Mitsubishi will use the 2006 Paris Motor Show in September to unveil a concept version of its all new mid-sized SUV, the Outlander that is already sold in the North American and Asian markets. The Outlander Concept will preview the upcoming Euro-spec Outlander which is due go on-sale in Europe, in spring 2007.
The main aesthetic difference between the US / Japan and Euro versions (see pictures bellow) of the Outlander is focused on the front part which has redesigned light clusters and a new twin grilled mask which is borrowed from Mitsubishi’s new L200 pick-up. Apart that, its practically the same car. More important though, is the fact that the Euro-Spec Outlander will get a VolksWagen 2.0 TDI diesel engine that produces 140 hp and it’s mated to a 6speed manual gearbox.
Design: With its Europe-only “Mount Fuji” grille, the 4.64 m long Outlander-Concept is a further showcase of Mitsubishi Motors’ strong visual identity, while its wide stance, muscular fenders and sharp lines leave no doubt about its dynamic abilities. Lean, Outlander-Concept brings drama without gratuitous effects, its kicked-up window line, piercing headlamps and 20” specific wheels giving the appearance of permanent motion.
It will be presented in a sporty metallic red with silver accents (roof rails, side body strips, door handles, front skid-plate, grille surround).
Technology: ¨Neither an authentic off-roader like Pajero nor a jacked-up station wagon, Outlander-Concept is a no-compromise solution for a different type of recreational vehicle. Using the in-built adaptability of MMC’s new global platform, it brings passenger car-like levels of active safety and driving pleasure, whilst its Mitsubishi “All Wheel Control” drive system allows a smooth progression off the beaten tracks, up to a “Lock 4WD” mode.
Engine: Outlander-Concept is powered by a derivative of the Volkswagen AG-supplied 1,968 cc, turbo-charged w/intercooler, DOHC, 16-valve, EU-4 compliant Diesel engine fitted to the recent Grandis Di-D. Mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox, in Outlander-Concept it produces an estimated 103kW / 140 ps.
Features: Flexible in essence, Outlander-Concept has been designed as a stylish living space, able to suit all requirements and with features to match, be it entertainment (650W 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium audio system), seating (clever “Hide&Seat” 3rd row for 5+2 accommodation) or utility (split tailgate and auto-folding function for the 2nd row seats).