The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is getting a bit of a price cut. Tuesday, the automaker released pricing for the new model and buyers will pay $200 less than the previous model, despite the updates that come with a new mid-cycle redesign. By updates, we mean more than 100 engineering and design improvements.
“The 2016 Outlander has a dynamic new design and a long list of engineering upgrades – it literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle. Despite all of the improvements to the vehicle, we made the starting MSRP lower than the previous model year to make it an even more compelling value than before and to attract new buyers to the brand,” says Don Swearingen, MMNA Executive Vice President.
The seven-seat crossover, which was initially known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek on the Japanese market, starts at $22,995. Some of the aforementioned improvements include better structural rigidity, ride quality, and reduced noise thanks to a redesigned suspension system, Electric Power Steering and thicker rear door glass. Did we mention there is also more sound insulation, dynamic dampers on front and rear suspension, and improved weather stripping and engine compartment trim.
New standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED positioning lights and LED taillights. The exterior also receives a facelift with a Mitsubishi’s new front design concept “Dynamic Shield” that is based off the bumper side protection design from past generations of the Montero and provides special protection to driver and passengers. (The Outlander was launched in the U.S. in 2003 as a replacement for the Montero Sport.)
Engine wise, Mitsubishi decided not to mess with the current engine, so you’ll get the SOHC 2.4-liter inline-four engine that delivers 166 horsepower, or the SOHC 3.0-liter V6 engine with 224 hp’s. CVT models will be getting a new generation of CVT that improves acceleration, performance, shift feel and torque delivery.
The interior gets a redesigned steering wheel, improved second row seating, accent trim on the doors and dashboard, and easier rear folding seats. The top-of-the-line GT trim level gets an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink.
The Outlander is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ for 2014 and 2015 when equipped with the advanced safety system that is now available at a lower price on the SEL and GT trim levels. The system includes Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Look for the newest incarnation to arrive in showrooms this summer.