With a bold-looking new design and the promise of desirable features, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to exceed expectations set by its predecessor. Sure, the bar isn’t set very high, but Mitsubishi might be onto something. With a front end that looks more futuristic than most other compact crossovers on the road and stylish sheetmetal that hints at a more sophisticated experience, the next-generation Outlander at least has our attention. The interior should also be much more appealing than before and have a wealth of popular amenities. While we’re not exactly sure what will be under the hood, we expect the company to borrow heavily from the recently redesigned Nissan Rogue, which it’s rumored to share a platform with. We’d also wager that the 2022 Outlander will continue to have three-row seating as well as a plug-in-hybrid variant.
What’s New for 2022?
The 2022 Outlander is all new and set to introduce another generation of Mitsubishi’s compact crossover. While details are currently scarce, we’re told that it’ll officially debut in February 2021. Meanwhile, we’ve spied a prototype testing and saw a teaser image that the company released. The latest intel gives us a look at its stylish new exterior design, courtesy of photos that were leaked on social media.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Mitsubishi hasn’t said how much the 2022 Outlander will cost, but we expect it to start slightly higher than the outgoing version, which had a base price just north of $26,000. We’re told that the new model could go on sale early in 2021.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
We think the new Outlander will have the same standard powertrain as the Rogue, which suggests a 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). We’re not sure how powerful the engine will be, but the Nissan version currently makes 181 horsepower. The Outlander will likely have standard front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive will almost certainly be optional. One of the things that made the outgoing model unique compared with other compact crossovers in this class was its available plug-in-hybrid powertrain. We fully expect that Mitsubishi will continue to offer it on the next generation, but we think the hybrid’s gas engine could change from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a large 2.4-liter unit.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Neither the EPA nor Mitsubishi have said how efficient the 2022 Outlander will be in the city or on the highway. Once those official estimates are announced and we have the opportunity to run one on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, we can evaluate the crossover’s real-world mpg.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Without any idea of what the new Outlander’s interior will look like or what options will be offered, we can only speculate on the design and roster of features. We’re told that it’ll be Mitsubishi’s “best equipped” car ever, so that indicates it’ll have a load of desirable equipment. We also expect the next Outlander to have significantly nicer cabin materials compared with its predecessor, which was marred by subpar plastics and chintzy trim pieces. Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, we expect it’ll continue to have a standard third row of seats. This makes it one of the two compact crossovers that have seating for seven or eight passengers, with the Volkswagen Tiguan being the only alternative.
Infotainment and Connectivity
On the infotainment front, we expect the new Outlander will have a large touchscreen that could measure between 8.0 and 9.0 inches, which are similar to the displays inside the Rogue. The Mitsubishi’s system should also feature standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We wouldn’t be surprised if built-in navigation, a premium audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a wireless smartphone charging pad were all available, too.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
The 2022 Outlander hasn’t been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). While we’re not sure what driver-assistance technology Mitsubishi will offer on the new Outlander, we expect it to be available with myriad modern assists. Key safety features will likely include:
- Available forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
- Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Mitsubishi provides one of the better limited and powertrain warranties versus other compact crossovers and SUVs. Although the company doesn’t offer complimentary maintenance, its primary protection plans are just as long as those from Kia and Hyundai.
- Limited warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance