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Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mitsubishi's Outlander GT Prototype vehicle isn't slated for a reveal until tomorrow morning, but we caught the raced-up crossover lurking uncovered in the darkness as the Japanese automaker was preparing for a run-through of tomorrow's presentation.

As you can plainly see, the concept vehicle is essentially a lowered Outlander that's been given a bit of Evoplasty up front. The new mouth breather look is significantly more aggressive than the current happy-faced model, but changes beyond that are minimal, including OZ split-spoke wheels and a few badges.

While Mitsubishi has yet to announce that this new face will make it to production, the handwriting and spy photos are on the wall for the aggressive new look to become a brand hallmark, what with the recent introduction of the production Lancer Ralliart Sportback sporting a similar front graphic. The fact that this is called a "prototype" and not a concept is a further clue in Mitsu's production intent.

No word yet on what (if any) modifications have been performed under the skin, but a quick peek inside before the press conference rehearsal began seemed to indicate a stock leather-lined interior. We'll keep you in the loop as we learn more, but for now, enjoy the gallery below and the preview press release after the jump.

Photos copyright ©2009 Chris Paukert / Weblogs, Inc


Mitsubishi Motors Provides a Sneak Peek of Outlander GT Prototype

April 2, 2009 -- Cypress, CA --

The centerpiece of Mitsubishi Motors' stand at next week's New York Auto Show will be the Outlander GT Prototype. Building on the success of the current Outlander, this sporty compact CUV will make its World debut on April 9.

Dressed in a premium Diamond white hue, the Outlander GT Prototype showcases a host of new technologies, such as Idle Neutral Logic that automatically shifts the transmission into neutral during vehicle standstill, improved performance and fuel economy from its more powerful 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC V6 engine, and a Super-All-Wheel-Control System offering superior handling and control. Additionally, there is a number of exciting design elements that help distinguish the Outlander GT Prototype, including Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's signature "Jet Fighter" grille.

Full details on the Outlander GT Prototype will be announced at 9:40 a.m. on April 9 at the Mitsubishi Motors press conference and online immediately afterward at www.media.mitsubishicars.com. Teaser images will be available immediately on the same website.

About Mitsubishi Motors North America:
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles, and light trucks through a network of approximately 430 dealers. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I keep telling you guys. The public LOVES big grilles and cartoony-overdone design features. Don't ask me why...I wouldn't buy any of these but the public accounts for about 85% of the market and you know what they say about majorities.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's exactly the same like the Peugeot 4007, and the Citroen C-Crosser.
      Can't they come up with something new?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loving the Evo steering wheel.

      Looks good Mitsu! Projectors with HID should make for a nice look on the road.

      Not sure why people think it looks ugly. Looks pretty damn good to me!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. Looks pretty sick. I'd rock one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I also approve. Now if only they can make the back look as aggressive as the new shnoz.

        It's polarizing, so some people aren't going to like it. There are more than enough vanilla automobiles to choose from already, an injection of character is a welcome change.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not sure which is worse, that dorked up D pillar that never did flow with the other lines of the vehicle or that bizarro grill.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It would only be acceptable if it had an Lancer Evolution engine and AWD system.
      • 6 Years Ago
      6 speed? hopefully not the cvt
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the current outlander has a 6 speed on V6...I dont think they changed the drivetrain too much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, current outlander is V6 with 6 speed auto. This GT looks production ready, most of the parts are identical to my 2008 outlander. New nose, lowered, different wheels, some new body moulding, new steering wheel and leather seats. The rest looks identical to the current outlander.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Turns Outlander to Outlandish.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not looking bad but...did we really needed this "EVO front"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some One Cover That Thing Up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Making all your cars look the SAME is the most boring thing an automaker can do. Yawn.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You must not salivate over Audi or BMW like the rest of the folks on this site then.
        • 6 Years Ago
        To be honest with you i was gonna say "Yawn Mercedes CLK/SL...Yawn X5/X6...3/1 series" i was just too lazy....

        So no, I dont salivate over most of those designs. And even they dont make the front look 90% identical.

        Brothers vs clones man.
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