2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Debuts in New York, PHEV Hits 10k Sales

Mitsubishi unveiled the all-new 2016 Outlander in New York at a the auto show, showcasing the new seven-passenger crossover which features new design language, an updated interior, and more. Also announced was the hallmark 10,000 plug-in hybrid sales the Outlander PHEV has achieved in the United Kingdom.

New Outlander Design

2016Outlander-21Showing new design language for the company, the 2016 Outlander has the new “Dynamic Shield” front fascia look, which combines practical requirements like bumper side protection, with a more aggressive look. We really like the current-generation Outlander’s look (read the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander review here), but this new look is much more forward-looking with a more stylish appeal, combining sporty looks and contemporary panache.

Mitsibishi North America is putting a lot on this new Outlander, which is the best-selling Mitsu in the North American market. “The 2016 Outlander has an eye-catching new design aesthetic inside and out, and with its long list of engineering upgrades, the new Outlander literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle, making it an even  more compelling value than before,” said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen.“Mitsubishi’s outstanding sales momentum is carrying into the new-year and with the arrival of the 2016 Outlander crossover we are well positioned to sustain our growth.”

Engineering Improvements

Under the skin, the new 2016 Outlander has more than a few changes. The chassis, body framing, and suspension all see increased rigidity. Electric power steering is still standard, but has been upgraded with a more solid feel. Also added are noise-isolating glass for the windshield and rear door. Sound insulation is also improved throughout, addressing one of our complaints with the current Outlander.  Finally, the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which we liked but thought could use improvement, sees better torque vectoring to add a little more “umph” when needed.

The new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander hits showrooms this fall.

Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.