The very capable Mitsubishi RVR is a compact SUV that has done rather well in Canada with good sales since its 2010 introduction. For 2017, the RVR has a few minor changes with an attractive new front fascia, new headlights and foglights. There are seven trim levels in the RVR range from a well-equipped base two wheel drive model to a fully loaded All-Wheel Drive model. We tested the just for Canada, new limited edition “Black Edition” model, built on the SE trim that offers such features as well…black (Labrador) paint! Black 18-inch GT wheels, a black grille, a black skid plate, black wheel arches, roof rails as well as other blackout pieces and special badging on the exterior. The Black Edition interior in the RVR offers red contrast detailing with red stitching on the seats, and aluminum pedals. The audio in the Black Edition is also upgraded to a six-speaker audio set up instead of the standard four-speaker system. A 6.5-inch touchscreen display, with smartphone connectivity and access for Apple CarPlay and Android auto functionality is also included
The RVR Black Edition comes with the top tier 2.4-litre L4 engine, which produces 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of Torque. Transmission is via a Sportronic CVT unit linked to an all-wheel control (AWC) powertrain system instead of the base five-speed manual transmission with the entry-level front-wheel-drive models. The AWC system is impressive with a simple button in the centre console that allows for driver selectable standard front-wheel drive, automatic 4WD, or 4WD lock modes depending on terrain surface and condition. An electronic manual mode is available, teamed with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Showcasing a premium, value minded list of features, the RVR is packed with cutting edge entertainment, driver’s aid technologies and advanced safety features. Features such as Active Stability Control (ASC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) are just a few of RVRs premium features. Cabin-wise the RVR has a spacious front interior and enough room in all quarters with a light 1,490-kilo (3,285-lb) curb weight the fuel economy is good with an estimated 10.5 L/100km city, 8.6 highway and 9.6 combined.
All Mitsubishi vehicle’s come with the best comprehensive warranties available. 10-year/160,000 km Powertrain Limited Warranty, 10-year/160,000 km New Vehicle Limited Warranty and a 10-year/Unlimited km Roadside Assistance. The Black Edition is also very attractive with its special features, if you are looking for something unique. Highly recommended.
2017 Mitsubishi RVR “Black Edition” priced from $28,698 plus fees and taxes