Auckland has seen the Mitsubishi Outlander since it replaced the Mitsubishi iO in early 2003. The hope was that the Outlander would perform for Mitsubishi in the 4WD market. Mitsubishi has been a pioneer in the affordable 4WD market for two decades. The Outlander was aimed at a new section of the market, affordable recreational 4WD. Mitsubishi captured the attention of many with this move, even in the Auckland market the Mitsubishi Outlander has sparked interest. Outlanders sell well to this day possibly due to the style and features of the vehicle.
Early models if the Outlander had a prominent nose that caused split opinions among Aucklanders. In 2006, Mitsubishi Outlander replaced the prominent nose with a smoother front face for the slightly larger new model. Then , in 2009 there was a move for the Outlander to the more radical ‘jetfighter’ grill, which Mitsubishi received a lot of praise for. Major changes were also made to the rear of the Outlander, a wider tailgate style updates gave it a more noticeable appearance. Newer models have gone back to a more conservative, but nonetheless definitely Outlander, styling. Many Aucklanders consider Mitsubishi Outlander’s to be one of the most stylish mid range recreational SUV’s on the market.
Mitsubishi added variable valve timing to the engine of the Outlander in 2004. Making it more enjoyable for Aucklanders to drive. The added torque did not change the size of the engine which remains a 2.4L, but the torque improvements are marked. To handle the Outlander’s more powerful engine, the drum brakes on the rear where change to disc brakes
refitted as disc brakes to cope with the extra output.
Mitsubishi has aimed the Outlander at the recreational SUV market. Still, the 4WD system boasts a technical sophistication that allows the Outlander’s to handle metaled roads, dirt tracks and almost anything Auckland can throw at it. When driven the right way the Outlander is a capable recreational SUV. Mitsubishi have designed the Outlander to be quiet and comfortable. The interior of the vehicle is roomy enough for two adults and three children to fit comfortably, or five adults at a squeeze (I wouldn’t want to drive from Parnell to Manukau between two people in Auckland’s rush hour), meaning the Outlander meets the standards of the SUV market comfortably. The boot space of the Outlander is also good, combined with the ease of loading to make Mitsubishi’s Outlander a leader in the luggage aspect. In addition to the standard room there is the optional third row seat, but this should be reserved for the smallest children.
Mitsubishi’s and Outlander’s in Auckland are sold by Simon Lucas North Shore. Their selection of new and used Outlanders can be found at http://www.simonlucas.co.nz. For Mitsubishi Outlander Auckland, visit Simon Lucas