The current generation of the Outlander is quite an old car so it started to slowly fall behind the competition a few years ago and it is currently one of the worse selling cars in the mid size crossover market. However, there are plans to change that with Mitsubishi releasing an official statement that they are going to update the car by the end of 2017.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Concept
In fact, they had to replace the car completely in 2014 but due to a few problems with the car they needed to extend that term to the mid of 2016. This is the date when the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 is expected to come on the market as a completely new car.
While there isn’t much information about it just yet Mitsubishi did release a concept car called the GC-PHEV, a futuristic car which tells us a few things about the next generation cars from the Japanese manufacturer. The new Outlander is expected to ride on a new platform and have a lot of improvements mostly to the engine and transmission department where the previous car was lacking badly.
Price for 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
The price for the base model should be no higher than 25.000 dollars which would still be around 5000 dollars less than what the competing cars cost.
Exterior of Mitsubishi Outlander 2016
The outside of the car is going to change drastically over the current generation. While the basic shape is going to be kept, all the details will change to a more futuristic look. The front end will get a similar grille and headlights to the next generation Evo while at the back the car will get a set of LED tail lights and a new integrated dual exhaust system.
There is even going to be a rear diffuser while the entire car will be lower and wider to have improved aerodynamics and look better at the same time. This will shave from the off-road capabilities of the model but it was never really intended for heavy off-road use.
Interior of Mitsubishi Outlander
Inside the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander things are going to be very similar to the exterior of the car. The design is going to be simplified mostly because less is more. All the controls for the satellite navigation unit, the air conditioning system or even the radio are now going to be on a 12 inch screen while the instrument cluster will be a massive screen instead of the usual analog dials.
The materials will also get a nice bump in quality with premium leather and aluminum used on the higher end model.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2016 Engine
All the engines in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander are going to be new. Both the 2.4 liter and the 3 liter V6 are going to be discontinued in the favor of three new powertrains. The base car could get the new 1.6 liter turbocharged inline 4 developed for the Lancer Evo.
This will easily provide 200 horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque which is more than what the previous engine had. The mid-range engine should be a 2 liter turbocharged engine with around 260 horsepower while the top end mode will most likely get a supercharged hybrid.
We don’t have too much information about this just yet but it might be a V6 coupled to a pair of electric motors and a battery which will allow it to run up to 30 miles in electric mode only.
All of these engines are likely to be coupled to a new 6 or 8 speed automatic gearbox and a four wheel drive system as standard. The CVT unit is likely to be discontinued due to the fact that it didn’t really offer any kind of advantage over the usual 6 speed automatic gearbox.