NYIAS 2017: You Won't Believe What They've Done With the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
nyias 2017 you won t believe what they ve done with the 2018 mitsubishi outlander

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 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:

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.

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.

[Images: Mitsubishi Motors]

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  • MLS MLS on Apr 05, 2017

    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.

  • CincyDavid CincyDavid on Apr 08, 2017

    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.

  • Zerofoo "Hyundais just got better and better during the 1990s, though, and memories of those shoddy Excels faded."Never. A friend had an early 90s Hyundai Excel as his college beater. One day he decided that the last tank of gas he bought was worth more than the car. He drove it to empty and then he and his fraternity brothers pushed it into the woods and left it there.
  • Kwik_Shift There are no new Renegades for sale within my geographic circle of up to 85 kms. Looks like the artificial shortage game. They bring one in, 10 buyers line up for it, $10,000 over MSRP. Yeah. Like with a lot of new cars.
  • Ribbedroof In Oklahoma, no less!
  • Ribbedroof Have one in the shop for minor front collision repairs right now,I've seen more of these in the comments than in the 30 years I've been in collision repair.
  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)