2012 Mitsubishi Outlander 7 seater Crossover launched
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- 10:48 am, March 15, 2012
The first seven seater Outlander has been launched at a starting price of Rs 19.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi.)
2012, undoubtedly is going to be the year of SUVs and Crossovers with more than a dozen models awaiting their launch in the Indian market, while phasing the era of small cars. And one such Crossover that we had been keeping a close watch on was the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, which has been silently launched by Mitsubishi Motors in India today. The first seven-seater Outlander comes with a starting price of Rs 19.95 lakh, (ex-showroom, New Delhi) which makes the 2012 seven-seater Outlander cheaper by Rs 1 lakh than the out-going 5-seater predecessor. The new 2012 Outlander will compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Ford Endeavor and Chevrolet Captiva.
However, we must admit that the new 2012 Outlander doesn't actually seem to be a seven seater, but a modified five-seater model with two extra seats. The thought stems from the images where it is clearly seen that there is really no third row as such, but two extra jumps seats, which have been installed to make it look like a seven seater Crossover. Having said that, the jump seats can be easily folded into the boot of the car, hence proving additional luggage space.
The new 2012 Outlander comes equipped with all the eminent features that were seen in it's five-seater sibling, inspite the price of the new Outlander being stripped down by almost Rs one lakh. The Outlander comes equipped with steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, keyless entry, HID headlamps with AFS function, adjustable headrests and front and seat belt anchor and leather seats with seat heater. It also features remote operated side mirrors, 2-speed variable intermittent windshield viper and washer system with also the headlamp washer and automatic headlamp leveling device. There is also a multi-information display unit inside the cabin, 4-way power driver seat, and power steering with tilt adjustable steering column and warm and cool upper glove box.
Safety features such as ABS with EBD, collapsible steering column, Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution body, power windows with anti-pinch system, child protection rear door locks, a theft protection device and front dual air bags have also been installed in the 2012 Outlander.
Powering the new 2012 Outlander is the same old 2.4-litre MPFI petrol engine that is seen on the 5-seater model, which produces 167PS of power and 226Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The company is claiming a mileage of 10.3km per litre. However, there is no diesel engine option.
The refreshed 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander with a proper third row and seating for seven people was introduced in the international market at the recently concluded 2012 Geneva Motor Show. But it will take a whole long year, before the company gets the 2013 Outlander in the Indian market. Till then, we will have to make do with the 2012 Outlander in which comfort seems to have been compromised. But again, at a starting price of Rs 19.95 lakh, we can't complain too much.
First Published on 10:48 am, March 15, 2012
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