All around the world, including in the US, the Mitsubishi Outlander has enjoyed great popularity among customers. This model has solid features that go from how it’s built to all the gadgets onboard. Because of this acceptation, the Japanese carmaker has no intention of allowing sales to decrease.
Mitsubishi chose the 2017 New York Auto Show to present the revised 2018 Outlander Sport, a model that will satisfy all those customers that may be already happy. But this is no surprise at all: for many years, the Outlander has suffered many revisions and updates, following a highly positive philosophy.
But what are we getting exactly with this new revision? Is it worth our attention? We’ll see that in the following lines?
Engine and Mechanical Aspects
When it comes to the 2018 Outlander Sport, changes for the powertrain are subtle but enough to catch our attention. Mitsubishi is adding a brand-new turbocharged direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, possibly to replace the two powerplant options available in the current Outlander Sport.
If this new engine, which performance numbers are still unknown to us, takes the place of these two current alternatives, we can consider them gone forever, as a move for Mitsubishi towards complete renovation. Experts suggest that the new engine on the Outlander Sport will compete with its own sibling, the 2017 Eclipse Cross.
During the announcement, there were no other updates in terms of mechanics, being a heavily-focused update for how the compact SUV feels and is experienced through tech features.
Mitsubishi decided to bet on the front fascia as the 2018 Outlander Sport’s main update. At least for the Outlander SEL trim level, which is at the top of the offer, we get an attractive mesh grille with inserts, really sharp LED running lights and black trimming. The result? A quite sexy front fascia that invests all it has on innovation and a cutting-edge impression.
The rear fascia as also updated in a dramatical fashion. The bumper design was entirely revised, adding elements that emulate a false diffuser. The taillights received a new treatment as well, having a fresh chrome garnish. These novelties have been featured on the SEL trim but we still ignore if they are going to be available on cheaper presentations.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Outlander Sport gets a new 7.0-inch touchscreen-based infotainment system, this one named as Smartphone Link. There are important similitudes between this fresh infotainment system and the one on the Honda HR-V, which is a leading model in the same segment as the Outlander. As expected, this infotainment hub includes both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
More of the techy updates we celebrate come included in the Touring package, which adds a lane-departure warning, automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, forward-collision warning, and a rearview camera.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a constantly-evolving compact SUV that still has a long road ahead, facing the challenges imposed by great models dominating the segment. We can expect more updated in future presentations as the Japanese carmaker plans to gain more ground.
The base price is expected to be around $20,500, something similar to the current model.