Mitsubishi has been a legendary name for SUVs in India. While the original Pajero has won many accolades here, it sales were, if I may put it, limited, but that was because of Mitsubishi’s very limited presence in the country.
The company has culled all other brands in its bid to focus only on SUVs and crossovers. This also led to the discontinuation of the original Pajero SFX along with the sharp looking Outlander crossover which was available only with a petrol mill till then.
Things seem to be a bit slow but Mitsubishi is gaining some traction. They launched the automatic version of Pajero Sport last week and have now ‘almost’ officially revealed the re-entry of Outlander in India ‘soon’.
At the launch of new Pajero Automatic, Mitsubishi confirmed that they are considering launching the Outlander diesel in India but a date and time frame was not revealed. We believe it may be sometime next year when we get to see the new Outlander in Mitsubishi dealerships.
In fact, the earlier the company brings it in, the better it would be for them because they need newer and more models in the lineup. For the records, last month Mitsubishi managed to sell just 17 units of the Pajero Sport.
Internationally, the Outlander is sold with two engine trims:
- 2.4L MIVEC, 4 cylinder engine producing 168.30 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and 219.64 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm with a CVT gearbox.
- 3.0 L MIVEC, V6 engine producing 227.11 PS of power at 6,250 rpm and 291.5 Nm at 3,750 rpm mated with a 6 speed automatic transmission.
The new 2014 Outlander has been cosmetically upgraded and comes with a lot of betterments and a 7-seat option. Diesel engine will also make it a luring preposition in the already cluttered segment but if the company can position it well, somewhere below the Pajero Sport, we may be up for some real good preposition in the sub 20 lakh crossover segment.