The new Mitsubishi Outlander,  which is a crossover SUV from their stable, has recently had a nip and tuck. In design speak this translates to a sleeker appearance on the skin and a few more touches of chrome of course.

Mitsubishi have recently introduced their new Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield appearance on the new ASX and now the Outlander. the starting point for this new look is the badge which is contained in the centre of the redesigned grille. The lines are more defined and this gives the Outlander a more modern look and feel.

Some lovely mod-cons have been added to this model. Any driver will enjoy the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel as well as the dual zone climate control.

A boot that offers ample storage, opens electronically too for ease of use, but might be a little slow in a downpour An outstanding feature is that it is the only seven seater in its class and it is very capable of carrying all of its passengers in comfort as it offers oodles of space inside.

There are three rows of seats – leather of course. The second and third rows can be folded down and configured to suit each owner’s lifestyle.

Passengers in the back will definitely enjoy the fold down DVD screen. The sound can be blasted through the Rockford Fosgate sound system or heard via cordless infrared headsets – second option for sanity, definitely!

The sun roof adds to an “outdoorsy” feel which this four-wheel drive vehicle is made for. The Outlander is only available in one model and sports a 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC MIVEC engine that delivers 123 kW and    222 Nm. You can choose from three modes on the fly to suit your driving environment.

There is 4WD Eco Sport where the vehicle gives feedback to itself about its surroundings. As the car checks all the information, it adjusts to give you the best mode to suit your conditions.

There is 4WD Auto Mode which is almost the same as Eco Mode, except it makes 4WD a preference.

Finally you have 4WD Lock Mode. Here a bit more power is directed to the rear wheels to negotiate off road terrain easier. Safety hasn’t been compromised as the Outlander has a full five-star Euro NCAP rating.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has a price tag of R549 000 with a three-year/100 000 km warranty and a five-year/90 000km service plan. Service intervals are every 15 000kms.

Essentially what the Mitsubishi Outlander is, is a means to enhance your lifestyle in comfort along with every safety aspect. So whether you’re fetching the kids, transporting the dogs or setting off for the great outdoors, the Outlander can bridge the gap for you.