Mitsubishi is doing a lot of things at the Geneva Auto Show including a refreshed Mitsubishi RVR.
The 2020 Mitsubishi RVR isn’t a brand-new model nor is it a complete redesign. It’s a mild refresh of one of the first subcompact SUVs to be offered in North America.
Called the ASX in other markets, the new RVR gets a new front grille and bumper that copies the Outlander PHEV, a more rounded side and rear profile, LED taillights, and new color options.
Powering the 2020 Mitsubishi RVR is the same 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine options found on the current model. The first is good for 148 horsepower while the second develops 168 horsepower and 167 pound-feet of torque. The RVR’s advanced AWC all-wheel drive with manually-controlled torque distribution will also be included. A front-wheel drive version will be standard.
The new RVR is a timid evolution of a model that faces some fierce competition. When the model first arrived in North America, it has very little rivals. Today, every major automaker has a small entry-level SUV and Mitsubishi will need to make a bigger splash to stay competitive. On the other hand, the 2020 RVR may be enough to keep consumers occupied until a new generation shows up, maybe with a plug-in hybrid powertrain?
Check out our complete coverage of the 2020 Mitsubishi RVR. In the meantime, here’s a picture gallery from the floor of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.