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Mitsubishi Shows Enhanced 2013 Outlander Sport In New York


At this week’s New York Auto Show, Mitsubishi is showing off what it calls an “enhanced and improved” 2013 Outlander Sport compact crossover. Beginning in July of this year, the new Outlander Sport will wear another tag, as well: built in the U.S., at Mitsubishi’s plant in Normal, Illinois.

Compared to the current Outlander Sport, the 2013 model gets updated front and rear styling, most noticeable in the new bumpers and revised grille. Side sills are now blacked out to tie in to the lower front and rear fascias, and 18-inch alloy wheels now come standard across the model range. Two new colors, White Pearl and Quick Silver, are also available for 2013.

Inside, buyers get new interior fabrics, new chrome accent molding on the doors, and a new push button switch for the All Wheel Control selector. Calibration of the Continuously Variable Transmission is enhanced, too, yielding better acceleration and smoother simulated shifting.

As before, the 2013 Outlander Sport will be available in either front wheel drive or all-wheel-drive, and will come with a full array of safety features. All models get a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and electronic brakeforce distribution with brake assist to reduce stopping distances.

The revised Outlander Sport differs from the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander shown at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. It’s likely the two will be sold in parallel (in the U.S., at least), with the Outlander Sport representing the best value and the Outlander representing the best content.

We’ll bring you live images of the 2013 Outlander Sport as part of our complete 2012 New York Auto Show coverage.
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