Dubbing it a game changer, Mitsubishi
Motors Corporation has released the first official sketch of its upcoming Outlander Sport crossover
. As expected, the production version of this "baby" Outlander maintains virtually all of the keys styling elements originally seen in the Concept-cX, a de facto if slightly smaller prototype displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Mitsu says its upcoming five-passenger Outlander Sport will further support the automaker's "strategic shift from being an SUV-focused producer to becoming a provider of environment-friendly passenger cars and crossovers
while maintaining a presence in the "authentic off-roader" segment." Somehow, we suspect that authenticity level will leave this cleaner and greener newcomer a bit short of being fully capable of attacking the Rubicon Trail, but if it can match the market acceptance enjoyed by the current Outlander, the M Team should be delighted. The Outlander Sport will make its market debut in Japan next February and arrive here sometime later in the year. As previously revealed, it will draw heavily on the existing Lancer/Outlander platform elements, use Mitsubishi's 2.0-liter MIVEC four-cylinder engine and is almost certain to offer both standard front-drive and optional all-wheel-drive configurations.