• Dec 3rd 2009 at 10:29AM
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Mitsubishi is dusting off and old name for its new compact crossover. The new RVR that will be released in Japan next spring is nothing like past Mitsus wearing the moniker, a model we knew here as the Expo LRV. The RVR shares the Mitsu family's nose and physique, though the compact body is being described by officials as lightweight.

When it launches in Japan, the RVR will carry a 1.8 liter four-cylinder, and the MIVEC engine figures to keep the appetite for fuel in check. Mitsubishi is staggering the RVR's rollout, so its spring 2010 arrival in Japanese showrooms will be first, but North American sales are promised eventually. From where we sit, the RVR and Colt are two bits of triple-diamond excitement to look forward to in the coming year, especially if the company goes all Ralliart-crazy on both. Official press release posted after the jump.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


Mitsubishi Motors Corporation All-New Compact Crossover to Be Named "RVR" in Japan

Vehicle to Go On Sale in Japan Next Spring
Wed, Dec 02, 2009 - TOKYO, Japan -

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has decided to name its all-new compact crossover the RVR. This all-new compact crossover is planned for sequential release globally, and will be first released in Japan next spring.

The all-new RVR is a compact crossover that provides high environmental efficiency and has a compact body while providing ample utility space and high performance.

The RVR will be fitted with an all-new 1.8L MIVEC petrol engine, and will be approximately 4.3 meters in length, featuring high fuel efficiency via its lightweight compact body. With the RVR, MMC expands its crossover lineup, which already includes the full-size Pajero, and the mid-size Outlander.

This new compact crossover will be released globally, including North America, Europe, and Asian regions including China.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Montero works for me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      how about Angry Guinea Pig
        • 5 Years Ago
        It could be called the Mitsubishi Morumotto... which is Japanese for guinea pig :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is it? Behind the Q5? ohhhh.... i see. I kid, looks really good!
      • 5 Years Ago

      'Deck the halls with boughs of horry,
      Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra!'
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably called CRAP!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lots of Chinese language sites are reporting these specs, from "Autonet":

      Length 4295mm
      Width 1770 mm
      Height 1615mm
      Wheelbase 2670mm
      Min. height from ground 195mm
      Interior Length 1865mm
      Interior Width 1480mm
      Interior Height (mm) 1260
      Cargo capacity (L) 419
      minimum turning radius (m) 5.3
      Body Weight (kg) 1360
      Engine Type Water-cooled inline four-cylinder DOHC MIVEC
      Displacement (cc) 1798
      Maximum horsepower (hp / rpm) 139 / 6000
      Maximum torque (kgm / rpm) 17.5/4200 10/15 MODE
      Fuel consumption (km / L) 15.2 (2WD) / 15.0 (4WD)
      Transmission system CVT
      Tire Size 215/65R16
      Autonet News (01/04/2010)

      eg see http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201001/87939.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like what the Caliber should have been... also kind of reminds me of a less expensive SRX
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Daimler tried to merge the compact car and CUV into a vehicle that didn't work for either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do not know how Mitsubishi will cal this SUV but, I will call it UGLY!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Sproutlander.
      • 5 Years Ago
      yep, step by step the job of the straggling 2 US automakers (ford is doing ok , i guess) is getting more and more difficult. See, even Mitsu is planning to bring more players into the market .... and the 40K Volt will save .... nothing. absolutely nothing! Despite the last months' sales figures for GM ...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gotta admire Mitsubishi for sticking it out in the NA market.

      Sales are beyond terrible. The Galant is perhaps the only midsize sedan that's worse than the Sebring/Avenger. The Endeavor is about as invisible these days as the Isuzu Ascender was 5 years ago. The Outlander is only decent. And the Eclipse is okay, but very much overweight. The Lancer is good, but the Ralliart Sportback is obscenely expensive.

      At any rate, if they bring this RVR, the Colt, the Triton pickup, and the Delica van over, they'll have a nice, plucky little lineup. Maybe they should bring the Grandis while they're at it, too.

      Anyway, the fact that they're trying is respectable. I hope the new vehicles are, too.
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