Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has officiated the roll-out of the locally assembled Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0L SUV. The Outlander is assembled at the Tan Chong Motors Assemblies plant in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur, which also assembles the Mitsubishi ASX. Local assembly activities are overseen by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation personnel who are based at the plant to look after quality control and processes. Incidentally, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance; Tan Chong is the brand custodian of Renault and Nissan in Malaysia.
The locally assembled Outlander is fitted with a 2.0L DOHC MIVEC engine which has an output of 145 PS and 196 Nm of torque, paired to an INVECS III CVT (continuously variable transmission); the 2.4L variant continues to be sold as CBU (completely built-up) from Japan.
Like the Outlander 2.4L, the Outlander 2.0L is also 4-wheel-drive, something Mitsubishi is proud of with their experiences in the Dakar Rally with 4-wheel-drive vehicles. The intelligent electronic Multi-Select 4WD system has 3 selectable modes i.e. 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock, for different driving conditions and terrain. MMM claims fuel economy for the Outlander 2.0L is 13.7 km per liter, slightly better than the 2.4L’s 13.0 km per liter.
Looks-wise, the Outlander 2.0L retains the brand’s Dynamic Shield face but gets automatic projector headlamps instead of the 2.4L’s LED headlamps, yet still retains the LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights. It also uses the same 18″ alloy wheels as the 2.4L.
Standard equipment includes rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry, push button start, 7″ HD touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay connectivity (the screen also has Air Gesture Control), dual zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera, digital video recorder, and security solar film for all windows.
This 7-seater SUV also boasts a best-in-class cargo volume of 1,608 liters with the 2nd and 3rd row seats folded. There are 3 color choices – Red Metallic, Solar White and Ruby Black. The latter is a new color for the Outlander and is exclusive to the Malaysian market.
“Today is a very proud day for Mitsubishi in Malaysia, as we get to celebrate our second locally assembled vehicle here. The locally assembled ASX has been successful for us, and we hope that the Outlander will be very well received by the martket too,” said Mr. Tomoyuki Shinnishi, Chief Executive Officer of MMM.
“The Outlander SUV boasts outstanding safety and space for the family, and the move to locally assemble a new 2.0L variant makes the SUV even more affordable for Malaysians. We assure that there’s no difference in quality between locally assembled and imported units,” he added.
While it is lacking paddle shifters, leather seats, electric tailgate and sunroof of the 2.4L variant, the Outlander 2.0L has a competitive introductory price of RM 139,988 (on the road without insurance; valid until end 2017). It is also covered by a 5-year / unlimited mileage warranty.
You can find further information or register your interest on the Mitsubishi Outlander page.