The action begins in October.
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander has been a smash hit for the Japanese automaker. Both current and new customers have been flocking to Mitsubishi showrooms for the three-row and affordably priced crossover with premium touches throughout. It's simply the right vehicle for the times. And this October the redesigned Outlander will begin another journey. The automaker has just announced it will enter the latest Outlander in this year's Rebelle Rally, the all-women's grueling off-road endurance race.
The vehicle itself, pictured below, features a unique paint scheme that should look familiar to rally fans: it's a similar look to the Mitsubishi Pajero driven by Jutta Kleinschmidt to victory at the 2001 Dakar Rally. Kleinschmidt was the first and so far only woman to win that event.
The automaker is also celebrating 40 years in the United States by teaming up with the military veterans charity Record the Journey for the third-straight year to contest the Rebelle. "Returning to the Rebelle with an Outlander inspired by that Dakar-winning Pajero is a fitting tribute to our history, a powerful statement about our ongoing commitment to women's achievement, and the exciting future ahead for our brand," said Mitsubishi North America's CEO, Mark Chaffin.
Mitsubishi definitely knows a thing or two about winning off-road rally events; it's only the most successful automaker in Dakar Rally history, with an impressive 12 wins.
Looking to this fall's Rebelle Rally, the new Outlander will be able to hold its own thanks to systems like the Super All-wheel Control AWD system. Mitsubishi isn't the only manufacturer entering this year's race.
Ford announced last week plans to enter three vehicles, a Bronco Sport and two Broncos, and six drivers, including Shelby Hall, daughter of the legendary Rod Hall. The Blue Oval won first place in last year's event with Hall behind the wheel of a Bronco Sport. This year she's driving a two-door Bronco.
Mitsubishi has been competing in the Rebelle Rally since 2019 and last year finished third place in an Outlander PHEV, which was the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to take part in the event.