Mitsubishi India does not have a very large set of cars on offer in the Indian market. The company offers two SUVs in India namely Pajero Sport and the Outlander. Being a petrol-powered SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander was not the buyer's first choice. Back in 2012, the Outlander sales were so bad that the company decided to discontinue it from the market as the diesel-powered SUV was getting popular.
After some time, in the age of crossover and petrol-powered SUVs, Mitsubishi returned with an Outlander facelift in 2018. This time, the Japanese carmaker tried its best to configure the Outlander as per the Indian auto market and fit against some popular rivals like Honda CR-V and Toyota Fortuner. Still, most of the performing SUVs in India are diesel-powered. The question is how will the new Mitsubishi Outlander prove itself with a reduced price tag of Rs. 26.93 Lakh? Well, we’ll answer this with this in-depth Mitsubishi Outlander review.
Refined petrol engine with smooth CVT transmission
Spacious interior for 7 passengers
Strong build quality
No diesel option is available
Lacks important utility features
16-inch wheel size is a letdown for a SUV of this size
Priced slashed by Rs. 5.33 Lakhs, now available at Rs. 26.93 Lakh(ex-showroom)
New features added- Upgraded 7-inch infotainment system with Android Auto
The Outlander is offered in a single petrol variant powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor which is now assembled locally. Previously, the Outlander price used to be around Rs. 3.95 lakh in 2018 when it was relaunched and now it gets a price cut with effective pricing of INR 26.93 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The 2020 Outlander is offered in seven colour options: Black Pearl, Cosmic Blue, Orient Red, Cool Silver, White Solid, White Pearl, and Titanium Gray.
Outlander (Petrol only)
Rs. 26.93 Lakh
ABS, EBD, rear parking sensors with reverse camera
7-inch touchscreen infotainment with 6 speakers and woofer
2-zone climate control
Electrically 4-way adjustable driver seat
Analogue instrument cluster
Since the Outlander is offered in a single variant, you don’t get any choice. The new Outlander gets an upgraded 7-inch infotainment system with 6 speakers and woofer. On the safety front, the car gets 7 airbags along with several driving aids.
The Outlander SUV is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder motor which churns out 167PS and 222Nm of peak torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed CVT with paddle shifters. The monocoque constructed SUV is assembled with an electronic four-wheel-drive system with selectable modes.
Price (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Rs. 26.93 Lakh
Rs. 28.27 Lakh
Rs. 29.77 Lakh
2.4L DOHC engine
2.0-litre i-VTEC four-Cylinder
2.7-litre VVTi four-cylinder
164.7 bhp @6000 RPM
118 bhp @4000 RPM
164 bhp @5200 RPM
222 Nm @4100 RPM
189 Nm @4300 RPM
245 Nm @4000 RPM
CVT with paddle shifters
The CR-V is the least powerful SUV here. It produces less power than the Fortuner and the Outlander. The Mitsubishi, with its larger 2.4-litre DOHC engine, is the most powerful car here. As far as transmission is concerned, where both the CR-V and the Outlander get CVT with paddle shifters.
The 2.4-liter Outlander engine allows the SUV to achieve 100 kmph in 11.1 seconds. It is faster than the Fortuner and a little slower than the Honda CR-V.
0-100 kmph (seconds)
~ 10.72 secs
With a smart design, the Outlander rides like an SUV. It is capable of absorbing small surface bumps and adjusts the vehicle accordingly. It’s only the larger potholes that are felt inside the cabin. The big rubber on the wheels offers better cushion over rough patches. The ride is smooth across the city with the suspension set up on a softer side. Even at high speed, the ride doesn’t get bouncy.
With the ventilated disc brakes in the front and disc brakes in the rear, the Outlander offers great bite in sudden braking situations. With a curb weight of 1602 kgs, the SUV is lighter than most of its opponents. The car is able to balance itself while braking.
This is where the Outlander disappoints a bit. The SUV returns ARAI rated 10.2 kmpl of mileage in the city while rivals offer better mileage. Also, the 2.4-litre petrol engine looks more refined but also more thirsty.
Fuel Tank Capacity(L)
Instead of a muscular profile, the Mitsubishi Outlander always has a simple and understated look. Most times it resembles an MPV design with a narrow body shell. The front facia gets a considerable upgrade, giving it a fresh striking look. The two angular chrome lines lend it some aggression, proving a striking sporty stance. It gets LED headlamps and LED fog lamps.
From the side, the Outlander's passenger SUV idea comes into play. The large glass behind the B pillars flows throughout the low roof, making it look a little stretched. Also, the 16-inch wheels on the car look smaller than expected, and the alloys could be made taller.
From the rear, the design looks clean and simple, with a minimalistic set of LED taillamps and reversing lamps set in the bumper. Overall, the Outlander is a very subtle-looking SUV. It hardly gives any out of the box approach but it would attract people who like the elegant design.
LED headlamp with auto-leveling
Front fog lamp (LED) with fog lamp bezel
Rear combination lamp LED
High mount stop lamp
Variable intermittent windshield and washer
Rear intermittent wiper and washer
Laminated green windshield glass
Electric foldable door mirror with turn lamp
Heated door mirror
Body colour front bumper
Body colour side door garnish
The interior gets an all-black treatment making it look more classy. The dash gets faux wooden trims in order to add more appeal. The centre console and AC are angles toward the driver. The seats are neither too high to too low, although the driver’s seats can be adjusted electrically in 4-ways. Both the steering wheel and seats get premium leather upholstery. The steering wheel also wears audio and cruise controls on the top. We have two-zone climate control but don’t know why the carmaker didn’t provide AC vents in the second and third row. Believe me, this is very disappointing.
The second row offers a good amount of legroom and headroom for easy accommodation of passengers. However, the third row is quite limited in terms of space and is good for kids only. The rear seats get 12V sockets for charging purposes but misses on the AC vents.
Power adjustable driver seat
Seat Belt pretensioner
Adjustable seatbelt anchor
Electronic power steering
Collapsible steering column
Rockford acoustic design premium sound system
Shark fin antenna
Leather gear shift knob
Rom lamp with map lamp
Door courtesy lamp and front foot lamp
Combination meter with high contrast (Rheostat) cluster
You get a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system paired to a Rockford sound system with 2 tweeter, 4 speakers, 1 woofer and a 710W amplifier (ensuring good sound output), you don't get the Bluetooth connectivity. Hence, it is not possible to pair your phone. However, the new infotainment comes linked with Android Auto.
Rockford sound system with 6 speakers and woofer
12Vsocket and USB charger
The Outlander is one of the most spacious SUVs in the segment. It offers 463 litres of bot space which is decent taking its size into consideration. The rear seats can be flat folded in order to make more room across the rear.
Mitsubishi Outlander comes gifted with an array of safety features. It offers all-round protection to driver and passengers with seven airbags. Also, there’s Active Stability Control that helps the SUV to maintain balance while cruising on highways. The braking is taken care of by Brake assist system along with ABS and EBD.
7 Airbags (Driver/ Passenger/Side-2/ Curtain-2/ Knee-1)
ABS + EBD
Active Stability Control (ASC)
Hill Start Assist
Security alarm system
Brake assist system
Front and rear impact bar
Honda has placed the CR-V smartly in the SUV segment. The CR-V looks premium and muscular compared to the dated Outlander. The only safe chance for Mitsubishi is to make the Outlander price more aggressive among the competition. The Outlander now comes with a price tag of Rs. 26.33 lakh, making it cheaper than the Honda CR-V.
Toyota Fortuner has been a famous SUV in the market since its inception. The Fortuner offers a more SUVish stance in comparison to the Outlander. Power Output from Fortuner’s 2.7-litre engine is similar to Outlander’s engine. Also, the Fortuner is priced higher than the Outlander. The Fortuner is available in multiple variants powered by petrol and diesel engines. With Outlander, you get a choice of a single petrol engine version.
The Outlander has survived so long in this highly competitive SUV market. Things work well for Mitsubishi as the SUV is focused on city dwelling. The ride part is comfortable and the petrol engine is simply refined more than most of the rival petrol SUVs. The road presence of Outlander is not so compelling but looks smart on the street. Some things like lack of premium features and AC vents in the rear look inappropriate. However, the Outlander’s price cut makes it a bit affordable in some cases. So, if looking for a petrol SUV to buy, this car deserves a one-time look.