The Japanese automaker’s lineup of SUVs for Europe has been pretty stall lately – with the new Outlander and the very old ASX fulfilling the roles, but there’s a new entry coming soon.
According to the rumor mill, the new model might be presented as soon as this March, during the Geneva Motor Show, and will compete in the most desirable SUV segment – the compact roster occupied by Nissan’s top selling Qashqai. Mitsubishi is looking to capitalize on the market’s trends and wants to have a full range of SUVs to take advantage of the booming sales. Apparently the new model will be setting itself apart with coupe-inspired styling and a more expressive design than what we’re used to from Mitsubishi. While the automaker has almost always followed the more utilitarian path, a change is in the air after hiring back in 2014 Tsunehiro Kunimoto, previously a designer for four decades at Nissan.
The company is now looking at Land Rover for its SUVs, seeing the legendary off-road producer as a successful endeavor in delivering both rugged and stylish models. According to the rumor mill, the model will be inspired by the XR-PHEV concept from 2013, which was upgraded for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. At 4.49m long, 1.89m wide and 1.62m high, the concept was also in between the ASX and Outlander, and came with a new take on the corporate grille – expected to become the foundation of all SUV designs from now on.