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2008 Mitsubishi Outlander

In September, at Frankfurt Motor Show, Mitsubishi will unveil the 2008 Outlander SUV.

For the 2008 model, Mitsubishi will add two new engines. The first one is a 2.2 Di-D, Diesel common rail with a maximum power of 156 hp at 4000 rpm and a peak torque of 280 lbs-ft at 2000 rpm. Set to be launched in the fourth quarter of 2007 this new engine is mated with 6-speed manual gearbox and an All Wheel Control system.

Also the current 2.0 Di-D Diesel pump-jet (140 PS @ 4,000 rpm and 310 Nm @ 1,750 rpm) “mid power” power plant will be available for the 2008 model.

Further improvements for 2008 include:

- New milled finish 18” alloy wheels (standard on Instyle)
- Rain sensor and rear parking sensors (standard on Intense+ and Instyle)
- Soft touch paint finish on dashboard
- Rear view camera now available in combination with Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (Full-map touch screen Hard Disk Drive (HDD) Navigation with music server)

The next engine, set to be launched in the same time with the first one will be a 2.4 l MIVEC, Petrol engine with a maximum power of 170 hp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 171 lbs-ft at 4100 rpm. The engine is mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox or stepped Sport Mode 6-speed CVT with optional paddle shift controls and 2-wheel drive or All Wheel Control system (according to markets).

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European news, obviously, but this gives us a hint for US model.
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Comments

  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 121
    will NOT have the same grill as the European version.
    The US version will get the 2.4l 4-cylinder engine jointly developed with Chrysler and Hyundai.
    http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070823/FREE/70822001/1024/FREE
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    More photos of the 08 EU Outlander here: http://paxtech.blogspot.com/2007/06/2-new-engines-for-european-outlander.html

    The only thing confirmed that will make it in the US Outlander is the new wheel design, now available in newer Outlander builds. I don't think much will change for the US Outlanders though.
  • jflorjflor Posts: 20
    The 2008 model will be fitted with a new Power-saving Automotive Air Conditioner developed by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. This system recently won U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2007 Climate Protection Award due to its significant reduction in power consumption.
  • chelentanochelentano Posts: 634
    Chrysler engine again? I don't think I like that. I thought Mitsu is done with Chrysler.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 121
    It isn't a Chrysler engine. The GEMA engine is a cooperative between Chrysler, Hyundai and Mitsubishi.
    The basic block design comes from Hyundai (who, in the past, got a lot of their engine technology from Mitsubishi), but each manufacturer tunes the engine on their own (i.e. different head design like MIVEC).
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 894
    Why are they adding another engine choice? The V6 seems like a good fit. Is the 4cyl. that much better on gas or is it for the base model?
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    The sad part is that the 2.4L I4 is matted with the CVT tranny, which IMO is a bad thing. Why mess it up? The V6 with the 6-speed AT is a good combination with decent fuel economy.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 121
    You will still be able to buy the V6. The 4-cyinder is an addition to the line-up.
    Unfortunately, it is very likely that the 4-banger will be mated to a CVT (same as in the Lancer).
    However, the availability of the 2.4l should add to the Outlanders' appeal (for the fuel economy minded, read CRV buyers :P ) and increase sales further.
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    In Australia, 3.0L V6 are also mated with CVT. Haven't tried driving the Lancer 08 yet. CVT has long been used by Mitsubishi worldwide, except the US prior to the 08 Lancer. I cannot pass judgment on the CVT at this point until I drive the 08 Lancer. But when that i4 2.4L engine gets here, it's most likely going with a CVT.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    The 2.4L Outlander better be more fuel efficient than the CRV, Rogue and RAV4 I4 to justify the CVT.
    I drove a 2008 Lancer with CVT and although I like the rest of the car, I wouldn't buy it because of that. Also, the fuel economy with the CVT is on the high side of the class, so my question is why CVT?
    Plus, with a 2.4l, the car will be underpowered IMO so some of the best stuff in the current Outlander goes away. My question is why bother bringing over an inferior package?
    A diesel version with a manual tranny will hit the sweet spot for many buyers though. That would be a bold move on Mitsu's part, but I know it won't happen this time around.
    Just my 2 cents.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    I wonder if they will make changes (improvements) to the interior for the 2008. I cannot wait to see what that "soft-touch paint on the dashboard" is and if we get it in the US/Canada as well.
    I wonder if Mitsu will add lumbar support for the driver seat, telescopic steering, silver painted door handles, better sunvisors, door panels and HVAC controls (LS), better radio display for the standard radio that doesn't get washed in the direct sun (check out a Mazda if needed), a plastic cover over the driver seat right-front bolt.
    I know they are minor things, but these will make the interior go up a notch and this is really the only place where the current Outlander needs improvements IMO, plus most of them are easy and cheap to make.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 121
    Actually, Mitsubishi is planning on brining a diesel to the U.S. to power both the Lancer and the Outlander.

    http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070823/FREE/70822001/1024/F- REE

    You have to wait until 2009 though (2010 model year). :(
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Yep, but this is in few years from now. Honda plans the same for 2009-2010, Toyota is working on diesels too, and I would guess we will see more diesel cars in the US in the next decade.
    When most of the manufacturers will have diesel options, the competitive advantage will disappear. On another hand, I know it's not an easy process to bring a clean diesel over, but if they would have manage to do so now, it would have been a hit.
    Just wishful thinking though.....
  • zeenzeen Posts: 391
    Any idea when the 08's will be hitting showrooms in US?
  • I spoke to dealer in Denver who said he can't even pull them up on his computer but he expects to order in Oct for Dec delivery. shame. Don't think I can wait that long with my 2.5cyl CRV.
  • Does anyone know if the US 08 model will have rain sensing wipers and backup sensors?
  • mcq1mcq1 Posts: 103
    I read this in an Edmuds review:
    BEHIND THE WHEEL
    It understeers and gets lost in quick transitions when pushed hard.

    How does the outlander drive? I am considering taking a 2008 for a test drive. Some say the interior is cheap.
    Any comments are appreciated.
  • gbobgbob Posts: 4
    To mcq1:

    Tons of threads about driving characteristics and handling for the Outlander. Look around in this thread and others and you'll see. Interior discussions as well.

    I did a brief bio thread of what I paid for my '07 XLS in the Boston area. Look for the discussion entitled "prices paid" to take a peek. This might help you negotiate a price. However, for an '08, may not help you. Get an '07 and play hard ball...I don't think there will be much of a difference in either model year. Plus, do the finance thing with an '07. Again, read my post.

    I've had my '07 for about a month and love it to death. Haven't experienced a hearty New England winter, but I have every confidence in the world the my XLS will do just fine.
    Some rain recently here, and the XLS did just fine keeping it in the FWD mode.

    Yea, some folks say "cheap plastics" and such on the inside. So what, I say. up-graded interior stuff just raises the price tag.

    Bottom line? Sit in an Outlander yourself. Go with your gut. I really dig mine. The tail-gate feature is "wicked" cool. Fast too. Love the NAV system and the hard drive feature.

    Good luck,
    gbob :D
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    You are the only one to judge if the interior is cheap or not. I find it fine, although in the name of truth, IMO it is a bit cheaper compared to the main competitors. However, the design compensates for that not to mention the features and all for a lower price. Overall, it's by far the best CUV money can buy on this class IMO. After 6 months of ownership, I would buy it over again in a heartbeat.
    In terms of driving dynamics, it's pretty much the best handling CUV in its class, only bettered by the CX-7.
    Take what Edmunds editors write with a very big grain of salt. Read the older threads here and you can get a better idea about the Outlander. IMO it's worth every penny you pay for it.
    Good luck!
  • Any news on the 2008 outlander? I am hoping to buy in October!
  • I gonna get 2008 LS next Saturday :)
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    Do you know if there are any upgrades for the 2008? I haven't seen any info on the US/Canada 2008 models.
  • As far as i know,no upgrades for the 2008ls,and for 2008xls it will be 3'rd row of seats and some small staff, dealers did non get any price release, they just estimated price will go 1000$ up for XLS and 200-400$ for LS.
    My car is in Vancouver port now,dealer's comp said it's custom clear, but they are waiting for price :(
  • I wonder if they plan on adding rain sensing wipers and memory seats! and backup sensors!
  • This morning I've got phone call from dealer ,he told me they will get price on Tuesday and (good news!!!!) price may be lower, because of hight Canadian dollar :) :) :) :) :)
  • I live in the UK and have an 08 Outlander 2litre turbo diesel nothing changed accept the xls version gets different wheels. Theirs 2 choices of engines a 2.0 litre diesel made buy VW and a 2.2liter engine made by PSU (made in France) which will be £1000 dearer and it will be standard on the Peugeot 4007 and Citreon. Made by Mitsubishi but with different fronts

    Just a point to note
    The Mitsubishi Outlander does not have a CVT transmission. A CVT transmission has no gears it’s just a variable belt and pulleys. The 07 and 08 version has a six speed auto transmission i.e. six cogs no belts

    Puddy :)
  • rcpaxrcpax Posts: 580
    Outlander in the US and CA does not have CVT, but Outlanders in other markets like AU, JP, etc have CVT, even on 3.0L versions.
  • dodo2dodo2 Posts: 496
    I think the Euro/UK Outlander got some changes for 2008. The list I've seen included some rubber paint on the dashboard, rearview camera with Navi, and two other updates I cannot remember (I can look for them though).
    Nothing on the US/Canada models yet....
  • piastpiast Posts: 269
    Nov Motor Trend and last Sunday Chicago Tribune confirmed news about 08 ES with 2.4l 4 cyl and CVT. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 22-30 mpg.
  • I wonder when the car will be released in the US!
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