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Mitsubishi Motors has been a little rowdy lately. While still no news on the mysterious C-D segment car Mitsubishi was supposedly due to debut as the first new vehicle from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, it’s starting to feel like the automaker sort of gave up on that. If anything, the automaker can’t shut up about its next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, as tired as it is. Mitsubishi even announced an upcoming Eclipse Cross PHEV as the new flagship vehicle of the brand, and not too long ago, was due to leave the European market. Mitsubishi Motors is instead getting a hand from Renault two refresh and rebadge two of their models to give Mitsubishi a stake hold in the market. The latest conference held by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi debuted the first rebadge, a new generation Outlander Sport.
Face, meet palm.
It’s not a new model, and although the new Ralliart Concept vehicle that debuted during the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon seemed promising, concepts almost never make it to a prototype. Mitsubishi Motors brought Ralliart back to breathe some life back into the lineup, and for a while, a lot of people were excited about the possible return of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. After all, Ralliart is the reason the Evolution nameplate ever happened, but the automaker eventually silenced all hope when it announced electric vehicles (EVs) are the major focus. Ralliart will instead be more of an aftermarket accessories store for Mitsubishi owners to purchase performance enhancements and the like, as well as appearance packages. We saw what this could look like, with two examples outfitted with all-terrain tires, bumper protectors, mud guards, a roof carrier, and a trailer hitch.
Set to hit the markets in 2023, the first rebadged model from the French automaker baring a diamond logo is set to replace the Outlander Sport, known as the ASX and RVR overseas. Having had its last generation debut in 2010, with three facelifts since then, it’s time to replace it or overhaul everything. A new platform can help, but we wonder if Mitsubishi will do any changes to the chassis. After all, Mitsubishi Motors’ Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety body construction is just as much of a staple of the automaker as is their four-wheel drive all-terrain drivetrains, the All-Wheel Control (AWC) and Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC). Based on the conference, it seems the new Outlander Sport will be more than just a rebadge, although still heavily based on a Renault vehicle.
The slight teaser (above) definitely has a “sportier” look. Every automaker goes with the “swept-back” roof these days to increase how sporty a model looks, and aside from the thin and slanted LED headlights, we can’t see much just yet. During the conference, there was a second undisclosed model. Could it be the fabled C-D segment car? Can you really call it a new model if it’s a rebadge and rehash of a model already in the market under another name? This model under the sheets is said to also be a Mitsubishi design based on a Renault model with an electric or plug-in hybrid powertrain. Aside from that, it could be anything. Time will tell what Mitsubishi Motors is working on, with both models set for 2023 release. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media for more information.
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There is a lot going on for Mitsubishi Motors after the new strategy for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was announced. Sounds like Mitsubishi already has a new vehicle set to come out for the C/D segment, of which could mean we could be getting anything from a subcompact to a large car. A lot is still up for guessing, but there is one thing we won’t have to guess – when the new lineup from Mitsubishi Motors will arrive on dealership lots. Starting in the fall of 2020, the revised, refreshed, and new-generation models from the Mitsubishi lineup will make their way to U.S. soil.
Recently, Mitsubishi Motors ranked high in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), with its famous 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport coming in third place for the Small SUV car segment. Upgraded with new standard levels of equipment, the Outlander Sport continues to improve. The J.D. Power IQS ranks vehicles based on how well they keep their initial quality over 90 days of ownership. Data is collected by surveys sent out to owners of these vehicles, ultimately ranking each on a Problems-Per-100 units scale, or how many problems one would find in 100 vehicles by that automaker. With a score of 148 PP100, Mitsubishi Motors became the top-rated Japanese brand for 2020.
If you didn’t know it, the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and the 2021 Outlander PHEV model will be making its way to dealerships in winter 2020. With a new powertrain, an updated internal combustion engine is coupled with a larger and more refined electric drive system. Together, the Outlander PHEV generates more horsepower and offers an increase when driving on electricity alone with a longer all-electric range.
Mitsubishi has a very small model lineup and each of their vehicles is designed for a specific purpose. While the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport look similar and have similar names, they both have unique characteristics that make them better for different consumers. Here’s a closer look at the differences and similarities between the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
While they both share the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that supports up to 30 highway MPG, they don’t share a lot of other similarities. CVT is an automatic transmission that changes effortlessly through an ongoing range of effective gear ratios as opposed to having a fixed number of gear ratios. CVT supplies great fuel economy and both vehicles provide great fuel economy.
The base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, providing 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, and the base engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. Buyers of either vehicle can increase the vehicle’s horsepower with the available 224-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander) or the available 168-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 engine (optional on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport).
With the exception of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES (Outlander Sport base trim) and the Mitsubishi Outlander GT (Outlander premier trim), all Outlander and Outlander Sport trims come standard with an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander Sport ES comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission, but buyers can upgrade to an automatic CVT transmission. The Outlander GT comes standard with a six-speed electronic automatic transmission.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-liter 2 wheel drive automatic provides 25 / 30 city / highway MPG while the 2.0-liter engine with manual 5-speed and 2 wheel drive settles at 23 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 4 wheel drive of the 2.4-liter engine on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander gets 24 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 6 cylinder, 3.0-liter automatic gets only 20 city / 27 highway.
For the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the 2 wheel drive, 2.0-liter automatic has 24 / 30 city / highway MPG. The 2 wheel drive on the 2.4-liter automatic provides 23 / 29 city / highway MPG. The 4 wheel drive with the 2.0-liter automatic 4 cylinder has 23 city / 29 highway and the 4 wheel drive 4 cylinder with a 2.4-liter engine gets 23 city / 28 highway.
Comparing both vehicles, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a crossover SUV and it is larger than the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which is considered a subcompact crossover. The Mitsubishi Outlander is available as a five-passenger or seven-passenger vehicle, while the Outlander Sport is only available as a five-passenger vehicle. Behind the first row seats, the Outlander has 63.3 cubic feet of SAE volume and the Outlander Sport has 49.5 cubic feet of SE volume.
In terms of the exterior size differences that result in a different driving experience, there isn’t a huge difference. The Mitsubishi Outlander is 184.8 inches versus the Outlander Sport at 171.5 inches exterior length, but they both have the same turning radius of 17.4’ and the same ground clearance of 8.5 inches.
With a respectable amount of standard features, both the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport provide fold flat rear seats, Bluetooth capabilities, alarm, tire pressure warning systems and stability control. Automatic climate control, aux input capabilities and audio controls are directly changeable from the steering wheel are standard well.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander provides additional features that separate from the Outlander Sport with additions like heated seats, third-row seating, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
The Outlander is a larger vehicle and it comes standard with a stronger base engine, so it has a higher starting MSRP than the Outlander Sport. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a starting MSRP of $20,395 (plus destination fee) and the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander has a starting MSRP of $23,945 (plus destination fee).
Since the Outlander Sport and the Outlander are Mitsubishi models, they are both backed by the same industry-leading warranty. Mitsubishi backs all of their gas-powered vehicles with a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
Make The Call
To see the differences up close, visit Miami Lakes Automall, where you’ll be able to test drive both 2018 Mitsubishi models to decide which vehicle makes the most sense for you. We stand behind both vehicles and will be happy to help you with your next vehicle purchase, trade-in or lease.
The Outlander Sport has delivered performance for three generations. However, its ascendancy to compact crossover supremacy has been filled with so many twists and turns that it’s almost jarring to Miami Mitsubishi dealers.
That’s why we are putting our historian caps on to give a history lesson on this excellent, and certainly unique model.