All New Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi hasn’t launched a new car for more than two years. In that same time frame Audi has rolled out no fewer than 24 new cars. So has the wait been worth it?

New Mitsubishis don’t come along very often, so this all-new Outlander is much anticipated by customers and Mitsubishi dealers alike. The Japanese maker has dumped Peugeot/Citroen, who sold a version of the previous generation Outlander, and is now going it alone.

This model has been designed from the ground up.

Why has Mitsubishi done that?

Well, they intend to make the Outlander cater for a forthcoming plug-in hybrid drivetrain. It also shows off the new design all future Mitsubishis will take.

What’s under the bonnet?

In the UK, the Outlander will only be offered with a 2.2-litre diesel engine and 4WD. It’s barely audible inside (but is a little clattery outside). When it arrives in November, Mitsubishi hopes it’ll emit under 130g/km of CO2 (down from 165 g/km). It’s powerful, too – it produces 148bhp, top speed is 125mph and it’ll crack 60mph in less than 10 seconds.

Is it any good?