Mitsubishi unveiled a mild mid-cycle refresh of the Outlander Sport at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Most of the changes are to exterior styling, with calibration changes to the CVT transmission and rear suspension.
The biggest news was actually the announcement that production of the Outlander Sport will move from Japan to Mitsubishi's Normal, Illinois plant starting in July 2012. The Illinois plant will not just supply the model to the U.S. but to international markets as well. Aside from the production move, the changes are relatively minor.
The front fascia of the Outlander Sport is revised with a new grille, front bumper section, and fog lamp design. The rear bumper is also revised, and the side sills are now black to match the lower sections of the front and rear bumpers. 18-inch wheels are now standard on all trim levels of the Outlander Sport.
On the inside, there are new interior fabrics, a new chrome accent molding on the front doors, and a a new All Wheel Control push-button switch.
Mechanical changes are limited to the CVT calibration and a revised multi-link rear suspension for greater ride comfort and handling. White Pearl and Quick Silver are new paint colors for 2013. The 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder carries over from 2012, and still offers a 31 mpg highway rating.