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2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Debut

Mitsubishi tries to convince us it’s still alive.

The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is the first all-new vehicle the once-popular automaker has brought to the U.S. in years, not counting the slow-selling all-electric i-MiEV city car. Unlike that one, we think the Outlander has the makings to sell in decent quantities if Mitsubishi can get enough money freed up to its marketing department.

With standard seven-passenger seating, the Outlander should be able to duke it out at the smaller end of the seven-passenger crossover segment against the Kia Sorento—a lucrative place to be. The 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander will be receiving a new engine and the addition of a hybrid drivetrain a little later.

Additionally, it's set to receive forward collision mitigation technologies, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

It's all wrapped in modern, if not futuristic, sheetmetal, with a shape that should lend itself well to those in need of something functional and stylish.

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