2023 Mitsubishi Outlander: Hybrid On the Way?

Mitsubishi’s compact SUV has just been redesigned for the 2022 model year. This overhaul has brought a lot of novelties, including a completely new platform and overall design, which is now based on Nissan Rogue’s design. The new model looks more modern in every aspect and that’s why we believe that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander, which will represent the second production year, will come without more important updates. Still, various sources speculate about the hybrid version, which makes perfect sense, considering that both Mitsubishi and Nissan have been developing their hybrid technologies for a long time.

In any case, the overall layout will remain the same. The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue with the same design characteristics and features. It will remain one of the rare three-row compact crossovers, which also offer a high-quality cabin and a full load of standard equipment. Furthermore, the ride is smooth and comfortable, while the cargo area also offers pretty impressive numbers for the class.

With or without novelties, the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander should arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Design

The recent redesign has brought a lot of changes, so it’s pretty much for sure that the next year’s model will feature no bigger changes. The new generation switched from Mitsubishi’s to Nissan’s platform and improvements are notable. Of course, we are talking about the CMF architecture, which is the same as the one that underpins the Rogue. The two models have so many things in common and what we can notice is that the new model offers notably better ride quality than the previous generation.

Of course, there is the new styling, which takes inspiration from other new models in the lineup, such as the Eclipse Sport or even the L200 pickup truck. The futuristic styling is definitely one of the strong selling points of this crossover and we are pretty sure that the next year won’t bring bigger updates in this aspect. Still, don’t exclude the possibility to see things like new color options, or maybe even a new appearance package.

Interior

The same thing goes for interior design. The recent redesign has brought a completely new cabin design, which looks way more upscale than before. The new aesthetics look great, while the use of quality materials is noticeable at every corner of the cabin. Furthermore, we like the new tech features, while another big improvement came in sound insulation, especially at highway speeds.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Interior

Besides the quality, this cabin also offers plenty of space. It comes with three rows of seats, which is a pretty rare thing in the compact SUV segment. The first two rows are pretty generous with space and accommodate adults with ease. On the other hand, the third row isn’t that generous with space but can be a pretty useful thing occasionally.

The cargo area offers around 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 33.5 cubic feet when the third row is folded, and 79.7 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. That’s the class-leading total cargo volume.

Features

Considering that we are talking about the second production year, the list of standard and available equipment should remain pretty much unchanged. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. The list of options should include goodies like tri-zone climate control, panoramic sunroof, a 9-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, a smartphone charging pad, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, two additional USB ports, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The same thing goes for safety features. So, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams etc.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Engine

The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue with the same engine under the hood. We are talking about Nissan’s well-known 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 181 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT gearbox. While that’s not an impressive amount of power, it seems more than enough for daily commuting, especially if we consider pretty good fuel economy. You may count on 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the segment.

Also, many reports suggest that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will come with a hybrid powertrain on the offer. We presume that would be an updated version of Mitsubishi’s well-known plug-in hybrid system, based on a 2.4-liter gasoline engine. The officials are still quiet on this matter.

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Specs

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Release Date and Price

We expect that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 27.500 dollars. Key competitors will be models like VW Tiguan, Honda CR-V etc.

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