Mitsubishi owners and dealerships alike cherish the Outlander model. Not only is it an innovative, stylish, and capable vehicle — the Outlander represents Mitsubishi’s primary contribution to the mid-size crossover segment. It also has a notable history worth knowing, both for personal enlightenment and to impress your friends.
The Outlander made its first ever appearance in Japan in 2001, where it was named the Mitsubishi Airtrek. The Airtrek paved the way for the mid-size crossovers of today. It offered four-wheel drive, impressive cargo capacity, a high ground clearance, and stellar fuel economy.
The U.S. version of the Airtrek launched shortly after, in 2003, and was redubbed the Outlander. Its 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine boasted 241 horsepower. Available in front or four-wheel drive, it was an instant hit on the American market.
In 2005, the brand dropped the Airtrek moniker in favor of the Outlander name, releasing the second generation of the model. This version of the Outlander featured all-wheel drive, a 3-liter MIVEC V6 engine, and a “Flap-Fold Tailgate” to cater to outdoor enthusiasts.
2007 marked the dawn of a unique take on the Outlander concept — the Mitsubishi Evolander. Introduced at the SEMA Show that year, the Evolander combined the beloved Lancer Evolution and Outlander. It incorporated a supercharged 3-liter V6 engine that output 226 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque.
After the introduction of the third-generation in 2013, the Outlander’s sales jumped to 103,000 units in that year alone. The new model emphasized fuel economy, due to its 200-pound lighter body.
Celebrate the significant history of the modern Outlander SUV when you test-drive a shiny new 2019 model here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi. We can also schedule a service appointment for your current Mitsubishi model, to ensure that it functions safely and smoothly for many years to come.