Once upon a time, this Japanese manufacturer had some pretty impressive sports cars in its lineup, including models like Galant and Lancer that left a huge mark in the history of the rally. Today, Mitsubishi is mostly about family haulers, crossovers and SUVs that are nowhere near as exciting. Well, this could change a bit, considering that there is a full load of reports that suggest the arrival of the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart, which would be a high-performance version of the compact SUV.
The last time Mitsubishi used this moniker was years ago in the aforementioned sedans. With it, the Japanese carmaker celebrated its success in rallying, so we presume that Outlander would receive similar treatment. We presume that the new version would borrow most of the part from the Vision Ralliart concept, which was presented last year in Tokyo.
According to most sources, the sales could start later this year.
2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart Design
In a manner of a genuine Ralliart model, the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart would come with all kinds of upgrades. If we can refer to the last year’s concept, that would mean a lot of exclusive styling details, starting from the new grille design, new wheels and a completely new body kit. Of course, all these upgrades would accentuate the model’s performance nature, so we wouldn’t be surprised if we also see some pretty exclusive color options on offer as well.
Of course, this model wouldn’t just bring aesthetical updates. It would get a bunch of mechanical upgrades, especially in terms of the suspension setup, additional chassis reinforcement and brakes. With a stiffer setup and lower ground clearance, we expect that this Outlander can offer way more engaging handling than the standard version, though it’s still hard to imagine an SUV with driving manners similar to legends like Lancer and Galant.
We have no doubt that the inside of this version would also follow the aesthetical approach of the exterior. We would expect to see exlusive color schemes, along with upgrades in terms of materials, a new steering wheel, pedals and similar things. Moreover, an upgraded instrument cluster also seems very likely.
Still, the overall cabin layout would remain unchanged. This is still a family hauler and the only potential change could be to see Mitsubishi removing the third row. Still, the overall cabin layout would remain the same. The current Outlander looks way more upscale than some previous generations. It features great build quality and lots of modern high-tech features. Also, there is a very generous cargo area, which offers up to nearly 80 cubic feet of the total cargo volume.
As a high-performance version, the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart will probably be the most expensive trim in the lineup and, therefore, we expect to see a long list of standard equipment. We presume it would come standard with a bigger 9-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless device charging, a 10-speaker Bose premium stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio etc. Also, we expect to see a new 12.3—inch digital instrument cluster, along with tri-zone climate control, and maybe even a panoramic sunroof.
We also count on a long list of standard safety and driver-assistance features. Some of the highlights would be goodies like automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert etc.
2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart
Of course, the most important upgrade would be under the hood. From what we know so far, the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart will come with a plug-in hybrid setup, an upgraded version of the system that powers the standard Outlander PHEV. That system consists of a 2.4-liter inline-four engine and a single electric motor, for a combined output of 248 horsepower. In this case, we would see a 36-hp power boost so that the total output would go up to 286 horsepower. The system would be paired to a CVT transmission and we presume that the same 20-kWh battery pack would be included, which ensures 38 miles of the all-electric range.
Altogether, this upgrade would put the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart pretty close to the RAV4 Prime, which puts out 302 horsepower and ensures up to 42 miles of the all-electric range.
2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2024 Mitsubishi Outlander Ralliart could arrive sometime in the second half of the year, with a starting price of around 50.000 dollars.