• Oct 29, 2009
Mitsubishi Compact Crossover - Click above for high-res image

It's been two years since Mitsubishi took the wraps off its Concept-cX crossover at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, but before we see the production version at next year's Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi has released a teaser sketch of its all-new compact CUV.

Aimed at competing with segment stalwarts like the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, the Compact Crossover will be built atop Mitsubishi's new mid-size global architecture with power likely provided by a 1.8-liter turbodiesel channeling around 140 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque through Mitsubishi's Twin-Clutch SST gearbox and all-wheel drive system.

Sales will begin in Japan this February, and we'd expect a petrol-powered version to be released in the States later in 2010. Full details available in the press release below the fold.




PRESS RELEASE

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announces all-new Compact Crossover - Game Changer

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announces today the forthcoming introduction of its all-new on-road Compact Crossover, to be retailed first in Japan from February 2010 onwards.

Derived from the much-acclaimed 2007 Concept-cX show car, it is the latest development of MMC's mid-size global platform ("Project Global").

This most important product will further support Mitsubishi Motors' strategic shift from being an SUV-focused nameplate to a manufacturer of environment-friendly passenger cars & crossovers*, with a presence in the "authentic off-roader" segment** – itself pre-empting structural changes in market demand.

As such – and after i-MiEV – this on-road Compact Crossover will be the Corporation's next game changer towards lower impact vehicles, in their format and/or in the innovative MMC proprietary technologies they will feature.

The European premiere is scheduled for the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like it, but where does it leave the Outlander?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll be interested to see how this turns out. I'd still rather see an Eclipse not aimed at sorority girls though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No... Stop it Mitsu... Focus on making the Eclipse a real sports(sporty) car again. GSX anyone? AWD/Turbo? Your Evo is great, but you pussified the Eclipse from Gen 3 on. Please bring it back... why not compete with Toyoburu and make it a light weight RWD/AWD?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree the Eclipes somewhere along the way somehow got its well "nuts cut off". Sadly we can all agree that someone at Mitsubishi said "Well if we make the Eclipes to fast it will canibalize the Evo sales!". To me they are sooo wrong, Eclipes is a two seater coupe and the Evo is a 4 seater power sedan see the difference? lol

        Also the 3000GT/GTO I still see some around and they still look good and fresh (if taken care of obviously). Mitsubishi tossing in their hat into the ring with a direct competitor to the GTR I'm all for it! Would put them back in the news for something other than another Evo verison release.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly.

        Or maybe something along the lines of a GTO twin turbo? Competing with the GT-R? Just a thought...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm thinking its much more likely an Eclipse built on the Lancer/Outlander platform with turbo and or AWD will appear for gen 5. A GTO/3000GT rebirth is highly unlikely IMO.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Outlander already competes with the RAV4 and CR-V. Rather well too. If anything this is a design study for the vehicle that will replace the Outlander in 3 years.

      I don't get the comment that Mitsubishi needs to fix thier oil buring engines. I've had a 2000 V6 Eclipse, 2005 Lancer Ralliart, and a 2008 Lancer GTS. None of them burned oil.

      I now average 32 MPG mixed in my GTS and run Mobil1 with a K&N 10,000 mile oil filter. I'm at 9500 miles since my last oil change and the oil level hasn't dropped at all and it is still clean. I chalk that up to the aluminum 4B11.

      Mitsubishi may have some problems and the interiors aren't up to snuff but there isn't anything bad you can say about their engines. Many of the problem engines were ones sourced from Chrysler. That is why the 08 GTS is far superior to the 09 and 2010 models. The 4B11 engine is underated and really makes the same power as the 2.4L Chrysler sourced engine.

      I just wish they would have used a metal valve cover and intake manifold to lower enigne noise.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously... how many more vehicles can they tack the Evo face onto?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        mitsubishi is adapting the aston martin school of design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... well... as they tacked it to an A3, i'm guessing tons as they're now just tacking it on other carmaker's cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice sketch, very stylish. Looks better than the restyled Outlander. The '06-'08 Outlander looks better IMO. This one the Evo looking grill works... but then again sketches usually looks better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is NOT a CR-V or RAV4 competitor as AB says...

      Think of it as a Mitsubishi Colt CUV. It will be smaller than the Outlander.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I assume this replaces the Outlander.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see Mitsu still trying!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Keyword: Trying.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a mouse or a rat on wheels..depending on the size. Just add some buck teeth and you're off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "we'd expect a petrol-powered version to be released in the States later in 2010."

      Or they could grow a pair and bring over the diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone have an Evo these days? I'm wondering if they even have an option for a clear bra. :) There's very little front surface that needs chip protection.


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