An alliance between three of the biggest car companies in the world is about to bear fruit in the form of a new SUV that will spawn a range of spin-offs.
There’s a familial theme to the next version of Mitsubishi’s most popular family car.
The fourth-generation Mitsubishi Outlander is a big deal for the maker.
Packed with technology previously off-limits to the budget brand, the new Outlander has a digital dashboard, head-up display, wireless smartphone charging and USB points to keep passengers happy.
A 9-inch central infotainment screen is available with a 10-speaker Bose stereo, and a new centre airbag helps keep passengers safe.
Heated seats and three-zone climate control are on the menu, as is quilted white leather trim that ramps up its prestige appeal.
Active cruise control with speed sign recognition features in a comprehensive suite of driver aids
As before, the model is available with five or seven seats, with a choice of front or all-wheel-drive.
Mitsubishi will launch the car with a Nissan-sourced 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine tied to a CVT automatic transmission.
Expect a follow-up to the successful plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV to follow in coming months.
The machine has a bold new look anchored by Mitsubishi’s latest “Diamond Shield” grille, plus squinting LED headlights and huge 20-inch wheels.