Mitsubishi introduced the 2016 Outlander at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday. Mitsubishi Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen, says the updated Outlander “has an eye-catching new design aesthetic inside and out, and with its long list of engineering upgrades, the new Outlander literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle. …”
Under the hood, however, not much has changed from the 2015 model. The standard 166-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and the available 224-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 carry over to 2016. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes standard with the four-cylinder engine, while the V6 is paired with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Mitsubishi says the CVT has been retuned for 2016 to improve acceleration, shift feel and torque delivery. The 2016 Outlander also has an updated suspension and electric power steering system.
On the outside, the Outlander has a new front and rear fascia, redesigned front fenders and new headlights and taillights. The New York Daily News characterizes the changes as “a complete makeover,” and adds that the Outlander looks “sharper than ever.”
Inside, the steering wheel, trim and the audio and navigation display are redesigned. A new windshield, rear door glass and increased sound-deadening material make the cabin quieter, Mitsubishi says.
The Chevrolet Equinox, Nissan Rogue and the redesigned Hyundai Tucson are some of the Outlander’s key competitors. The 2015 model currently ranks 23rd of 25 affordable compact SUVs. Check back later to see if the changes for 2016 carry the new Outlander closer to the front of the class.
Official pricing for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander has not yet been announced, but the 2015 model starts at $23,195.