The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander teased in a new image released by the manufacturer.
Bold new design with a prominent Dynamic Shield front fascia.
Bigger outer dimensions should result in greater interior room.
The all-new, next-generation 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will soon make its world debut, but in the meantime, the Japanese automaker has released a teaser shot of its redesigned crossover.
The Outlander will be bigger than before, although by how much is still a mystery. It’s likely to remain a compact-sized vehicle that will continue to rival the Honda CR-V, the Ford Escape, the Nissan Rogue, the Toyota RAV4 and the Hyundai Tucson, among others. On the other hand, we’re expecting a significant difference in overall width, which should result in more interior room.
According to the manufacturer, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander was developed using the Japanese term “I-Fu-Do-Do,” which is supposed to mean “majestic” and “authentic.” The crossover wears an imposing iteration of the brand’s Dynamic Shield front-end styling cue, with bigger U-shaped silver blades than what’s currently found on current products like the Mitsubishi RVR and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. A slim strip of driving lights lines up on each side of the hood, while the headlight projectors are mounted lower in the front fascia.
“The Outlander is an iconic SUV for the company, so when we developed the next generation model, we took inspirations from our rich SUV heritage to realize a bold and confident styling with a solid stance that excites our customers,” said Division General Manager of Design for MMC, Seiji Watanabe. “The all-new Outlander is the first model epitomizing the new generation of Mitsubishi design and the frontrunner of our design strategy.”
The new Outlander is the brand’s first vehicle to share a platform through its alliance with Renault and Nissan, which was established back in 2016. No technical specifications have been announced yet, but given the market segment, it would be surprising to see a six-cylinder engine in the next-generation model. The current Outlander is available with a 166-horsepower, 2.4L four or a 224-hp, 3.0L V6.
There’s also the Outlander PHEV and its plug-in hybrid system that produces approximately 200 horsepower, but we’ll point out here that the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander won’t yet offer a gas-electric variant. Instead, the current-gen Outlander PHEV will soldier on for one model year, maybe two. However, for the 2021 model year, it will benefit from a powertrain upgrade that will likely consist of a 2.4L inline-four engine (up from a 2.0L mill) and a more-powerful rear electric model, for output bump of about 10%. A bigger battery pack will provide greater driving range as well.
Allcarnews recently published spy shots of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander, which pretty much validates the teaser image released by the manufacturer today.
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The next-generation Outlander will be officially revealed in February 2021, and should hit U.S., Canadian and Puerto Rican markets first. The brand also announced refreshed 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage minicar and 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross models, both of which will soon go on sale.