The Mitsubishi Outlander
is a crossover
manufactured by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors
. It was originally known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek
when it was introduced in Japan
in 2001, and was based on the Mitsubishi ASX
concept vehicle exhibited at the 2001 North American International Auto Show
. The ASX (Active Sports Crossover) represented Mitsubishi's approach to the industry wide SUV
trend for retaining the all-season and off-road abilities offered by a high ground clearance
and four-wheel drive
, while still offering car-like levels of emissions, economy and size.
The original Airtrek name was chosen to "describe the vehicle’s ability to transport its passengers on adventure-packed journeys in a 'free-as-a-bird' manner", and was "coined from Air
to express the idea of footloose, adventure-filled motoring pleasure."
The second generation of the vehicle was introduced in 2005 and all markets including Japan
adopted the Outlander name, although production of the older version continued in parallel. It was built on the... Read More