Mitsubishi has given the Outlander a makeover to improve its image and ride

It's a known fact that Mitsubishi hasn't had a strong run in India with most of its products. Take a look at the Outlander for instance. A well-made, nicely-equipped and good SUV that's struggled here thanks largely to the fact that some of its rivalsoffer a better image.

But Mitsubishi isn't giving up on the SUV already. It has decided to give it a makeover in less than two years. The main changes are to the front of the SUV. It looks sharper and has more presence thanks to the big grille and new headlights up front, which are similar to the one found on the legendary Evo sports car.

The overall silhoutte looks identical to the older version except for some changes such as a wider rear bumper, new fog lamps with a chrome ring and turn indicators in the mirrors.

There are very few changes to the interiors such as the sporty chrome pedals and the addition of a USB input. You still get the long list of equipment on the Outlander such as keyless entry and go, cruise control, ABS and airbags among other things. There's also the brilliant Rockford sound system.

Mitsubishi hasn't touched the suspension and the engine of the Outlander. As a result, it feels the same to drive as before. The 2.4- litre MIVEC engine feels eager to throttle responses from even low rpm.

It is only towards the end of its rev band that the motor starts straining and cannot match the likes of the Honda CR-V for sheer refinement. The CVT automatic gearbox though is a bit slow to respond and the rubber-band effect keeps the engine at high revs and reduces the driving experience.

Where the Outlander outshines most of its rivals is when you take it off-road. Ample ground clearance, four-wheel drive and good low-end pulling power of the motor makes this a very capable off-roader. Even on the road, it feels sure-footed through corners and the steering gives you good feedback. The ride is impressive, which makes the Outlander a good highway cruiser too.