“I’m getting by with a little help from my friends,” is a line from a classic Beatles song. This could also apply to Mitsubishi – a member of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance – which uses the Nissan Rogue frame for the 2022 Outlander.
Sharing has its advantages, such as spreading development costs over a wider customer base. The trick is to create sufficiently different identities for the Rogue and Outlander that there’s a reason to buy one or the other, whether it’s style, capability, or fidelity. to the brand.
The new Outlander mostly succeeds on that front with touches that make it look like a Mitsubishi.
Compared to the outgoing Outlander, the new model is slightly longer, five centimeters wider and four centimeters higher. The wheelbase – the distance between the axles of the front and rear wheels – increases by 3.5 centimeters. Most of these dimensions are the same or very similar to the Rogue.
That’s only part of the story, however. The rugged presence of the new Outlander is far superior to the somewhat dated design of the previous version. The front end is also more massive than the Rogue’s, especially the grille and headlight surrounds. The rest of the body differs slightly from that of the Nissan.
The interior of the Outlander also differs in seating capacity. As before – and unlike the Rogue – a two-person third row is standard, although the narrow quarters mean it’s best for occasional use or young children. The second and third row seats fold in half, allowing you to configure a variety of passenger and cargo layouts. Front-row folks get a nice-looking dash and control panel that’s preceded by a dominating touchscreen.
The Outlander uses a nearly identical 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to the Rogue that produces 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. For the Outlander, that’s a nice little bump over the old base four-cylinder that produced 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet. The previously optional 3.0-liter V6 with 224 horsepower and 215 lb-ft was put to pasture.
The 2.5 is reasonably muscular and somewhat fattening under hard throttle, but it only provides 2,000 pounds (910 kilograms) of towing capacity, compared to 3,500 pounds (1,590 kilograms) for the outgoing V-6-powered model.
The Outlander’s continuously variable transmission comes with eight integrated stages that somewhat copy a conventional gear-driven automatic. All-wheel drive is standard for all versions.
Fuel consumption is rated at 9.7 l/100 km in the city, 7.9 on the highway and 8.9 in combined. That’s slightly higher than the Rogue’s 9.2/7.2/8.3 figures (with AWD). The Nissan is a bit lighter, which might explain some of the difference.
All Outlander models come with Eco, Normal, Tarmac (pavement), Gravel, Snow and Mud settings that vary engine, transmission and steering programming.
The base ES – one of five different variants – costs $33,900 including destination charges. The price includes dual-zone climate control, a six-speaker audio system, an 8.0-inch screen as well as a number of active safety technologies such as blind spot warning and traffic alert. rear cross-traffic that helps when backing up.
Depending on the trim, the rest of the field comes with things like a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with navigation and a multi-view camera.
The top-of-the-line GT ($45,100) comes with tri-zone climate control, quilted leather seat covers, power passenger seat and 12.3-inch digital information display for the driver.
By mid-2022, Mitsubishi says it will launch a new Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid) with additional electric power and range over the current carryover version.
The bolder-looking Outlander is a significant improvement over the previous model in almost every way, although ride quality over bumps and rough pavement is a bit jarring and the transmission allows the engine to give feels like it rolls freely under hard acceleration. But the redesign is the kind of jolt the nameplate needs to compete with class heavyweights, including the Rogue.
What you need to know: 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
Type: All-Wheel Drive Mid-Size Utility Vehicle
Engine (hp): 2.5-liter inline-4 (181)
Transmission: Continuously Variable (CVT)
Market position: The first Mitsubishi vehicle from the Renault alliance does an admirable job of setting itself apart from the Nissan Rogue, which is on a shared platform. Thus, the Outlander becomes a segment competitor.
Points: The new styling looks a bit like the Nissan Rogue, but bolder. • The interior is more upscale, especially the higher trim levels. • The plug-in hybrid version is expected in mid-2022. • The four-cylinder engine is competitive in this class. • The third row seat is not suitable for adults or larger children; there just isn’t enough room.
Driving assistance: Blind spot warning with reversing warning in the event of cross traffic (standard); active cruise control (opt.); forward and reverse emergency braking (standard); driver attention alert (std.); lane departure warning (std.); pedestrian detection (std.)
L/100 km (city/highway): 9.7/7.9
Basic price (destination incl.): $33,900
- Base price: $32,700
- The cabin has plenty of room for five people. The standard turbo I-4 makes 190 hp AWD is opt.
- Base price: $35,150
- One of the largest models in its class has 184 hp. AWD, optional third row seat.
- Base price: $30,800
- 203 hp in-line 4-cylinder as standard. Two hybrids, including a plug-in, are available. AWD is opt.
– written by Malcom Gunn, managing partner at Wheelbase Media