With the last model update released in 2013, it came as a surprise when Mitsubishi announced that they were overhauling the Outlander in one of the largest mid-life updates ever.
We got into the brand new, top of the line Outlander Exceed to see if there has been more than a facelift to Mitsubishi’s mid-size SUV.
The Outlander has been quietly kicking goals for Mitsubishi, creating an SUV that can competently handle the great outdoors without looking and handling like farm machinery when it’s at home.
A new model designation system means that the old ES now becomes the LS, the mid-range LS changes to the XLS, while the flagship models now wear an Exceed badge.
A small drawback is how counter-intuitive it is to pair a phone with the MMCS Bluetooth. Going through three screens is too fiddly for such a common function, but thankfully, once your phone is paired, the connection doesn’t give you any hassles.
Handling is refined for a 2.2-tonne SUV, the Outlander’s game is to remain planted – there’s no noticeable roll in corners, and no aimless drifting on the road. Steering is responsive, with a slight drawback being the steering wheel that feels a hair too small. No doubt that it controls the Outlander with ease, and is probably ergonomically fantastic to not tire your hands – but you might miss the arm-over-arm steering provided by a large steering wheel (you might not, and it’s a very minor gripe.)
Five seat Outlanders are practical for a growing family, offering a good-size boot, while the seven seaters give you the option to put some friends in the back – especially good for the school run.
Towing capacity from petrol models is limited to 1600kgs braked with a 160kg maximum towball download, rising to 2000kgs braked with a 200kg towball download limit on diesels. All Outlander engine options will only tow 750kgs unbraked.
Servicing is scheduled annually or at 15,000kms, whichever happens first.
Head into your nearest Motorama Mitsubishi to test drive the latest Outlander, and get ready to be surprised.
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