Mitsubishi has launched the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 which is going well in the market as the new beast is much more spacious than its predecessor so it is capable of accommodating seven passengers comfortably along with the driver. The newest venture of Mitsubishi was launched on 15th March 2012 amidst anticipation that it will overthrow the Ford Endeavour which is considered to be amongst the most demanded SUVs on the Indian road at the moment. But the market of Mitsubishi is not that impressive in India as there are many other automobile makers who have been here for more than a decade and have already established a stronghold over the SUV market here. But the rival Ford Endeavour is said to rule the SUV market so let her analyze what potential Mitsubishi has to overthrow Endeavour off the course.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012
The exteriors of the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 are much better than that of its antecedent as the new Outlander comes with trendy fog lamps which ensure safety of the car and total visibility in case the weather is foggy. It also has sleek headlamps which have been stylishly designed and adding to that, there is a muscular front grille that looks like a jet-fighter. The finishing of the car has been done with precision and expertise and the whole bodyline of the car is metallic with rick color varieties available. Adding to the sportiness of the car, the roof rails give a dynamic appeal to the car altogether. This time Mitsubishi has given the rear end of the car a superb finishing with chrome Mitsubishi logo and the tail lamps are purely LED thus giving a perfect finishing to the rear end of the car. There is a stop lamp in the rear of the car which is mounted higher than it was in the previous model and this has been fixed over the rear deflector of the car. The wheels attached to the car are perfect and stylish 16-inch alloys having five spokes in them.
On the other hand, Ford Endeavour also has looks to die for as the designers of the car have left no stone unturned in order to make this car into a monster with immense power under its hood and a devilish appeal from outside as well as inside. The overall build that the car has been given is unmatched and there are very few rivals who can give Ford a run for their money. The exterior of the car boasts of many dynamic features starting with the silver roof rails which give the car a sportier outlook and goes well with the color of the body of the car. Along with this, the company has provided the car with wraparound headlamps and aluminum side-steppers so that even an elderly person can board the car without any difficulty as such. Adding to these features, Ford has given a lot more to the exteriors of the car and has revamped them with chrome door handles, OVRMs which come with turn indicators, Front and Rear Fog Lamps and finally a body cladding which is sleek and impeccably stylish.
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012
Along with the exteriors, the interiors of the new Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 have also been revamped to a great extent as Mitsubishi has provided many new utilities in the interiors. The décor of the interiors is also better than how it was in the predecessor. The new Outlander is also spacious and the craftsmanship done on the interiors is commendable. The material used to build the cabin of the car is top-notch and this in turn makes it even better to ride the car. Outlander also boasts of a good luggage-carrying capacity. The seats have been made using extravagant and opulent beige colored leather which give a refreshing and luxurious feel inside the cabin altogether. Mitsubishi has been in the market for a while now and the car rolling out of Mitsubishi showrooms have always been appreciated.
On the contrary, the Ford Endeavour boasts of having features and specifications of the interiors much better than that of the Outlander. The finishing of the interiors has been superlative and first-rate. Also, the upholstery of the new Ford Endeavour is much better than that of the Outlander in terms of space and the design as well as material used. Elegance is something that Ford had considered its top priority which designing the interiors of the car. Ford has had a reputation in the automobile industry ever since the first car in the automobile world rolled a century back when Henry Ford, the pioneer of the heavyweight, flagged off the first car thus setting a revolution and benchmark. Thus, owing to its roots, Ford has to live up to the expectations of the customers and now is revered as one of the most trusted and prominent names in the automobile industry. Comfort level of the passengers is something that Ford has taken into prime consideration and thus the interiors of Ford Endeavour deserve a special appraisal. The upholstery has been designed to be spacious and high quality material has been used. In addition to that, the dashboard is also better than all the other SUVs of its class. Altogether Ford has done us all a service and has set a benchmark for itself in the industry thus withholding the legacy of the corporation.
Engine and Ergonomics: -
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 has a lot of power under its hood as the designers of the car figured it out that since the car was being given a muscular and aggressive look, thus the ergonomics of the car should complement the design of the car and thus Mitsubishi came up with a 2.4 Liter 16 Valve Petrol DOHC MPI MIVEC also known as Mitsubishi Innovative Value Timing & Electronic System that can churn out maximum power of 170 PS at 6000 rpm and can give a peak torque of 226 Nm at 4100 rpm. This engine has been paired with a transmission which is continuous and variable. The car accelerates well and goes from o-100 kmph in 9.8 seconds which is impressive for an SUV. The top speed that the car is capable of reaching is 190 kmph.
If Mitsubishi had drilled a lot of power into Outlander 2012 then one should not underestimate Ford Endeavour. Ford Endeavour is available in two engine variants. One of them is the 2.5 Liter Diesel engine whereas the other one is the 3 Liter Diesel engine. Out of these two options, the one with 3 L diesel engine comes with its own set of two options respectively. The 3L engine has 4X2 as well as 4X4 options. On the contrary, the 2.5 L TDCi engine comes with a Variable Geometric Turbocharger also known as VGT which has the optimum potential to burn out a power of 143 PS at 3500 rpm. The peak torque that the engine is capable of delivering is 380 Nm at 2500 rpm. The acceleration of the car does not fare well over that of Outlander as Endeavour goes from 0-100 kmph in 15.2 seconds and is capable of catching up to a top speed of 166 kmph. Thus the engine of Endeavour might be well built but it is not as powerful as that of Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 in terms of acceleration and top speed.
Key Features: -
Mitsubishi Outlander 2012
There are a lot of inclusions that Mitsubishi has made into the car regarding its features and thus hereby we will highlight some of the features stated. The new Outlander comes with keyless operating system (KOS) which enables the driver to enter the car without any key and what it requires is a different mode of identification which could be fingerprint or something else. The rear seats have been given the provision of being folded and a lower tailgate has been expertly fixed at the bottom of the car.
The audio system installed in the car is of high-quality Premium Rockford Fosgate taking 710W power and has inbuilt functionalities. It is connected to 9 speakers which have been evenly placed all across the cabin. The car comes with Power Steering which has all the audio controls inbuilt in it and the music system also has provision of USB and auxiliary input cable besides cup and bottle holders attached to the sides of the seats. Ever the side door mirrors are electronically powered and adding to all this, Mitsubishi has given an integrated Adaptive Front Lightning System (AFS) which helps in increasing visibility of the road in case the visibility is not that much. The mileage that is offered by Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 is 8 kmpl in city whereas it is 12 kmpl on highways.
Endeavour is one of the best cars that Ford has brought up in the SUV segment and the car is considered as one of the most revered SUVs in India. It is also said to be quite famous amongst Bollywood stars as the look of the car appeals to make masculinity and aggression. The exteriors of the car have been revved up in an extravagant manner as the overhead top grills of the car give it a more muscular appeal and the headlights along with the tail lights give the car a perfect finishing in terms of style quotient. There are a lot of features that Ford has thrown into Endeavour in order to make it stand up to all other SUVs.
Ford Endeavour has rear AC vents and there are specific personalized AC adjustment controllers in the 2nd and third rows of seats. The steering wheel is adjustable so that if a person of short height is driving then he/she can adjust the height as well as the closeness of the steering wheel as per their convenience. There are power windows and all the windows are in control of the driver. There is a special button near to the driver which shuts all the windows at once and saves a lot of effort in closing each window personally. The outside mirrors on both sides of the car are electronically adjustable and are operated on buttons. There is a rear defogger that the Ford has provided with the car and the main function of this defogger is to clear out the rear mirror so that the driver does not have a problem in ascertaining whether a car is coming up from behind or not. Defogger tackles the fog that settles on the window effectively and thus keeps the vehicle safe. The seats of both the drivers as well as the co-passengers are adjustable according to their heights which makes it easy for a person of any height to sit in the car and drive comfortably. There is a provision of a storage bin next to the front centre armrest which has ample space and there is also an ashtray which is replaceable. A remote fuel cap release has also been installed in the car which helps to open the fuel lid with just a push of a button. Finally there is the clutch foot rest which has been provided so that the driver can rest their feet and not keep the clutch pressed all the time. The mileage that the car is capable of giving is 8.5 kmpl for city and 12.5 for highways.
Altogether both the cars have been highly upgraded from their predecessor models and both of these cars have stood up well in the market. The response to Ford Endeavour might be better but Mitsubishi Outlander 2012 does not stand far behind as the demand for the new Outlander 2012 is also increasing day by day.
Mitsubishi has priced Outlander 2012 in the range of INR 19.95 Lakh – 20.55 Lakh depending on the specifications of the models.
Ford Endeavour comes with a price tag that falls in the range of INR 16.94 Lakh – 19.50 Lakh.