Mitsubishi’s compact crossover has just been redesigned. The new generation debuted with the 2022 model year and it brings a full load of significant changes. It is more comfortable and more upscale than before, while there is also a full load of new tech features. Considering all these things, it’s quite easy to predict that the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander, which will represent the second production year, will come without more important updates. Still, some sources suggest that the Japanese manufacturer could offer its famous plug-in hybrid system for the next year, considering that the current version is available only with a gasoline powertrain.
The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue with the same overall design and features. This means that you may count on a crossover that offers three rows of seats and a very generous cargo area. Furthermore, the cabin looks really upscale, while the ride is smooth and comfortable. We expect to see it on the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the recent redesign has brought a lot of changes, so the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue in the same way. The new model switched to Nissan’s CMF platform and now shares most of its parts with Nissan Rogue. The benefits from the new platform are numerous, starting from improved comfort. Also, the steering is more responsive, while the overall handling feels more engaging.
The new model is also notably bigger than before, with a longer wheelbase. You can notice a completely new styling, which takes inspiration from models like Eclipse Cross, offering a pretty futuristic look, which definitely helps it out stand out from the crowd. The next year shouldn’t bring any particular change, though there is always room for new color options, new appearance packages and similar things.
On the inside, the new generation has also brought a lot of improvement, so it’s hard to believe in any changes for the second production year. The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander will continue with the same cabin design, which features modern and attractive aesthetics and much better quality than before. The materials are nice, while there is a lot of attention to detail. Furthermore, the sound insulation is pretty good, so we can compare this cabin even with some entry-level models from the premium segment.
Besides great build quality, this SUV also offers plenty of space than before. Once again, we are talking about one of the rare compact crossovers with three rows of seats, which brings a completely new dimension of functionality to the table. The wheelbase is now longer, so there is notably more space for the passengers as well. The cargo area is also more generous than before. You may count on about 11.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 33.5 cubic feet when the third row is folded, and 79.7 cubic feet of the overall cargo volume.
Considering that we are talking about the second production year, we expect that the list of standard equipment will remain pretty much the same as in the current model. Therefore, base models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a six-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control etc. The list of options should include things like a 9-inch touch screen, navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay, a smartphone charging pad, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, two additional USB ports, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, as well as proximity keyless entry, panoramic moonroof, tri-zone climate control etc.
When it comes to safety features, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, front and rear collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring etc.
2023 Mitsubishi Outlander Engines
Standard models will continue in the same way, with Nissan’s 2.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 181 horsepower and comes in pair with a CVT. That’s enough for daily commuting but more ambitious drivers probably won’t be happy with it. On the other hand, economy-minded drivers will be glad to hear that the average fuel economy goes around 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
We can also find reports that suggest the addition of Mitsubishi’s well-known plug-in hybrid powertrain. Most likely, we would see a pretty similar setup as in the previous generation, based on a 2.4-liter gasoline engine but now with a more powerful electric motor and a bigger battery. The officials are still quiet on this matter.