New 2-litre engine will sit alongside diesel and hybrid offerings.
Mitsubishi will launch a petrol version of its seven-seat Outlander SUV in 2019, complementing the line-up of popular plug-in hybrid and diesel models.
Priced from £27,680, the newcomer will use a 2-litre MIVEC petrol engine with 148 bhp and 144 lb-ft of torque. That power will be sent to all four wheels as required, via a CVT automatic transmission.
The car will also be fitted with a Drive Mode Selector as standard, allowing the driver to tune the car to the desired set-up. The 4WD Eco mode will offer maximum economy, while the 4WD Lock mode keeps feeding the power to each of the four wheels for maximum traction. Sitting between the two, meanwhile, is the 4WD Auto mode for normal driving conditions.
All petrol versions of the Outlander will come with seven seats, with the rear two folding away into the boot floor when not required. To serve up maximum rear legroom, the middle row of seats can slide forwards and the backrests can tilt to improve knee clearance. Fold all five rear seats away, meanwhile, and there’s a total boot capacity of 1,608 litres.
Externally, the Outlander petrol looks much the same as its diesel stablemate, featuring Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield front end design and new cabin environment. As standard, the basic Juro model comes with alloy wheels, a heated windscreen and Mitsubishi’s new infotainment system, as well as a rear-view camera, keyless start and heated front seats.
Spending an extra £2,000 on the ‘4’ model, however, will improve the equipment list with electric driver’s seat adjustment, a 360-degree manoeuvring camera and heated steering wheel.