I am starting to wonder if Mitsubishi is in full self-destruct mode, or if its executives actually think the company is heading in the right direction. Today, Mitsubishi restyled its Outlander sport, and while I’ll admit the small crossover was overdue for some new duds, the redesign looks a little odd.
The majority of the restyling comes from the front end, as Mitsu installed its new “Dynamic Shield” nose. This includes a new grille, a restyled bumper, a new front apron, and revised fog lights. To me, that nose seems almost pasted on, and doesn’t quite fit the look of the small Mitsubishi crossover.
On top of its new look, the 2016 Outlander Sport also has some new exterior features. These include folding side mirrors, mirror-mounted LED turn signals, and new 18-inch wheels. Mitsubishi also added a trio of new color options to the Outlander’s palate, including Cool Silver, Diamond White Pearl, and Quartz Brown.
The Outland Sport’s interior also got in on the restyling fun with a redesigned steering wheel and a new light-gray interior color option. Also new for the 2016 model year is the 6.0-inch Display Audio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Homelink.
While Mitsubishi didn’t mention what will power the 2016 Outlander Sport, but my guess is that the powertrain options will carry over unchanged. This means the restyled crossover will come standard with a 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the optional engine will be a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 168 horsepower.
There is no information on when the new Outlander Sport will hit dealerships, but Mitsu did reveal that it will start at $15,595, which is the same starting price as the 2015 model.