Mitsubishi has applied another round of upgrades to the
Outlander Sport model. The compact crossover SUV received several upgrades
since the introduction of this generation for the 2011 model year but still
remains behind the rivals in most aspects except the price. The Outlander Sport
is, however, the brands best seller in the US while ranks as the third biggest
seller globally. The model is cheaper alternative to models such as the Honda
CR-V, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Tucson.
Known also as the Mitsubishi ASX in other markets, the model gets a significant styling refresh for the 2020 model year. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has a new face and less radical changes on its rear side. The interior of the model benefits from the improved infotainment system and despite Mitsubishi hasn’t said what will go under the hood of the model, we expect the same range of options.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Design
The new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will go against the
hot rivals with the new face which is defined with the brand’s new design
language. The current model’s blunt front-end style adopted the brand’s Dynamic
Shield design and the new version looks more modern and aggrieve thanks to
that. The front is now very similar to the Eclipse Cross model and larger
Outlander. The two-slat grille combined with the modern headlights and revised
front bumper form the front-end design. The U-shaped metallic insert underlines
the headlights and frame fog lights.
The rear side comes with less radical treatment. The new
taillights have more LED elements and the rear bumper is slightly tweaked as
well. The model will also appear in three new body colors including Oak Brown,
Sunshine Orange and Red Diamond.
Mitsubishi wasn’t generous inside the cabin as was with the
exterior styling. The model continues with the same interior design but the
model arrives with the updated infotainment system and larger 8-inch
touchscreen replaced the 7-inch unit.
The model will be equipped with the modern safety systems but the carmaker hasn’t said will the active safety tech be available in the lower trims. The list will include the systems such as active lane control, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring with the rear cross-traffic alert, etc.
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Powertrains
The reskinned 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will likely
keep the current engine options. The model uses a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder
petrol unit producing 148 horsepower and torque of 145 pound-feet. A stronger
alternative is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired with the continuously
variable transmission. The standard
transmission with the base engine should remain a 5-speed manual.
The models will offer the front- and all-wheel drive
options. With the same mechanics, the model should also keep the current fuel
economy. The combined fuel efficiency will vary between 25-27 mpg depending on
2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Release, Price
Mitsubishi hasn’t mentioned the price of the refreshed 2020
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport yet but the brand will likely keep the price close
to the current range. The new version should again start at about $21,000. The
on-sale date should be by September.