Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) announced today that the seven-seater Outlander SUV will be coming to Malaysia in early 2016.
“We are excited to introduce a 7-seater SUV to the Malaysian market very soon. The Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is MMM’s first model to be introduced with the ‘Dynamic Shield’ concept, and it comes with an array of safety and premium features,” said Mr. Yang Won-Chul, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia in a statement released today.
The model that we will be getting is the regular petrol-powered model, imported from Japan. A plug-in hybrid variant is also available in Japan but without any special incentives (current incentive only applies to locally assembled models), coupled with our prohibitively high excise duties, it will be far too costly for Malaysia.
MMM has yet to reveal the engine options planned for Malaysia, but globally the Outlander is available with three engine options, all petrol – a 2.0-litre four cylinder that is shared with the ASX, 2.4-litre four cylinder and 3.0-litre V6. The 2.0-litre is only available as a 2WD, and is paired with a CVT. The 2.4-litre adds 4WD, also with a CVT while the 3.0-litre V6 gets a six-speed automatic driving all four wheels.
The Outlander will be MMM’s new flagship model, replacing the slow-selling 3.8-litre V6, seven-seater Pajero Exceed, which has since been dropped from MMM’s line-up.
Confirmed features include seven airbags, Active Stability Control (ASC), electrically operated tailgate, sunroof, LED headlights with integrated DRL, and 18-inch Dualtone alloy wheels.
Prices have yet to be confirmed but we expect it to cost more than the RM165,800 5+2-seater Nissan X-Trail 2.5 4WD. The potential additional price is buys you a proper seven-seater cabin (as opposed to the X-Trail ‘+2’ third row seats), and a more sophisticated rally-proven 4WD drivetrain.