The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport debuted at the New York auto show, and the Japanese automaker says the small CUV will be built exclusively in the U.S. instead of Japan starting this July. Now featuring updated front and rear ends and standard 18-inch alloy wheels, Mitsubishi’s current best-selling model is ready to live out the rest of its planned life cycle.
The 2013 Outlander Sport retains its characteristic “angry eyes” headlights and wide trapezoidal front grille, but gets a subtly revised front fascia. The bumper has been smoothed out a bit, and the grille and fog light surrounds receive new chrome trim. It’s a similar story in the rear, thanks to a simpler, smoother bumper design. The restyled side sills are now colored black on all models to match the lower sections of the altered front and rear bumpers. All 2013 Outlander Sport models gain 18-inch alloy wheels standard, and have the option of new exterior colors White Pearl and Quick Silver.
Also debuting on the 2013 Outlander Sport is a revised rear multi-link suspension, which Mitsubishi says will improve handling and ride comfort. The available CVT has been recalibrated to allegedly provide better acceleration and a little extra refinement. Inside, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, along with Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free Bluetooth phone system, are standard. The range-topping 2013 Outlander Sport SE model adds a premium six-speaker audio system, heated front seats, HID headlights, as well as smart key passive entry and push-button ignition.
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