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All of its vehicles are getting significant makeovers in the next year or so.
BY JAKE LINGEMAN
JUL 29, 2020
mitsubishi motors to launch lineup of all new vehicles
Earlier this year we heard that Mitsubishi might be dialing back its presence in the U.S. while focusing on “megamarkets” like Europe and China. On the contrary, the automaker is going for a reboot. Three of its vehicles are getting a heavy revamp and we’ll see the next-gen Outlander SUV, all in the next year or so. The product onslaught begins this winter with a mechanically revised Outlander PHEV. Next comes a new Mirage for the U.S. mirroring the updates in other markets. Then in spring, 2021 we’ll see a new Eclipse Cross. Finally, in the second quarter 2021 we’ll see the new Outlander.
The Outlander Plug-In electric vehicle gets a new powertrain with increased displacement and more power, and with a larger electric-drive system with more EV range. We asked Mitsubishi for exact specs, a spokesperson declined, but we know it’s more than the 117-hp, 137 lb-ft 2.0-liter engine and 80-hp, 101 lb-ft electric motor provides now. If we look to the European model, normally a good gauge, it has Mitsubishi’s 2.4-liter Atkinson engine making 133 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque and an 83-mph top speed in EV mode. Today's U.S. Outlander PHEV gets only 25 miles of EV range, so we expect the new one to best that. It goes on sale this winter.
The Mirage, you remember as the tiny four-door runabout we’ve damned with faint praise, gets an extensive redesign, seen in the picture above. It continues as the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-fueled vehicle in the U.S. It’s going to be better equipped, says Mitsubishi, and it will stay around the same super low price. It’s the second-cheapest vehicle in the U.S., behind the Chevrolet Spark. The new one comes early in 2021.
The wild-looking but fine-driving Eclipse Cross gets major changes to the front and rear. It should be a bit less polarizing, but still stand out in a crowd from the Toyota Rav4s and Honda CR-Vs of the world. There’s also a new infotainment system, which was one of the earlier complaints. The Eclipse Cross goes on sale early in 2021 as well, as a 2022 model year vehicle.
The next-gen Outlander goes on sale in the second quarter next year as a 2022 model. It is going to be both bigger and quieter, says Mitsubishi, and the “best-equipped Mitsubishi ever sold in the U.S.” Completely reimagined in every way, it will follow the company’s new design language, so expect it to look like a big, tough, SUV Mirage with four wheel drive. The interior gets new tech as well, and by the way, every Mitsubishi now comes standard with forward collision warning and pedestrian detection.
We’ll learn more about all of these vehicles in the coming months, with a global reveal of the new Outlander coming in 2021.