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September 3, 2015
By Mario Cywinski

MITSUBISHI'S NEW FACE OF OUTLANDER
WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA = In 2013, Mitsubishi Canada took automotive journalists up the Sea-to-Sky highway from Vancouver to Squamish, B.C to debut the 2014 Outlander. Fast forward two years to 2015 when Mitsubishi decided to debut the 2016 Outlander further up the Sea-to-Sky in Whistler, B.C. With the starting point once again being Vancouver, the drive route went through iconic Stanley Park and through the mountainous landscape along the way to Whistler.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
While it was hard not to be lost in the beauty of the surroundings, the new Outlander’s exterior did its best to compete for the eyes attention. A more upscale and aggressive looking front end than its predecessor is what catches the eye first.

The first generation Outlander was introduced in Canada around the same time Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada began selling vehicles here in September 2002. Since introduction, a variety of Outlander iterations have sold over 64,000 units in Canada.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
“The 2016 Outlander goes further and adds daring new looks, remarkable driving refinement, added convenience features and an overall premium feel,” said Tony Laframboise, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada.

While the RVR and Lancer family of vehicles have sold more on the retail side of the business, in the fleet world the Outlander is the top selling Mitsubishi product with 1,162 units sold into fleet in 2014, according to IHS Automotive driven by Polk.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Changes for 2016 include the front end now having a new front fascia, skid plate styling, LED daylight running lamps (standard on all trim levels) and LED headlights (available on GT S-AWC trim), along with a new hood. In the rear, the fascia is changed as is a new rear garnish and addition of LED taillights. As well, the vehicle now features power folding rear view mirrors, new fenders, door garnish and 18-inch alloy wheels. Many changes have been made to the interior trim and aesthetic pieces as well as the materials used. The rear seat has been redone to make it easier to operate. Standard and navigation model audio systems have also been updated.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
In all, over 100 enhancements have been made to the vehicle. A new featured added to the Outlander which those in the Great White North will appreciate on those really cold mornings is the windshield wiper de-icer. It has a heat strip along the lower windshield glass that keeps ice and snow from accumulating around the wipers keeping them clean. Its standard on all trim levels.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
“The 2016 Outlander is the best Outlander ever, and we expect it will grow our business. That’s especially true with the 2.4-litre, four cylinder model which features an enhanced powertrain led by the latest CVT-8 technology,” said David A. Murphy, Senior Manager, Fleet, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. “While we prefer not to provide sales projections, let’s just say we will grow to a level beyond the current rate of over 4,000 units per year, in both retail and fleet sales. When it comes to fleet sales, we have spent considerable time developing a dedicated team who tell us Outlander’s versatility and functionality, along with competitive cost of ownership, make it a natural choice of both commercial and government fleets.”

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
Drivetrains carry forward into 2016 with the addition of a new CVT8 transmission being added to the 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine, which outputs 166 horsepower and 162 foot/pounds of torque. With a recalibration of the ECU, the engine now offers better fuel economy and acceleration. The V-6 model has a six-speed automatic transmission, and offers 224 hp and 215 ft/lbs of torque.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.
All-Wheel Control (AWC) and Super AWC; Mitsubishi speak for all-wheel drive, is also available. The AWC system offers three drive modes (ECO for fuel friendly driving, AUTO for regular driving and LOCK for driving on roads that require high traction. The S-AWC system is a more advanced version and adds a SNOW mode to what is offered on the AWC system.

Safety is top of mind for all fleet drivers and operators. The Outlander was recently named a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2016 model year. Outlander offers forward collision mitigation, seven air bags, ABS, electronic-bake force distribution, brake assist system, brake override system, hill start assist, active stability control, traction control and tire pressure monitoring system.










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