The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets a fresh makeover ahead of the New York Auto Show.
For 2018 the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport soldiers on in one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry, the compact crossover segment. And according to Mitsubishi’s press release they dropped earlier today (Apr. 5, 2017) Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets a fresh front and rear update, a new package as well as a few updated interior options. This fresh faced crossover will make its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show which kicks off in less than a week. Check out a couple of press photos they’ve prepared for us to enjoy below.
Honestly, if you take a close look at the front and rear end changes you’d be hard-pressed to spot the differences but they’re subtly all there. Most notable is the addition of LED daytime running lights bordering the inner foglights. Outback the changes are a tad more evident. Mitsubishi has added a rear bumper applique with reflectors on either side that makes the rear look like one of those classic Samurai paintings. We have a feeling this was done intentionally to channel a more aggressive look.
Inside Apple Car Play and Android Auto come standard with a 7-inch smartphone link display. Touchpoints get a refreshing with a new floor console and shifter.
New for 2018 is an optional touring package with panoramic roof, advanced safety features, and noise vibration canceling improvements for a quieter ride.
Alloy Silver makes the color palette as well.
This all comes off the heels on the news that Mitsubishi has had its best sales year in 2016 since before the economic recession of 2008. Although not as stellar as some car companies, Mitsubishi’s lineup is doing ok with between 2-4 thousand sales for its Mirage, Lancer, Outlander Sport, and Outlander each respectively. Most may criticize Mitsubishi for being conservative in its approach to the North American market but the company is trying its best to stabilize and regain a firm footing with consumers before investing in new models and overall taking risks.
The Outlander Sport has maintained a steady sales figure but according to a month to month comparison, interest in the Outlander sport is slowly waning. An attractive MSRP and warranty can only do so much. Hopefully, this small makeover will be enough to tide consumers over until a major redesign.