New Mitsubishi Outlander sneaks into town

by Myron Love  . Apr 01 2016

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander slipped into town a quietly a few months back — which is appropriate considering its quiet ride is one of the signature features of the new model.

Waverley Mitsubishi sales representative Wayne Pidsadny notes Mitsubishi has made more than 100 changes to the 2016 Outlander. He points out the Outlander is the first new Mitsubishi model to have the new Dynamic Shield styling on the front end, featuring more chrome, skid plates beneath a black bumper facade, LED daytime running lights and HED lights for more brightness. The double-laminated windsheild also adds major soundproofing and is heated so the wipers don’t stick in icy conditions.

Inner liners, scuff plates and extra insulation have also been added to the doors to reduce noise and protect the bottoms of the doors from rusting and scuffing and gaskets have been incorporated into the side view mirrors to eliminate wind noise. Under the hood, baffle padding has been installed to further reduce noise. The new wheels have also been designed to absorb shocks when driving and the lighter aluminum construction of the wheels makes for better fuel efficiency.

At the rear the lift gate lifts a little higher — making it more convenient for taller people. Inside, the rear seats can be easily folded forward using just one hand to increase rear storage space.

The command controls — embedded in the leather wrapped steering wheel — include Bluetooth, cruise control, a dimmer for the rear view mirrors and HomeLinks which allows the driver to program a garage door to open and house lights to turn on when approaching home.

The 2016 Outlander is available in a choice of four trims. The ES, SE and SEL trims (the latter two are available with AWD) are powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder engine that produces 166 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The top trim GT model has a 3.0L, SOHC V-6 engine that puts out 224 hp and 215 lb.-ft. of torque.

The base model is pegged at a starting price of $27,958 (including freight and pdi).

“We have sold dozens of 2016 Outlanders,” said Pidsadny. “I sold three just last week. People love them.”

Army veteran leads McNaught

After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Macon Doublet is ready to tackle any new challenges life may throw his way. Ten years ago, Doublet served seven months in the Kandahar District in southeastern Afghanistan as a tank driver with the Lord Strathcona Horse.

“After I left the army, I had to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life,” says the newly-installed general sales manager (as of the beginning of March) at McNaught Cadillac, Buick, GMC. “I decided to give auto sales a whirl and applied to AutoCanada in Edmonton.”

Over the past ten years, Doublet’s career in auto sales and management has taken him from Edmonton to Victoria to Toronto and now to Winnipeg. “It is certainly a lot different being in Winnipeg than it was in Toronto,” said doublet. “People have been really welcoming here.”

Doublet is looking forward to a long stay in Winnipeg.