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|Also called||Mitsubishi Airtrek (2001-05)|
|Class||Compact crossover SUV|
|Body style(s)||4-door SUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive|
|Designer||Olivier Boulay (Outlander)|
The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was introduced in Japan in 2001, and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle exhibited at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The ASX (Active Sports Crossover) represented Mitsubishi's approach to the industry wide XUV trend for retaining the all-season and off-road abilities offered by a high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, while still offering car-like levels of emissions, economy and size.
The original Airtrek name was chosen to "describe the vehicle’s ability to transport its passengers on adventure-packed journeys in a 'free-as-a-bird' manner", and was "coined from Air and Trek to express the idea of footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure." The Outlander nameplate which replaced it evoked a "feeling of journeying to distant, unexplored lands in search of adventure."
The Outlander was given a modified front grille and headlights which increased the overall length by approximately 130 mm (five inches) when it was introduced in 2003, and the two models were manufactured in parallel thereafter.
The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2005 and all markets including Japan adopted the Outlander name. It was built on the company's GS platform, and used various engines developed by Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and PSA Peugeot Citroën. PSA's Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007, which are manufactured by Mitsubishi in Japan, are badge engineered versions of the Outlander.
|Assembly||Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
|Engine(s)||4G63 2.0 L DOHC I4
4G64 2.4 L DOHC GDI I4
4G63T 2.0 L DOHC I4 turbo
4G69 2.4 L SOHC MIVEC I4 (Outlander)
|Wheelbase||2625 mm (103.3 in)|
|Length||4410 mm (Airtrek)
4545 mm (179.0 in) (2006 Outlander)
4549 mm (179.1 in) (2003-05 Outlander)
|Width||1750 mm (68.9 in)
Limited: 1780 mm (70.1 in)
|Height||1540–1585 mm (Airtrek)
1685 mm (66.3 in) (Outlander)
2003-05: 2WD Outlander: 1605 mm (63.2 in)
|Curb weight||1605–1745 kg|
|Fuel capacity||60 L (13.2 Imp gal, 15.7 U.S. gal)|
The Airtrek was first introduced to the Japanese market on June 20, 2001, priced from ¥1.7–2.3 million. It offered a choice of either a 126 PS (93 kW) 4G63 2.0 L or a 139 PS (102 kW) 4G64 2.4 L GDI, mated to a standard INVECS-II 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. Both front- and four-wheel drive were available. The four-wheel drive version uses normal ("open") differentials for the front and rear axles, with a viscous coupling unit for the center differential. A high performance model, using a detuned version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's 4G63T 2.0 L turbo, was introduced in 2002. The engine produced 240 PS (176 kW) and 343 N·m (253 ft·lbf), although in export markets the Outlander version's output was reduced to 202 PS (148 kW) and 303 N·m (223 ft·lbf).
The Outlander arrived in 2003. A detuned version of the 4G64 powerplant was offered first, while a 4G69 2.4 L SOHC MIVEC I4 producing 158 PS (116 kW) and 220 N·m (162 ft·lbf), and the turbocharged 4G63T appeared in 2004. All had the option of front- or four-wheel drive.
|Assembly||Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
|Platform||Mitsubishi GS platform|
|Engine(s)||4B12 2.4 L DOHC MIVEC I4
6B31 3.0 L SOHC MIVEC V6
VW 2.0 L TDI
PSA 2.2 L HDi
6-speed INVECS-III semi-auto
|Wheelbase||2670 mm (105.1 in)|
|Length||4640 mm (182.7 in)|
|Width||1800 mm (70.9 in)|
|Height||1680 mm (66.1 in)|
|Curb weight||1600–1720 kg
|Fuel capacity||63 L (13.8 Imp. gal, 16.6 U.S. gal) (2WD)
60 L (13.2 Imp gal, 15.7 U.S. gal) (4WD)
On October 17, 2005, Mitsubishi launched the second generation model, dropping the Airtrek in Japan in favour of adopting the global name. It features a new DOHC 2.4 L 16-valve MIVEC engine; INVECS-III continuously variable transmission (CVT), Mitsubishi's AWC system which features electronically controlled four wheel drive and stability control, on a stretched Mitsubishi GS platform. The North American version, powered by a newly designed 6B31 3.0 L V6 SOHC MIVEC was shown in April 2006 at the New York Auto Show prior to its release in October the same year.
In its home market of Japan it was the best-selling SUV from October 2005 to March 2006, while in the U.S. market it achieved 1,694 and 2,108 sales in November and December 2006, the first two full months it was available; Mitsubishi ultimately hopes for at least 4,000 sales per month in the United States.
At the 2007 SEMA Show, the company displayed a Mitsubishi Evolander concept, powered by a 224 kW (300 PS) supercharged version of the vehicle's 6B31 V6 engine and equipped with suitably uprated suspension, brakes, wheels/tires, body kit and interior. It is mooted that an Outlander Ralliart would closely mimic the mechanical specifications of this concept, although there is no indication that production has been approved.
Increased demand for the new Mitsubishi Lancer, and the consequent effects on the capacity of the company's Mizushima production facility, have obliged Mitsubishi to reassess production of the Outlander. In September 2007, they announced that from 2008, production of European market Outlanders would be transferred from Nagoya to its NedCar plant in the Netherlands, while the Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 would have their production transferred from Mizushima to Nagoya.
Since its launch in 2007, it´s marketed as "Outlander K2", because the previous Outlander is still on sale new.
Annual production and sales
|Airtrek||Outlander||Airtrek (Japan)||Airtrek (export)||Outlander (Japan)||Outlander (export)|
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- ^ a b Fact & Figures 2005, p.33, Mitsubishi Motors website
- ^ "MMC announces smart all-rounder AIRTREK model", Mitsubishi-Motors.com press release, June 20, 2001
- ^ "New Peugeot/Citroen off-roader", Motoring.co.za, October 30, 2006
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors exhibits at 37 th Tokyo Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, October 15, 2003
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors launches all-new Outlander", Mitsubishi-Motors.com press release, October 17, 2005
- ^ "New Mitsubishi Outlander Japan's Best Selling SUV", WorldCarFans.com, April 21, 2006
- ^ "All-New Outlander Leads Mitsubishi To November Sales Increase", Mitsubishi Motors North America press release, December 1, 2006
- ^ "December Auto Sales: Mitsubishi", Associated Press/BusinessWeek, January 3, 2007
- ^ "New products need to be hits for Mitsubishi to stay in U.S. market", Kathy Jackson, Automotive News, May 30, 2006
- ^ "Mitsubishi Evolander", Josh Jacquot, Inside Line: 2006 SEMA Show, Edmunds.com
- ^ Mitsubishi Outlander, EuroNCAP
- ^ "Mitsubishi Motors transfers Outlander production for Europe", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 18, 2007
- Outlander global website
- "2007 Mitsubishi Outlander Technical and Mechanical Specifications", Mitsubishi Motors US website
- Outlander official page (Japanese)