Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact crossover vehicle that was introduced in the U.S. market in 2010. Although the vehicle uses the same platform as the Mitsubishi Outlander, it actually belongs to the third generation of the Mitsubishi Recreational Vehicle Runner (RVR) that was sold in the United States as the Expo LRV.

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Origins

The first generation of the Mitsubishi Expo LRV was designed as a tall wagon, offroad vehicle that was more appealing for an outdoor lifestyle. The vehicle itself was a second-generation Mitsubishi Chariot that had a shorter chassis but still shared several components, such as the sliding passenger door and two rows of seating in the longer Chariot.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was introduced as the third-generation RVR when the company decided to revisit the concept of the longer Outlander. The new Outlander Sport had a reduced capacity as compared to the actual Outlander as it seated only five people. But most other components were shared between the models. The launch of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2010 threw light on the company’s decision to favor large, truck-based products over the smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles. The Outlander Sport was unveiled at the 2010 Tokyo Motor Show.

The roots of the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can be traced back to the Mitsubishi Concept-cX, which was unveiled in the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

About the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a combination of several luxury features and ride quality. The interiors are spacious, and the seats are aesthetically shaped. The Fuse voice-activation system designed by Mitsubishi make the entertainment and navigation systems in the vehicle more user friendly. However, the engine of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport lacks enough acceleration, especially on the highway. The body rolls quite a bit while maneuvering tight corners, which can make the driver a tad nervous as well. Cargo capacity is nothing much to write home about either, with a maximum volume of 29.5 cubic feet. Overall, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offers a smooth, quiet, and fun ride, but should not be pushed hard offroad.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Features

The 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was slightly modified from the 2011 variant. The same trim levels of the SUV was carried forward to 2012 and included the two-wheel-drive ES base model and the top-end SE model that comes either as a two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The SE model also comes with the CVT gearbox as a standard feature, while the ES model has it as an option.

The 4B11 engine was reengineered with an updated aluminum block and cylinder head. The engine also comes with a new technology called MIVEC, which stands for Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control. It is a new continuously variable valve-timing system. Other changes in the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport engine include a smoothened camshaft surface and resin coats on the piston. These tweaks help reduce engine friction and improve fuel economy.

The CVT gearbox is used in the high-end SE model as a standard, and the ES model has also received certain design updates to curb emissions and boost fuel economy further. Moreover, the driver can also feel the gears shift better through the magnesium paddle shifters located just behind the steering wheel. The shift schedule of the CVT strikes a balance between maximum performance and fuel economy on road. However, the gearbox can switch to ""sports"" mode when going offroad or along a winding road. This is a more aggressive mode that imitates a six-speed gearbox and also improves the unit’s responsiveness.

Even the standard transmission gearbox on the base model Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES was modified slightly. The five-speed manual transmission gearbox is now smoother to operate. The shift feel is improved, and triple synchros were added for the first and second gears. The first and final gear ratios were also altered to improve the fuel economy and performance of the vehicle.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport can be fitted with several luxury upgrades, including remote engine start, a panoramic glass roof with adjustable LED lighting, a 40 GB HDD navigation system with real-time traffic and music server, Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker music system, an exterior sport-rim package, and a piano black shift-panel overlay and center console. The standard features include a telescopic and tilt steering wheel, remote keyless entry, Fuse Hands-free Link System, and a cruise control system with controls mounted on the steering wheel.

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Evolution

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was powered by an in-house 4B11 2.0-liter engine. It is a dual overhead cam engine with 16 valves and four-cylinders that are capable of delivering 148 hp of power and 145 lb-ft of torque. The SUV is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) as an option. Another standard is the front-wheel drive with the all-wheel drive offered as an option for other trim levels.

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a crossover SUV based on the upscale Outlander in the company’s lineup.

2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

SUV, Utility/Offroad

With the Outlander Sport joining Mitsubishi's lineup in 2011 there are not significant changes for 2012.

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a compact crossover vehicle that is essentially a smaller version of the SUV Outlander.

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