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A Lower Price Tag for the 2011 Outlander GT Crossover

Source: Mitsubishi | Published: Fri Oct 08, 2010

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The Outlander GT also offers chrome-trimmed HVAC controls; FAST-Key passive entry and starting system with panic alarm feature; a front mesh grille with chrome surround; fog lights with chrome surround; dual exhaust; attractive 18-in. alloy wheels; and an available rich-sounding 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium sound system with 6 CD/MP3 in-dash changer, 9 speakers including a 10-in. dual-voice coil subwoofer with Punch control, digital signal processor, 3-band equalization and speed compensated volume, an MP3/auxiliary stereo RCA input and a 3-month pre-paid subscription to SIRIUS satellite radio.

Engine and Transmission

The Outlander GT makes use of a 3.0-liter (2998 cc) normally-aspirated MIVEC-equipped SOHC V-6 engine that directs power to the driven wheels via a responsive 6-speed Sportronic automatic transmission with Mitsubishi's smart Idle-Neutral Logic technology that intuitively switches the car to neutral whenever the car comes to a complete stop, helping to reduce fuel consumption. This 6-cylinder powerplant has its block and cylinder heads composed entirely of aluminum-alloy, has a 6,500 rpm redline and a 10.5:1 compression ratio. The bore and stroke measure 87.6 x 82.9 mm, with power rated at 230 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 215 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm. The Outlander GT model packs plenty of toy-pulling power with a maximum towing capacity of a full 3,500 lbs.

Exemplary 5-Star NHTSA Crash Test Rating

In crash testing conducted by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Mitsubishi Outlander has received the highest test score possible - a 5-Star rating - in several key crash tests undertaken by this governmental regulatory agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) including "Frontal Driver Rating," "Frontal Passenger Rating," "Side Driver Rating" and "Side Rear Passenger Rating" controlled crash test evaluations. These 5-Star ratings apply to all Outlander models and signify that the car's excellent engineering and included safety systems offer exceptional protection to both the driver and passengers in the event of front and side impact collisions.

Every 2011 Outlander GT features a wide array of advanced safety features as standard equipment. Among the long list are advanced dual-stage front air bags with seat positions sensors; side-impact curtain air bags (1st and 2nd row occupants); front seat thorax side air bags; active front seat headrests and head impact absorption roof and pillar trim. Electronically-controlled dynamic driving aids that help improve the driver's ability to control the car in adverse weather or traction situations include anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control Logic (TCL). A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that can alert the driver should the air pressure decrease below an acceptable level within a tire is also included at no cost to the consumer.

Other design elements to the Outlander crossover that help protect all of the vehicle's occupants are a lightweight all-aluminum roof structure that helps lower the vehicle's center of gravity for improved handling capability and stability (since aluminum is lighter than steel, a byproduct of this feature is that it helps to contribute to improved overall fuel economy as well) and the implementation of Mitsubishi's Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE), a patented safety body construction system that allows the Outlander's chassis to act as a rigid safety cell to help protect the vehicle's occupants while also absorbing energy in the event of a front or rear collision.

Introduced just last year as a 2010 model, the top-tier Outlander GT takes safety even a step further with even more advanced driver control features including Hill Start Assist (HSA) that maintains the vehicle's stationery position on an incline for several seconds even after the driver has removed their foot from the brake pedal prior to engaging the accelerator pedal. Even more significant is this model's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system that employs an Active Center Differential (ACD) and an electronically-controlled center differential system that not only sends power from the engine to the front or rear wheels but also routes power to the left or right front wheels for maximum traction. What's more, the driver can utilize a "Tarmac, Snow, or Lock" selector knob to manually switch between modes for the best setting in adverse weather.

Mitsubishi Outlander GT: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications

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