We’ve written extensively about the Mitsubishi Outlander and its capabilities on this blog. Today we’re going to look at where the Outlander is made. This seems to be a straightforward question, but this car consists of many components (engine, transmission, tires, etc.) made in different parts of the world. Let’s start with a quick answer:
The Outlander that’s sold in the USA is assembled in Okazaki or Sakahogi, Japan. The engines used are primarily made by Mitsubishi themselves in Shiga, Japan, whereas the transmissions are mainly produced in Fuji, Japan. The Outlander uses Nexen tires which are made in South Korea or China.
However, that certainly doesn’t answer the question entirely. Below, we’ll first dive into detail about the assembly location. After, that we’ll give you the complete rundown of where the engines are made, and we’ll do the same for all transmissions used in this vehicle. Finally, we’ll talk about how to identify which tires you have and where they are manufactured precisely. Read on!
Assembly Locations Per Generation
The first generation of the Outlander was manufactured between 2003 – 2006, although the car was also sold under the name Airtrek and manufactured between 2001 – 2008. This generation of the Outlander was assembled in Okazaki, Japan, at the Nagoya Plant that the Mitsubishi Motor Corporation owns.
Production of the second-generation Outlander, sold between 2007 – 2013, also took place in Okazaki, Japan. However, there were also other assembly locations such as Born, Netherlands; Kaluga, Russia; and Taoyuan, Taiwan.
At this point, the Outlander had become an ongoing success for Mitsubishi. Therefore the assembly locations were once again expanded. Assembly locations for the third generation, made between 2013 – present, include Okazaki or Sakahogi, Japan; Changsha, China; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kaluga, Russia; Taoyuan, Taiwan; Laem Chabang, Thailand, and Dĩ An, Bình Dương in Vietnam.
Mitsubishi themselves has made most engines that are placed in the Outlander throughout the generations. The first generation of the Outlander used a 4G63/4G63T/4G69/4G64 and the second generation used a 4B11, 4B12, 4N1 (diesel), or 6B31 engines which were all made by Mitsubishi in Shiga, Japan.
For the second generation, a 2.0 VW TDI and 2.2 PSA DW12 were also an option. Volkswagen made the VW TDI in either Gyor, Hungary, or Salzgitter, Germany. the PSA DW12 is made in either Tremery and Douvrin, France or Szentgotthard, Hungary.
The third generation once again used only engines that Mitsubishi made in Shiga, Japan. These include the 4J11, 4B12, 4J12, 6B31, 4B11 or 4N14. However, engines for this generation meant for the Chinese Outlander are made in Hunan, China, since Mitsubishi built a powertrain plant there in 2017.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has used many different transmissions throughout its generations. However, the majority of them are made by JATCO. JATCO is a Japanese transmission manufacturer that is co-owned by Nissan and Mitsubishi. The company has manufacturing plants in Fuji, Japan; Aguascalientes, Mexico; Guangzhou, China; and Chon Buri, Thailand. It’s safe to assume that most Outlander transmissions have been made here.
The only exceptions to this are the 6-speed twin-clutch SST automatic used in the second generation of the Outlander and made by Getrag, which is based in Untergruppenbach, Germany but has 13 manufacturing plants over the world. The other exception is the GKN Multi-Mode eTransmission which is used for the PHEV in the third generation. This transmission is made by GKN, headquartered in London, England but has 51 manufacturing locations around the globe.
According to the owner’s manual of the Outlander, Mitsubishi suggests that you should use Nexen P225/55 R18 tires. Nexen is a South Korean tire manufacturer that isn’t as large as other tire manufacturers. Currently, Nexen has three manufacturing locations in Yangsan or Seoul, South Korea, or Qingdao, China. Therefore, it’s highly likely that tires for the Outlander are made in these locations.
Is The Outlander American-Made?
The Outlander is not American-made because the assembly for the American market happens in Okazaki or Sakahogi, Japan. Furthermore, its engines are mainly made in Shiga, Japan, whereas the transmissions are made in Japan, Mexico, China, or Thailand. Finally, the tires are made in South Korea or China, making this an Asian-made car for the most part.