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No more wallflowers for Mitsubishi, as its all-new SUV goes beyond RAV4 territory
29 Nov 2006
By CHRIS HARRIS
MITSUBISHI’S revolution did not kick off with the (current) Lancer, Colt or Grandis, and the 380 continues to languish as a too-often overlooked family car, but the Australian arm of the beleaguered Japanese corporation might just have the turnaround model it has so desperately hoped for over the last half-decade, with the all-new Outlander. A veritable swan from an ugly SUV duckling if there ever was one, the latest, ZG edition has the looks, performance, economy, features and pricing to set the competition – and there are a whole heap of them in this segment – into quite a spin.
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Mitsubishi ZF OutlanderReleased: August 2004
Ended: November 2006
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LIKE today’s ZG, the ZF Outlander was based on the Lancer small car. And since Mitsubishi uses plenty of rally know-how in its production vehicles, it comes as no shock that this first-generation Outlander steered, gripped and stopped more like a car than the SUVs it was meant to compete with. But the compact wagon-oid body and cheapo cabin design limited the car’s appeal, despite the performance offered by the 120kW/220Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, which transmitted its hefty torque output to all four-wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox. Not a bad car at all to drive, but the Outlander floundered as a family carryall.
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