First Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

First Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - First Drive - Automobile Magazine
Smaller, not sportier.

Don’t confuse the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with the Mitsubishi Outlander. They share a name, but these two vehicles are distinctly different. If you’re familiar with Land Rover’s Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, Mitsubishi’s naming scheme might make sense. The Outlander Sport isn’t necessarily sportier than it’s bigger, older brother. Rather, it’s a significantly smaller vehicle that competes in an entirely different segment. With two rows of seats, available all-wheel drive, and a frugal four-cylinder, the Outlander Sport is entering the crowded compact crossover market as a serious latecomer.

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COMMENT: The little Mazda truck that could

Back in the day, waaaaay back in the day, in my far-off native New Zealand, the likes of Land Rover, and the then relatively rare Holden, Ford Falcon and Chrysler Valiant ‘utes’ (Antipodean-speak for the car-derived ‘utility’ or pickup truck variant originally developed by Ford Australia in the 1930s) were challenged in 1969 by an upstart newcomer – the Mazda B1500. If you’d told the 12-year-old me then that, 41 years hence, the B’s successor potentially could soon be the world’s top-selling single model, knocking big-brother Ford’s F-series off its perch, I’d have just laughed. But it sure looks possible now.

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Range Rover Evoque will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show

The groundbreaking all-new Range Rover Evoque makes its global public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. Dr. Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Land Rover said, “These are exciting times for our business as we continue to widen our portfolio with this all-new addition to the Range Rover line-up. Not only will the Range Rover Evoque increase our worldwide market share, it demonstrates our commitment to building sustainable, yet highly desirable products.”

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First Look: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

First Look: 2012 Range Rover Evoque
2012 Range Rover Evoque - First Look - Automobile Magazine
Evoking a more stylish future

Much has changed since Land Rover unwrapped the LRX show car in 2008. Markets have shifted, fuel costs are uncertain, and Land Rover’s own corporate stewardship was transferred halfway around the world. Despite those radical breaks in continuity, the production-ready LRX — now known as the 2011 Range Rover Evoque — remains remarkably true to the original concept.

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First Look: 2012 Range Rover Evoque

First Look: 2012 Range Rover Evoque
2012 Range Rover Evoque - First Look - Automobile Magazine
Evoking a more stylish future.

Much has changed since Land Rover unwrapped the LRX show car in 2008. Markets have shifted, fuel costs are uncertain, and Land Rover’s own corporate stewardship was transferred halfway around the world. Despite those radical breaks in continuity, the production-ready LRX — now known as the 2011 Range Rover Evoque — remains remarkably true to the original concept.

Photo Gallery: 2012 Range Rover Evoque – First Look – Automobile Magazine

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