JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Mitsubishi’s 2020 Outlander has arrived in South Africa as the third new model to be joining the brand’s portfolio through the first quarter of 2020.
The five/seven-seater Outlander was introduced to southern Africa way back in 2003 – since then it has mutated into a sensible country roads / bundu-beating family wagon and this the latest has joined the fad of fancy trim and improving connectivity.
Originally launched in South Africa in September 2003, the new Outlander now has a ”fresh, modern and stylish look”, new features, and visual improvements.
It’s moved by a 2.4-litre petrol engine through a constantly variable ”auto” transmission but not a hardcore all-wheel drive system.
Nic Campbell, Mitsubishi Motors’ SA’s general manager, told The Corner in a media release: ”This our third new model so far in 2020 – the others are the Mitsubishi ASX and all-new 1.5-litre turbopetrol Eclipse Cross.
“The Outlander has a redesigned ”dynamic shield” up front along with a restyled front bumper and grille, and a new look for its alloy wheel rims. The rear bumper has also been remodelled.
”The best news is that MMSA has managed to introduce the new Outlander at just under R500 000,” says Campbell. Very much ”just” – the number is five rands
Other features include dusk-sensing headlights and a powered tail door to give access to load space capable of expansion by dropping the rear two of the wagon’s seven seats – of which the driver’s can be adjusted electrically and manually.
Dual-zone aircon with rear vents is present, along with an electric parking brake with ”autohold”. There’s also a smartphone mirror display that uses Bluetooth and voice control through buttons on the leather-wrapped, multifunction, steering-wheel.
SEVEN LEATHER-CLAD SEATS
The information screen uses a 20cm colour display; there’s also a phone charger and can be controlled by either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to show satnav and play downloaded music.
Upholstery is leather, there’s new trim on the facia and door panels, auto up/down power windows, storage for the rear passengers’ goodies as well as phone sockets. There’s also a second auto doors release in case of an emergency.
All rear seats can be folded for maximum cargo space and when full a rear camera/distance warning will take over rear vision while more automatic stuff includes screen wiper, ignition, and steering power-assistance.
The engine is the latest version of 2.4-litre, quad-valve, fuel-injected engine capable of 123kW and 222Nm torque, the latter at 4100 rpm. Fuel consumption is listed as 8,2 litres/100km.
Electronic ”wheel control” is said to give adequate traction on any surface using ”intuitive sensors” to maximise traction and vehicle control through all four wheels.
The driver can choose Eco or Normal for city driving or Snow and Gravel out in the wilds.
Crash avoidance and mitigation systems include seven instantly inflating bags, a reinforced shell, side-impact protection bars and IsoFix child-seat anchors.
The Outlander is covered by a three-year or 100 000km warranty*, a five-year or 90 000km service plan*, and five years of roadside assistance. Service intervals are 15 000km or annually*.
…AND SO TO THE PRICE
2020 Outlander 2.4L GLS CVT 4WD – R499 995
*Whichever comes first.
2020 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER. Image: Supplied