Mitsubishi Outlander 2020 pricing and spec confirmed: Increased gear and cost for new mid-size SUV

Mitsubishi has updated its Outlander mid-size SUV for the 2020 model year, increasing specification for all 2.4-litre-powered variants with the inclusion of the brand’s Forward Collision Mitigation autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

However, the changes will come at a cost, with the price-leading $29,490 before on-road costs two-wheel-drive (2WD) five-speed manual ES up $200.

The entry-level Outlander also misses out on Advanced Driver-Assist Systems (ADAS), but gains 18-inch monotone wheels, a new 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen system and power lumber adjustment for the driver’s seat in the update.

Rear passengers also gain an additional USB socket, while the new Outlander – barring variants with a sunroof – is also fitted with a new overhead storage console for sunglasses.

The only variant to be powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, the entry-level ES produces 110kW/190Nm, and also features a black cloth interior trim, digital radio, reversing camera and dual-zone climate control.

Priced at $31,790 (+$500), the ES is also available with a 124kW/220Nm 2.4-litre atmo engine paired to a continuously-variable automatic transmission (CVT) and seven-seat configuration, while an all-wheel-drive (AWD) version is also offered at $34,290 (+$500).

AWD versions of the updated Outlander feature Mitsubishi’s new ‘Super All Wheel Control’ (S-AWC) system, which includes active yaw control and four driving modes – ‘AWC Eco’, ‘Normal’, ‘Snow’ and the new ‘Gravel’.

As previously mentioned, 2.4-litre-powered ES versions gain AEB as standard, as well as automatic wipers and headlights, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The 2.4-litre five-seat ES is also available with ADAS, costing $33,290 (+$500) and $35,790 (+$500) for 2WD and AWD versions respectively, which add adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and rear parking sensors.

Stepping up to the seven-seat-only LS grade ($34,290 for 2WD and $36,790 for AWD, both up $500) adds micro-suede and leather seta trim, proximity key, rear air-conditioning vents, rear spoiler, powered driver’s seat, and heated and electrically folding side mirrors.

The LS can also be had with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine for $40,290 (+$500), which sends 110kW/360Nm to all four wheels via a six-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission.

Finally, the top-spec AWD-only Exceed costs $43,290 (+$1000) for the 2.4-litre petrol and $46,790 (+$1000) for the 2.2-litre diesel, and adds leather trim with carbon-fibre highlights, a sunroof and TomTom navigation-sourced speed-limit information.

As with all new Mitsubishi vehicles, the new Outlander comes with a five-year/100,000km warranty.