We love the new mitsubishi outlander

The contender to the reigning soft-roader is finally here. And we love it!

Bibek Bhattacharya | Print Edition: July 26, 2009

The contender to the reigning soft-roader is finally here. And we love it!

1.Clean, crisp lines and the compact design.

2.The 2.4-litre MIVEC unit generates 167 horsepower, making it quite the beast.

3.Small turning radius makes it a great vehicle for city driving.

4.Beautifully crafted steering wheel, with its nifty three-spoke design.

5.Lots of luggage space, all 882 litres of it. If you fold back the second row seats, this goes up to 1,690 litres.

6.Top notch safety features like standard airbags and anti-lock braking system with electronic brake force distribution.

7.The electronic 4WD system is one that allows you to switch between three distinct drive modes, from the fuel-efficient 2WD to 4WD and the lock mode.

8.A barn buster of a music system. The 650 W Rockford system with nine speakers and a subwoofer is guaranteed to raise the roof.

9.Less talk, more torque! The 4WD lock mode transfers as much as 50 per cent more torque to the rear wheels than its immediate competitor in the segment.

10.The magnesium paddle shifters on the steering wheel ensure easier and quicker gear changes.

11.Keyless operation. The smart-key lets you lock and unlock the doors and tailgate as well as turning the ignition of your car without taking the key out of your pocket.

12.The very cool split tailgate. You don’t have to open all of it if you don't need to, just half.

13.An even cooler van-like windscreen is flush-mounted with the car’s C-pillar and overlaps the rear pillar.

14.The LED chromed tail lights look gorgeous, especially against the smoked glass cover.

15.It’s not just pretty, it’s pretty rugged, too. Just check out the aggressive chin plate.

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