Mitsubishi has already unveiled the redesign version of the Mitsubishi Outlander in Japan but the car maker has confirmed that this vehicle would also be available in the US next summer most probably as a 2014 model.
Based on the information provided by the car maker, the redesigned Outlander will feature a fully-upgraded interior plus a number of advanced safety features. In addition to this, Roger Yakusawa who is the current spokesman of Mitsubishi Motors North America stressed out that this version of the Outlander is more fuel-efficient compared to the outgoing model.
Yakusawa’s statement simply means that the redesigned version will most likely beat the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 22 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway that were achieved by the 2WD version of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander which is powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Thus, the 2014 model can be considered as a better option than the current version.
The redesigned version of the Outlander was also introduced into the Japanese automobile market in four trim levels. The 24G Navi and the 24G Navi Safety trims will also be sold with the company’s advanced safety technology which is dubbed as “eAssist.” This safety system is composed of the lane-departure and collision prevention technology that could help the driver in situations where accidents are most likely to happen. The system also uses a camera and millimeter-wavelength radar which useful when driving in bad weather or at night where the visibility is poor. This technology is also useful during long-distance drives.
Although Yakusawa has stated that the redesigned version of the Outlander that would be introduced in the US next summer was not yet priced, the value of the model which bowed in Japan is equivalent to about $30,271 and could go as high as $38,664.
Mitsubishi has also confirmed that the plug-in hybrid version of will also debut in Japan in the earlier parts of 2013 and this will also hit the US automobile market either on the later parts of 2013 or in the first months of 2014. The car maker has also affirmed that this version will be introduced with the full-time 4-wheel drive system and powerful electric motors as its power source.
Given all of these features, the redesigned version of the Outlander is expected to obtain an impressive individual sales output. Unfortunately the US consumers still need to wait long for its availability.