For Mitsubishi, the new Outlander is perhaps the main hope of a rebirth. It’s no secret that the company’s business is not going so fast. Outlander should become a strong player in the markets of Europe, the USA and Russia, as it is built on the new Project Global platform, which is designed to use both an internal combustion engine and a hybrid drive.
The latter will appear at the end of the year, but I was handed the keys to gasoline modifications of 2.0 and 2.4 liters capacity of 145 and 167 hp This is slightly less than the predecessor, but the beginner’s curb weight is reduced by almost a hundred kilograms. Updated INVECS III CVT, which now has learned to detect excessive or insufficient engine braking.
All-wheel drive transmission “Multi-Select” 4WD is also modified - the maximum torque transmitted by the new electronically controlled clutch is increased by 10%. In principle, the transmission operation scheme has not changed, however, the old version had a purely front-wheel drive 2WD mode. It is replaced by 4WD Eco, in which the rear axle is sometimes still connected. As a result, the "third" Outlander goes around the "old man" on the pavement, and on the road its capabilities are the same - neither the ground clearance, nor the dimensions have changed. Actually, this was not required by the buyers: they wanted more space and silence in the cabin, reduced vibration, and better ride.
And all this was done: at idle, the engine is almost inaudible, there is no howling wind even at the maximum permitted speed. The meticulousness in terms of asphalt joints inherent in the predecessor has also gone. It’s a pity that the electric power steering spoils the understanding between the driver and the car a little, however, only when driving is not characteristic of a family car. And families have their own joys - an electric trunk and its increased volume (they don’t offer 7-seater cars in Russia), a substantial reserve of space in the second row and soft plastic trim. The driver will surely appreciate the rear view camera, navigation system and adjustable not only in tilt angle, but also in reach, steering wheel.