2021 Mitsubishi Outlander debuts with third-row seating

Updated Feb 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It looks bolder and more family-oriented.

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) launched the 2021 Outlander via Amazon Live, and sales will start in North American regions later this year.

The fourth-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is based on the Nissan Rogue (known as X-Trail in the local market). However, it still bears the signature design cues that are commonly associated with the Mitsubishi brand.

In case you’re wondering, this fourth-gen Outlander is different from the ground up especially when you compare it to the current available Philippine-spec model.   

A picture of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander on a city road

The all-new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander fourth-generation

Upfront, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander sports the latest version of the Japanese marque’s “dynamic shield grille,” and according to Mitsubishi, the lower bumper with its trapezoidal opening pays tribute to the Lancer Evolution X.

It also gets a pair of thin LED daytime running lamps with integrated signal lamps higher up the front fascia. Meanwhile, the fog lamps and the high and low beams are found on the side flanking the grille. The latter is of course reminiscent of the Xpander and Xpander Cross’ design. 

A picture of the rear of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander

The rear end of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander

Towards the side, one can see that the new Outlander gets more aggressive. There are now deeper character lines, and the wheel arches look prominent. There’s also an abundance of glass in the front section, but the D-pillar has grown a bit in size. From the side, one can also see that this model rides on a modern-looking set of 20-inch wheels.

Under the hood, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander is powered by the new 2.5-liter gasoline engine, which is paired with a continuously variable transmission. The said transmission also gets a simulated eight-speed sport mode. Of note, this is the same engine found on the new Nissan Rogue.

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A picture of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander's side profile

The new Outlander model from the side

At the most, the 2021 Outlander’s engine can make up to 181 horsepower and 245 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels, or to all four wheels depending on the variant.

Both variants come with the Brake Active Yaw Control technology, which to put simply, provides steering for the front and rear wheels.

In order to do its job, the steering system detects several variables and applies the right amount of driving force to each pair of wheels. As Mitsubishi claims, this optimizes grip, braking force, among others.

And speaking of safety, the 2021 Outlander, at least for the North American market, comes with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a whopping eleven airbags.

There’s also a family-focused user app that provides added functionality, and security (tracking and usage logs) on top of the usual security features.

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A picture of the 2021 Outlander's interior

The 2021 Outlander's cockpit bears some similarities with Nissan Rogue

Inside, the Outlander now offers seating for up to seven people. This is a potential game-changer for the Outlander because we’re convinced that it’ll prove to be even more attractive to family-oriented buyers.

There’s also a wealth of storage space, and the new 12.3-inch or 9-inch touchscreen offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and many other capabilities. 

Overall, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander took a step up in space and practicality. It’s also significantly more aggressive-looking than its predecessor. The most important feature, at least when it comes to Asian markets, is the third-row.

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A picture of the rear passenger compartment of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander

A glimpse inside the new Outlander showing its passenger seating

For now, though, Mitsubishi is yet to release any word on when the new Outlander will make its way to other markets, including the Philippines. So, if you’re excited about this new model, keep reading here on Philkotse.com for more updates. 

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Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the latest entry of the brand into the Philippine market's clean energy crossover. It features a twin electric motor system that provides the vehicle four-wheel-drive. It can send power to the rear and front wheels separately. The Japanese crossover’s electric motor also benefits the vehicle of near-instantaneous torque and zero emissions. Under the hood of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV lies a naturally aspirated 2.4L gasoline engine that generates 128 horsepower and 199 Newton-meter of torque paired to a hybrid system. The electric motor generates 137 Newton-meter of torque – sufficient energy to keep the eco-friendly SUV going. The vehicle's electric motor and battery pack provide the Japanese crossover an excellent fuel efficiency. Another attractive characteristic of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is its 5-star NCAP safety rating that will provide users with worry-free driving. The vehicle's additional safety features are forward collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beam, blind-spot warning, ultrasonic misacceleration mitigation system, and rear cross-traffic alert. Mitsubishi Philippines offers the Outlander PHEV in a single variant. The starting price of the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 PHEV is Php 2,998,000 with six different color options to choose from: Ruby Black Pearl, Quartz Brown, Rally Red, Pearl White Alloy, Mercury Grey, and Alloy Silver.

Price to be announced

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

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