Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Less can mean more

FIRST drives are the bread-and-butter work of motoring journalists and often revealing

FIRST drives are the bread-and-butter work of motoring journalists and often revealing.

Last week I had my “first drive” of a tried and tested SUV (sports utility vehicle) in its brand new incarnation and I have to report that the New Mitsubishi Outlander was impressive with the way that it handled and improvements in its design and technology. I think this car is a worthy “platform” for Mitsubishi to take off from on its approach to future car manufacture.

I particularly liked the new “look” with its clean, understated lines: I think this adds to the all-round attraction of any car. More cars would benefit greatly from less fuss in their design: we have long since discarded the dazzling chrome look, which can only be for the good. And while the first thing any prospective buyer wants is an attractive car, they also admire classy design.

I shall be returning for a full test drive of the Mitsubishi Outlander within a few weeks. Suffice to say it’s a much better car than its previous incarnation and I am also looking forward to bringing you a report on the hybrid version, which comes to the UK later in the year.

So what does the New Outlander offer? A lighter vehicle than its main rivals, for a start, and this was to be welcomed. SUVs that go for a lighter sense of being get my vote: the more we reduce their impact on the roads, size-wise, the better.

The all-new Outlander is available from this month with a redeveloped version of the Mitsubishi 2.2-litre 16v DOHC diesel engine, which now produces improved low-end torque, impressive fuel economy, class leading CO2 emissions of just 138 g/km of CO2 and meets the latest Euro 6 emission standards.

The all-new Outlander is targetted at families who want a seven-seater SUV and has been designed for their pockets from the ground up to incorporate Mitsubishi’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology.

Prices for the New Outlander range from £24,224 to £33,999.

So what does the New Outlander offer? A lighter vehicle than its main rivals, for a start, and this was to be welcomed. SUVs that go for a lighter sense of being get my vote: the more we reduce their impact on the roads, size-wise, the better.

The all-new Outlander is available from this month with a redeveloped version of the Mitsubishi 2.2-litre 16v DOHC diesel engine, which now produces improved low-end torque, impressive fuel economy, class leading CO2 emissions of just 138 g/km of CO2 and meets the latest Euro 6 emission standards.

The all-new Outlander is targetted at families who want a seven-seater SUV and has been designed for their pockets from the ground up to incorporate Mitsubishi’s advanced plug-in hybrid technology.

Prices for the New Outlander range from £24,224 to £33,999.

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