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CYPRESS, Calif. -- For 2008, the Mitsubishi Outlander offers a compelling blend of driven-to-thrill dynamics, bold styling, and five-or seven-passenger versatility. Outlander features the segment's first flap-fold tailgate for easy loading and several user-technology firsts for the compact SUV segment.

The Outlander is based on a new performance-engineered global platform derived from the foundation of the Mitsubishi Lancer and next-generation Lancer Evolution models.

2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES2008 Mitsubishi Outlander ES

The Outlander LS and XLS models are powered by a new 3.0-liter 220-hp aluminum MIVEC V-6 engine teamed to a six-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission (with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters in XLS models).

New for 2008, the Outlander ES model is now powered by an all-new, fuel-efficient 2.4-liter 168-hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine teamed with a new Sportronic CVT transmission. A new Outlander Special Edition model combines the economy of the 2.4-liter powertrain with upscale amenities and options from the V-6 XLS. Bringing innovation to the segment, the Outlander was the first PZEV V-6 SUV offered in the U.S.

All Outlander models for the 2008 - the value-minded 2.4 ES, the well equipped 3.0 LS and the sport/luxury 3.0 XLS and 2.4 Special Edition - come standard with front-wheel drive and Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC). All are available with an optional electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system - All-Wheel Control (AWC).

Mitsubishi's All-Wheel Control philosophy for Outlander combines sophisticated electronically controlled 4-wheel drive with ASTC and a tuned 4-wheel independent suspension, plus an aluminum roof that lowers the center of gravity for better handling response. On Outlander XLS and 2.4 Special Edition models, 18-in. aluminum-alloy wheels are standard.

The versatile second row seat includes independently reclining 60/40 split fold-and-tumble seat backs. On XLS models, the standard underfloor-stowable compact third row seat folds flat into the floor when not needed. When lowered, the flap-fold tailgate can also serve as a seat for outdoor activities, with a capacity of 440 lbs. In all Outlander models, overall cargo volume behind the front seats measures 72.6 cu. ft.

Standard safety features for all Outlander models include an advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags (front and second row), plus energy-absorbing head protection interior pillars, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a tire pressure monitor system (TPMS).

The standard FAST (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) Key entry system on Outlander Special Edition, LS and XLS models allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop by carrying the remote control. High-tech options include a HDD 30-gigabyte navigation system with music server; a 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system with digital signal processing (std. on SE); SIRIUS® satellite radio with six month pre-paid subscription; hands-free calling through Bluetooth® wireless technology, and an accessory DVD rear seat entertainment system with a nine-inch wide-format LCD screen.

The navigation system now features Diamond Lane Guidance, an industry-first development that can include HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane information with directions.

Key Specifications:
Wheelbase: 105.1 in.
Length: 182.7 in.
Height: 66.1 in. (67.7 in. with roof rails)
Width: 70.9 in.
Curb weight range: 3,395 lbs.
(ES 2WD) to 3,781 lbs. (XLS 4WD)

Major Standard Features (2.4 ES)

* 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC engine with Sportronic® CVT
* Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC)
* Air conditioning
* AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers
* Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors
* Front seat mounted side-impact air bags
* Curtain side air bags
* Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
* Cruise control
* Engine immobilizer
* Keyless entry, power windows, locks and mirrors

2.4 Special Edition adds over ES:

* 18-inch alloy wheels
* 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system with PUNCH® control
* Chrome-accented exterior door handles and side sills
* Contents of ES Convenience Package
* Exclusive interior door panel trim with chrome door handles
* FAST Key entry system
* High-contrast instrument gauges.
* Mesh fabric seats with leather bolsters
* Sportronic® magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters

3.0 LS models add over ES:

* 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC engine with Sportronic® six-speed automatic transmission
* 16-inch alloy wheels
* FAST Key entry system
* MP3/Auxiliary stereo input jack
* Bluetooth® pre-wire ready (additional dealer-installed equipment required)
* Color-keyed outer door handles and folding power side view mirrors
* Driver's seatback pocket
* Floor mats
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
* Rear privacy glass
* Roof rails
* Steering wheel remote audio switches
* Two additional 12-volt accessory outlets (one in cockpit, one in cargo area)

3.0 XLS models add over LS:

* Sportronic® magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters
* 18-inch alloy wheels
* Automatic climate control system
* Silver-painted outer door handles and roof rails
* Fog lights
* 6CD/MP3 in-dash changer
* Hands-free Bluetooth® cellular phone interface system with voice recognition
* Underfloor-stowable compact third row seat.

Option Packages:

* Convenience Package (ES only) featuring: 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, rear privacy glass, color-keyed outer door mirrors and door handles, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth® HFP pre-wire, MP3/Auxiliary stereo input jack, 12V power outlets (Cargo x1/Cockpit x1), seatback pocket (driver side),floor mats
* Luxury Package (XLS only) featuring: Xenon HID headlamps with auto-leveling; leather seating surfaces (front & 2nd row); power driver seat and heated front seats.
* Sun & Sound Package (XLS only) featuring: 650-watt (max.) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system with PUNCH® control; 115-volt accessory outlet, power glass sunroof with sunshade and SIRIUS Satellite Radio with six months free service subscription.
* HDD Navigation & Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System (XLS only) featuring: 30GB navigation system with 7-inch touch panel and music server function, Diamond Lane Guidance, single-disc CD/DVD/MP3 player, and auxiliary video input jack.

Navigation system is available as an accessory on other models (without video input); Rear Seat Entertainment System also available as an accessory on all models.

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander is based on a new global performance-engineered platform that also forms the foundation for the new Lancer and 2008 Lancer Evolution models. As such, the Outlander was engineered from wheels to roof to give the driver a confident feel behind the wheel.

The engineering that went into making the Outlander a driver's SUV reflects Mitsubishi's renowned motorsports expertise. In 2007, Mitsubishi scored its seventh consecutive win in the Paris-to-Dakar off-road endurance race in a special competition-built Montero SUV.

Each of the three trim lines offered for the 2008 Outlander - the new 4-cylinder ES, the V-6 LS and the sport/luxury XLS - is available with standard front-wheel drive or an available electronically controlled 4-wheel drive system - All-Wheel Control (AWC). Mitsubishi's All-Wheel Control philosophy for Outlander combines electronically controlled 4-wheel drive with Active Stability Control with electronic traction control (TCL) and a tuned suspension, plus an aluminum roof that helps to lower the center of gravity for better handling response.

Real World 4-Wheel Drive Performance and Benefits
Mitsubishi studied real-world usage of 4-wheel drive systems to determine what type of technology would be most effective for vehicle control, and most useful to the compact SUV customer. At the same time, the goal was to ensure that 4-wheel drive capability did not unduly impact fuel economy. Mitsubishi rejected the increasingly common solution to this challenge, which is to use an automatic "on-demand, part-time" type 4-wheel drive system as used by some competitors. Such systems rely purely on slippage at the front wheels before channeling power to the rear wheels. Mitsubishi felt customers in this segment would be best served by a system that could proactively reduce the likelihood of wheel slippage.

All-Wheel Control with Advanced 4-Wheel Drive

The next-generation Outlander gives the driver a choice among vehicle drive modes. Standard front-wheel drive is augmented by the Active Stability Control (ASC) system, which includes traction control for better grip on slippery surfaces.
With the optional 4-wheel drive system, the driver uses a drive-mode dial on the center console to select "FWD" for best fuel economy or one of the two 4WD modes - 4WD or Lock - to optimize traction performance for driving conditions or handling performance. The driver can freely change the drive mode at any time.

In 4WD or Lock modes, the system uses an electronically controlled transfer clutch to automatically and seamlessly route variable power to the rear wheels, depending on driving and road surface conditions. In either 4WD or Lock modes, the system routes more torque to the rear wheels under acceleration (more in Lock mode). At low speeds through tight corners, coupling torque is reduced, providing a smoother feel through the corner.

In Outlander, Lock mode can operate at all speeds, sending more torque to the rear wheels (but still variable) than in 4WD mode to enhance agility on dry roads and to help improve traction on slippery surfaces. In contrast, the Lock mode in some competitive vehicles' 4WD systems is only for driving at low speeds on very slippery or loose surfaces.

Drive Mode Overview of Control Benefit
2WD Distributes all torque to front wheels Best fuel economy
4WD Auto Distributes variable torque to rear wheels depending on accelerator pedal position and front-to-rear wheel speed difference Delivers the optimal amount of torque for driving conditions
4WD Lock Delivers 1.5 times more torque to the rear wheels than 4WD mode Increases off-the-line traction; provides greater high-speed stability and best performance on rough or slippery surfaces.

How the Electronic Coupling Works
Coupling torque is computed using a combination of feed-forward control, which operates in response to accelerator pedal action, and feedback control, which monitors the speed of the four wheels and computes any difference between front and rear wheel rotation speeds. Information on accelerator pedal position and vehicle speed is received via the CAN bus. The system interprets driving conditions and driver input and delivers the right amount of torque to the rear wheels. Current passes through a magneto, generating magnetic force that engages a pilot clutch. In response to this force, the ball in the cam mechanism bites in and generates thrust. The force of this thrust pushes the main clutch and torque is transferred to the rear wheels.

The aluminum transfer coupling is located near the rear differential for optimal weight distribution. At 39.2 lbs., the coupling is 16.8 lbs. lighter than the previous-generation Outlander's transfer case - a significant weight reduction in a strategic location. A new three-point differential mounting system with reduced gear offset between the propeller shaft and the coupling helps to reduce friction, noise and vibration and also contribute to better fuel economy.

Active Stability Control
The new-generation Outlander features standard Active Stability Control (ASC) on all models. The previous-generation Outlander did not offer such a system. ASC helps to prevent side slipping (spin and side drift) as a result of sudden steering wheel operation or on slippery roads. Overall vehicle stability is enhanced in all driving conditions, lending an extra measure of confidence in wet or snowy weather.

In FWD Outlander models - and under all driving modes in 4WD models - ASC helps keep the vehicle traveling in the driver's intended direction. The ASC system takes data input from a number of sensors, including steering angle, individual wheel speed and yaw, as well as from the powertrain electronic control unit (ECU).

When it detects side-slipping or wheel spin, ASC provides integrated control of brakes, engine torque (via the electronic throttle control), transmission and electronically controlled 4WD to improve vehicle stability. The high-speed CAN bus facilitates communication between the engine, transmission and 4WD system.

The traction control portion of ASC provides a "virtual" limited-slip differential effect by helping to prevent wheel spin during start up and acceleration in slippery conditions. Even if the driver has not selected 4WD Auto or 4WD Lock modes on a 4WD Outlander model, front wheel spin can be controlled under a variety of conditions. Since a mechanical limited-slip differential is not required, weight is reduced.

Whenever ASC intervenes, a warning light flashes in the liquid crystal display inside the instrument panel, signaling the driver that the system is operating and that the vehicle has reached a driving limit. An ASC OFF switch allows the driver to disengage the system. Instances where that could be useful include driving the vehicle through deep snow, or out of a snowed-in parking space. In such situations, traction control could be a hindrance. The electronically controlled 4WD system does not rely on traction control to distribute power; power distribution is controlled through the electronically controlled viscous coupling, with ASC influencing that as needed.

High-Strength Structure with Aluminum Roof
The next-generation Outlander is built around Mitsubishi's next-generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody design. The highly rigid structure, which makes extensive use of high-strength steel, allows sport suspension tuning without compromising a smooth, compliant ride. Compared to the previous-generation Outlander, torsional rigidity is increased by 18 percent, and bending rigidity is up by 39 percent.

One of the most significant handling-oriented features in the Outlander is found above, not beneath. Borrowing a lesson learned from the Lancer Evolution, the Outlander's steel-reinforced aluminum roof removes 11 pounds compared to a conventional steel roof, helping to lower the vehicle's center of gravity. A lower center of gravity helps to reduce body roll in handling maneuvers and enhances steering response; the aluminum roof achieves these goals without affecting ride quality, as stiffer suspension tuning.

Of special note is that the aluminum roof is three times more effective at lowering a vehicle's center of gravity than lower aluminum body panels would be.

Earning the "Sport" in Sport Utility Vehicle
In their approach to Outlander dynamics, Mitsubishi engineers rejected the "stiff suspension and wide tires" approach often applied to make SUVs generate impressive cornering figures. The result is a compact sport-utility vehicle that will surprise and delight the driver with handling dynamics, stability and a level of driver engagement uncommon in the segment.

A longer wheelbase (105.1 in. vs. 103.3 in. for previous Outlander) and wider track - in conjunction with the aluminum roof - contribute to enhanced stability in the next-generation Outlander. Front track is widened by 1.7 in. and rear track by 1.3 in. Suspension travel is increased by 0.4 in. compared to the previous model, enhancing road-holding performance, even on rough surfaces. Impact shock over uneven surfaces is also reduced.

The MacPherson strut front suspension is similar in layout to the previous Outlander's, but all-new, with a sharpened focus on enhancing rigidity while reducing weight and lowering the roll center. The front stabilizer bar diameter is 0.9 in. Strut tower bars enhance lateral rigidity for precise steering response, and lower arm attachment points and steering knuckles have been strengthened. Combined, these changes, along with retuned lower arm bushings, contribute to quicker steering response, for a handling feel not generally found in SUVs.

The Outlander's all new trailing-arm type multi-link rear suspension, is designed to provide a balance of handling performance and ride comfort more like a sport sedan than an SUV. Using separate coil springs and shock absorbers helps maximize cargo space. The rack-type crossmember is lightened, yet its rigidity increased to enhance handling response.

Compared with the current Outlander, the toe control arm is located lower down and camber rigidity increased to deliver better steering stability. Locating the trailing arm bushing higher up improves suspension operation when traversing rough surfaces and enhanced ride comfort. Rear stabilizer bar diameter is 0.8 in.

Shock absorber piston diameter is increased from 0.98 in. for the previous Outlander to 1.18 in. to improve steering stability and ride comfort for the new model. Also contributing to steering stability in the new Outlander are ball joint type stabilizer bar links and a new hub unit bearing that provides higher camber and toe rigidity.

Steering Worthy of a Sport Sedan
Even drivers accustomed to car-based SUVs will experience a pleasant surprise from the 2008 Outlander's crisp, fluid steering response. Changes within the steering system itself greatly contribute to the improved steering response and feel, yet the full effect of the precision response is the combined result of the rigid body structure with aluminum roof and new suspension design and tuning.

The new steering rack has a larger diameter than the previous model (1.02 in. vs. 0.98 in.). The biggest change is in the new, more rigid mounting method. Supporting the steering gear cross member with a bushing fitted with an internal cylinder provides higher rigidity and enhances steering feel. Pump flow and gear valve characteristics have been optimized, and stability is improved through the addition of a valve to prevent oil backflow, which helps reduce kick-back from bumps.

The optimized steering column layout features joint friction-reduction parts that improve steering feel (reduce torque fluctuation). Support stiffness at the steering wheel end of the steering column is increased by 20 percent compared to the previous model, reducing steering wheel vibration. Dampers used on the intermediate shaft help reduce shimmy.

Mitsubishi found opportunities in the steering system to improve fuel efficiency. Using a sensor instead of the conventional On/Off switch as a power steering pressure detection method improves engine idling rpm control. Fine-sensing of pressure within the power steering allows finer engine speed control, reduced wasteful over-revving and improved fuel economy. Finally, as part of the effort to reduce noise from even the smallest sources, optimal tuning of the flexible hose inside the high-pressure hose reduces steering pump noise.

Powerful Four-Wheel Disc Brakes
The Outlander gets an all-new braking system, featuring a new single 10-in. brake booster, compared to the tandem 8 + 9-in. configuration in the previous model. The single booster, with a long-stroke master cylinder, improves boost power and brake feel. All Outlander models use a four-wheel disc brake system, featuring 11.5-in. ventilated rotors in front and 11.8-in. solid rotors in the rear. Rotors are 1.00 in. thick in front and 0.4 in. thick in the rear. Additionally, higher friction coefficient pads improve performance.

The front brakes utilize powerful dual-piston calipers, with single-piston calipers at the rear. The standard anti-lock braking system (ABS) incorporates Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) on all Outlander models. A change in the surface treatments for both the calipers and rotors eliminates hazardous materials.

Wheels and Tires
Outlander ES models feature standard 16-in. steel wheels (with spoke-design covers) with 215/70 R16 tires. Alloy 16-inch wheels are optional on the ES and standard on the LS. On XLS models, standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 225/55 R18 all-season tires further enhance handling response and accentuate the sporty stance of the vehicle.

The all-new, next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander introduced for the 2007 model year offers a level of user technology generally associated with luxury-category, sport-utility vehicles, including several firsts for the compact SUV segment. The Outlander optionally offers a hard drive navigation system, a 650-watt (max) Rockford-Fosgate® Premium Audio system, SIRIUS® satellite radio with six month pre-paid subscription and hands-free calling through Bluetooth® wireless technology. For 2008, all Outlander models can be equipped with an accessory DVD rear seat entertainment system with a nine-inch wide-format LCD screen.

The 2008 Outlander is available in four trim lines for 2008, including the new 4-cylinder ES and Special Edition models and the V-6-powered Outlander LS and sport/luxury XLS models. The FAST (Freehand Advanced Security Transmitter) Key entry system is now standard on the Special Edition and the LS models. FAST Key allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop. An MP3/auxiliary input jack is now standard for LS and XLS models, and the LS 4WD model adds heated standard exterior mirrors, as well. FAST is also standard on XLS models.

FAST-Key Entry
Outlander ES features a standard remote keyless entry system, and all models include a standard anti-theft engine immobilizer and security alarm system. Outlander Special Edition, LS and XLS models add the FAST-Key system that allows the driver to unlock the vehicle simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the handle on either of the front doors or the tailgate.

The FAST-Key system provides both convenience and security, since the driver does not need to search for a key or remote control while carrying packages, or when in a poorly lit area, for example. The system operates when the driver (carrying the remote unit) is within 27 inches of the front doors or the tailgate. While walking into that range, the system verifies the user i.d. Bioelectrical sensors are built into the door handles, and when the person carrying the remote grasps one of the handles, the door unlocks: grasping the driver's door handled unlocks only that door; grasping the front passenger door handle will unlock all four doors and the tail gate. (The customer can set system preferences so that grasping the driver's door handle will unlock all vehicle doors.)

Instead of inserting and turning a key to start the engine, the driver simply presses the ignition knob on the steering column to release the lock, and then twists it to start the engine. Turning the knob rearward turns off the engine. The system comes with two remote units, and up to four can be registered and programmed for the system. The remote houses an emergency key that can unlock and start the vehicle if the unit's battery runs down.

Satellite Navigation System - Plus

A satellite navigation system is available as a factory option for the 2008 Outlander XLS model and as a dealer accessory for ES and LS models. The system also includes AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA music file playback, DVD video capability and SIRIUS® Satellite Radio capability. Navigation maps and directions are displayed on a crisp touch-panel, seven-inch LCD screen.

The navigation system stores map data for the contiguous United States and Canada on a 30-gigabyte hard drive. Using a hard drive for map storage rather than DVDs gives the Outlander navigation system ultra-fast search and access to the map data.

New for 2008, Diamond Lane Guidance is an industry-first development for the navigation system that gives the driver to have HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lane information included with directions. Using HOV lanes, where permissible and accessible, can help reduce driving times.

For many customers, a key benefit to this hard drive-based navigation system is a music server function that reserves about 6 gigabytes of its capacity for digital music file storage and playback through the audio system (approx. 104 hours of music encoded in ATRAC3 Plus format at 128kbps). The navigation system's main operating controls are hard switches, with the touch screen accessing the search and destination-entry functions, among others.

The Outlander's navigation system also provides an extensive information display, including an onboard computer. This driving computer provides displays for outside temperature, average fuel economy, current fuel economy, distance to empty and driving time. Another display option brings up a screen with outside temperature and barometer, along with an altimeter, and another displays a vehicle maintenance reminder (oil, brakes, interior air filter) and calendar.

Controls for the audio, including the SIRIUS® Satellite Radio and available 650-watt (max) Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio, can be accessed through the navigation screen. Adding another touch usually seen in some luxury vehicles, the navigation system includes an interface that allows owners to customize many of the vehicle's interior electronic system functions, such as central locking and lighting choices.

When the Outlander is also equipped with the accessory rear seat entertainment system (RSE), the navigation screen can display the video from a disc running in the rear (when the vehicle is stopped and the transmission in Park). Alternatively, the RSE can play video from a DVD running in the navigation system head unit.

Outlander, the Entertainer

The 2008 Outlander comes equipped to provide high-quality sound, with a standard total 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers and digital signal processor. The Outlander XLS models add a standard 6-disc in-dash CD changer.

The optional Sun and Sound package available for 2008 Outlander XLS models includes a power glass sunroof and the most powerful audio system in the compact SUV segment: the Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio System with PUNCH® control. Similar to the option offered for the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Lancer models, this audiophile-quality system is designed to reproduce all types of music with stunning clarity and power. The Rockford-Fosgate system is standard in the 2008 Outlander Special Edition.

The Rockford-Fosgate system is custom-tuned for the Outlander's interior acoustics. The Sun and Sound option package also includes SIRIUS® Satellite Radio with a six-month pre-paid subscription.

The Rockford-Fosgate system uses an 8-channel amplifier to produce up to 650 watts maximum output, playing through nine speakers in seven positions: 1.4-in. soft-dome tweeters mounted in the door mirror delta provide an accurate soundstage; front door-mounted 6.5-in. midbass drivers; rear door-mounted 6.5-in. coaxial two-way speakers using a bridge-mounted tweeter, and a 10-in. subwoofer in its own sealed enclosure located in the left rear of the cargo compartment. Mitsubishi and Rockford-Fosgate engineers worked together to tune the doors to function as speaker cabinets, extending response, increasing clarity and reducing coloration.

The subwoofer provides extremely high-power bass performance, but that doesn't make the Outlander's Rockford-Fosgate system simply a "boombox on wheels." The system will please the ears of any discerning music listener, because it is designed to provide crystal clear, low-distortion fidelity to make any type of music come alive in the vehicle.

Digital signal processing allows the listener to customize the Rockford-Fosgate system's performance for five types of music - "normal," "pop," "rock," "hip-hop" and "country" - and four soundfields - "normal," "stage," "live" and "hall." The system automatically compensates volume for vehicle speed as well as equalization for road and wind noise.

Rear Seat DVD Entertainment
A DVD rear-seat entertainment (RSE) system is available as an accessory for all 2008 Outlander models. The RSE features a flip-down 9-inch wide-screen LCD and includes a remote control and one set of infrared wireless headphones. When Outlander is equipped with both the RSE and Navigation system, this versatile configuration allows front and rear occupants to watch different DVD programs, or the same program; the factory - installed RSE can send its video signal to the navigation system's screen, and vice versa. However, the transmission must be in the Park position for video to play on the navigation display screen.

Steering Wheel Controls
Steering wheel-mounted controls for the cruise control system are standard for Outlander Special Edition, LS and XLS and are included with the ES model's optional Convenience Package. The controls are mounted on the right side spoke. The LS and XLS models also add standard steering wheel audio controls mounted on the left side spoke.

Echoing user technology seen on luxury vehicles, the steering wheel audio controls operate whichever factory audio system the customer chooses, including the optional Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system, and the SIRIUS® Satellite Radio when so equipped. The basic controls include volume, station seek for the radio (including SIRIUS Satellite), category selection (SIRIUS Satellite) and track selection and fast-forward/fast-reverse for the CD player (including MP3 CDs).

When the Outlander is equipped with the optional navigation system, the steering wheel buttons also provide control for the digital music server and, if also equipped with the rear seat entertainment system, front and rear DVD video. Controls for the DVD are similar to those on home equipment, including chapter selection.

Hands-Free Calling
An available hands-free Bluetooth cellular phone interface system with voice recognition allows hands-free calling from compatible phones, which can help to reduce driver distraction. When using a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone, the driver can initiate calls from the steering wheel controls, answer incoming calls and hang up. With voice recognition, the user can speak a phone number to dial it, or speak the name of a person in the stored phone book. Voice recognition understands commands in English, American Spanish or Canadian French. The microphone is located near the map light. The audio system display (or navigation screen, if equipped) provides a status display, including Bluetooth connection, roaming, phone battery level and signal strength, plus the number being dialed or the number for the incoming call.

Premium Warranty
Mitsubishi cars and light trucks are backed by a comprehensive new-vehicle limited warranty that covers the vehicle from bumper to bumper for five years/60,000 miles. In addition, the powertrain is covered by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited warranty, while body panels have a seven-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty. The program also includes 24-hour emergency roadside assistance with free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi retailer for warranty-related repairs for five years/unlimited miles.

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