Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX3 4WD
the media spotlight on
Mitsubishis i-MiEV electric car, their
heartland sales will continue to be
their 4x4 SUV range particularly
the newly-revised Outlander SUV...
OUTLANDER RECENTLY HAD A FACELIFT which included a new front-end that Mitsubishi's
PR blurb calls a
do such aircraft have grilles? No matter. What's
most important is not the grille but that behind it most models gain a new and
more powerful but cleaner Mitsubishi diesel engine.
The distinctive grille and nose follows the new 'family face' of the Mitsubishi
brand. There are also styling tweaks around the vehicle's exterior and the rounded
rear-end with its LED lights and practical split rear tailgate.
The upper part of the rear hatch opens up as normal but the lower section drops
down, making it very easy to load heavy items. Most Outlanders have seven seats
in three rows but consider the sixth and seventh seats to be for occasional
use only; they are literally only a thinly padded bench which
is uncomfortable with limited legroom.
They do not even fold up or down that easily to create a flat load floor. But
with the third row folded out of sight and out of mind, the Outlander, in its
five-seat layout, is by far the best configuration. It has loads of cargo space,
ranging from 220 litres with seven seats in use and 541 litres with five seats
up, to 1,691 litres after the middle and rear rows are folded down. And for
those who tow, the braked towing limit is 2,000kg.
interior has also received a general upgrading although it still looks a bit
bland and low-rent, even in the middle-of-the-range GX3 4x4 specification reviewed
The new Mitsubishi
2.2-litre DI-D direct
injection turbodiesel unit
with variable valve
timing is cleaner,
more fuel efficient and
has more power...
My test car had the optional £1,200 leather upholstery and door trim
and it does look good. But having the leather trim but no front or rear parking
sensors is a puzzle when such items are now more or less standard fit on mid
to large SUVs. The interior is best seen as durable rather than inspirational.
The revised Outlander is available in GX2, GX3 and GX4 mainstream levels of
trim and equipment. But there's also a Juro version which has resin under-body
shields front and rear for extra off-road protection. And there's also a GX1
variant called 4Work a commercial vehicle with no rear seating
but VAT exemption status.
The GX2 specification includes 16-inch steel wheels, climate control, front
electric windows, alarm, radio/CD player and hill start assist. GX3 mainstream
versions have 18-inch wheels, electrically-operated front and rear windows and
door mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, audio remote controls, black roof rails
and front fog lights. GX4 variants have the Rockford Fosgate integrated SatNav
and music server, reversing camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats,
adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, electric sunroof and privacy glass.
To add to the line-up complications, automatic transmission models in GX3 and
GX4 trim use the older PSA Peugeot-Citroen 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. All
other versions use the much better new Mitsubishi 2.2-litre DI-D direct injection
turbodiesel unit with variable valve timing which is cleaner, more fuel efficient
and has more power.
Incidentally, Mitsubishi makes versions of the Outlander for Citroen and Peugeot
namely the C-Crosser and 4007 and both still use the less powerful
and less fuel efficient PSA engine. Mitsubishi says that since the Outlander's
2007 UK launch, it has sold more than three times as many as the Citroen version
and more than four times as many as the Peugeot 4007. Other competitors include
the Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Santa Fe.
for the GX2 to GX4 with a 6-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive range
from £21,549 to £27,999. Catering for those customers who want the size but
not the all-wheel drive capabilities there's a two-wheel drive GX3 version priced
my Outlander GX3 4WD
version with the new
Test driving over all
kinds of roads
and conditions, it averaged 44.3mpg...
trim, equipment and pricing facts and figures out of the way the latest Outlander,
for me, is all about the new engine. Mitsubishi recently introduced variable
valve timing an industry first for turbodiesel engines
with their 1.8-litre DI-D engine, launched powering their ASX crossover/SUV.
Now the same technology has been brought to their new 2.2-litre, four-cylinder
unit with positive results: there's a 14% increase in power over the previous
PSA unit (from 154bhp to 175bhp), a 12% reduction in CO2 levels for manual transmission
models, improved fuel economy and a welcome benefit in lower road tax bands.
The new Outlander range now starts in CO2 162g/km Band G at £155 for the 2WD
version with the main-selling GX3 and GX4 models with manual transmission and
4WD having a 169g/km Band H rating. This means road tax for the first year of
£250, reducing to £180 for the following years.
The official fuel economy for my Outlander GX3 4WD version with the new Mitsubishi
motor is 43.5mpg. With test driving over all kinds of roads and conditions,
and mainly in 2WD mode, produced a 44.3mpg average figure so at least the official
figures are realistic.
The new engine is a free-revving unit for a diesel and once the turbocharger
is fully blowing, at around 2,000rpm, the torque really feeds in with 280lb
ft of 'grunt'. This makes it a lively and responsive performer in the mid range
just where you need it for overtaking.
The punchy acceleration is even more impressive when dropping down a cog
the swift-acting turbo readily picks up the power boost and the acceleration
is very swift. Top speed is 124mph and the zero to 62mph acceleration time is
an impressive 9.8 seconds.
It's no slouch or lacking in flexibility at lower engine speeds either, despite
the fact that fifth and sixth gear ratios and the final drive ratio are relatively
high to obtain the impressive fuel economy and lower CO2 figures. Dawdling along
in nose-to-tail traffic this unit will quite happily accommodate fifth gear
with only 1,000rpm showing on the rev-counter. It really is a good, practical
diesel engine to drive in all traffic conditions (helped by the new six-speed
manual gearbox that's light and precise to use) and because the engine is so
flexible, 'block' gearchanges are easy.
usual, the 4WD Outlanders have a dial control to electronically select 2WD,
4WD and 4WD Lock. Traction control is standard but with the absence of a low-ratio
transfer box and no Descent Control, going down very steep hills off-road is
all about being in the right gear. On road, the Outlander offers a comfortable
ride and is relatively predictable in its handling in spite of its high ground
clearance and tall body.
road, the Outlander
offers a comfortable
ride and is relatively
predictable in its
handling in spite of its
high ground clearance
and tall body...
Downside: Low rent interior with thin carpeting and hard and bland plastics,
rear row of seats of little use and not easy to raise or fold away, no parking
sensors as standard.
Upside: High power, fuel efficient and low CO2 new engine, attractively styled,
roomy and versatile interior, comfortable ride.
Before it was a competent medium-sized 4x4 SUV; but with its new engine the
Outlander has moved several places up the reasons-to-buy sales chart. With better
fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions and more power, it's a win-win situation
for the increasing number of UK customers returning to owning go-anywhere-at-any-time
Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DI-D GX3 4WD | £24,299
Maximum speed: 124mph | 0-62mph: 9.8 seconds | Overall Test MPG:
Power: 175bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2 169g/km