Mitsubishi will attempt to generate renewed interest to its top-selling model with the debut of the 2017 Outlander Sport Limited Edition at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show this week. The compact crossover offers new design cues and enhanced standard features at an attractive price.
Priced from $21,995, the 2017 Outlander Sport Limited Edition is positioned just above the base Outlander Sport ES. Both trims have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. But the new Limited Edition adds black mirrors and 18-inch alloy wheels, an alloy fuel door, fog lamps, HID headlamps and a rear-view camera to the mix.
The interior of the Outlander Sport Limited Edition has exclusive black fabric and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift knob and brake lever. It is also equipped with aluminum pedals and heated front seats. Mitsubishi’s infotainment system, Smartphone Link Display Audio, is also standard and compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
“As the brand sales leader, Outlander Sport does an exemplary job of offering consumers unmatched value at an attractive price,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment.”
Other Outlander Sport trims include the SE, SEL and GT, all boasting a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
The crossover segment led a positive year for Mitsubishi in 2016, with a 1 percent sales increase over 2015, according to Autodata Corp. It marked the fourth consecutive year of growth for the brand.
Figures fell for the Outlander Sport crossover, however. In 2016 it sold slightly more than 33,000 vehicles, a drop of 10.5 percent compared with 2015. The trend continued in January, with sales down 10.9 percent compared with the same month a year earlier.
The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition will go on sale later this month and be available through the end of the model year.