By on April 5, 2017

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Sit back and place a nitroglycerine pill under your tongue. It’s product announcement time.

As it revamps its utility vehicle lineup, Mitsubishi isn’t letting the looming introduction of the poorly named Eclipse Cross compact crossover stop it from foisting attention upon its existing products. To keep things fresh, the automaker plans to revamp its very own Eclipse Cross competitor — the Outlander Sport — for 2018.

So, say goodbye to the aging model you see above. Wait — hold on. That is the 2018 model.

Yes, there are very evolutionary changes coming to Mitsubishi’s stalwart Outlander Sport, which bowed in the U.S. for the 2011 model year (and 2010 elsewhere). With the planned downsizing of the model tentatively pushed back to 2021, this will be the model’s second refresh in the same generation.

Nissan-Renault’s acquisition of Mitsubishi has thrown the struggling automaker into a state of pleasant turmoil. Not surprisingly, its product timelines have become question marks as shared architectures and components become the new reality. Supplier sources claim the flagship Outlander will also see a delay. A new model could appear in 2020, a year later than first promised.

But back to the brand’s best-selling U.S. model. What changes can you expect going forward? Well, here’s a photo of the 2017 model for comparison:

2017 Outlander Sport Limited Edition

Mitsubishi has added trendy, near-vertical LED running lights in the lower fascia, adjacent to the carryover foglights. The lower air opening now sees a tightly spaced mesh instead of horizontal slats, while the upper grille gains a thin chrome accent strip to frame the badge. Again, plastic slats are replaced with mesh. The rear bumper sees similarly minor tweaks.

Phew. Did you get all that?

As for content, the Outlander Sport gains a Touring Model for 2018, bringing the option of a panoramic sunroof, a longer list of safety aids (such as Forward Collision Mitigation) and unspecified measures to improve NVH issues.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Inside, you’ll find a redesigned console, new shift lever (best take another pill) and a 7-inch Smartphone Link display audio system. To woo millennials, that system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

It looks like the drivetrain remains exactly the same, so don’t expect to see much movement in pricing. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport arrives at dealers with helpful window stickers denoting its model year this fall.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

[Images: Mitsubishi Motors]

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8 Comments on “NYIAS 2017: You Won’t Believe What They’ve Done With the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport...”

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    We may scoff at this rig, but it is probably what is keeping Mitsu afloat right now. i see a good amount of these here in PHX with new car temp tags on them.

    Anyone who offers a halfway competent crossover at an affordable price is going to sell a lot of them in this market.

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    Good lord Mitsu’s new front end style is so ugly. I’ll never get used to it. At least it seems like they’ve put effort into improving this thing nearly every year since it debuted. Kind of funny to read “measures to improve NVH issues.” I’m almost certain this is at least the third time they’ve allegedly made improvements in that area since this model debuted. I can’t even fathom how miserable the original was.

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    I have almost 50k completely trouble free miles on my ’15, which was the last year that they made them in Normal, Ill. Mine has manual transmission and regularly gets over 30mpg. I’m not sure what else I could have bought for $17,000 new. This is a competent vehicle, and the long warranty contributed in a large part to my decision process. My GF has a Nissan Rogue, and I have to say, it is not anywhere as good as the Outlander Sport. Of course I would rather want a Honda CRV, but I would have had to spend considerably more, been forced into a CVT tranny, and would already be past my warranty. Plus the base CRV has steel wheels and my Mitsu has really nice 17″ alloys standard.

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      This is where the Outlander and Outlander Sport compete. Price. You can get a lot of equipment for your money and that matters to a lot of people.

  • avatar

    Bold new graphics!

  • avatar

    Though the Outlander Sport is old, its relatively clean and restrained styling has aged pretty well. Compare the 2011 Outlander Sport to, say, a Nissan Rogue of similar vintage.

  • avatar

    We had an Uber driver pick us up in Mesa AZ last week in a late model Outlander Sport…felt pretty well put together but it was SMALL inside, very limited rear leg room. First Mitsubishi I’ve been in since the 80s?!?

    This restyle is bold perhaps, but I don’t find it attractive.

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