• Sep 15, 2008
Mitsubishi's new trapezoidal grille design is spreading throughout the lineup, and the Outlander looks to be the next vehicle that gets struck with the corporate underbite. At least now the Lancer won't be the only Mitsu wearing a grille cribbed from the '57 Chrysler 300. The new front fascia will include angry-eye headlamps and appears to be the only external change to the Outlander during its mid-cycle freshening. A gaggle of engineers were rumored to be fussing over the cars that spy photogs snagged in the Western US desert, which may mean powertrain changes. Can we cast our vote for an Evo powertrain under the new sheetmetal?
[Source: World Car Fans]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Lancer face may not be the best out there, but anything's better than the generic facia worn by the current Outlander. I wish they'd give their crossover a manual transmission option while they're at it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you compare to luxury crossovers then it might be true, but tell me which one doesn't have generic facia? Rav4? Rogue? CRV? SantaFe? etc... they look pretty boring to me and Outlander is the only one that stands out
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this can only be a good thing for the Outlander. It's so boring right now.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Looks better than the Honda CRV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what this will look like when it's production ready nose is on?
      Putting French noses on it works for it as is done in Europe with Citroen and Peugeot.
      But will the not ment to be pretty, just ment to look agressive nose of the Lancer look good on what I feel is the nicest looking CUV on the market?
      I hope so.
      Honestly, I prefer the styling of the current generation of Outlook to the VAST majority of other CUV's on the market. Somewhere like 95%.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Powertrain options will include the new 2.2l 4-cylinder clean diesel Mitsubishi developed with the help of Mitsubishi Heavy. Why else would engineers be testing an existing model in the U.S.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully they fix road noise/wind noise in this new version. It's terrible on the old version. That was my only complaint with the last version. It had great options, great powertrain, got decent MPG and had plenty of room inside. I like the Lancer face, hopefully it looks good on the outlander.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How many times are they gonna reuse the Lancer's face/grille?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I heard its getting a turbo 2.4L...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sooo... does Mitsubishi have ANY plans for the aged Mitsubishi Endeavor that's been around since like 2002 unchanged?
        • 6 Years Ago
        You'll have to ask Chrysler about that one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How many times is Dodge going to use a cross hair grille for their vehicles, and how many times is Pontiac giong to use the split grille design on all their vehicles? What about Audi, Mercedes and Aston Martin?

      Automotive companies like to make their cars recognisable, giving their cars a similar grille design is Mitsubishi's way of doing this and they're not alone.

        • 6 Years Ago
        That was meant to be in reply to hankfidel... I'll learn to click the right button next time.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the Outlander, it looks fantastic, is pretty quick, and has a damn good sound system, but I have doubts as to whether the new grill might look a bit badly scaled, like the Concept-cX
      http://www.netcarshow.com/mitsubishi/2007-concept-cx/

      It just doesn't look that right, like it does on the Evos...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dude, it doesn't even look right on the Evo's...... you seen one in the flesh before? It photographs better than it is in real life, I'm afraid.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. the huge grille on that concept dwarfed the actual vehicle. It's like they ran out of paint and forgot the front end.
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