The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is one of the models of the Mitsubishi Outlander, which is a four-door mid-size crossover, manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors, the leading Japanese automaker. As the highest selling vehicle in the meager North American array of Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets some considerable weight on its shoulders. Not only the player of the company in the hotly challenged compact sport utility vehicle segment, it will also be representing the American labor force shortly. Starting in July 2013, the Normal manufacturing facility of Mitsubishi in Illinois, will supply both the United States and export automotive markets such as Russia, South-Central America, and the Middle East with 2013 model-year Mitsubishi Outlander Sports.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport appeared during the 2011 model year as a minor, only a little more inexpensive edition of the Outlander. At the time, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine earned environmental protection agency mileage ratings of 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, whereas the Outlander that is equipped with a 2.4-liter engine offers the mileage of 23 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. While such inadequate competence benefits definitely do not assist it against its outlet sibling, the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be refreshed to assist it better fight the likes of the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Kia Sportage.
The four-cylinder, 2.0-liter, DOHC engine that mates to a continuously variable transmission has been recalibrated for smoother operation and enhanced acceleration. The shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system of Mitsubishi is currently controlled with by means of a button instead of the earlier dial. Additional chassis modifications are restricted to tweaking the back suspension setup for improved ride quality.
Below a newly redesigned trapezoid grille, the lower front part holds recessed mist lamps with fresh chrome borders. Blacked-out lesser valances, front and back, black color lower side sills, and back LED tail lamps are new, as well. Two extra exterior colors, such as Quick Silver and White Pearl join the current palette of Labrador Black Pearl, Laguna Blue, Rally Red and Mercury Gray. Currently, all models of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport come with standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Mitsubishi, the manufacturer of the Outlander Sport had applied the similar light touch to the interior of the vehicle similar to that of its exterior design. Chrome accents and Innovative fabric options complement a leather-covered steering wheel and the gear shift knob. Standard technology comprises acoustic controls mounted on the steering wheel of the Outlander Sport and the FUSE Hands-free Link System of Mitsubishi for voice-activated function of phones and iPods. The 2013 Outlander Sports also comes with rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, xenon headlights, and an improved six-speaker acoustic system with the satellite radio.
It is true that the automaker has never actually been more than a little player here in the United States, but the Outlander Sport has its fans. Mitsubishi is expecting the gentle updates to the Outlander Sport will not only mollify the few realistic, but maybe convey a few novel converts into the tent, as well.