2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Black Edition adds a bit of threat

The Mitsubishi Outlander is a competent SUV that still tries to shed the stigma of the company’s post-Evo doldrum. To give buyers a reason to take a second look, Mitsubishi has just introduced the Outlander Black Edition for 2022, an equipment package that, while largely cosmetic, adds a touch of sinister flair to its unique bodywork.

The Black Edition builds on the Outlander SE class and can be ordered as such with a powertrain, front-wheel drive or Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel drive. From there, it adds popular features such as two-zone climate control and a panoramic roof. Propulsion comes from the standard 2.5-litre inline-four mated to a continuously variable transmission.

The Black Edition’s selling point is, of course, the black trim that sets it apart from other Outlanders. As such, it’s treated to black 20-inch wheels that look a bit hipper than the stock dual-finish rollers. Black trim covers the side mirrors and also adorns the door handles. And in terms of cab, the headlining and pillars are now finished in black.

Apart from the rims, these are hardly noticeable changes. The main visual difference is in the lower bumper areas of the front and rear bumpers, which give the vehicle a more stately appearance. Oh, and the Outlander name is now spelled out in black letters on the bow.

The Outlander Black Edition starts at $29,995, which is a pretty good deal considering that items like the panoramic roof and dual-zone climate control aren’t even standard on the more expensive SEL trim. For certain buyers, the Black Edition will hit the mark in terms of options and features.

Mitsubishi joins many other car companies that have released Black Edition versions in their range. It may seem a bit frivolous, but if it brings a few more customers to the table, especially with the option mix, then it has done its job.