Going strong for two decades now, Mitsubishi’s largest SUV gets a well-deserved redesign for 2022. The new fourth-generation Outlander gains an improved 2.5L engine with more power, bigger overall dimensions sitting on a new platform, and a long-overdue interior revamp with a more premium feel and added tech compared to its predecessor.
With this new compact SUV redesign, coupled with the brand’s next-generation 2022 Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi appears to making the right moves to compete in the ever-growing utility market, despite being in the SUV game longer most of its competitors.
Release date and price
The 2022 Outlander is slated to hit dealerships sometime spring 2021. Pricing will be announced closer to the release date.
Performance and handling: a new 2.5L engine
Gone is the Outlander’s underwhelming 3.0L V6 poweplant option, while the outgoing 2.4L 4-cylinder engine swaps out for a new 2.5L gaining 15 extra horses and 19 lb.ft of torque for 2022, now producing 181-hp at 6,000 rpm and 181 lb.ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.
All paired to an 8-speed sport mode CVT transmission with a Mitsubishi-first shift-by-wire system the Japanese automaker states will provide rapid speed change response to provide a sporty drive feeling. Front-wheel comes standard with optional all-wheel drive in the US (Canadian models are equipped with standard all-wheel drive).
Here’s a look at the previous Outlander’s specs and dimensions.
Other notable features include:
- A new platform build in conjunction with Nissan
- Improved 4WD model setup
- Drive modes: Eco, Normal, Tarmac, Gravel, Snow, Mud
- Improved power steering system
- Better braking courtesy of wide-diameter brake discs
- MI-PIlOT Assist: integrates Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
- Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR): a company first for North America
- Automatic High Beam (AHB)
- Hill Descent Control (HDC)
- Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)
- Forward Collision Mitigation system (FCM)
- Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW)
- Active Blind Spot Assist (ABSA) &
- Blind Spot Warning (BSW) / Lane Change Assist (LCA)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDP) & Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
- Driver Attention Alert (DAA)
- Rear Automatic Emergency Brake (Rear AEB)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
- Reverse auto tilt door mirrors
- Multi-view camera system
Interior and new tech
Below, 2018 Outlander interior compared to the new 2022 model.
The new Outlander interior is worlds apart from the dated versions over the past years, including the 2014 Outlander redesign. From the pictures and thanks to a wider stance by 20-inches and 1.5-inch increase in height, the new cabin looks much roomier with a redesigned, horizontal-style layout that should resonate with most SUV buyers today. Overall, expect higher quality materials for 2022 — from soft padding leather and stitching details.
The front seats have a two-layer urethane structure and and space increases by widening the body and increasing the legroom of the first and second-row seats. Depending on the trim, rear passengers also gain seat heaters, 3-zone automatic climate control, and rear door sunshades.
Mitsubishi finally offers a full-colour screen with a new 12.3-inch display, depending on the model; plus, an available large 9-inch screen is used for the centre display and is equipped with Smartphone-link Display Audio navigation system. Standard is an 8.0-inch display and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as a 7.0-inch digital gauge cluster display nestled between the analog speedometer and tachometer gauges.
On the styling front, the new 2022 looks is much better than the outgoing model, especially rolling the new 20-inch wheels. The front end is completely reworked wrapping around the grille from both sides, and the headlights are separated vertically. Those daylight running lights are now placed in the upper half and given a thin, sharp shape.
The rear end takes on a more horizontal look with much cleaner lines and new T-shaped horizontal taillights that really suite the Outlander’s new bolder look.
2022 Outlander Colours
The basic colours include:
- Sterling Silver
- Titanium Grey
- Labrador Black
- Cosmic Blue
- Deep Bronze
Three premium (“Diamond”) colours include Red Diamond, White Diamond, and a new Black Diamond.