Mitsubishi Outlander Hurry to Replace

The next generation of the Japanese SUV may appear already in 2020, its design will resemble the concept car Engelberg Tourer, and tests are carried out in the USA.

Recently, in Michigan, autoparastsi collided with mysterious tests of the prototype of an SUV in camouflage. The experts took some time to understand what was the next generation Mitsubishi Outlander.

The key factors confused by specialists were a non-standard arrangement of the front headlights, an unusual edging of the radiator grille and the shape of the rear lights, which are taken directly from the recent concept car Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer.

From the proportions of this prototype it is clear that the next Outlander will increase significantly in size. He currently offers up to seven seats, but the new model looks more and, probably, will receive a much greater third row of seats.

Dimensions of the test car are comparable to Honda Pilot or Hyundai Santa Fe.

As soon as the new Outlander becomes serial, the crossover Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be the youngest model in the Japanese brand line, we told about

In turn, Outlander Sport will be gently fit into the compact space, and this Outlander will become a middle SUV in the model range.

But the riddle that will be solved only after the start of production of the new generation Outlander. What platform can this car be built on? There are two answers.

The first is that this new Outlander will be based on a new platform borrowed from the new Eclipse Cross. Accordingly, there is a possibility that 1,5-liter row four-cylinder turbocharging engine will be proposed as a base engine, it can also be installed by the V6 engine and a hybrid power plant.

The second option is that the new Outlander, since Mitsubishi recently joined the «friendly» family of the French-Japanese Renault-Nissan Alliance, can be built on the Nissan X-Trail platform. And then the set of engines in the novelty may be somewhat different. And the rallying of this dilemma will become clear after the mass production of the new Outlander in Russia begins in Russia. If the production of Mitsubishi Outlander will begin in St. Petersburg at the Nissan Manufechchuring Rus plant, then the crossover moved to the new «Nissanovskaya» trolley. And if it continues to be released on a joint venture company of PSMA in Kaluga, then the basis is probably the platform from Eclipse Cross.