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The new Outlander is the freshest face in Mitsubishi's lineup and the first indication of what direction the ailing manufacturer is headed in. The Japanese automaker's interiors drew criticism last generation for being rough and simplistic. Mitsubishi plans to remedy such complaints with all-new premium surfaces including a soft-touch instrument panel and wood grain appearance trim on the top tier GT model. With the second and third rows folded down the 7-seat compact crossover accommodates up to 128.7 cu. ft. of cargo. Whether hauling friends or furniture, Mitsubishi is promising marked increases in fuel efficiency from the revised 2.4-liter I4 and 3.0 V6. Both engines are actually down on power from the units they replace, but the aerodynamically re-sculpted Sport Ute is also carrying 200 pounds less than the outgoing model. To keep in line with the rapidly evolving CUV segment, the Outlander will be offered with some very impressive premium features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning. Those systems designed to prevent collisions will hopefully negate the use of the standard 7 airbag Supplemental Restraint System that includes side curtain airbags, a driver's knee airbag and a completely redesigned driver's seat airbag.