The Mitsubishi Outlander has a rich history of success in the United States, from its widespread popularity with a diverse range of drivers to its bar-raising achievements in standard technologies and capabilities. Looking at the progress of the Outlander year by year, you can see Mitsubishi’s dedication to constant improvement.
It all began in 2003 when the very first Mitsubishi Outlander SUV was released. This first model impressed critics and everyday drivers alike with its full offering of in-car features and the impressive performance ability of its 2.4-liter engine. In 2004, the Outlander saw significant upgrades under its hood, increasing its horsepower to 160.
Mitsubishi Outlanders in the 2005 model year all offered advanced airbags, optional manual transmission, and state-of-the-art disc brake technology. An Anti-Lock Braking System and side-impact airbags were introduced to the Mitsubishi Outlander model line in 2006.
2007 saw a complete redesign of the Outlander. The overall size of the vehicle was increased and a host of desirable features made their debut, including third-row seating and an all-new 220-horsepower V6 engine. A year later in 2008, the drivers had their choice of a four- or six-cylinder engine, plus a standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for their new Mitsubishi Outlander.
2009 Outlander models were very similar to the 2008 models, but for 2010, Mitsubishi restyled the exterior with new front and rear fascias, a fresh mesh grille design, and a re-imagined hood structure. Updates to GPS and LCD display technology also came with the 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Small changes were made between the 2011 and 2013 model years in anticipation of a complete redesign in 2014, which saw a more spacious and plush interior, standard third-row seating, and new advanced in-car technologies.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander made small advancements to the 2014 model, with memorable changes coming in 2016, including the Dynamic Shield safety system, optional full LED headlights, and cabin refinements.
In 2012, the first prototype of a plug-in hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander was unveiled. Recently announced, this Outlander P-HEV will be available in the United States in spring of 2018.