The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover SUV will be officially introduced to the public during the upcoming motor show in Paris, which is scheduled for September this year.
The Japanese company plans to start selling the new Outlander sometime in spring 2007.
There is still no info about the compact SUV’s technical specs or the starting price, but it is known that the crossover vehicle will be a seven-seater playing in the same league with the 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe Fe and the new Honda CR-V mid-sized crossovers.
However, as one can gather judging by the photos, the third row of seats will be suitable only for small kids and I highly doubt that even the first-graders will feel themselves comfortable if the journey lasts more than twenty minutes. So, the extra pair of seats looks more like a marketing gimmick.
Luckily, the third-row will be offered only as an option and the base model will still come as a normal five-seater with a roomy luggage compartment that will let you transport (with style!) just about everything you can imagine: from a huge dog to a pile of suitcases. And you can still put a pair of bikes on the roof rails!
It is still not known what choice of engines will be offered with the new generation of Outlander, but one may safely assume that there will be a V6 and, hopefully, an inline-four diesel for the European market.
It is understood, however, that the vehicle will be built on a slightly stretched new Mitsubishi GS platform that was co-developed with the German-American conglomerate DaimlerChrysler.
On both markets, the upcoming 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander will have to compete against the Japanese Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-7, and Subaru Forester, the German Opel Antara, as well as the aforementioned Korean Hyundai Santa Fe, which will probably be less expensive.
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See also: 2007 Suzuki XL7 crossover SUV