Mitsubishi made its come-back in the Indian market with the Pajero-Sport in 2012, a direct competing to the Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. The next for India was the reintroduction of the Montero facelift in 2016. As a CBU import, it was priced at an eye-watering Rs.71 lakh (ex-showroom). Now, Mitsubishi is readying the Outlander cross-over for a market re-launch late this year. The model is not totally new to India; it was sold in its second-generation avatar in 2008 and got a major facelift in 2010. At this time, the Indian market was swiftly shifting away from petrol and to diesel, and the Outlander being a petrol-only model was sidelined by other similarly priced SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner. The all-new Outlander is the third-gen model that went on sale in international markets in 2012. The crossover will be imported from Japan, like the larger Montero, and will be sold by about 50 Mitsubishi dealerships in India.
Being five years old, this Outlander has already been given its mid-cycle refresh, which has brought a major change to the appearance in line with the company’s new design language. The front gets a very complicated grille design, which Mitsubishi calls ‘Dynamic Shield’ it gives the crossover quite a lot of presence. It is laden with brushed aluminum and chrome, including a vertical chrome frame on either side. The headlights are LED projector units with separate LED daytime running modules. Moving on to the sides, the Outlander has a more wagon-like profile with mild cladding around the base, a silver strip on the end of the doors and smart 18-inch alloy wheels. At the rear, there’s a large but simply-styled tailgate, with subtle chrome accents surrounding the horizontally-positioned LED tail-lamps.