Mitsubishi India has launched the 2018 Outlander at Rs 31.54 lakh, ex-Mumbai. It is available only in the top-spec trim. It comes in via the CBU route. Bookings had started a few weeks back and deliveries are expected to start next month. The 7-seater Outlander will compete with the Skoda Kodiaq, Isuzu MU-X and the upcoming Honda CR-V.
While Mitsubishi India hasn’t sent in official information on the product or other details, their website is pretty much updated with all the information. To give a summary, the Mitsubishi Outlander comes with a petrol engine – 2.4-litre that uses MIVEC technology and makes 168PS and 222Nm. It is a naturally aspirated unit and is mated to a CVT gearbox with paddle shifters that sends power to all the four wheels on a permanent basis.
Being the only trim in the Outlander line-up means that the car gets all the bells and whistles. This includes automatic LED projector headlights and wipers, 17-inch alloys, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather seats, push button start, touchscreen infotainment system, Rockford Fosgate music system, dual-zone climate control and cooled glove box.
The current vehicles that Mitsubishi sells in India include the Pajero Sport Plus, Pajero dual tone, Pajero Sport and now the Outlander. While the rest three are turbo diesels, the Outlander is a petrol. The challenge for Mitsubishi India will be find buyers as traditionally customers opt for diesel powertrain when it comes to a big burly SUV. The previous-gen CR-V floundered because it didn’t have a diesel option whereas the upcoming one has got that ground covered. The part about lack of sufficient Mitsubishi dealerships and service will also bother many a prospective customer.