Although it is customarily our policy to instantly dislike any vehicle developed by a company headquartered within the continent of Asia (hey, at least we own it), there are, from time to time, a few exceptions. Most notable among them: the Subaru Impreza WRX STi, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, and, as of today, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT. Scheduled to debut officially in a few weeks at the 2009 New York Auto Show, the Mitsubishi Outlander GT is a prototype variant of the next generation Outlander, which is expected to hit dealer lots in late 2009 as a 2010 MY vehicle. Borrowing heavily from the Mitsubishi Lancer’s styling (which is perhaps why we like it so much), the 2010 Outlander GT will be a much sportier, more fuel-efficient model than that of the current generation and will be equipped with Mitsubishi’s Super-All-Wheel-Control System. Power will most likely be sourced from a 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC V6 engine, which will be mated to one of Mitsubishi’s newest feats of engineering, the Idle Neutral Logica automatic transmission.
Details regarding engine specs and projected gas mileage rates are still under wraps, but we expect to receive more information on the new Outlander GT prototype later next week during Mitsubishi’s pre-auto show press conference.