Previously on the ES model came in front-wheel drive, now the previously all-wheel drive only LE, SE and SEL are also offered in a simpler, more affordable two-wheel drive version. A "Special Edition" model fits between LA and SE. The SP is sprinkled with black trim, faux carbon fiber, a large rear spoiler and ground effects.
Heated seats are also standard on LE. Forward collision warning, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Automatic High Beams are now standard on SE and SEL.
Automatic climate control is now standard. The Mirage G4 (sedan) gets a new grille design. Mirage G4 gets a new LE trim, between the ES and SE, the same as Mirage Hatchback.
A new Outlander SP model fits in between LE and SEL; it adds a black hood badge and a sprinkling of blacked out trim along with full body air-effects, including sill extensions, rear spoiler and front air dam.
Front collision monitoring with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning, automatic high beams , automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers are standard on all but Outlander ES, now.
A new power adjustable lumbar support is added to the driver's seat on all models, so are heated front seats.
Adaptive cruise control is now standard on GT (still optional on SEL).
The shape of the second row seating has been enhanced for comfort.
Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, foglights and automatic high beams are now standard. The temporary spare tire is no longer offered, replaced by a repair kit.
A refresh brings an entirely new front appearance: grille, lighting systems and bumpers. LED headlights replace halogen or HIDs. A new hood and front fenders work well with the unchanged doors and rear fenders. A small fake vent at the rear of the front fenders ties in well with the character line on the side. The new look is aggressive and very modern.
The interior also gets spiffied-up, with new materials.
The manual transmnission is no longer offered. #SavetheManuals
The short-lived Outlander Sport LE is gone. Arriving in the 2019 model year, a new Outlander Sport SP fits between ES and SE moldes, adds sporty trim, heated seats and a faux carbon fiber grille. The SP will only be offered for a limited time.
Daytime running lights are now standard on all models. Forward collision warning, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beam, automatic headlights and rain-sensing front wipers are now standard on SE, as well as GT. Heated seats are available on all trims, standard on SP, SE and GT.
A new infotainment system with an 8-inch display is standard in SE, SP and GT models and optional on the ES. It has standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.