It's still the same subcompact crossover underneath, but the updates can't hurt.
The Outlander Sport is one of the most important products that Mitsubishi makes. The subcompact crossover is the Japanese automaker's top seller in the United States, and its third highest-selling model around the world. But the current model has been on the market for nearly a decade now. So it was due for replacement, and that's just what Mitsubishi has revealed today.
Set to mark its debut next month at the Geneva Motor Show, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been thoroughly worked over to keep up in an increasingly competitive market segment.
Also known as the RVR domestically and the ASX in Europe, the updated Outlander Sport has been treated to a rather extensive makeover for the 2020 model year. That much you can tell just by looking at it. Up front is a new interpretation of Mitsubishi's signature Dynamic Shield grille design, capping an underbody skid plate to highlight its visual robustness, and new LED lighting to make it look more current. A similar treatment applies at the back, and there are new colors on offer as well – including the Red Diamond you see here, as well as Sunshine Orange and Oak Brown.
There's a new infotainment system inside with a screen enlarged from seven inches to eight. But that's about the extent of the technical details Mitsubishi has released at this early stage.
We'll have to sit tight to find out more. But for what it's worth, the Diamond Star automaker offers the current Outlander Sport in the United States with a choice of four-cylinder engines: a 2.0 with 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque, or a 2.4 with 168 hp and 167 lb-ft – mated to either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission.