Geneva 2012: Mitsubishi

  • All-new Outlander officially unveiled
  • CO2 emissions dip below 130g/km
  • Plug-in hybrid version due in the future

There’s an all-new Outlander from Mitsubishi on display at Geneva.

Parkers Pick – Outlander

  • What is it? The third generation of the firm’s Outlander crossover.
  • Vital stats and facts: New features include a new steering column and added safety kit includes a ‘Forward Collision Mitigation System’, a lane departure warning system and active cruise control. The petrol engine is a 148bhp 2.0-litre that produces 148bhp with CO2 emissions below 150g/km. The 2.2-litre diesel engine emits less than 130g/km of CO2 and is available with a new six-speed auto ‘box alongside the existing six-speed manual. The model range will eventually include a plug-in hybrid with CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km. The system uses two electric motors and it can travel up to 30 miles on electric power alone, while the petrol engine can act as a generator or supplement drive at the front wheels. Range is around 500 miles. See sister title Car Magazine’s story here.
  • Why would you buy it? Mitsubishi has a history of building capable and well-built off-road vehicles so there’s no reason the next Outlander won’t be more than up to the task.
  • Why wouldn’t you? You may feel like you’d prefer to stick with better-known brands, and it isn’t likely to be as cheap to run as some of the competition.
  • Prices and launch date: Will launch in summer 2012, but there’s no word on prices yet.

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