You'd be forgiven for walking right past the old Outlander. It was as dull and forgettable as a superhero movie sequel. The new car is striking, but the jury is still out on whether it's pretty. Either way, it's a big improvement. It has a bold front end with slim daytime running lights and LED daytime running lights, based heavily on the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept. These slim lights aren't the main lights, however. At first glance, you might miss the actual headlights mounted directly below. The rear is a bit generic, but the side profile is spot on. We like the muscular lines and the floating roof design. The base model gets 18-inch alloy wheels, but the 20-inch wheels on all higher-trim models do a much better job filling the arches. The SE, SE Tech, and SEL Touring get roof rails while the latter each receive a panoramic sunroof. Launch Editions get bespoke chrome hood badges while the Black Edition has blacked-out exterior accents, as the name suggests.
The overall length of the new Outlander is 185.4 inches and it rides on a 106.5-inch wheelbase - the same as that of the Nissan Rogue, with which it shares underpinnings. Overall width with the mirrors included is 84.4 inches, going down to 74.7 with the mirrors folded in. The base ES stands 68.7 inches tall, while the higher trim models are 0.1 inches taller. Ground clearance is rated at 8.3 inches for the SE, increasing 0.1 inches on the rest of the lineup. Though the Outlander shares its wheelbase with the Rogue, the height, width, and overall length figures are larger than the Nissan.
The ES is the lightest model, weighing in at 3,593 pounds. SEL cars with all-wheel-drive are the heftiest models, with curb weight topping out at 3,803 lbs.
|Mitsubishi Outlander Trims||ES||SE Launch Edition||SE||Black Edition||SEL||SEL Special Edition||SEL Touring||SEL Launch Edition|
|Max Width||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.||74.7 in.|
|Length||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.||185.4 in.|
|Height||68.7 in.||68.8 in.||68.8 in.||68.7 in.||68.8 in.||68.8 in.||68.7 in.||68.8 in.|
|Wheelbase||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.||106.5 in.|
|Mitsubishi Outlander Trims||Curb Weight|
|ES||3,593 - 3,714 lbs.|
|SE Launch Edition||3,637 - 3,759 lbs.|
|SE||3,637 - 3,759 lbs.|
|Black Edition||3,593 - 3,714 lbs.|
|SEL||3,681 - 3,803 lbs.|
|SEL Special Edition||3,637 - 3,759 lbs.|
|SEL Touring||3,593 lbs.|
|SEL Launch Edition||3,803 lbs.|
|Wheels Type||Aluminum Wheels|
|Front Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
|Rear Wheel Size||18" x 7.5"|
The new Outlander arrives sporting a new color palette that helps showcase its new lines. Not all of the colors are available across the range, however. The base ES is available in Labrador Black Pearl and Alloy Silver Metallic at no cost with White Diamond, Black Diamond, and Red Diamond costing an additional $595. The mid-spec SE adds Mercury Gray Metallic and Cosmic Blue at no extra cost, which is also available to the Black Edition. Deep Bronze is only available on top-spec SEL-monikered cars. It's a pity, as this particular color does a spectacular job of highlighting the new design. Our SEL tester wore the Mercury Gray color, which suited the Outlander's lines perfectly and made it look very premium.