Mitsubishi Outlander
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Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Outlander
Mitsubishi Outlander

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover Sport Utility Vehicle produced by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors. It was at first known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek when it was launched in Japan in 2001. At this point it was based on the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle that was showcased at the 2001 North American International Auto Show. The ASX, which stood for Active Sports Crossover, perfectly encapsulated Mitsubishi's approach to the trend for all-season off road abilities vehicles. These needed to offer high ground clearance and four-wheel drive, while still being car like enough in the areas of emissions, economy and size. Originally, the Airtrek name was chosen to join the words 'Air' and 'Trek', which were meant to evoke that the driver could take the car anywhere. Of course this name was not chosen for a reason, and instead, the Outlander nameplate was used to describe a journey. In all of these name changes, it was also given a modified front grille and headlights that enlarged the overall length by approximately five inches. Following, the second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2005, and it was built on the company's GS platform using various engines developed by Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and PSA. At first it was available either a 126 PS 4G63 2.0 L or a 139 PS 4G64 2.4 L GDI mated to a standard INVECS-II 4-speed semi-automatic transmission. Additionally, both front and four-wheel drive vehicles were offered. The four-wheel drive version uses normal differentials for the front and rear axles, with a viscous coupling unit for the center differential. Furthermore, a high performance model, using a detuned version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's 4G63T 2.0 L turbo, was introduced in 2002. The Outlander is surprisingly not bad on the eyes, which is more than can be said for the other crossover models on the market.

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