Mitsubishi, which sells cars in collaboration with Hindustan Motors in India would be launching a Diesel version of its handsome looking SUV, the Outlander next year. Mitsubishi and Hindustan motors have not been enjoying very good car sales since a while, and have only recently managed to record a success with the recently launched Pajero Sport, which competes against the likes of Toyota Fortuner. Mitsubishi now seems to be focusing on SUVs as a part of its operational revisions. Mitsubishi has discontinued the lancer, Cedia and Evolution-X sedans in India, and the Pajero SFX was also discontinued along with the current Outlander.
The outlander being sold in India was a handsome looking vehicle, but did not find many takers owing to its Petrol only powerplant and CVT transmission, which resulted in fairly high running costs.A new announcement from Mr. P. Vijayan, the Chief Operating Officer at Hindustan Motors, has revealed that the car maker will launch the diesel powered Outlander crossover in early-2014.
The Outlander that was discontinued from the Indian market earlier this year was the second generation model, even as Mitsubishi has already begun selling the third generation model of this crossover globally. First unveiled at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, the 3rd-gen model of the Outlander is a much bigger SUV, and comes in 5 seat and 7 seat versions. Also, petrol and turbo diesel engines are available on the new Outlander.
The turbo diesel engined version of the 3rd-gen Outlander crossover would feature a 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor that outputs 147 Bhp of peak power and 380 Nm of peak torque. The engine comes with 6 speed manual and automatic gearbox options. Also, the Outlander is available with both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive options.
Apart from the additional space on offer due to its larger dimensions, the 2013 Outlander Diesel crossover is also said to bring a whole bunch of new features into the equation. This, as the Indian car market is witnessing contemporary products being launched with better features and creature comforts. A better feature set could make the crossover a more attractive to the well heeled Indian luxury SUV buyer.
Mitsubishi and Hindustan Motors imported the discontinued version of the Outlander to India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. This move resulted in the crossover being priced steeply. Therefore, CKD assembly could make the India-bound 3rd generation model more affordable.