Introduced way back in 2001 as the production version of the Mitsubishi ASX concept vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the Japanese company’s first forays into the compact crossover SUV market segment.
So like the others in its class, the Outlander has high ground clearance, has significantly more interior space than a sedan, and some models even have all-wheel drive. While having all those aforementioned characteristics, crossover SUVs are not as bulky as a full-size or mid-size SUV.
Mitsubishi Outlander was one of the Japanese company’s first forays into the compact crossover SUV market
So while Americans indeed love these kinds of cars, we Filipinos also can’t get enough of them. They’re large enough to fit our kids while small enough for maneuvering in our tight city roads.
Initially, the Mitsubishi Outlander was actually available here in the Philippines as is evident from its numerous used car listings found on our Mitsubishi Outlander for sale section. But alas, while having newer models and even a hybrid version in other countries, the Outlander was indeed dropped for the Philippine market back in 2008. It was indeed replaced by the
So what’s in store for this sought after Mitsubishi model?
A couple of days ago, the prototype of the next-generation, 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander was seen undergoing some road tests in Michigan. As to what kind of tests exactly, we do not know.
According to the witnesses, they didn’t even recognize right away that this camouflaged vehicle was indeed the 2021 Outlander because not much news about it was brought out into the forefront beforehand.
Just from this shot alone, we can plainly see that the 2021 Outlander has indeed grown in size. [Photo Source: Motor1]
Based also on another concept vehicle called the Engelberg Tourer concept, the upcoming next-generation Outlander is now larger to the point that a production version will be able to compete with the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe.
As for engines, all we know about this part is that it might come with the turbocharged, 1.5-liter gasoline 4B40 Inline-4 engine from the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
On the Eclipse Cross’s current model, the engine makes around 153 horsepower but on the Outlander, the engine might be tuned to make more considering its size. There’s also a more powerful hybrid version that is rumored to come with a 2.4-liter engine.
As for its looks, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander looks like a tougher, much more angular version of the Engelber Tourer Concept. The camouflage, however, hides much of the finer details when it comes to the design, so let’s just wait until around the fourth quarter of 2020, at least in the United States.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander's rear and front end compared to the Engelberg Tourer Concept [Photo Source: Motor1]
If ever the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander gets released here in the Philippines, Philkotse.com will definitely be talking about it. So if you don’t want to miss this crossover SUV’s potentially brilliant, please keep yourself updated without the latest car news.
The 2021 Outlander's design displays more angular edges than its predecessor. [Photo source: Motor1]