Mitsubishi Motors in the North American market has been in the doldrums for quite some time. But with the recent launches and the concept cars showcased at Tokyo Auto Salon seems to revive the brand's fortune. The same was seen in its first-quarter sales report for 2022. The brand posted a 44.7 percent year-on-year sales growth and its all-new 2022 Outlander SUV was the major contributor to this. The SUV sold 13,065 units and saw a massive sales growth of 218.2 percent compared to the same period last year.
Apart from the regular Outlander, Mitsubishi also sells its two other versions the Outlander Sport and the Outlander PHEV. Between the two the latter saw a 183.1 percent increase in sales while the former posted a 75.8 percent decline in sales. That said, seeing the uptick in sales Mitsubishi motors is already planning an all-new Outlander PHEV in the second half of 2022 to further boost the sale figures.
This focus on Outlander is also evident from the fact that this SUV alone sells almost equal to the combined sales figure of Mitsubishi Mirage, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. So what makes this Mitsubishi SUV so special? Let’s see it in detail to find that out. The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander price starts at $26,095 and for the 2022 model year, it is an all-new SUV.
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Being based on its corporate cousin the Nissan Rogue, the 2022 Outlander is now dimensionally bigger than the outgoing model and is sold as a three-row crossover. Powered by a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine and mated to a CVT gearbox, it sends 181 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque to either the front wheels or an optional all-wheel-drive system. Seeing the powertrain setup it is evident that the Outlander won’t win you races but what it does get right is the gas mileage. Returning 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway makes it one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in the segment.
Moving on, the interior of the 2022 Outlander is just the opposite of its engine performance. The cabin layout impresses with its simple yet well-laid design and use of high-quality materials. Not only that, the feature list includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a premium Bose sound system, tri-zone automatic climate control, powered front seats, leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, Mi-Pro (semi-autonomous driving assist system), etc surely makes it a desirable SUV in its segment.
What further makes a strong case in favor of this SUV is its safety features and top safety ratings. Speaking of which IIHS has crowned the 2022 Outlander as the ‘Top Safety Pick+’ in the four-door SUV segment. Followed by this a segment-leading 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain warranty ensures peace of mind for the owners. That said, the combination of all the above as a package is hard to find among its rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Tucson, and Honda CR-V. Thus helping this SUV rake in good sale numbers.
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