An all-new generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander will soon debut.
The Eclipse Cross gets styling and interior enhancements for the 2022 model year.
The Mitsubishi Mirage benefits from a design refresh and new active safety features.
After many years dealing with a pruned and aging U.S. and Canadian lineup, Mitsubishi is about to launch some new products in the North American market. The Japanese brand is also preparing its transition to a more elaborate electrified lineup.
Like many automakers, Mitsubishi is now focusing on a utility vehicle lineup, although it’s still offering one passenger car in its lineup in both countries. Here’s what to expect from the Mitsubishi brand in 2021.
The biggest news is that an all-new Mitsubishi Outlander will be revealed within a few weeks. Riding on a new platform reportedly shared with the Nissan Rogue, the Outlander should once again be offered in five- and seven-passenger seating layouts, and will get a new exterior design with a wider, more imposing stance. The new Outlander will arrive in the second quarter of 2021 as a 2022 model.
Meanwhile, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will soldier one for at least one more year in its current form. However, it will receive an upgraded powertrain with a 2.4L engine (up from 2.0L), a slightly bigger battery pack and an expected increase in driving range.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has recently been unveiled, and will go on sale in February 2021. It boasts new front- and rear-end styling in addition to new interior trim and a revised infotainment system. The Eclipse Cross will keep its 152-horsepower, turbocharged 1.5L inline-four and continuously variable automatic powertrain, matched to a front-wheel drivetrain as standard in the U.S., while AWD is optional—but standard in Canada.
There are rumours currently swirling around that an all-new, fully electric performance crossover could be revealed sometime in 2021. Its styling would draw inspiration from the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept, and could ride on the upcoming Nissan Ariya’s EV architecture.
After a significant refresh for the 2020 model year, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport/RVR rolls into 2021 with more standard active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. In addition, the Outlander Sport in the U.S. gets a new Limited Edition trim with black exterior trim and red interior stitching, while the Black Edition gets extra trim elements. The Outlander Sport/RVR is equipped with a 148-horsepower, 2.0L inline-four engine or a 168-horsepower, 2.4L four, matched to a front- or all-wheel drivetrain.
The only passenger car left in the brand’s lineup is the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage, which receives enhancements for the 2021 model year. The city car, available in hatchback form in both the United States and Canada, while the sedan is now limited to the U.S. market, receives restyled front and rear fascias, two new paint colours, new 15-inch alloy wheels, a revised interior with new fabric trim as well as an available seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning and automatic high beams are now offered as well. The Mirage keeps its 1.2L inline-three engine that develops 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque, matched to a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic.