The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has entered production at the Japanese automaker’s North American assembly facility in Normal, Ill. Mitsubishi is looking to assemble 50,000 units annually with that number increasing to 70,000 yearly. Around 25,000 Outlander Sport units will be exported to international markets while the other half will be available for North American consumption. Next to the Lancer Evolution, the Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi’s most popular model currently on sale.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has only been around for a few years, but the 2013 model gets more design tweaks and additional features. A redesigned front-end, including new grille, bumper, and black side-sills are the most notable exterior tweaks while the rear bumper has been dipped to create a subtle two-tone design. Starting with the 2013 model, all Outlander Sport CUVs will ride on 18-inch alloy wheels no matter what trim level is selected. Other improved design tweaks include new fabric for the interior, a redone rear suspension to create better handling and ride comfort, and a recalibrated continuously variable transmission.
Mitsubishi debuted the third generation Outlander at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April. The 2013 Outlander Sport sees a $390 price bump when compared to last year’s model, and will start with a price of $19,995 including an $825 destination fee. This price increase is a direct correlation to Mitsubishi needing to raise the cost of shipping. The base model Outlander Sport ES will start at $23,520 including destination and shipping. Even still, the Outlander Sport’s price tag under cuts key rivals like the 2013 Ford Escape, and the 2012 Toyota RAV4.
Dealerships will begin taking in the 2013 Outlander Sport early next month. Stay tuned for our official take of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.