Mitsubishi has just introduced the new-for-2022 Outlander Black Edition, a trim package that, albeit largely cosmetic, adds a hint of sinister flair to its unique sheet metal.
The Outlander Black Edition is based on the SE trim and adds additional equipment such as a panoramic sunroof. However, the model is more notable for its styling upgrades which include gloss black mirrors, black badging, and gloss black accents on the bumpers. They’re joined by door handles with black accents as well as 20-inch wheels with a black finish. The model also comes equipped with LED lighting units, rain-sensing wipers, and a hands-free power liftgate.
Mitsubishi will also offer the Black Edition with all-wheel drive for an additional cost. The company’s 181-horsepower (125-kilowatt) 2.5-liter four-cylinder propels the model while making 181 pound-feet (245 Newton-meters) of torque to the front wheels or optional Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive. Mitsubishi pairs the engine with a continuously variable transmission.
Interior changes are limited, but the Black Edition features a black headliner and black pillar trim. While those updates are barely worth mentioning, buyers will also find a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster and a 9-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. They’re joined by a leather-wrapped steering wheel and synthetic leather/suede seats with eight-way power adjustment on the driver’s side.
Mitsubishi joins many other car companies that have put out Black Edition trims across their lineups. It can seem a bit frivolous, but if it brings a few more customers to the table, especially with the options mix, it will have done its job.