Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype Debuts
Will the world be treated to this type of style?
10th April, 2009
Building on the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors North
America overnight conducted the world debut of a distinctive new model that takes the compact SUV to another new level of
performance and sportiness - the Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype. The all-new design study is the centrepiece of the
Mitsubishi Motors exhibit at the New York Motor Show, which continues to 19th April.
The Diamond White Outlander GT Prototype infuses performance and design inspiration from Mitsubishi's Lancer sport
sedans and provides clear indicators of the future of Outlander.
"The Outlander GT Prototype is packed with technology, performance and premium features that are uncommon in the
compact SUV class," commented John Koenig, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. "Along with
its faster 'heartbeat', we also wanted to quicken pulses by channeling the look of our sportiest cars."
A front grille design inspired by the Lancer Evolution's "jet fighter" look is clearly in play on the Outlander GT
Prototype, which sports complementary new design elements, such as a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, guards and
bonnet. Reshaped Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills, plus a bold polished finish on the already
standard aluminium roof panel accentuate the sporty appeal.
The Outlander GT Prototype also benefits from improvements to the all-aluminium 3.0-litre SOHC MIVEC V6 currently found
in America's Outlander XLS, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimised camshaft timing and compression
ratio. The engine changes raise maximum output by 10 horsepower, for a total of 230 horsepower, with an improved torque
curve for more responsive city driving and enhanced fuel economy and emissions.
To further increase fuel economy, the Outlander GT Prototype features an upgraded shifting programme and Idle Neutral
Logic, which automatically, and smoothly, shifts into neutral during vehicle standstill. It re-engages at the slightest
lift of the foot off the brake pedal, thereby providing instantaneous response.