Road Test

Road Test: 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.2 DiD 4WD

April 22, 2013

Mitsubishi Outlander 2013_01The SUV segment offers lot of choices for anyone looking for a new car. Front-wheel drives, rear-wheel drives and four-wheel drives. If you need a car that has the capability to survive also in a bit more challenging weather situations, you want to have a drivetrain system that you can rely on. Mitsubishi is known for its four-wheel drive systems, so the new Outlander sounds like a one possible choice.

In Europe, Outlander is offered with a Mitsubishi’s own 2.2-litre diesel engine. This aluminium, 4-cylinder, 16v, double overhead camshaft, common rail, direct injection diesel unit belongs to the Mitsubishi’s 4N1 family of high-tech Clean Diesel engines. Using the MIVEC valve timing system, the engine achieves lower CO2 emissions. Low-end torque has also been improved by reconfiguring the boost pressure setting in the low-load range and by optimising turbocharger geometry.

The 2.2-litre diesel delivers 150 horsepower and 380 Newton metres of torque. When paired with an automatic transmission, the top torque is reduced to 360 Nm. With a nice amount of torque, Outlander delivers very good performance for all daily driving needs, but it is not exactly a sporty SUV. With the automatic transmission acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 11,7 seconds and the top speed is 190 km/h. The average fuel consumption is 5,8 l/100km and the CO2 emissions are 153 g/km. The manual gearbox would provide a little bit better performance and it would also be more economical. But for this kind of SUV the automatic transmission just feels more natural choice. The new Outlander has a conventional INVECS II six-speed automatic transmission instead of the twin-clutch TC-SST system offered previously with the Outlander.

Depending on the market, the Outlander is also available as a front-wheel drive version, but big part of this car is its four-wheel drive system. Especially, if you have to drive in slippery conditions, the 4WD model is the right choice. The new Outlander comes with a new Multi-Select four-wheel drive system. One new feature is the Yaw Rate Feedback Control, which inputs the Electronic Control Coupling judging the vehicle’s cornering movements accurately from the yaw rate sensor for sharper steering. The new system is more precise than the previous one, which also improves efficiency.

Driver can choose between three different drive modes; 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock. The new 4WD Eco replaces the old 2WD driving mode. In the Eco mode, the car is a front-wheel drive in normal driving conditions, but when more traction is needed, the system delivers torque also to the rear wheels. In the 4WD Auto mode the car is a full-time four-wheel drive, but in the normal conditions, most of the power goes to the front wheels. For more demanding situations, the 4WD Lock delivers 50:50 torque split between front and rear wheels. Instead of the previous rotary knob, the 4WD mode is selected with a push-type switch, which is located next to the gear level.

Outlander is available either as a 5- or 7-seater version. When well equipped, the new Mitsubishi Outlander delivers quite luxurious interior. Outlander is available with features like adaptive cruise control, keyless go, Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, navigation, rear-view camera, electric front seats, Xenon-headlights, powered tailgate, leather seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Safety features include Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC), and Lane Departure Warning.

Specification

Engine

  • Diesel
  • 4-cylinder
  • 2268cc
  • Turbo

Power

  • 110 kW (150 hp) / 3500rpm

Torque

  • 360 Nm / 1500-2750rpm

Transmission

  • 6-speed automatic
  • AWD

0-100km/h / 0-62mph

  • 11.7 seconds

Top speed

  • 190 km/h

Fuel consumption

  • 5.8 l/100km

CO2 emissions

  • 153 g/km

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