Late last year, photos of the all-new fourth generation 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander leaked online, giving us our first look at the redesigned Ford Escape competitor. Now, Mitsubishi has officially revealed its brand new crossover, which features heavily revised interior and exterior designs, along with three-row seating – the only vehicle in its segment to offer this feature as standard equipment.
Set to go on sale in the U.S. in April of 2021 and other global markets at a later date, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will feature a starting MSRP of $25,795. It rides on the same platform as the Nissan Rogue, another Escape competitor, as part of the two automakers’ partnership. As Ford Authority reported earlier this year, Ford will offer an Escape with three-row seating, but it will only be produced and sold in China.
On the outside, the new Outlander debuts Mitsubishi’s next-generation Dynamic Shield front face and design language, along with standard 18-inch or optional 20-inch wheels. Inside, the overhauled cabin provides owners with features including an optional 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 9-inch center screen, 10-speaker BOSE audio system, and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. capability.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander pairs its new Nissan underpinnings with its available rally-derived Super All-Wheel Control system and six drive modes for both on- and off-road performance, for both two- and all-wheel-drive configurations, though the former only comes with five total drive modes. The new Outlander is powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, though the automaker has not provided any power specs yet.
In terms of technology, the 2022 Outlander comes equipped with Mitsubishi’s MI-PILOT Assist driver assistance system with adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist, integrated navigation using what words technology, a windshield-display 10.8-inch full-color Head-Up Display (HUD), and the Mitsubishi Connect smart-car system.
The current-gen Mitsubishi Outlander ranks next-to-last in the highly competitive mainstream compact crossover segment, in front of only its stablemate, the Eclipse cross. Meanwhile, Ford Escape sales place it sixth in the segment, which currently contains 16 different models. But given the fact that the Outlander hasn’t received a complete overhaul since 2014, it’s likely to enjoy a boost in that regard when it arrives in the U.S. in just a couple of months.