2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition Launched [2012 L.A. Auto Show]
It’s been 30 years since Mitsubishi arrived on our shores with its first batch of compact and fuel-efficient cars. The brand has had its high and low points since, but the U.S. branch seems to be operating at its nadir right now. So it might be fitting that the Outlander Sport Limited Edition, which Mitsubishi is now launching to celebrate its heritage, features a “distinctly ominous look” according to the press release.
The Outlander Sport compact crossover is distinguished by its aggressive “jetfighter grille” and this new model adds dark bumper sections, wheel arches, and side mirrors, and also gets special aluminum wheels. The interior is decorated in dark hues, and gray and black two-tone leather seats are optional. The only non-cosmetic modification pertains to the engine, which Mitsubishi claims offers higher performance and quicker acceleration thanks to a new balance shaft. No further details were provided.
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We hope that the “foreboding treatment” (Mitsubishi’s words) of this limited-edition Outlander Sport is no harbinger of the brand’s future. We’d at least like to see another Evo—we named it the best-handling car under $40K last year—although that’s in doubt even if Mitsu stays here another 30 years.
By Jens Meiners