2019 Mitsubishi Outlander now on sale in Australia

Mitsubishi Australia has announced updates for the launch of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, bringing in a lightly freshened up design, improved in-cabin comfort, and revised handling.

For the MY19 facelift Mitsubishi is offering three main variant lines, spanning from the ES, LS, to the top Exceed. These are then split up with three engine options.

There’s a 2.0-litre petrol producing 110kW and 190Nm, although this is only available in the base ES with a manual transmission. Most of the range is powered by a 2.4-litre petrol generating 124kW and 220Nm, while the LS and Exceed is also available with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel producing 110kW and 360Nm.

So, what’s new for MY2019? For the exterior there’s a set of freshly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels, a new front bumper bar with a revised grille and foglight surround, and a new rear bumper bar design. A rear spoiler has also be introduced for the LS and Exceed variants.

Inside you’ll find some more extensive updates. A climate vent and USB port has been added to the back of the centre console on all automatic models (only the base ES is available with a manual anyway), while an electric park brake has also been added to all auto models.

One-touch power window functioning has been included for all window switches on the driver’s door, and all switches are now illuminated, while in-car designers have revised the seat cushioning for improved comfort. Four-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat has also been added to the LS, and there’s leather-like trimming.

Some changes have been made to the underpinnings for an improved drive, with a quicker steering ratio enhancing response, and larger diameter front struts and rear dampers improving ride comfort and body management. Structural rigidity has also been increased thanks to extra structural bonding, and the exhaust catalytic converter is altered for a quieter drive.

The current, third-generation Outlander is starting to get a bit long in the tooth now, having been around in essentially the same form since 2013. It did receive a major facelift in 2015, but this was mainly for the styling and some technology. Even so, Aussie buyers are continuing to show strong interest.

So far this year (through June), Mitsubishi Australia has sold 8154 examples of the Outlander. This is down only 0.7 per cent on the sales achieved during the same period in 2017. It’s currently the sixth best-seller in the very competitive mid-size SUV market segment.

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander range is on sale now, with prices starting from the following (excluding on-road costs):

Outlander ES manual 2WD 2.0L petrol 5-seat – $29,290
Outlander ES CVT 2WD 2.4L petrol 7-seat – $31,290
Outlander ES EDAS CVT 2WD 2.4L petrol 5-seat – $32,790
Outlander ES CVT AWD 2.4L petrol 7-seat – $33,790
Outlander ES EDAS CVT AWD 2.4L petrol 5-seat – $35,290

Outlander LS CVT 2WD 2.4L petrol 7-seat – $33,790
Outlander LS CVT AWD 2.4L petrol 7-seat – $36,290
Outlander LS auto AWD 2.2L diesel 7-seat – $39,790

Outlander Exceed CVT AWD 2.4L petrol 7-seat – $42,290
Outlander Exceed CVT AWD 2.2L diesel 7-seat – $45,790

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.