The 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander petrol range brings a few running tweaks to the company’s big-selling medium SUV line-up, with first arrivals scheduled for Australia during January.

    All MY23 Outlanders now feature an expanded autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system that works when reversing, a memory setting for the Auto Hold function, and a HVAC refrigerant update. Prices are up by between $250 and $1000.

    The entry-grade Outlander ES gets further additional safety as standard in the form of rear cross-traffic alert and auto high beam.

    However, there’s a downside: The Outlander ES grade now moves to an 8.0-inch infotainment system, featuring wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in place of the 9.0-inch interface with wireless CarPlay – “due to ongoing parts supply constraints”.

    From there a new variant called the Outlander LS Black Edition joins the range, plugging a gap between the regular LS and Aspire models with some sporty design flourishes.

    The LS Black Edition adds 20-inch black alloy wheels, premium paint, and blacked-out door mirrors, bumpers and grille. Inside it gets black headlining plus ‘Mi-Suede’ seats with synthetic leather bolsters. There’s also a ​​black “laser etched” gear-shift surround.

    Further up the range, the Outlander Exceed and the Exceed Tourer flagship pick up Mitsubishi’s MI-PILOT driving assistant.

    This adds Traffic Jam Assist (adaptive cruise control that re-engages after a complete stop), Lane Keep Assist (using steering control assistance rather than wheel braking), and Speed Limit Assistance (adaptive cruise control that matches the Outlander to the indicated speed limit).

    The steering wheel in these grades will now feature touch sensors to handle MI-PILOT engagement, and will disengage the system when the driver’s grip is not detected, when turn signals are on, or when windscreen wipers are continuously operated at their highest speed.

    Furthermore, Outlander Exceed and Exceed Tourer grades also gain a heated steering wheel and sequential front indicators, while Exceed Tourer further adds standard rear seat heating and more two-tone paint options (Stirling Silver/Black Mica and Titanium/Black Mica are new).

    There are no changes to the 135kW and 245Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and CVT, nor the front- or all-wheel drive systems. Moreover, there are no details yet on the updated MY23 Outlander PHEV family.

    The Outlander is a hit with buyers in the medium SUV segment, with 15,619 sales to the end of October and 10.8 per cent market share. This puts it ahead of the Kia Sportage (15,497) and Hyundai Tucson (14,493), and behind only the Toyota RAV4 (30,370) and Mazda CX-5 (23,476).

    The Outlander is comfortably Mitsubishi’s second top-selling car in Australia now, behind the Triton.

    2023 Mitsubishi Outlander pricing

    • ES 2WD: $36,240 (up $250)
    • ES AWD: $38,740 (up $250)
    • LS 2WD: $39,740 (up $250)
    • LS AWD: $42,240 (up $250)
    • LS Black Edition 2WD: $41,490 (new)
    • Aspire 2WD: $43,240 (up $250)
    • Aspire AWD: $45,740 (up $250)
    • Exceed AWD: $50,990 (up $1000)
    • Exceed Tourer AWD: $53,490 (up $1000)

    Prices exclude on-road costs

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    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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