Model: Outlander GT Prototype
Engine: 3.0 litre V6
Maximum Power: 230 hp (171 kW)
Maximum Torque: –
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
The All-New Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype
Mitsubishi Press Release
9 April 2009
Building on the success of the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Motors North America today conducted the World debut of a distinctive new model that takes the compact SUV to another new level of performance and sportiness – the Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype. The all-new design study is the centerpiece of the Mitsubishi Motors exhibit at the New York International Auto Show, which continues through April 19.
The Diamond white Outlander GT Prototype infuses performance and design inspiration from Mitsubishi’s Lancer sport sedans and provides clear indicators of the future of Outlander.
“The Outlander GT Prototype is packed with technology, performance and premium features that are uncommon in the compact SUV class,” commented John Koenig, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Along with its faster heartbeat, we also wanted to quicken pulses by channelling the look of our sportiest cars.”
A front grille design inspired by the Lancer Evolution‘s “jet fighter” look is clearly in play on the Outlander GT Prototype, which sports complementary new design elements, such as a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and hood. Reshaped Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills, plus a bold polished finish on the already standard aluminium roof panel accentuate the sporty appeal.
The Outlander GT Prototype also benefits from improvements to the all-aluminium 3.0-litre SOHC MIVEC V6 currently found in the Outlander XLS, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimised camshaft timing and compression ratio. The engine changes raise maximum output by 10 horsepower, for a total of 230 horsepower, with an improved torque curve for more responsive city driving and enhanced fuel economy and emissions.
To further increase fuel economy, the Outlander GT Prototype features an upgraded shifting program and Idle Neutral Logic, which automatically, and smoothly, shifts into neutral during vehicle standstill. It reengages at the slightest lift of the foot off the brake pedal, thereby providing instantaneous response.
Handling and braking performance is notably upgraded via shorter and stiffer suspension, 19-inch OZ Racing wheels and large Brembo brakes.
Merging Mitsubishi’s experience in off-road and rally racing with production car development, the Outlander GT Prototype features the revolutionary Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system that has previously only been available on Mitsubishi’s top-of-the-line Lancer Evolution. Beyond simple four-wheel drive, S-AWC is a comprehensive system that improves handling, traction and stability. Using a first-in-class active front limited-slip differential and an electronically controlled 4WD coupling, S-AWC can prevent wheel slip between front to rear and side-to-side, providing greater traction through all types of terrain and inclement weather, including ice, snow and rain.
An all-new FUSE Handsfree Media Gateway system in the Outlander GT Prototype offers greater convenience and reduced distractions by combining advanced voice-recognition capabilities with Bluetooth 2.0-enabled hands-free calling and audio playback. Automatic phonebook transfer and multiple phone support are included, as is control of the onboard navigation system. Full iPod and USB music device charging and playback are featured as well for portable music compatibility.
Complementing the exterior changes, the Outlander GT Prototype interior design has been freshened with the addition of grained synthetic leather, double stitching and chrome accents. Additional Lancer Evolution-inspired design cues include aluminium racing style pedals and a sport-type steering wheel. Also featured is a new high-contrast 3.5-inch QVGA LCD full-colour meter cluster.
The Outlander GT Prototype features a variety of new electronic accessory upgrades, such as NAVTEQ RDS real time traffic, a more powerful Rockford Fosgate in-car entertainment system and a Total Security Alarm System, which utilises an accurate ultrasonic wave motion sensor for improved security and detection.