2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC. A Great Mitsubishi

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC: Overview

Twenty years after its launch, Mitsubishi’s fourth-generation Outlander debuted on February 16, 2021. The newest Outlander is based on the Engelberg Tourer concept, which debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It rides on the CMF-CD Platform developed by the (by then) Renault-Nissan Alliance for various C and D segment vehicles of Renault and Nissan. Nissan Rogue, Nissan’s new compact crossover is one of the first vehicles using this platform. And since Mitsubishi joined the Alliance, the Japanese company not only shared this platform but also used the same engine and powertrain as the Rouge. On average developing new platforms costs around one billion dollars. And when an auto manufacturer can use the same platform across different brands the cost savings are enormous. The give you a better idea, at least ten vehicles from the three brands will use this platform.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander S-AWC

The 2022 Outlander is arguably one of the most attractive products Mitsubishi launched in the last few decades

With the shared platform and parts set aside, this vehicle has truly its own identity. It is immediately recognizable as a Mitsubishi. The distinctive headlights are a strong element of the exterior styling and inspire the design of future models too. The generous application of chrome, the massive grill and the big 20-inch wheels give confidence and imply strength in my subjective perception.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC: Engine and Powertrain

To create more synergies with the Alliance, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander shared the same engine and powertrain with the Nissan Rogue. It was a good choice. During our test drive, this engine provided sufficient torque and we never felt underpowered. The fuel consumption is good. As it is typical for CVT transmissions, at times, especially at low speeds the noise level was high but as you speed up and while passing on the highway. 

The 2.5L, 4-cylinder engine delivers 181 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque. Mated a CVT, it has the same powertrain as Rogue

The optional 3.0L V6 engine of the previous generation Outlander is no longer available since the new, shared platform is not designed for this bigger powerplant. Consequently, the towing capacity with the smaller engine dropped to 907 kilos. And Mitsubishi offers the PHEV hybrid version still in combination with the previous-gen model.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC:Interior

For those who knew the previous-generation Outlander, entering this vehicle is a big surprise, if not a quantum leap. The design and execution of every detail, from the instrument cluster to the steering wheel, from the centre console to the seats, is almost at the luxury class. The similarity to the Rouge is evident, but this is not a bad thing. The 2021 Nissan Rogue we tested earlier had raised the bar anyway.

The interior design and quality is a quantum leap compared to the outgoing model

For me, sitting in this car is observing the very positive outcome of the Alliance from Mitsubishi’s perspective. In the first two decades of this century, Mitsubishi produced vehicles, which were still well-engineered but were not attractive at all. With the new Outlander, someone would be right saying: “Mitsubishi takes the car-making business very seriously again.”

The configurable digital instrument cluster and the 10.2″ infotainment screen are easy to read and navigate. Shift-by-wire may require some getting-used, but works smoothly

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has grown in interior and almost in every dimension. It is particularly true for the first and second row of seats in terms of head- and legroom. The same is true for the cargo volume, especially with the second-and third-row seats folded flat. It increased from 61 to 79.7 cubic feet.

The front seats are wide and comfortable. The semi-aniline black and tan leather treatment is comparable to the luxury class

The second-row seats are not only comfortable but also offer generous head and legroom. The flat floor helps

Our tester, the range-topping GT S-AWC with the optional Premium Package had semi-aniline black and tan leather. A level of quality and workmanship that brings this Outlander on par with luxury brands. Excellent quilting and nice, supportive cushioning are very comfortable too.

As a unique feature in this class, the Outlander offers third-row seats, even if they are good for kids only

The third row is exceptional for this class. The head and legroom for the third row are tiny but still useful when you, for instance, bring your parents and your kids on board at the same time. There is a compartment under the cargo floor designed specifically to store the long headrests of the small third-row seats. This is an impressive example of the room economy.

The exceptionally high headrests for the tiny third row are stored under the cargo floor

The cargo volume behind the third row is 331 litres and can be increased to 949 litres and 2246 litres by folding the third and second-row seats respectively.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC:Driving Impressions

During our test drive in the city and on the highway, we never felt underpowered except at low speeds. And this more to the CVT transmission than the engine itself.

We would like to have another test drive in winter to see the qualities of Mitsu’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. At this time of year, we didn’t have a chance to drive in sand, snow or on a muddy surface.

Our average consumption was 10.4 litres, thus above the average of NRC data. We advise caution and think that NRC values should be used for comparative purposes only.

The 2022 Outlander offers four different driving modes

During our drive, we were also able to test the Concierge Service Mitsubishi created specifically for the new Outlander. It is easy and non-distractive to reach the service while driving just with the push of a button. We did not need any service but just wanted to test how it works. A friendly voice from Quebec answered our call, in French first, then in English and the gentleman was ready to help.

With a bold and unique design, the Outlander is sufficiently different from the rogue, its corporate cousin

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander: Pricing and Equipment

For details of the pricing and specifications of our tester, please see the window sticker below:

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander GT S-AWC: Conclusion

With the new Outlander, Mitsubishi made a bold statement and showed that it can build high-quality and desirable vehicles. Add to this the comprehensive warranty, the Outlander is now a very serious option in a very competitive segment.

For more information, please visit: https://www.mitsubishi-motors.ca/en/