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Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 Review

They've fixed the hawkish looks of the previous model, provided some decent engines to chose from and even thrown in a six-speed CVT auto for good measure.

It even comes with a lockable centre diff that gives it an edge over some competitors when it comes to going off road.

Dynamically there's no doubting new Outlander is very good.

If only Mitsu had done something more to dress up the interior, with its generic grey felt and thinly disguised hard plastic surfaces.

Our test vehicle was the base model, four cylinder five seat LS priced from $31,990.

That includes an auto and you can add in a third row of seats, but that's going to cost you another $2800.

The LS is powered by a new 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder MIVEC engine, with variable valve timing.

The four cylinder engine develops 125kW of power at 6000rpm and 226Nm of torque at 4100rpm.

Fuel consumption is rated at a creditable 9.5 litres/100km, thanks to the CVT.

But in reality it used well in excess of that during testing.

For those wanting more power, there's a 3.0-litre V6 model.

The 2.4-litre four is hooked up to a new INVECSIII Sport Mode 6-speed Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT).

The continuously variable transmission incorporates six manual change points but is designed to optimise economy and perform- ance.

Outlander can be driven in two or four wheel drive depending on terrain and weather conditions.

Or you can simply leave it in auto mode which makes the decision for you.

V6 models also get electronic stability control.

The advantage of being able to select two- wheel drive is better fuel economy.

You can chose from two-wheel, four-wheel drive auto and four-wheel drive lock via a large round knob located between the front seats.

With the auto setting torque is allocated to each of the four wheels individually according to their traction on the road surface.

Performance from the CVT transmission is deceiving.

You don't get that surge of power near the top end of a gear that you normally get with an auto.

It's just one long zoom as the transmission continuously adjusts, giving the impression it is taking forever to change gear - there's also no drop off in performance that normally accompanies a change.

Two airbags and ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) is standard across the range.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning (with ducting to the rear compartment), power windows and mirrors, cruise control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, integrated fascia with AM/FM audio with CD, MP3 and WMA, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gearshift knob and handbrake lever, and a multi-function information display.

The 60/40 split rearseat tumble and folds automatically at the touch of switch, one for each side either side at the rear.

Too bad it doesn't return the seats to their upright position again.


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LS 2.4L, ULP, CVT AUTO $3,700 – 6,050 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 LS Pricing and Specs
LS (7 Seat) 2.4L, ULP, CVT AUTO $4,100 – 6,600 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 LS (7 Seat) Pricing and Specs
VR 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $4,500 – 7,260 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 VR Pricing and Specs
VR (7 Seat) 3.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $4,600 – 7,370 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 VR (7 Seat) Pricing and Specs
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