Also marketed as the Citroën C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007, the second generation, five-door Outlander SUV fits very neatly into the Mitsubishi 4x4 line-up with a front-end which mirrors that of the L200. The good news is that a 4Work LCV version was made available from day one of the launch; a sign of just how seriously Mitsubishi takes the niche 4x4 van market. It replaces the old Shogun Sport Commercial.
Volkswagen supplies the 2.0-litre turbodiesel and its capable of generating 138hp (4,000rpm) and develops 311Nm of peak torque at 1,750rpm. It was joined by a 158hp 2.2-litre PSA unit in October 2007, but for the car version only. The 9,000-mile service interval of the 2-litre gives away its age, but it remains a workman-like engine, helped to a large extent by a sweet-changing six-speed manual gearbox.
In its default mode, Outlander is front-wheel drive, but it’s easy enough to switch to four-wheel drive; there’s a large turnwheel in front of the handbrake lever. Select 4WD Auto and drive is split front/rear up to a maximum of 70/30. Move to 4WD Lock and the split becomes 50/50. There is no low range. Even without a low range set of gears the Outlander manages to tackle some pretty serious off-road conditions.
The load area offers in the region of 2m3 of space and is accessed via the two rear side doors or the rear, horizontally split tailgate. The load floor is flat and goes right up to the partial steel bulkhead and there are four load-restraint rings supplied. The conversion to a van is done in-house by Mitsubishi.
Despite being based on the lowest-spec passenger car the standard equipment includes central locking, electric windows, ABS and air conditioning.
Think of the Outlander Commercial as a large 4x4 estate car-based van. It does what it says on the tin, and with style.