The new Mitsubishi Outlander’s design will be inspired by the Engelberg Tourer Concept shown at Geneva 2019.
At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi unveiled the Engelberg Tourer Concept, a rugged hybrid SUV with a 4WD system derived from the Lancer Evolution. Mitsubishi told us a production version is being considered, but the concept is already inspiring future production models.
AutoExpress reports that the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is getting a radical redesign with styling cues inspired by the Engelberg Tourer Concept. A camouflaged prototype was caught on camera, and the similarities to the concept are immediately noticeable. Like the concept, the new Outlander sports a boxy shape, high-mounted daytime running lights, a flat hood, distinctive three-pronged LED headlights, and a new grille design.
Powertrain details haven't been confirmed yet, but there's a good chance the new Outlander will adopt a new hybrid setup previewed by the Engelberg Tourer Concept, which used a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors delivering an all-electric range of 43 miles on the European WLTP testing standard and a total driving range of over 434 miles fully charged and with a full tank of gas.
This would be an improvement over the current US-spec Outlander PHEV, which uses a 2.0-liter engine and two electric motors to produce a combined 190 hp and an all-electric range of 22 miles. The standard Outlander, on the other hand, is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 166 hp and 162 lb-ft or a 3.0-liter with 224 hp and 215 lb-ft of torque depending on the trim.
AutoExpress didn't obtain any photos of the cabin, but the prototype appeared to feature a new infotainment system replacing the current model's outdated dash-mounted seven-inch touchscreen with a new higher-mounted unit. A fully digital instrument cluster will also likely be included.
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander is expected to arrive sometime in 2020. We're also hoping the Engelberg Tourer Concept will inspire a revival of the rugged Mitsubishi Montero in the US.