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First Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC

A lackluster vehicle from an automaker that seems more focused on the future than the present.

by on Aug.19, 2011

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shows Mitsubishi is more focused on its future products than its current lineup.

It’s a familiar tactic, one employed by automakers the world over. Instead of coming up with a new name to attach to its latest offering, the marketeers just use the name from another vehicle with some sort of appendage.

So, even though Mitsubishi’s new compact sport utility is mostly different from the company’s larger offering, it still gets the same name, Outlander. For the smaller ute, Mitsubishi adds “Sport” to the name.

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The Outlander Sport looks the part. Leading with Mitsubishi’s corporate “shark-nose” front end, the Sport has a decidedly taut design. Remember the days when forward-leaning front ends were the in design? Think Buick Century as well as generations of BMWs. That look gave way to the swept-back, aerodynamic look. But now, the forward lean is back. Even if it doesn’t seem aerodynamic, that’s an optical illusion because Mitsubishi claims a coefficient of drag of 0.33, which is rather remarkable for any sport ute, forward leaning snout or not.


First Look: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Honey, I shrunk the SUV.

by on Apr.05, 2010

The 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a full 15 inches shorter than the standard Outlander SUV.

You hear a lot about downsizing, these days, what with the steadily increasing interest in fuel economy, but few makers have done more to shave inches and pounds than Mitsubishi has with the new Outlander Sport, which is making its public debut, this week, at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.

This entry-level compact crossover is far more car-like than the earlier Mitsubishi Outlander, and measures a full 15-inches shorter than the older SUV.  That alone should help improve mileage, but the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport also introduces a technology that might be called “hybrid light,” which could help the Japanese crossover appeal to a younger, more green-minded audience.

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Mitsubishi is counting on the 2011 Outlander Sport to “raise consumer opinion and consideration of our brand,” says Shinichi Kurihara, CEO of the Japanese maker’s sales subsidiary.  That’s something Mitsubishi has struggled with, in recent years, other sporty entries, like the Eclipse coupe, failing to reverse a long and steady sales decline.