Mitsubishi has updated its Outlander mid-size SUV for the 2020 model year, increasing specification for all automatic variants with the inclusion of the brand’s Forward Collision Mitigation autonomous emergency braking (AEB).
However, the changes will come at a cost, with the price-leading $29,490 before on-road costs two-wheel-drive (2WD) five-speed manual ES up $200.
The entry-level Outlander also misses out on Advanced Driver-Assist Systems (ADAS), but gains 18-inch monotone wheels, a new 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen system and power lumber adjustment for the driver’s seat in the update.
Rear passengers also gain an additional USB socket, while the new Outlander – barring variants with a sunroof – is also fitted with a new overhead storage console for sunglasses.
The only variant to be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the entry-level ES produces 110kW/190Nm, and also features a black cloth interior trim, digital radio, reversing camera and dual-zone climate control.
Priced at $31,790 (+$500), the ES is also available with a 124kW/220Nm 2.4-litre engine paired to a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) and seven-seat configuration, while an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version is also offered at $34,290 (+$500).
AWD versions of the updated Outlander feature Mitsubishi’s new ‘Super All Wheel Control’ (S-AWC) system, which includes active yaw control and four driving modes – ‘AWC Eco’, ‘Normal’, ‘Snow’ and the new ‘Gravel’.
As previously mentioned, 2.4-litre-powered ES versions gain AEB as standard, as well as automatic wipers and headlights, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
The 2.4-litre five-seat ES is also available with ADAS, costing $33,290 (+$500) and $35,790 (+$500) for 2WD and AWD versions respectively, which add adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and rear parking sensors.
Stepping up to the seven-seat-only LS grade ($34,290 for 2WD and $36,790 for AWD, both up $500) adds micro-suede and leather seta trim, proximity key, rear air-conditioning vents, rear spoiler, powered driver’s seat, and heated and electrically folding side mirrors.
The LS can also be had with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine for $40,290 (+$500), which sends 110kW/360Nm to all four wheels via a six-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission.
Finally, the top-spec AWD-only Exceed costs $43,290 (+$1000) for the 2.4-litre petrol and $46,790 (+$1000) for the 2.2-litre diesel, and adds leather trim with carbon-fibre highlights, a sunroof and TomTom navigation-sourced speed-limit information.
As with all new Mitsubishi vehicles, the new Outlander comes with a five-year/100,000km warranty.