Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) today announced the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.0L will be locally assembled at the Tan Chong Motors Assemblies (TCMA) plant in Segambut, with an introductory price of RM139,988 OTR without insurance until year-end.

It comes with MMM’s standard factory warranty of five years and unlimited mileage.

This would be the second Mitsubishi vehicle to be locally assembled at the TCMA plant, following the ASX in 2014.

There are currently no plans to locally assemble the 2.4L variant, although MMM is considering bringing the PHEV version in the near future.

The Outlander 2.0L currently has 50% local content, although MMM said this number would be increased in future.

MMM chief executive officer Tomoyuki Shinnishi said there would be no difference in quality between locally-assembled and imported units, and the move to locally assemble the 2.0 variant would make the SUV more affordable for Malaysians.

The Outlander was launched last April as a completely built up (CBU) import from Japan, and the new locally assembled Outlander 2.0L 4WD variant will be sold alongside the CBU 2.4L 4WD variant.

It is powered by a 2.0L DOHC MIVEC engine with 143hp and 196Nm of torque, paired with INVECS-III CVT transmission, and comes with an intelligent 4WD system as standard across the range.

The Multi-Select 4WD system has three selectable modes – 4WD Eco, 4WD Auto and 4WD Lock – to suit all conditions and terrain.

Safety-wise, it’s equipped with seven airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), active stability and traction control (ASTC), hill start assist (HSA) and Isofix.

Design features include Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield face and LED daytime running lights and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Standard equipment includes automatic headlights and wipers, keyless entry with push start button, seven-inch HD touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay functionality and Air Gesture Control for the screen.

The seven-seater comes in three colours – Red Metallic, Solar White and Ruby Black, a new colour for the Outlander which is available exclusively for the Malaysian market.

MMM currently has 57 showrooms, out of which 48 are 3S Centres, and 55 service outlets nationwide, wth six showrooms being in Sarawak and seven in Sabah.

Meanwhile, Shinnishi said the company is still hopeful of reaching its sales target of 10,000 vehicles for the year, despite the tough situation it currently faces.

It has sold 5,000 units from January to August, but Shinnishi is optimistic the remaining 5,000 units can be achieved as he expects an increase in sales volume with the local assembly of the Outlander, which sold over 700 units last year in Malaysia.

Besides the CKD Outlander, MMM also expects the recent launch of the TritonĀ VGT AT GL to further propel sales, as it also provides an affordable option for Malaysians.

Those wishing to purchase can go to the website to register interest.



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