New entry-level specs for popular Mitsubishi models

AutoTrader NZ
Published 3 September 2020

The 2WD 2.0 L LS Outlander and the ES Lancer sedan and hatch variants will slot in beneath the current offerings, providing another option for price-conscious buyers, says Mitsubishi Motors marketing communications manager Daniel Cook.

“Both Outlander and Lancer have enjoyed success with private and fleet buyers alike. Feedback we’ve received highlights that, for some, the highly specified current base model has features surplus to their needs and they would prefer a cost saving where possible,” says Cook.

At $4000 less than the next model, the 2.0 L 2WD Outlander has a 6-speed CVT transmission with sports mode that uses 7.6 L /100 km, delivering 111 kW and 200 Nm while producing 176g of CO² / 100 km.

The new model retains Outlander’s 5-star ANCAP rating with stability control, traction control and six airbags as standard. Also standard are two third-row seats, which increase seating to seven and, when not required, fold flat under the floor. A locally fitted audio system includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity and useful USB and auxiliary jack points for external devices.

“A number of our Outlander prospects have said they love the style and size of the car but don’t need 4WD,” says Cook. “This new specification provides an excellent solution. In 2009 17% of new SUV sales were 2WD, so we know there is demand for this vehicle.”

Few frills have been shed from the ES Lancers to achieve a substantial saving and attractive entry-point package. Alloy wheels have been replaced by steel with wheel covers, the centre console is now lidless and, while side and curtain airbags are not present in this base model, the new Lancer’s safety features still include stability control, traction control, front driver, passenger and driver’s knee airbags.

“A major part of the small car segment is very price-point sensitive,” says Cook. “Removing those four features has enabled us to reduce the price by $3000, which will be very attractive for some buyers. While removing safety specification is not our preferred choice, the ES still has a strong safety package.”

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