By on December 11, 2020

Mitsubishi released a teaser image of the new Outlander on Thursday, making good on the summer promise that it would actually continue designing new vehicles. Unlike the recently refreshed Eclipse Cross, the 2022 Outlander will be an entirely new model.

The brand is promising refined, on-brand exterior styling and some modest changes in the vehicle’s overall dimensions. Outlander is supposed to herald in a new design strategy without looking out of place in the existing lineup. While the teaser was too shadowy to offer much help, some light image manipulation on our part has given us a better sense of what the crossover will look like when its global debut takes place in February.

Following its tragic fall from grace in the early 2000s, Mitsubishi has actually been clawing its way back toward relevance in the United States. The brand has seen stable, but modest, growth since 2013 and may be able to continue that trend if it manages to deliver the kind of products that customers respond to. Traditionally that has been competent, sometimes downright enjoyable, automobiles at an impressively low price. However, its current lineup is a rather bland affair, benefiting mostly from playing the odds of being heavy with crossovers.

The series of new products it has planned is supposed to help change that and make Mitsubishi more competitive across the board. While most of these will be revamping of existing models, the company has hinted that it might be ready to test the waters on entirely new vehicles in a year or two. That would seem to indicate it has something secret in development but it isn’t making a peep on what that might be right now.

Yours truly has his fingers crossed for something akin to the Lancer Evolution or perhaps a more fitting successor to the Eclipse coupe. Stranger things have happened — though it remains unlikely, as neither have much of a chance of becoming high-volume products. At the very least, we should get a sense on the brand’s general trajectory with the 2022 Outlander.

“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 Mitsubishi Motor Corp. Division General Manager of Design Seiji Watanabe. “The all-new Outlander is the first model epitomizing the new generation of Mitsubishi design and the frontrunner of our design strategy.”

[Image: Mitsubishi Motor Corp.]

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24 Comments on “Mitsubishi Teases New Outlander, Schedules Arrival for February...”


  • avatar
    Varezhka

    This will be the Mitsubishi’s first car based on the Nissan CMF-C/D platform, yes?
    I would be interested to see how well or how much they’ll differentiate this from the new Rogue.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      I can’t decide if that is an improvement or not.

      • 0 avatar
        Varezhka

        Probably a lateral step at best, but we can always hope.

        Speaking of which, I wonder how the FCA’s transition to PSA’s EMP1 and 2 platform is going. I was surprised how fast they did it with Opel, even if they didn’t want to pay the platform license cost to GM.

        • 0 avatar
          Lorenzo

          You have to assume PSA was working on it in advance. OTOH, cars today are so similar, it shouldn’t take much to re-skin a model to resemble another. Now it’s Mitsubishi’s task to do that in reverse with the Nissan platform.

  • avatar
    thomasbeagle

    Looks like another case of high-nose syndrome with all its anti-pedestrian ramifications.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    The headlights aren’t up high enough, they should be on the roof.

  • avatar
    techteacher7

    I have owned 6 Mitsubishi products over the years but don’t own one now and won’t in the future. They have all been economical and reliable (if unexciting) vehicles. My biggest fear about buying a new Mitsubishi? There are 2 Mitsubishi dealerships within 20 miles of my office. One currently has 11 new vehicles in stock, and the other has 16. Two years ago, each of them had 80-100 new Mitsubishis in stock. It’s hard to feel confident about buying a new one when it seems there will be no place to get it serviced.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Oh goody, a new Outlander. $99 down $399 a month

  • avatar
    Cicero

    I’m just amazed that Mitsubishi is still selling cars in the U.S. Who knew?

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      2019 sales volume was 209% that of 2012. Maybe only Tesla can claim such a surge.

      Here in western PA, a couple dealers advertise Mitsubishi quite a lot, and one of them is exclusively Mitsubishi. They deserve some kind of reward.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        South Park Mitsubishi?

        • 0 avatar
          gearhead77

          As little as I listen to commercial radio or watch TV, yes. But Shorkey was what came to mind first. And I live 5 minutes from SPM. My sister bought a PHEV Outlander there.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I know Shorkey lost its Suzuki franchise but I thought it had a Jeep/Chrysler one. SP only has a Mitsubishi franchise, I thought for a long time the only way it was staying open was its used car lot, which last I saw was probably 2/3rds of the front line.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    There’s going to be a surge in C8 trade-ins, I assume.

  • avatar
    tane94

    No more v6 and probably cvt. Count me out.

  • avatar
    tane94

    No more v6 and probably cvt. Count me out.

  • avatar
    Dan

    Mitsubishis haven’t been appealing since Montero and Diamondtron.

    This doesn’t seem to change that.

  • avatar
    MKizzy

    There are undisguised photos of the next of the new Outlander all over the internet. Its looks are best described as regrettable.

    https://carbuzz.com/news/leaked-this-is-the-new-mitsubishi-outlander

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I’ve had one Mitsubishi, my sister has had a few and I had a rental Outlander once for a few days. If you’re OK with not getting top of the class but also not paying for it, Mitsubishi’s are decent enough.

    My 04 Lancer Sportback LS (wagon) was a lot queen for a year and I paid 6k under sticker for it new. I used it for business and ran it 77k in 3 years. Never let me down and only the battery was ever replaced under warranty ( likely due to its long time lot presence). It was totaled when I was hit hard from behind.

    But I wasn’t sad to see it go. The seats were awful, especially spending that much time in them. The interior was a mix of quality switchgear and cheap plastic and carpeting. The 2.4 with 4 speed auto was fine with 160hp in a small wagon, but mileage was mediocre, it could barely touch 28 highway. The paint was thin and swirled easily. It was what I needed and I certainly got my money out of it, but it wasn’t particularly enjoyable. It was unique, I think only 5000 Sportbacks made it to the US total. Had I decided to go for the Ralliart model (another $1500) I might have enjoyed it more.

    It was nearly mechanically identical to the first gen Outlander crossover, which probably outsold it by a billion to one, just without AWD or the extra ride height. I won’t totally writeoff Mitsubishi, but they have nothing I want and likely never will again. I sat in a Mirage while my sister looked at her PHEV Outlander and while I can sorta see the attraction, it’s not for me.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I owned a 85 Mitsubishi Mighty Max for 14 years and liked it except for the price and availability of parts. I doubt I would buy another Mitsubishi but maybe I would buy a compact pickup if they were to make one that was reasonably priced and simple. Not holding my breath but that would be the only Mitsubishi that would interest me.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    I think I just saw the Telluride tremble in fear. No wait, that was a giggle.

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    “The Outlander is an iconic SUV for the company” Iconic? Really? That poor word is so overused and misused it’s lost its true meaning.

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