DaimlerChrysler SA’s Mitsubishi division has launched the 2005 model year version of the Outlander SUV, complete with an uprated powerplant and a few cosmetic tweaks.

DaimlerChrysler SA’s Mitsubishi division has launched the 2005 model year version of the Outlander SUV, complete with an uprated powerplant and a few cosmetic tweaks.


The latest Outlander, launched almost a year after the first model arrived on the South African market, is fitted with a 2,4-litre four-cylinder engine equipped with Mivec (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and Electronic Control) technology. Mivec comprises a lightweight variable valve-timing mechanism that regulates engine operation in low- and high-speed modes, the manufacturer says.


Switching from low- to high-speed cam profiles at 4 400 r/min to drive the twin intake valves on each cylinder, the engine is said to offer improved performance and fuel efficiency.


With 120 kW of power available at 5 650 r/min, the new engine produces 16 kW more power than the unit it replaces. Torque has reportedly also been increased from 213 N.m to 220 N.m at 4 000 r/min. The engine is mated to an Invecs-II four-speed automatic transmission. In Sport Mode, the 2005 Outlander is claimed to achieve a top speed of 192 km/h (up from the previous model’s 182 km/h).


In addition, the Outlander’s exterior has also been refined. Note the vertically-barred front grille and redesigned headlamps with projector-type low-beam lamps. The bumpers have been enlarged and flared fenders, side airdams, a new roof-mounted antenna and combination rear lamps with red lenses complete the exterior update. A high-mounted stop lamp is integrated in a spoiler that forms part of the redesigned tailgate.


In terms of safety, ABS with EBD is now standard equipment, in addition to the dual front airbags and side door impact bars that are carried over from the previous model. Inside, the Outlander offers full leather upholstery, power steering, an electrically operated sunroof, driver’s side lumbar support, cruise control and air conditioning all on the list of standard equipment.


The fully-imported Outlander costs R259 900. Like other new Mitsubishi products in South Africa, the SUV is sold with a two- year/100 000 km warranty and three-year/60 000km maintenance plan.