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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Arrives in Dealers

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Arrives in Dealers Sporting an Important Safety Award and Valuable Refinements

Cypress, California – After receiving a complete redesign this year, the 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander now sports a “Top Safety Pick” award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and several refinements designed to make it even easier for consumers to select an Outlander as their next vehicle. The 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander is now arriving in dealerships nationwide.

Earlier this year, the IIHS put the Outlander through its comprehensive battery of front, side and rear crash tests and found it worthy of its highest rating in each category. It was one of only four CUVs in its class to reach the IIHS’ highest level.

“The Outlander’s right-sized blend of car, sport and utility is true to the ideal of a CUV,” said Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Dan Kuhnert. “Anchored by the positive IIHS results and great efficiency, it makes a balanced choice among crossover utility vehicles.”

Several important changes to the mix of standard and optional equipment highlight the sporty yet practical 2009 Outlander:

* Three-row seating is now available on the four-cylinder Special Edition (SE) models (it remains standard on the V6 XLS model).
* XLS models now share interior upgrades with SE models, including Sport fabric seats with leather bolsters.
* A new rear-view camera is included in the navigation system on XLS models.
* There’s an additional 10 GB of storage on the navigation system’s digital music server, for a total of 40 GB.
* The comprehensive Convenience Package is now standard on the ES 4WD model.
* Rain-sensing wipers with new flat-type aero blades and automatic on/off headlamp control are now included in the Luxury Package on XLS models.
* The Outlander XLS is newly distinguished by chrome-plated door handles and chrome grille and side sill accents.
The Outlander continues to offer a choice of a 168 hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with Sportronic® continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 220 hp, 3.0-liter V6 engine with Sportronic® six-speed automatic transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. Both engines employ the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control (MIVEC) technology that helps optimize power and efficiency. Both engine/transmission combinations are available with either front-wheel drive or an electronically-controlled full time four-wheel drive system known as All-Wheel Control (AWC).

Four-wheel independent suspension and innovations, such as an aluminum roof panel that lowers the center of gravity, contribute to the Outlander’s competent balance of sporty handling and comfortable ride. Standard Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC) and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) provide extra driving confidence.

The new-for-2008 body design continues to give Outlander a sporty and solid character, with strong fender flares that communicate a stable, muscular stance. Inside, the Outlander reveals its practical side, with a roomy cabin sporting a hefty maximum cargo volume of 72.6 cu. ft.

To help make easy work of all that cargo space, the Outlander comes standard with a flap-fold tailgate. The upper portion of the two-piece gate opens upward to allow lighter items into the cargo area, while the lower part folds down effortlessly to offer a classic tailgate with a low (24-inch) load height. The tailgate transitions to a flat cargo floor, making it supremely easy to load bulky objects. Tailgate parties are optional.

Key standard features on Outlander include the FAST Key (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) keyless entry system that allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop by carrying the remote control; air conditioning; AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers; cruise control and power windows and door locks.

All Outlanders have a comprehensive passive safety package that includes dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and curtain side air bags.

The Outlander comes in four trim levels: Four-cylinder ES or SE and six-cylinder LS or XLS, each with differing levels of equipment. Several option packages are available: 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium audio system, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® hands-free telephone interface, navigation system, xenon HID headlamps and leather seating surfaces.

All Outlanders come with a fully transferable five-year/60,000 mile “bumper-to-bumper” new vehicle limited warranty, plus a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty and a seven-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty. All Mitsubishis also come with five-year unlimited mile roadside assistance benefits.

The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at $20,925 for the Outlander ES two-wheel drive four-cylinder and $24,925 for the LS two-wheel drive V6.

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