The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is redesigned with a distinctive exterior design and a nicer-looking interior.
It now shares its platform and engine with the Nissan Rogue.
The Outlander will go on sale in April with a starting price of $26,990.
As Mitsubishi’s first new product in several years, the new 2022 Outlander compact SUV is significant in a few ways. Not only does it look far nicer than its predecessor inside and out, it also represents the first fruit of Mitsubishi and Nissan’s alliance that U.S. customers will see.
The Outlander now shares a platform and engine with the Nissan Rogue. Its exterior design is entirely distinct, however, with an in-your-face front end that features a prominent grille, lots of chrome trim, and an interesting lighting arrangement that includes daytime running lights, headlights, and fog lights.
Larger than before in most dimensions, the Outlander continues to reside on the large end of the compact-crossover segment and retains its standard third row of seats. The Volkswagen Tiguan is the only other car in this class that offers space for seven passengers, although we must say that the Outlander’s third row it doesn’t look particularly hospitable in photos.
The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter inline-four with 181 hp and 181 pound-feet of torque. It uses a continuously variable automatic transmission. These engine specs are identical to the Rogue’s, although we expect the Outlander to be a bit heavier owing to its extra row of seats. This means it may be slower than the Rogue, which accelerated to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds in our testing. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Mitsubishi has also said that a plug-in-hybrid version of the Outlander is coming later but it has not yet released details on that model.
The interior materials look to be an improvement over the outgoing Outlander, which had one of the most plasticky and low-rent cabins in the segment. There are also some interesting colors and textures available, such as the orange trim shown in these photos. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, with a 9.0-inch screen optional. The infotainment and optional digital gauge-cluster displays themselves use software lifted directly from the Nissan, with similar graphics.
Other desirable options for higher trim levels include a head-up display, a power liftgate, all manner of driver-assistance features, leather seats, and 20-inch wheels.
The 2022 Outlander starts at $26,990, or $900 more than the old Outlander and just a hair more expensive than the Rogue. We don’t yet have pricing for the Outlander’s higher trim levels or option packages. It will begin reaching U.S. dealerships in April.
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