Mitsubishi unveiled a significantly revamped version of its seven-passenger compact-crossover SUV at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The 2016 Outlander receives more than 100 engineering and design updates, most aimed at improving structural rigidity, ride quality, and NVH levels.
Improved sound insulation, noise-isolating glass, new dynamic front suspension, and rear differential dampers are among the list of enhancements. Mitsubishi also touts a new-generation CVT transmission with improved performance, but made no mention of engine updates, so we presume the existing 4-cylinder and V6 powerplants are carried over.
The exterior gets a facelift that includes new front fenders and a front fascia that introduces Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” design motif. Also new are halogen headlights, LED position lights, lower-door sections, rear fascia, LED taillights, and 18-inch alloy wheels. GT models get power-folding side mirrors, a windshield-wiper de-icer, and LED headlights.
Inside, all 2016 Outlanders get a new audio display and a redesigned steering wheel, rear folding seat, seating surfaces, accent trim, and headliner. GT models get an auto-dimming rearview mirror with Homelink system.
The current-generation Mitsubishi Outlander debuted as a 2014 model, and despite its excellent packaging and rare-for-its-class third-row seat, it came up a bit short in terms of overall refinement. The 2016 revamp should smooth off some of those rough edges and make the Outlander a more compelling contender in its class.