Mitsubishi Shows Crossover, Confirms Small Car Coming to U.S.

By Editors on December 7, 2009 12:43 PM

Seeking new ways to broaden and strengthen its small-vehicle lineup here in America, Mitsubishi has offered a bit clearer look at the new compact crossover it plans to bring here for the 2011 model year and formally confirmed that it will market a U.S. version of its upcoming global small car. The crossover -- which Mitsu will call the RVR in Japan but sell here as the Outlander Sport -- is based on the original Concept cX that was first displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Save for some tidied-up detailing, this latest computer-generated rendering indicates that the production vehicle will retain all of the concepts key styling elements. Mechanically, this five-passenger crossover will share platform architecture with the Lancer family, have a 2.0-liter MIVEC four-cylinder engine and come in front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

In his wide-ranging speech at the L.A. Auto Show, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation President Osamu Masuko also indicated for the first time that that we'll be getting our own version of this new "global small car" about a year or so later. He offered no other details about the vehicle, which will be slightly smaller than the home-market Colt it replaces and be powered by a 1.2-1.4 liter gasoline engine. As for even more eco-friendly offerings, Masuko said the automaker still plans to bring its first EV to America by 2011, a vehicle likely to be based on the i-MiEV now undergoing field testing here. However, in an interview last October with Automotive News, Mitsu's chief exec said the firm would create both a plug-in hybrid and pure EV versions of the new global small car by 2013, greener variations on the theme that could easily be created in U.S. spec, as well.

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