With an overall length of 169.1 in. versus the Outlander’s 183.7 in., the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is more than a foot shorter than its larger brethren while much closer in width (69.7 in. vs. 70.9 in.) and height (64.2 in. vs. 66.1 in.), respectively, while sharing an identical wheelbase of 105.1 in. A 2WD Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES with CVT tips the scales with a curb weight of 3098 lb. – little more than 100 lb. heavier than the CVT-equipped Lancer GTS sedan. The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, a slightly smaller version of the popular 7-passenger CUV that features a completely redesigned body, a more fuel-efficient engine paired to either a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and comfortable accommodations for five.
The all-new 2011 model year Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models will be offered in two trims for the U.S. market: the 2WD ES that features a plentiful standard equipment package as well as a choice of either the manual or CVT transmissions and the more upscale, technology equipped SE edition that is available with either 2WD or 4WD and includes the continuously variable gearbox.
In the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, this improved version of the 4B11 produces a full 148 hp @ 6000 rpm and 143 lb.-ft. of torque at a lower 4200 rpm from its 2.0-liter inline-4 configuration. What’s more, the majority of the engine’s torque is produced across a wide powerband of around 2200 rpm all the way up to just below its redline at 6500 rpm.
Available on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES and standard equipment on the SE model, the Sportronic ® Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) features design updates that not only help to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions over previous iterations of this innovative Mitsubishi transmission technology but also improve driver feel when manually shifting via the magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel.