Is the start of a comeback from the Japanese automaker?
In case you weren't aware, Mitsubishi is still making vehicles and selling them here in the US. Now, it appears, Mitsubishi is planning to revive sales after spending so long building instantly forgettable crossovers. The new Mitsubishi Outlander has piqued our interest and, ahead of its reveal on February 16, the Japanese automaker has dropped an exciting teaser video. The footage is off the Outlander testing in off-road conditions using Mitsubishi's latest iteration of its Super All-Wheel Control system (S-AWC), which we first saw in the 2007 Lancer Evolution.
"We took everything we know about on- and off-road driving from the rally experiences to apply the latest Super All-Wheel Control technology in our newly developed platform," said Kentaro Honda, segment chief and lead engineer for the Outlander. "We also specifically developed a new drive mode selector to provide confident driving at all times and in all weather conditions."
Given the current popularity of compact off-road capable SUVs and crossovers, leaning into Mitsubishi's rallying and off-road heritage is a good move right now for a halo product. The next generation of Outlander certainly has our attention.
Little is still known about the rest of the upcoming Outlander, but we believe it shares its platform with the new Nissan Rogue. Most likely under the hood will be Nissan's 188-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from the new generation of Rogue, matched to the same CVT. We doubt the S-AWC will be standard, and the base models will be front-wheel-drive. The current generation Outlander is also available as a plug-in hybrid, and we expect the new version to continue the option but with an upgrade from a 2.0 liter to a 2.4-liter gas engine to go with the electric motors.
Mitsubishi has given no indication on pricing yet, but the current Outlander starts at $26,000, and we're sure Mitsubishi will want to continue offering a strong value proposition.