The Outlander is in a little bit of paradoxical situation at the moment. Although the current generation has been around for six-year, it makes the best results since the arrival of the original model in 2002. The 2018-year model made record sales. Still, this is the most competitive segment in the market, so 40.000 units per year don’t play some significant role, considering that class leaders measure their sales results in hundreds of thousands. The reason is pretty simple and lays in the fact that most rivals offer much more. Interestingly, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue without more important changes, despite numerous drawbacks.
This crossover ranks pretty low in the class because the only good things about it are decent fuel economy and standard three-rows. It may be one of the most affordable models in the class but isn’t actually the best value. Most rivals are younger, with better driving characteristics and significantly better interior quality. Finally, the Outlander definitely isn’t the most reliable model in the class.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander will definitely carry on in the same way and continue to be one of the oldest models in this highly-competitive segment. The current generation dates from 2012 and that definitely isn’t young enough for the class where most rivals are just a couple of years old. Still, we have to say that this model received two updates so far. The first one happened already in 2015 when the Outlander received significant visual updates. The second one also included a couple of visual tweaks, so the crossover now follows the brand’s design language petty much completely.
Still, that doesn’t change the fact that this crossover won’t get any younger and that most rivals feature significantly better driving characteristics. Therefore, we hope for the redesign in the near future. According to some reports, this could happen in a year or two, but not for the Mitsubishi Outlander 2020 model. The best we could see is a couple of new color options in the offer.
Unfortunately, the interior design hasn’t received too many changes for all these years. So, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander definitely won’t be able to compete with rivals in terms of the interior quality. Just a quick look at the dashboard and you can easily notice that this crossover belongs to the previous generation of the automotive industry. The lines are too SUV-ish, while most of the areas feature low-rent materials. Also, you can easily spot the lack of some essential tech features.
On the other side, the biggest benefit of this crossover is the fact that this is one of the rare models that features three rows of seats in the segment of compact SUVs. However, these seats aren’t particularly comfortable. You won’t have much use from the third rows, except if you have small kids. Also, the cargo area is pretty tight. You can count on 10.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes around 63 cubic feet. Most rivals are more generous in this aspect.
When it comes to standard equipment, the list isn’t particularly long. Still, most of the essentials are included, so all models come with the goodies like cloth upholstery, 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, HD Radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. In higher trims, you can also get things like leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as tech upgrades like satellite radio, a nine-speaker premium sound system, additional USB ports, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
When it comes to safety, a rearview camera is the only standard safety feature. Still, you can get things like front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning etc.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Engines
The engine lineup is about to remain untouched. Base models will continue with a familiar 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers a max output of around 166 horsepower. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander GT will continue with a 3.0-liter V6, which delivers 224 horsepower. Both engines are pretty good in terms of fuel economy. The base unit returns pretty respectable 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Of course, count on the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid as well. It will carry on with the well-know system that delivers around 197 horsepower, and which is definitely one of the best PHEV systems on the market. Besides a decent amount of power, this powertrain is characterized by pretty impressive fuel economy and amazingly low emissions.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander release date, we expect to see it sometime late in the year. The price should remain pretty much the same, which would mean around 24.600 dollars for base models.