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14 February 2012

Mitsubishi's all-new 2013 Outlander is set for its Geneva debut

 
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It has been around three years since an Outlander was last sold in the Philippines after the sleeker and leaner ASX took its place and left the nameplate out in the cold. But in 2012, the Outlander is making a comeback and ready to reclaim its crown when Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) debuts an all-new model at the 82nd Geneva International Motor Show in March.
 
So far, Mitsubishi has only released one teaser image of the upcoming Outlander before the big reveal. Judging by this photo, the tri-diamond brand has ditched their signature gaping open-mouth grill for a retro two-tier chrome facet that is to become Mitsubishi's new corporate mark. We can also see that they've enhanced its jaw line with a ridged front bumper just like the ones on the upcoming Mirage. And if anyone recalls the PX-MiEV Concept from the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, then that might just give you an idea what the Outlander looks like from the back.
 
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Though they didn't show what the interior looks like, Mitsubishi does say that it comes with a rather-traditional glossy black instrument panel with stitches and silver accents. The high-resolution instrument display, however, does tantalize our imagination. They also mentioned that it will come with fold-flat third-row seats and a power-operated tailgate. 
 
Specs say that a 4J11 2.0L four-cylinder SOHC MIVEC engine will reside under the hood and uses an entirely new valvetrain. The classy Europeans, on the other hand, will get a 4N14 2.2L turbocharged four-cylinder MIVEC diesel option with a six-speed manual transmission. Mitsubishi promises that these engines will achieve fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions that are “among the best in its class” with the help of an Auto Stop & Go idle-stop system and an “eco-friendly driving system” that will aid its driver to drive at maximum efficiency.
 
Improving on safety, a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) has been fitted to the all-new crossover.
 
Mitsubishi will launch the all-new Outlander later this year starting in Russia, followed by the European, Japanese, Oceania, Chinese, and North American markets. There has been no indication though when it will arrive in the Philippines, but the fact that Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) sent us the story should be a good indication that they have full intention of brining it in.