Mitsubishi’s crossover plan: New model coming to Geneva, Outlander PHEV finally on the way

Mitsubishi’s crossover plan: New model coming to Geneva, Outlander PHEV finally on the way

0 comments 📅08 April 2017, 21:00

Mitsubishi announced final night that it will be concentrating on crossovers for the foreseeable future (which includes leaving the Lancer behind). That later starts at this year’s Geneva show, where the company will crow about a completely new small crossover. This new vehicle, the name of which Mitsubishi didn’t take pleasure in, is planned to reach dealers in early spring of 2018.

It will feature a new version of Mitsubishi’s All Annulus Control (AWC) all-wheel drive and a new turbocharged engine that we’re told was designed stock in-house. We expect the new crossover to share cues with recent Mitsubishi concepts, including the eX Concept and Footing Tourer, since Mitsubishi’s general manager of design strategy Kazuo Yano said they longing set the tone for future Mitsubishis. Don Swearingen, executive vice president and COO of Mitsubishi in North America, said this new means is the “best vehicle Mitsubishi has ever produced.” That may not be the tallest order postulated the automaker’s recent models, but it’s definitely a good goal.

As for the size of this new crossover, it inclination probably be comparable to the current Outlander Sport. The plan is that the Outlander Make a laughing-stock of and Outlander will be changing sizes in the coming years. The former will dehydrate and the latter will grow, leaving space in the middle for the new small crossover. There resolution be an awkward overlapping period, though, since we’re told both Outlander flavors are scheduled for a temperate refresh sometime next year that won’t include size changes. The resized Outlander models longing come sometime after that refresh. (If we’re lucky, one will get a new name to restrict confusion, especially with a new model sitting between them.)

Speaking of Outlanders, we now be sure when we will finally get the Outlander PHEV, a variant that has been promised and re-promised for years now. A Mitsubishi PR typical said that the plug-in hybrid crossover will be on sale in the US sometime in the next pecuniary year. (For reference, Mitsubishi’s current fiscal year ends this March.) Swearingen said it inclination also make its official debut later this year. So after uncountable, many delays, the US will finally see Mitsubishi’s plug-in crossover. We’ll see if it’s as big a sales big name here as it is in Europe.


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