Mitsubishi Introduces Outlander with Standard Active Stability Control
7th December, 2007
The 2008 variants of the popular Mitsubishi Outlander have arrived in Australia with specification updates including important safety, design and technology features.
Following in the footsteps of the company’s newly released Lancer line-up, Mitsubishi’s Active Stability Control with Traction Control (ASTC) system has been fitted to every model in the 2008 Outlander range. While safety has taken the front seat in the vehicle’s upgrade, styling, practicality and comfort have not been forgotten. Mitsubishi is confident the improvements to the 2008 Outlander will increase its appeal even further.
“Since its release in October last year, the Mitsubishi Outlander has accomplished a real sales increase in the market place and has shown growth of almost 80 per cent on a year to date basis,” commented Robert McEniry, Mitsubishi’s president and chief executive officer.
“This is great news for the Outlander brand – but it is set to get even better. We are committed to listening to our customers, and many of the changes we have implemented in this 2008 model year update are in direct response to feedback from our dealers and clients.”
All variants in the Outlander line-up – including the 2.4-litre LS and XLS and the 3-litre V6 VR and VRX – are now available in seven seat layout. In addition, a new manual transmission is now available exclusively on the 2.4-litre LS model, providing an attractive entry price point to the range.
Also, new to the 2008 Outlander line-up is a luxury version available on XLS and VRX models. This includes new exterior styling highlights such as chrome grille surround, chrome side sill and chrome exterior door handles and a new, unique 18 inch wheel.
The 2008 Outlander adheres to Mitsubishi’s value statement of providing well equipped vehicles with high equipment levels at attractive prices and the vehicle benefits from specification upgrades with improvements to both the Outlander’s interior and exterior styling.
Mitsubishi has enhanced the interior appointments of the vehicles, including trim treatment, equipment levels and instrumentation. External upgrades to the MY 2008 Outlander include new alloy wheels to LS, new headlamps to selected models and revised door decals.
Outlander Model Range
The Outlander range now comprises a total of six variants with a choice of five- or seven-seat layout.
Four-cylinder Outlander variants
In addition to the ASTC, MY2008 Outlander four-cylinder LS variants add 16 inch alloy wheels and fully automatic air-conditioning to its already outstanding specification levels. Internal design updates include new silver detail to the instrument panel and new door trim with cloth inserts and ornamentation.
LS variants offer standard five-speed manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable Transmission. Side and curtain airbags are available as an optional extra on five-seat LS variants.
XLS variants receive similar interior upgrades and add standard side and curtain airbags, a new voice activated hands-free Bluetooth telephone system and new sport mesh seat trim. An option pack comprising leather seat trim and power/heated seat with back pocket is available for the first time on XLS.
Finally, XLS Luxury variants now arrive with seven-seat layout only and offer several additional appointments including HID headlamps with auto levelling and headlamp washers, Rockford Fosgate audio package and a dusk-sensing headlamp and rain-sensing wiper combination package.
V6 Outlander variants
MY 2008 VR Outlander variants receive revised sixteen inch alloy wheels while VRX variants benefit from the new hands-free voice activated Bluetooth system and new sports mesh seat trim. The newly added VRX Luxury model includes the full complement of Outlander features, including sun roof, rear seat entertainment system and leather seats.
Outlander Drive Train and Technical Specifications
The 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander retains drive trains from the previous model. LS, XLS and XLS Luxury models are powered by the economical 2.4 litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC (Mitsubishi’s variable valve timing) engine. Developing 125 kW and 226 Nm of torque, the four-cylinder engine has an alloy block and makes extensive use of resin components to decrease weight.
For those wanting additional power, VR, VRX and VRX Luxury models offer an alloy 3.0 litre 24-valve SOHC V6 engine with MIVEC which develops maximum power of 162 kW at 6,250 rpm and 276 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
All Outlanders feature Mitsubishi’s All Wheel Control (AWC) technology, which incorporates Mitsubishi All Terrain Technology and an electronically controlled, on-demand all wheel drive system with Active Stability Control is now standard on all models.
A new five-speed manual transmission is available on the 2.4-litre LS model only and a CVT (continuous variable transmission) with INVECS III and 6-speed ‘Sport Mode’ tiptronic-style sequential shifting function is available on all other four-cylinder models.
Six-cylinder models feature an INVECS II intelligent six-speed automatic transmission with ‘Sports Mode’ sequential shifting.
Four wheel disc brakes are standard across the range and the XLS and VRX run on wide footprint 18 inch wheels, while 16 inch wheels and tyres are fitted to LS and VR variants. ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) is standard on all vehicles.
The 2008 MY Outlander continues the modern and purposeful styling of the previous model, with the same practical features - split tail gate, innovative one-touch automatic fold rear seats that offer a host of flexible cargo carrying options and the availability of an occasional third row seat that stows under the cargo floor when not in use.
A vibrant new colour palette is available and includes Mystic Blue, Champagne, Red Metallic, Cool Silver, Black Mica, Manitoba Grey, Deep Blue Metallic (all metallic paints) and White.
Like all Mitsubishi vehicles, 2008 MY Outlander includes the company’s industry-leading 5 year/130,000 kilometre bumper-to-bumper or 10 year/160,000 kilometre non-transferrable drivetrain warranty and 5 years Roadside Assistance as standard.
Pricing continues Mitsubishi’s proven strategy of providing attractive and well specified vehicles to the Australian market.
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