NEW FOR 2012:

- New GT Premium Package
- New wheel and wheel cover designs
- Improved seat fabric on side bolsters
- GT AWC adds chrome HVAC and 4WD dials
- CVT transmission adds ECO mode indicator; five-speed manual adds gearshift mode indicator

An all-new model for 2011, the Mitsubishi RVR undergoes some trim changes for 2012. A new optional Premium Package on the GT AWC adds leather seats, power driver’s seat, 40-GB hard disc-drive navigation system with music server and Real-Time Traffic information (replacing the six-CD stereo), Diamond Lane Guidance System, rearview camera and auto-dimming rearview mirror. The ES and GT receive new wheel and wheel cover designs and the seat upholstery is upgraded.

The RVR, which is sold in the U.S. as the Outlander Sport, uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. In front-wheel drive, it comes with a five-speed manual transmission that can be optioned to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In all-wheel drive, it uses the CVT exclusively.

Trim levels are the ES, in front-wheel drive; the SE, in front- or all-wheel drive; and the GT, in all-wheel drive only.

Features on the ES include 16-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, CD/MP3 stereo, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry, power mirrors, multi-information display, heated cloth seats, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, illuminated glovebox, auto-off headlamps, driver’s knee airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, anti-theft alarm system, body-colour door handles, floor mats, cargo cover, and cruise control.

The SE models add 16-inch alloy wheels, reclining rear seats, rear privacy glass, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity with streaming audio and voice control, USB port, and fog lamps.

The GT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control system, premium six-CD/MP3 Rockford Fosgate Punch sound system with subwoofer, Sirius satellite radio, panoramic sunroof, roof rails, colour multi-information display, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, proximity key with pushbutton start, automatic super-wide xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, premium cloth seats, rear seat armrest, chrome grille surround, chrome exhaust tip, and hill start assist.

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