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Mitsubishi recently unveiled the next generation Outlander at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. The Japanese automaker plans to bring down the 2013 Outlander to India early next year and might introduce a much needed diesel engine in the crossover vehicle. The new Mitsubishi Outlander will first be launched in Russia, followed by Japan and then will be launched in India. The third generation Outlander gets an all new design along with crucial mechanical upgrades to improve the dynamics of the vehicle tremendously. This new design language will soon find its way across other vehicles from the Mitsubishi stable.
Mitsubishi has introduced a 2.2-litre DI-D diesel engine in the new Outlander, which prodces 150 PS of power and 380 Nm of torque. The vehicle now features Stop-and-Go system, which is said to increase efficiency marginally. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual and automatic gearbox and we can expect Mitsubishi to offer the manual in the Indian market. The Mitsubishi Outlander will get all the bells and whistles but the company needs to price it aggressively to capture a larger share in the Indian market.
With a diesel engine available for the Mitsubishi Outlander, there is little or no reason to not offer it in the diesel loving Indian market. The arrival of the next generation Mitsubishi Outlander in India will coincide with the launch of the next generation Honda CR-V, which too is said to get a diesel heart. This will only make things difficult for Mitsubishi, as a diesel-engined Honda vehicle is the most awaited vehicle in India at the moment.
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