2016 Mitsubishi Outlander facelift unveiled; India Bound

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With every carmaker wanting to be a trendsetter by launching refreshed models every now and then to give something new and exciting to their prospective buyers, Mitsubishi doesn’t want to be left behind in the race. The Japanese automaker has finally introduced the 2016 Outlander facelift model at the on-going New York Auto Show. Continuing to retain the underpinnings from the outgoing model, which made its debut in the year 2012, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander facelift comes with an updated new front fascia along with an upgraded feature list to help it gain momentum in the highly competitive SUV segment.

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Mechanically, the 2016 Outlander Facelift comes with a refreshed chassis, which helps in increasing the firmness and protection along its body and suspension parts. Along with this, the vehicle comes with redesigned suspension, electric power steering, noise-isolating windscreen, tailgate glasses, new dynamic front suspension and rear differential dampers. It doesn’t end here. Its CVT unit has also been tweaked for improved acceleration, torque output and quicker shifts as compared to the current model.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander makes about 166 HP of power with the help of a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder petrol mill in the international market. Also on offer would be a 3.0-litre V6 version capable of churning out 224 HP of power. As per reports, the company will be launching the face-lifted Outlander model with the former petrol mill, while the latter will be offered at a later stage.

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Cosmetically, the Outlander facelift features a new front fascia, which gets the new ‘Dynamic Shield’ look inspired from the last generation Montero SUV. Its headlights now come with LED position lights and oodles of chrome along its twin-slat grille. Other noticeable changes come in the form of the front fenders, front and rear bumpers, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and the works.

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Inside the cabin, this upcoming 7-seater SUV will come equipped with a new steering wheel, 50/50 third-row fold-flat seating, touch-screen infotainment system and a soft touch instrument panel trim.

Speculations predict that the company is going to launch this model in India later this year.  When launched, the new Mitsubishi Outlander will rival the likes of the Honda CR-V in its segment. It is expected to be priced above Rs.21 lakhs (Ex-showroom).

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