Last week at the New York Auto Show we saw the debut of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Dubbed an entry-level compact cross over, the Outlander Sport is built for those looking for performance without sacrificing utility. Mitsubishi even goes on to claim the 2011 Outlander Sport is racing inspired, but I’m not so sure.
Some of the SUV’s high points are it’s ability to maintina 30+ miles per gallon and offer a plethora of options. Mitsubishi is betting on consumers loving the 2011 Outlander Sport, so much that it will surpass standard Outlander sales, becoming a volume leader. But when others were focusing on a greener vehicle, will this sport SUV be able to compete?
I’m not sure what kind of racing the guys at Mitsubishi are watching, but if the Outlander Sport is race inspired, why only a 148 horsepower 4 cyilnder? It’s appeal and I’d call it a gimmick, is the fact that it will be equipped with paddle shifters. I guess having the luxury of shifting gears with your fingers, without having to take your hand off the steering wheel, makes you feel like an F1 Driver. Who cares if you are trudging along with groceries in the back on the way to soccer practice. It’s a gimmick.
No price was announced at the show last week, but we should start seeing Outlander Sports on the show room sometime in November.