This fall’s second Mitsubishi lifestyle concept car looks good enough to cause a double take. The 2014 Outlander H360 Winter Edition adds rich white paint and 20-inch wheels outside, plus a gorgeous quilted leather and suede cabin, to create a very cozy and fashionable way to hit the slopes.
In partnership with lifestyle brand H360 and professional snowboarder Bryan "Guch" Iguchi, Mitsubishi has transformed their popular seven-seat crossover into the ultimate winter shuttle. The styling outside is refined and classy, with those giant wheels really transforming the regular Outlander’s lines into something much sleeker and sportier than the standard model.
The beauty of these H360 makeovers is that they can inspire other Mitsubishi owners to personalize their own cars, and draw people into the brands by reinforcing their outdoor credentials.
Looking like a mix between a Range Rover Evoque and an Audi RS4 Avant , the Outlander H360 Winter Edition is powered by a smooth V-6 engine with S-AWC traction and a very quick sprint pace versus some four-cylinder crossover competitors.
More importantly, the H360 Winter Edition will look at home in Beaver Creek Ski Resort’s valet parking line. A host of interior and exterior additions make up this concept car, which will do the rounds at major auto shows this year.
These H360 concepts are just design exercises, and are not for sale themselves. Even so, they show the scope of accessories and versatility of one of the only value-priced crossovers to offer a third row of seats.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition, with high-res images of this beauty’s quilted leather interior and trunk-mounted coffee maker.
The exterior capitalizes on a relatively new trend in the premium car business: white paint. For decades, white paint was the cheapest available and therefore not a quick seller on premium cars.
Boredom with silver, and hot interiors from black cars is causing a big shift toward metallic whites. A snow white Range Rover, for example, can be worth up to $10,000 more than a tan or grey car, and will generally sell in just a few days once arriving at a dealer.
This white is a BASF shade called Casablanca Weiss, and it has a lovely and almost porcelain-like sheen that looks deep and very, very expensive. We could be wrong, but this looks like the same paint as on the SSC Tuatara hypercar .
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition - Exterior Features:
- BASF Casablanca Weiss
- Niche Targa Brushed silver 20-inch wheels
- Thule roof rack
- Falken tires
- Volcom and K2 snowboards for him and her, plus ski apparel, boots and goggles
- StopTech front big brake kit
The interior of the H360 Winter Edition is much calmer and easier on the eyes than the bright metallic orange accents throughout the Outlander Sport Summer Edition . Classy white, grey and black leather and suede are used throughout, including a full dash and headliner wrap, complete seats and trim overhauls, and even matching quilted leather for the Recaro child booster seats in the second row.
The Outlander’s classy finishes typically do not need such a revamp, but the seats alone are quite nice looking, very much like a Range Rover or Bentley. In back, one of the third-row seats is traded for a parcel rack for snowboard boots and the matching goggles and gloves in this special custom.
A highlight is a color-matched Keurig K-cup coffee maker, for a quick but of warmth on cold and dark ski mornings.
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition - Interior Features:
- Quilted leather and grey suede interior with yellow stitching
- Ski pole grip shift knob
- Grey suede headliner
- GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition
- Keurig B31 mini coffee maker in trunk with LED-lit Thermos cup holders
- Recaro children’s booster seat and matching quilted leather
- Built-in iPhone5 Camera for HD pictures and video
Drivetrain, Suspension and Brakes
The H360 Outlander Winter Edition is built off of the top-line GT S-AWC model, which is quite a hidden gem for car enthusiasts who live in the real world: with budget constraints and family needs.
Powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 through a torque-converter six-speed automatic, the Outlander GT can hit 60 mph in 7.9 seconds as a stock model, thanks to its 224 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque.
Even so, the improvements from H360 and the V-6 trim level are well worth it, because mountain driving is hard on underpowered cars even on sunny summer days. On winter blizzard days, having extra power and traction available is a real safety feature.
The larger wheels help inspire confidence with extra road holding strength, and they barely harm the Mitsubishi crossover’s highway smoothness.
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition - Performance Details:
|Engine||3.0-liter 24-valve V-6 With SOHC And MIVEC CVVT|
|Powertrain Layout||Front-engine, All-wheel-drive|
|Power||224 @ 6,250|
|Torque||215 @ 3,750|
|0-60 mph||7.9, est|
|Top Speed||130, est|
|EPA Fuel Economy MPG (City/Highway/Combined)||20/28/23|
New safety features for the regular 2014 Outlander include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation, which will autonomously brake the car to a stop in city driving to avoid an accident.
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition - Safety Features:
- Advanced front airbags, Front side-impact airbags and side-impact air curtains with rollover protection, Driver knee airbag
- Available Electronically controlled AWC system
- Active Stability Control (ASC)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) w/ Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist
- Hill Start Assist
- Traction Control Logic (TCL)
- Active front seat headrests
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- 3-point seatbelts for all 5 seating positions
- Engine immobilizer and anti-theft alarm system
- Child-safety rear door locks
- LATCH child safety seat anchors and upper tethers
- Remote fuel lid opener
- Front seat-belt pretensioners with force limiters
- Collapsible steering column and foldaway brake pedal assembly
- Side-impact door beams
Pricing and Availability
The H360 custom Mitsubishi Outlander Winter Edition is just a concept, but the 2014 Outlander has a number of tech and style upgrades. Full review coming soon.
The Outlander is almost as efficient and maneuverable in tight areas as the smaller Outlander Sport , but fuel economy of this top powertrain is not as good as the lower-range CVT automatics and front-drive. Both of the Outlander size options have a really tight turning radius and can fit 20-inch wheels, which is even more impressive for this V-6 model.
Many front-drive V-6 compact cars become basically unable to do tight U-turns, adding almost 6 feet to the four-cylinder versions’ turning circle. Well done, Mitsubishi !
This concept does not even wear a body kit or other style changes, just this super-premium paint and the Niche Targa 20-inch wheel/tire upgrade. Something about that paint and the new stance on 20-inch rims really brings the bumper and profile lines of the Outlander to life.
Falken all-season rubber grips the roads, while gold StopTech big brake kit calipers are very visible up front. Helpful when coming down the mountain, where the Audi Avant crowd never hits the brakes in favor of engine braking.
No brake fade possible in this Outlander H360 Winter Edition. Paddle shifters for the S-AWC and six-speed box give you ultimate control - both for staying safe with the family or hanging the tail out in the snow with your buddies.
- Those wheels would be nice on an Outlander GT ’VR-4’ performance model...
- No chances for a production model
Mitsubishi Motors, H360 Team Up to Create a Pair of SUVs for the Year-Round Active Outdoor Lifestyle
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) and the H360 Group have teamed up to create a pair of custom sport-utility vehicles designed for today’s active professionals who prefer to get their exercise in the great outdoors, any time of year.
The 5-passenger 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Summer Edition* and the 7-passenger 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Winter Edition* each have been customized to become the ideal ride for a particular season, complete with integrated sports equipment and cutting-edge technology designed to offer as much fun as possible - whether under the sun or on the slopes. The companies have launched a microsite in support - www.h360mitsu.com - featuring behind-the-scenes video of the build projects as well as interviews with celebrity strength and conditioning specialist Jay Cardiello and professional snowboarder Bryan Iguchi.
Both the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander have been named "Top Safety Pick+" winners from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) - the highest achievement awarded by the non-profit vehicle research and crash test ratings agency. Mitsubishi Motors is the only auto manufacturer to have its entire SUV/crossover model lineup designated as "Top Safety Pick+" vehicles.
2014 Outlander - Winter Edition
In order to create the ideal vehicle for winter recreation, the Outlander Winter Edition was outfitted with a comprehensive selection of gear needed for a day on the slopes.
There are his-and-hers roof-mounted snowboards, as well as matching jackets, gloves and snow pants that are located on a metal LED shelf in the trunk, along with his-and-hers goggles and snowboarding boots. For those cold mornings, the Outlander Winter Edition comes with a mini coffee maker in the rear cargo area and an LED-illuminated Thermos© mounted in the SUV’s center console. To document any extreme moves on the slopes, an iPhone 5 camera lens has been placed in the armrest and an HD camera is located on the dashboard. There’s also a custom Recaro© children’s booster seat in back, for any little snowboarders-in-training.
To further set it apart from the rest of the cars on the road, the Outlander Winter Edition is painted an alluring white hue and outfitted with brushed aluminum exterior trim, along with brushed silver 20-inch wheels with upgraded brakes and tires. Inside, there’s new black leather and light gray suede-covered seats with yellow stitching accents. The interior trim has also been painted to match the exterior. All-weather floor mats are designed to keep melting snow/ice at bay, while a ski pole grip shift knob adds a final touch of winter wonder to the interior.
Equipped with the company’s technologically-advanced, top-of-the-line Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system for outstanding traction and handling in challenging weather and/or road conditions, the new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander is available with a host of highly advanced safety technologies including radar-based Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems as well as a camera-based Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system (available as part of the Touring Package on SE and GT models).
For more information and a look behind-the-scenes on each vehicle’s build, please visit the custom microsite at www.h360mitsu.com.
*These vehicles are purely design exercises by Mitsubishi Motors. They are not intended for production.