Mitsubishi is struggling to be competitive in today’s market. From 2002 to 2016 sale numbers of whole Mitsubishi brand have dropped for 358%. In 2016 Mitsubishi sold 96.267 vehicles, and one-third of that goes to Outlander Sport. Even though they don’t have too much to offer, except for new Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi will do anything to keep their best-selling vehicle sell. And that’s why Outlander Sport got the third redesign from when it appeared in 2011. And what can we expect from 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport? We would be wrong if we’re to say not much.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Exterior Changes
For starters, it isn’t a major overhaul when it comes to design, but it’s a nice refreshment. Instead of vertical lines on the front, Outlander Sport got mesh-pattern grille. Besides those, there are vertical, LED fang-like daytime running lights take place. Above the rear window, it has a subtle spoiler, while rear lights are connected with chrome strip. Below we can see new bumper and C-shaped red deflectors. And that’s about it when the exterior is in question.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Interior Updates
On the inside, we can also find updates. Unlike 6.1-inch audio screen, there is now 7-inch infotainment screen as standard. Before it was available only as an option. It’s called Smartphone Link. Yes as we can see by the name it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but volume control isn’t integrated, we have standard control knob. Thank you, Mitsubishi. The infotainment system comes on redesigned center console and we also have a new shifter.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Safety
When it comes to safety, current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has “A” (acceptable) rating in small overlap crash test. And we don’t think that new SUV will top that. But even if that does or doesn’t happen, Mitsubishi enriched Touring package. It comes with a forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rearview camera, automatic high-beams, and on top of that, the driver also gets the panoramic sunroof.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Engines
The powertrain section isn’t that exciting as it could be. The current SUV comes with a 2.0-liter engine with 148 horsepower and 2.4-liter engine which produces 168 horsepower. Those two have already aged, and Mitsubishi could really put newer one under the hood of its SUV. And there are some reports that say they will use a new 1.5-liter turbo engine that was developed for Eclipse Cross mentioned above. For this engine, output number are still not available, but we expect a number closer to 200.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – Price
We still must wait and see what exactly will lie under the hood, but even if the new engine takes place, we don’t think that price range will go higher than current $20.690 – $28.590. We will see 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in fall this year. One thing is for certain, this SUV has a tough competition, and just some of those are Mazda CX-3, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, and Toyota RAV4.