Lifelong in Germany means at least 15 years. That's how long the Mitsubishi Outlander has been. Unlike the prison sentence, but this is very pleasing, the SUV is finally one of the most innovative representatives of his guild. So the Mitsubishi is something of a harbinger, there is hardly any other SUV, which is available as a plug-in Hybird. The system works so well that the Outlander in the Netherlands has become something of the Gulf: Thanks to government funding, the Japanese sold like sliced bread. Given the 15. Anniversary we look at the model history.
We look back on the year 2001: Anna and Noah are the most popular children's names, women are now allowed to be trained on the weapon and Klaus Wowereit becomes mayor of Berlin. But it also happened something good: The Mitsubishi Outlander saw the light of day and may be considered as an optimal taxi for Anna and Noah, he offers decent space, a chic design and the typical Japanese reliability.
Mitsubishi Outlander: 1,5 million copies in three generations
For the first time, the generic term Crossover at Mitsubishi is used in the presentation of the ASX Outlander study in the year 2001 - a name that should prevail and lead to the success of 1,5 million sold Mitsubishi Outlander. Of course, this number was not only achieved with a model generation, but now in the third generation. The second model, which 2007 introduced in Europe, used a flexible "Project Global" architecture - an idea that other manufacturers used much later. In the third and current generation finally came the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in model program - a modern plug-in hybrid.
Like his non-electrified series brothers, he wears the "Dynamic Shield" design concept, which represents the brand's new visual identity. But also the other models of the Japanese are under this star, so that one can speak of a family face, which is particularly characterized by its concise and confident grille. In general, Mitsubishi SUV and crossover in the foreground. With the ASX, the Outlander and the classic Pajero So the Japanese are in a good position.
For my part, I knock my metal cup on the virtual bars of the oil industry and applaud Mitsubishi to his model of success. May the Outlander once again create a life sentence and continue to interpret the signs of the times so well that we do not have to do without SUVs and biodiversity in the electrified future. Arigatou, Outlander-san!