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Mitsubishi teases new SUV for Geneva intro

Company says model will enhance stable alongside Outlander and RVR

Published: January 24, 2017, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 28, 2017, 4:55 AM

New Mitsubishi compact SUV

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV-II Concept

Mitsubishi is readying its new compact sport utility for a Geneva International Motor Show introduction and the released teaser image shows a sleek profile and sharp edges.

The profile is similar to that of the XR-PHEV II Concept introduced at the 2015 Geneva show, with the visible differences being the headlight and taillight designs — the concept had rear composite lenses, which look as if they’ve been replaced on the show car by more traditional designs (possibly with bright surrounds, too), and the front lights also look more traditional in the way they wraparound to the fenders (whereas the concept had dual projector bulbs with mostly just trimwork up the side).

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV-II Concept

The side contours and creases look similar between the concept and show car, as does the roofline that trails off in a high-mounted spoiler. The beltline seems lower and he glass space larger. It also seems to ride on smaller wheels, with the result of a lower floor and reduced ground clearance.

At the time of its introduction, the concept was thought to point toward the new Outlander Sport (RVR in Canada), but the Mitsubishi release claims the new SUV will be added to the lineup alongside the Outlander and the ASX (another name for RVR and Outlander Sport) to broaden the maker’s SUV model range.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV-II Concept

The lowered body could point to a new direction for the Lancer Sportback, whose current generation has a similar profile and could benefit from a change in marketing from being a hatchback to becoming a crossover.

Also, outside of a couple markets, the latest generation Lancer Sportback has not been available in Europe, so that would give the continent the new model to market alongside the ASX and Outlander.

Not much else is known about the car. Engines and features will be divulged as the yet-unnamed utility vehicle gets closer to launch, expected to be sometime in the fall.