The 2013 model year version of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has arrived in the States with prices starting from $19,170, excluding a destination and handling fee of $825 (Alaska/Hawaii $950), an increase of $375 over the outgoing model.
The exterior revisions to the updated Outlander Sport are modest and include the revamped front bumper and grille, the black side sills and the new 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, Mitsubishi has gifted its bestselling vehicle with a fresh assortment of seat colors, new chrome accents and a redesigned All Wheel Control (AWC) push button switch.
Under the sheetmetal, the Outlander keeps its 148hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine linked to a tweaked Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT), while Mitsubishi engineers have revised the rear multi-link suspension.
The Proudia and the more luxurious, long wheelbase Dignity are the products of an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) deal with the Nissan Group and are based on the Infiniti M and the China-market Infiniti M35hL LWB (sold as the new Nissan Cima in Japan) respectively.
Mitsubishi says that the Proudia moniker is coined from the English words “Proud” and “Diamond” (referring to the company’s logo), while the Dignity took its name from “the English word that describes the peerless grandeur and majestic stateliness of the model”.
The Proudia is offered with a choice of two engines, a 3.7-liter V6 delivering 328hp (333PS) in RWD or AWD versions and a 2.5-liter V6 with 222hp (225PS) exclusively with RWD.
Both models are available for order in Japan with prices ranging from 4,022,000 Yen (US$50,400 or €40,700) for the Proudia 250 to 8,400,000 Yen (US$105,200 or €85,000) for the single-trim level Dignity VIP.
The new special edition is based on the double-cab model and sports an array of styling features painted in satin black including the roof, grille, resin guard, wing mirrors and door handles, plus the fuel filler cap, light bezels, fog lamp housings, rear bar and side steps.
The new black 17-inch alloy wheels and the ‘Barbarian Black’ side decals round out the exterior upgrades.
As for the interior, the new trim level of the L200 gains all new carbon effect leather seats embossed with a ‘Barbarian Black’ logo and a standard Kenwood multimedia unit with a 7-inch display and reversing camera.
A 2.5-litre turbocharged and intercooled diesel engine powers the L200 Barbarian Black with the manual gearbox model priced at £23,899, and the 5-speed automatic variant at £25,299.