Bookings can be made at all Mitsubishi showrooms nationwide for the locally-assembled Outlander that has an introductory price of RM139,988 (on-the-road with GST without insurance) that will be revised at the end of the year.
The 2.0-litre variant is available in three colour options of Red Metallic, Solar White and Ruby Black (new and exclusively for Malaysia), while being covered by a five-year unlimited mileage factory warranty.
Under the hood lies the same powertrain as the Lancer - a 2.0-litre 4B11 engine producing 145PS and 196Nm of torque, and gets mated to an INVECS-III continuously variable transmission that manages power delivery to the Multi-Select four-wheel drive (4WD) system with three modes of 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock.
In terms of features, it comes equipped with LED front and rear lights, LED daytime running lights, reverse camera with guide lines, automatic wipers, keyless entry with push-start button, front and rear parking sensors, digital video recorder (dashcam) and security/solar film for all windows.
Entertainment comes from a 7.0-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system infused with Apple CarPlay and Air Gesture Control.
For safety there's seven airbags, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability programme, brake assist, active stability & traction control, hill-start assist, rest reminder and lSOFIX child seat mounts as standard within its Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction.
Opting for the fully-imported 2.4-litre Outlander will cost an additional RM31,000 at RM171,000 and that means there's also additional goodies such as an electric parking brake, auto hold function, large floor console, auto levelling LED headlamps, paddle-shifters, auto dimming rear view mirror, powered leather seats, sunroof and a powered tailgate.
"The Outlander SUV boasts outstanding safety and space for the family, and the move to locally assemble a new 2.0L variant makes the SUV even more affordable for Malaysians. We assure that there's no difference in quality between locally-assembled and imported units," said MMM chief executive officer Tomoyuki Shinnishi.
The Outlander is being contract-assembled at Tan Chong Motors Assemblies' (TCMA) Segambut plant in Kuala Lumpur - the same plant as the ASX rolls out from since 2014, and has Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Japan) personnel stationed at the local production line to oversee processes and quality control.