Unveiled a month ago, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is completely new from the ground up and will arrive at Canadian dealerships in April. The company today announced pricing and equipment details, hoping that its best-selling product can catch up with the competition.
Once again, the lineup includes seven trim levels, but the names have changed a bit and there are substantial hikes from the previous generation. That’s understandable as the new Outlander is the most sophisticated and most generously equipped ever with more than 50 new technologies and features.
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The base ES model exceeds a critical price point with an MSRP of $31,998 (excluding destination and handling), an increase of $2,000. Still blessed with Mitsubishi’s Super All-wheel Control (S-AWC) and a seven-passenger configuration as standard, it boasts 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps (with washers!), an 8-inch centre display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as several safety features including 11 airbags, Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning.
Next up is the SE model at $34,648, which adds LED front fog lights, hands-free power liftgate with height adjustability, panoramic sunroof with roof rails, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control and wireless charging for smartphones.
According to the automaker, the most popular choice among families will be the mid-range Outlander LE starting at $37,738. This one comes with the new Mitsubishi Connect telematics system available for the first time in Canada, which allows drivers to start the car remotely, connects them with a call centre at a touch of a button in case of emergency and automatically reports when an airbag has been deployed. It can even help find a stolen vehicle, or a vehicle just lost in a parking lot. A 24-month trial is included, meaning extra fees may apply after two years.
Other notable features include 20-inch wheels, embedded navigation powered by TomTom, Adaptive Cruise Control, 360-degree camera system and 9-inch centre display. By opting for the LE Premium, customers also get a power driver’s seat and fake suede upholstery.
A step higher is the Outlander SEL at $40,208, which adds a 12.3-inch full colour TFT digital driver display (a first for Mitsubishi) and heated second-row seats.
Finally, the top-line GT is priced from $41,678. For that kind of money, you get MI-PILOT Assist, a semi-autonomous driving technology similar to Nissan’s ProPILOT Asssit, plus a 10-speaker Bose audio system, ambient lighting, blind spot monitoring with active braking and 10.8-inch colour head-up display. For $500 more, classy semi-aniline leather seats are available.
All 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander models are motivated by a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque via a continuously variable transmission—exactly like the Nissan Rogue. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.9 L/100 km on the highway and 8.9 L/100 km in the city, while maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds (previously 1,500 pounds with the 2.4-litre engine). Sadly, the 3.0-litre V6 has been discontinued.
All the prices listed above include Mitsubishi’s outstanding coverage such as 10-year/160,000-km powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/100,000-km new vehicle limited warranty and 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance.