Monday, February 9, 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Gets Larger 2.4-Liter Engine

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with 2.4 liter engine

We've always enjoyed the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport except for one thing: The 2.0-liter, 148 hp engine is wheezy in this 3,274 lb vehicle. We've always wondered why the company hasn't installed its 2.4-liter engine, which makes 20 more horsepower than the 2.0-liter; 168 hp and 167 ft/lbs of torque to be exact.

Mitsubishi, which has been on the rebound as of late, has finally decided to add the larger engine to its Outlander Sport. The 2.4-liter MIVEC engine is the same mill found in the Lancer GT and will be available on the Outlander Sport ES and GT trim levels. The ES version will start at $21,295; the GT will start at $23,595. The GT model will include the awesome 710 watt Rockford Fosgate stereo with nine speakders and 10-inch subwoofer, too.

All Mitsubishis come with a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty, 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, and 7 year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion warranty.

We hope these changes help Mitsubishi regain a solid footing in the U.S. market, and look forward to seeing what other tricks they have up their sleeve. Oh, I wouldn't be opposed to 237 hp Outlander Sport, by the way. And yes, this engine is in the company's parts bin—and probably would bolt right in. Mate it to a twin-clutch gearbox, and you could have one compact, fast crossover.

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