Next-generation 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV teased

The fourth-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will make its official debut in February next year, but we’re still unsure whether it’ll make it to the UK

Mitsubishi has teased the next-generation version of the Outlander. The next version of the Japanese brand’s ever-popular SUV will go on sale early in 2021 in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, but after Mitsubishi’s recent decision to pull out of the UK market, there’s still some contention over whether it’ll make it to Britain.

SsangYong is currently discussing the possibility of acting as an importer for Mitsubishi, which would give the UK access to the new Outlander in the short-term – but the deal is yet to be finalised. 

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When the new model is officially unveiled, it’ll feature a bold new design language and plug-in hybrid powertrain featuring new battery and electric motor technology. 

The design of the new Mitsubishi Outlander looks remarkably similar to that of the Engelberg Tourer concept from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It shares the same boxy proportions, flat bonnet, high-mounted daytime running lights and C-shaped grille inserts. The front end also carries the latest interpretation of the brand’s ‘dynamic shield’ radiator grille design.

We’re yet to receive any official images of the new Outlander’s cabin, but a look through the windows of our previously spied test mules suggests that the next car will gain a new infotainment system within an updated design. The old car’s dated central screen will be replaced by a new high-mounted unit. Interior quality should also improve over the outgoing model.

Mitsubishi has released little official information on the new Outlander’s powertrain range – but we know the SUV won’t be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain initially. The first examples will likely only be offered with a range of petrol and diesel engines.

Mitsubishi has already confirmed that the PHEV Outlander won’t go on sale until 2022 – and while the firm is yet to nail down any specifics about the new model’s powertrain, we expect it’ll be a revised version of the current car’s system, as previewed by the Engelberg Tourer concept.

The show car featured an updated version of Mitsubishi’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, a pair of electric motors and a larger battery pack than the current Outlander’s 20kWh unit. Performance figures are yet to be confirmed, although Mitsubishi confirmed that the system has a WLTP-verified pure-electric range of 43 miles.

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