Would you be happy if the new Mitsubishi Outlander looked like this?
At this year's Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi previewed the future design direction of its SUV family with the Engelberg Tourer Concept. We'll see some of these changes applied to the all-new Outlander, which was spied in prototype form for the first time last month. Some of the design elements were hidden under camouflage, but there were enough clues to enable the rendering wizards at Kolesa to show us what the final production version could look like.
The rendered next-generation Outlander sports similar proportions to the current model, but features a split headlight design incorporating slim LED headlights and daytime running lights along with a large Dynamic Shield grille. Like the concept, the rendered Outlander also features a floating rear pillar design and reshaped taillights grace the rear.
Overall, the design doesn't look as radical as the Engelberg Tourer Concept as we would have hoped, although the design lines and grooves added to the side profile give it a more rugged appearance. We'll have to wait for the official reveal to know how accurate these renders are, however.
The new Outlander is expected to ride on the same platform as the Nissan Rogue. Powertrain details are still unknown, but there's a good chance there will be a plug-in hybrid variant since the Engelberg Tourer Concept used a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and two electric motors providing an all-electric range of 43 miles on the European WLTP testing standard and a total driving range of over 434 miles.
For comparison, the Outlander PHEV sold in the US has a 2.0-liter engine and two electric motors to produce a combined 190 hp and an all-electric range of 22 miles. Powertrain options from the standard Outlander could carry over, which offers a choice of 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. Mitsubishi hasn't announced when the new Outlander will be revealed, but it will probably debut next year now that prototypes are being tested.