Mitsubishi Outlander, costing Rs.2.02 mn, drives into India

October 3rd, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 3 (IANS) Hindustan Motors and Mitsubishi Motors launched the Outlander, a crossover sports utility vehicle (SUV) from the Mitsubishi stable, here Friday.The car, priced at Rs.2.02 million (Rs.20.2 lakh) and which the company showcased at the Auto Expo 2008, has already sold 300,000 units in North America, Japan, Australia and the European markets.

Friday’s launch in the Indian capital marks its debut in the country.

The four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle is powered by a 2.4-litre 16-valve petrol engine giving the car a maximum power of 170 ps/6,000 rpm.

“The Outlander is based on a new platform and its 2.4-litre engine has a capability to get 7 percent extra acceleration and 10 percent extra fuel efficiency as compared to conventional engines,” Tetsuro Aikawa, managing director (products, strategy and development) of Mitsubishi Group, said.

“The car is very fuel-efficient as compared to other SUVs and has a capability of 10.3 kilometres per litre under test conditions,” said Hindustan Motors chairman C.K. Birla.

“We launched Outlander in India in keeping with the policy of offering the latest from the Mitsubishi stable to the Indian consumers,” he added. “This vehicle has all that needs to be a winner and will strengthen the Mitsubishi brand as the leader amongst premium SUVs.”

The crossover SUV has a six-speed transmission powered by paddle shift on steering wheel.

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