2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Revealed, To Have Hybrid Option
The Outlander is an excellent seller in emerging markets like India as well as in the company's traditionally strong markets such as Australia. It has seen marginal success in the North American market. Its design has been flagging and in need of an update, which will also be forthcoming with the 2013 model.
The New Look
Mitsubishi has added sporty lines and a more tapered, less boxy rear profile, taking many hints from its PX concept introduced last year. The front profile has been smoothed to remove some of the aggressive look it once had while the grill work has narrowed and become more smooth.
This sleeker front end includes the same narrow headlamps, but now with a more tapered look, and widened recesses for the optional fog lamps. The rear spoiler remains, but some visibility loss because of the change in taper may affect perception from the driver's seat.
The fenders have smoothed, minimizing the wheel well bumps to further keep the design more updated.
The Hybrid Powertrain
While Mitsubishi has not released any specific information for the 2013 Outlander's mechanics, it will likely take cues from the company's PX-MiEV II concept debuted last year at the Tokyo Motor Show. That upgraded concept contained a 2.0-liter, four cylinder engine with a 6-speed gear box. Two 60 kilowatt (81 horsepower) electric motors were included in the PX as well, utilizing a parallel hybrid (i.e. “plug-in”) setup.