comes with. Despite the row-it-yourself gearbox, you still get a reverse camera, an infotainment system with a 7.0-inch screen and digital radio, smartphone mirroring capability, 18-inch alloys, and 7-airbags.
For $30,990 drive-away you can get an Outlander ES CVT, which adds two more seats and 400cc to the engine. The 2.4-litre mill produces a meatier 124kW and 220Nm, though it uses just a smidge more fuel at an officially-rated 7.2L/100km.
Move up to the Outlander LS and you get some niceties for the $33,990 you pay for the 2WD model, though you’ll be expected to pay an additional $5000 on top of that for all-paw traction. The LS does at least get automatic headlights and wipers, as well as Mitsubishi’s driver assistance systems, like forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and intelligent cruise control. The ADAS systems can be added to the lower ES, as can the all-wheel drive system, though those will attract a $2500 and $4000 premium respectively.
The Outlander LS comes as standard with the 2.4-litre petrol mill we mentioned above, though an additional $3000 will see the fitment of a 2.2-litre turbodiesel, which produces 110kW and 360Nm at an officially-rated cost of 6.2L/100km, which will certainly be the engine wanted by long-distance drivers.
If you want the luxury of a flagship, then you can opt for the Outlander Exceed. This model has 7-seats, and all-wheel drive as standard, and you can choose between the 2.4-litre petrol mill and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel, with the prices of those being $43,990 and $46,990 respectively, both drive-away. The Exceed model gets a whole host of niceties like pedal misoperation mitigation (which stops you from driving into something if you accidentally hit the accelerator), blind-spot monitoring, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360º camera to help you guide the big Outlander into a space like a pro. There’s also a tilt/slide sunroof to bathe the cabin in light, should you want it.
The Outlander ES CVT (in 2WD guise) gets the option of having the ADAS systems we mentioned earlier for an additional $2500, and a further $4000 will see the addition of all-wheel drive.
And in case you’re wondering about the Outlander plug-in hybrid, that model is not subject to these promotions, so the Outlander PHEV will continue to command $50,490 and $55,490 for LS and Exceed variants, before on-road costs.