Now that Mitsubishi is part of the huge Renault-Nissan Alliance, the automaker is finally giving the poor outdated Outlander Sport crossover some of the TLC it deserves.
Mitsubishi will reveal an updated Outlander Sport Limited Edition at the Chicago Auto Show this week. It’s been a long time coming, too. The SUV really hasn’t seen much in the way of changes since a refresh in 2010.
So here’s what we can expect. The Limited Edition trim, which will only come on the Sport and not the regular, larger Outlander, will feature new packaging, technology, and styling. It’s all pretty much courtesy of Nissan, too.
The interior revamping includes custom black fabric with red stitching and aluminum pedals. Drivers can also warm up in new heated seats.
A rearview camera, CarPlay, and Android Auto really bring it up to speed on basic tech.
The Sport LE carries the standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 148-horsepower engine.
Price-wise it will slot above the base Sports ES model. It goes on sale this month with a starting sticker of $21,995. Only $2,200 more than the base model.
Even though the Outlander Sport has been in the same generation for some time, it continues to be the brand’s number one selling model. It makes up 65 percent of U.S. sales.
Last fall, Renault-Nissan bought a huge stake in Mitsubishi when the company was in dire straits following revelations it exaggerated the fuel economy of its tiny Kei cars for more than two decades. Mitsubishi had built many of those baby cars for Nissan.