New Mitsubishi Outlander
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For the first time in the company's history, Mitsubishi has selected a European motor show as a launch pad for an all-new vehicle, "reflecting the most demanding global market for new vehicles", launching its Outlander here at Geneva.
What is it?
Mitsubishi says they coined the term "crossover" 11 years ago with the original Outlander. And now in its fourth iteration, the all-new Outlander highlights a gradual transformation in the Japanese automaker's design language - designed around the firm's "Solid - Simple - Safe" principle - rather than an outright step-change.
Therefore the Outlander's look features a suitably chunky front end and semi-hooded headlights giving an aggressive appearance, with improved tactility through more soft touch plastics inside - Mitsubishi says the new family face will be rolled out across the future model range, featuring on a host of new hatchbacks and SUVs.
Mitsubishi is targeting headline efficiency of under 130g/km CO2. But with competition such as the Nissan's Qashqai emitting just 119g/km CO2 from its 1.6-litre turbodiesel motor, the Japanese firm's intended targets already look a little out-dated.
How much and when?
The Outlander is scheduled to go on sale this summer but Mitsubishi is yet to confirm pricing for the new car - expect more information closer to the new vehicle's launch.
Anything else I should know?
Mitsubishi's new crossover is powered by a 150hp 2.0-litre petrol or 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine. The 2.2 will be the most efficient with that target of under 130g/km CO2, but Mitsubishi has engineered in provision for a hybrid powertrain, with a goal of under 50g/km CO2 emissions and an 800-mile range.
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