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As Mitsubishi's turnaround takes hold, we can talk less about the company's survival in the US market and more about what kinds of products we might see in the future: there's a hybrid Evo on the way and its joint venture with Renault-Nissan will deliver a C-segment sedan. Furthermore, it might even deliver a dividend to its shareholders next year.

In addition to Mitsubishi announcing its intent to focus on SUVs, pickup trucks and crossovers, company president Osamu Masuko gave an interview to Automotive News saying that the plan is for model lines to have two or three power train options: gas, plug-in hybrid, diesel. Believing that fuel economy standards will force the expansion of the plug-in hybrid market, Masuko wants to bring a PHEV Pajero to the US (the Montero in our market) because it will restore the brand's place in the full-size SUV segment with a well known nameplate, and help the company reach its goal of making PHEVs 20 percent of its product offering.

We love the idea of a new Montero - and we hope there's a traditional gas model that would come with the PHEV - the question is what would it look like? The Concept GC-PHEV we saw at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show could offer clues, but with Masuko listing the SUV as the company's second most popular model behind pickups, how daring could designers get with it? On the other hand, if you compare the Concept PX-MiEV shown at Tokyo in 2011, the similarity to the production Outlander is more than one might expect for a crossover that's become a major seller for the brand. With an introduction due in 2015 or 2016, we shouldn't have to wait long to find out. Regrettably, there's still no word on the return of a Mitsubishi pickup truck.


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      ckm
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have the last version of the Montero that was sold in the US. To say it's an awesome vehicle would be an understatement. It's got the go-anywhere capability rivaling almost any 4x4 combined with a luxurious interior and Japanese reliability. And because it's a V6, gas mileage is not horrible, although acceleration is not it's forte... I really, really hope they bring a new version to the US. Make mine a diesel short wheel base, please... Don't really care about the PHEV, although a diesel PHEV would be sweet if it doesn't detract from the off-road capability...
        jonnybimmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ckm
        Late year Monteros were great, I always saw them like a cheaper, compact Land Cruiser with a few interesting quirks. (holy sunroof Batman!)
      FREEPAT75014
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the battery will be A LOT LARGER than the poinless models presented so far. Less than 40KWH will be a "no go" for me, to jump into this promissing Plug In Hybrid train.
      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Johnson, get this into the wind tunnel at once. I want a car designed based on it." "Uh, okay boss, but what is it?" "It's my turd, Johnson, don't be stupid. Just build a car that looks like it and let me know when it's done."
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      WTF is that???? WHO is running Mitsubishi auto? They need some attractive, solid vehicles like they had in the 90s. Not hideous hybrids & purple punishment crapboxes (Mirage)
      Lynchenstein
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mitsu's GOT to get it's designers off the drugs and back to design school. Ford and Mazda (heck, even GM nowadays) have proven that good-looking cars sell better than bizarre, freakishly-designed cars. Get with the program, guys!
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well... At least it doesn't look like it was designed in the 90s like a lot of their previous concepts. Not the prettiest thing out there, but it could always be worse (lookin' at you LF-NX)
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've been waiting for a real Plugin Hybrid, not paired with a Gas Hog V6, like BMW for example. Hopefully, Mitzu can deliver.
      Orion798
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oy vey !
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope that's not what the car is going to really look like.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        That's the car you've been dreaming about - you woke up screaming!
      DaveMart
      • 1 Year Ago
      It will probably be a fine vehicle. Lets see if anyone has the guts to be seen driving around in it!
      Anonymous
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dead company walking...
        ckm
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hmmm, revenue in 2012 was almost $20 billion... I think not.
        i.own.your.ass
        • 1 Year Ago
        until the government bails it out? ohh wait, that could only happen in America lmao
      EVnerdGene
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mr. Chairman, I'd like to nominate this Mitsubishi #$%^& for the ugliest car of the year award.
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