The Mitsubishi Outlander arrived as a fully redesigned model for 2022. The Outlander plug-in hybrid will be redesigned to match the gas-only version in the second half of 2022. Both vehicles are expected to be refreshed in 2024. For the 2023 model year, the gas Outlander is likely to be a carryover model, while it’s likely that the Outlander PHEV will arrive as a fully redesigned model for 2023.
The 2023 Outlander should retain the same overall design as the model that’s currently on sale. The fully redesigned Outlander PHEV will arrive with a design that matches the gas model. The current Outlander features a bold, futuristic design with razor-thin daytime running lights, large headlights that are positioned in the middle of the front fascia, and a trim piece that follows the curvature of the grill and connects the front lights. The rear end of the Outlander is far more subdued with pointy taillights and dual exhaust cutouts on the rear bumpers.
The interior of the current Outlander is far more upscale than anything we’ve seen from the brand. The cabin has a straightforward dashboard, a simple center console layout, a chunky gear selector, and a round drive mode selector positioned close to the center console. The SUV also comes with a large amount of soft-touch materials to back its premium look. In the compact class, the Outlander is one of the few options to come with seating for up to seven. The 2023 Outlander and Outlander PHEV should have the same interior design as the current SUV on sale.
On the tech front, the upcoming Outlander and Outlander PHEV will have the same features as the 2022 model. We expect an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, six audio speakers, two USB ports, and Bluetooth to be standard. Available features should include a nine-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, an HD Radio, 10 audio speakers, a wireless charging pad, two extra USB ports, and a 12.3-inch instrument cluster.
Mitsubishi offers the regular Outlander with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). This engine should remain the same for 2023. Mitsubishi hasn’t confirmed what kind of powertrain the Outlander PHEV will come with, but we expect to see an updated version of the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and two-electric motor powertrain that’s in the current model. While the current PHEV makes 221 hp, we expect the upcoming model to be more powerful.
The 2023 Outlander should arrive with the same safety features as the current SUV that’s on sale. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, a driver drowsiness monitor, automatic high-beam assist, and rear-seat alert. Available safety features include traffic sign recognition, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera.