The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport are the most popular models in the automaker’s lineup. They have continued to be best-selling models year after year and have gained immense popularity here in the United States, showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With consistent improvements and rave reviews, the Outlander/Outlander Sport models have come a long way since their introduction.
The very first Mitsubishi Outlander was introduced in 2001 to the people of Japan with the name “Airtrek.” It was initially based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle that was shown at the North American International Auto Show in 2001. At the time, the SUV/Crossover segment was gaining major popularity all around the world, making the Outlander a perfect fit.
The Airtreck name was inspired by the function of an SUV as it has the ability to take passengers on any adventure with ease. When “Outlander” became the official nameplate in 2003, it represented a vehicle that could take you to faraway, unexplored lands in search of adventure. The Airtrek name still remained in specific markets, eventually being dropped altogether in favor of the “Outlander” moniker.
The second generation of the Outlander was introduced in 2005 with a variety of new features and engine options. Here in North America, the Outlander was powered by the 3.0-liter V6 MIVEC engine. The Outlander got another facelift in 2008, eventually coming to the US in 2009.
A third generation of the Outlander was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and made its American debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The new model was lighter, more efficient, and safer than ever before, even receiving the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ award. The third generation also introduced the plug-in hybrid, Outlander PHEV.
Today’s Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport have built upon the original foundation and are proving to be a top choice in the SUV/Crossover segment all around the world. Mitsubishi is known for providing high-quality vehicles that are fun, functional, and customizable all at a very valuable price, and the new Outlander is no exception.
If you’re interested in the latest Mitsubishi Outlander or Outlander Sport, please visit us at Schaumburg Mitsubishi today!