Mitsubishi’s next-generation twin to the Nissan X-Trail has been outed.
The new 2022 Outlander has been leaked by All Car News on Instagram, revealing its bigger body and sharp new look.
CarExpert understands the car will be revealed in the first quarter of 2021, and should arrive Down Under in September or October.
The current Outlander has been on sale since 2012, although it received a significant facelift in 2015, and has had its equipment levels constantly revised throughout its life.
The new model is strongly inspired by the Engelberg Tourer concept (below) revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show.
It will pack more active safety features than the current model, and autonomous emergency braking will be standard across the range.
Under the skin, the Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi built on the latest Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance SUV platform, likely the same one underpinning the latest Nissan X-Trail.
Details about the engines haven’t yet been confirmed, but the range-topping Outlander PHEV is expected to feature a larger battery than the current plug-in hybrid model, extending all-electric range from 50km to around 70km.
The Engelberg Tourer concept had a dual-motor electric drive system, but Mitsubishi hasn’t confirmed whether that will make its way into the production car.
The current Outlander is approaching the end of its life, but it’s still the third-best selling Mitsubishi in Australia, with 10,633 sold to date in 2020.
It’s the fifth-best seller in the fiercely competitive mid-sized SUV class, narrowly behind the Subaru Forester.