The current generation of the Outlander SUV arrived for the 2014 model year. Only two years later, Mitsubishi gave it a substantial facelift that brought new styling, new materials and mechanical updates. Now, the 2018 Outlander is expected to receive new paints, wheel designs and several interior tweaks. Also, some of the previously optional features should become standard. Interestingly, the Japanese automaker will finally launch the plug-in hybrid Outlander in the U.S. after numerous delays. So, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be the first gas-electric version of this SUV available across North America.
Design and Features
The current Outlander benefits greatly from the recent visual enhancements. The same goes for the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander which will feature a unique styling in its class. Expect it to sport an angular and aggressive front fascia reminiscent of the one seen on the Lexus NX SUV. Now, the Outlander’s rear end boasts originality, although some find it controversial. When it comes to the passenger space, it offers three rows of seats in a 5+2 layout. Since the Outlander is currently the smallest SUV offering the third row of seats, the rear-passenger space isn’t too generous. The interior itself isn’t spectacular but it offers a clean and pleasant design.
The future Outlander will once again be available in ES, SE, SEL and GT trim levels. The base models will offer such features as keyless entry, automatic climate control, rearview camera and heated side mirrors. The list of optional equipment includes a wide array of driver aids like adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation as well as lane-departure warning.
The ES, SE and SEL models get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that punches out 166 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The SE version uses a recently introduced simplified all-wheel drive system. As for all the others, they come with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) setup. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander GT will use a 3.0-liter V6 unit churning out 224 ponies and 215 lb-ft of twist. While the four-cylinders come paired with a continuously variable transmission, the V6 unit gets a six-speed automatic.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Price
As far as the pricing policy is concerned, don’t expect any dramatic changes. The entry-level 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander ES is likely to start at around $24,500. In comparison with its closest rivals, the Outlander’s price tag will be one of its greatest advantages. Some of its competitors include the Kia Sorento, Dodge Journey, Hyundai Santa Fe and Mazda CX-5.