Mitsubishi is getting more and more forthcoming about its plans for the US market. Among the tidbits revealed during a chat with Edmunds at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, MMNA Executive Vice President Don Swearingen said that "We are committed to huge investments in capital as well as huge investments in R&D." The marquee product of that investment could be a new Montero for the 2017 or 2018 model year, suggestions of which were raised with the Concept GC-PHEV at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and again at the end of last year. Swearingen said the proposed SUV is a little smaller than a Ford Explorer and that dealers have seen a picture of it. A decision on whether to bring it to the US will be made later this year.

Below that, incremental improvements will come to every model over the next couple of years. The Outlander will get a facelift next year before a major restyle in 2016, when the Outlander PHEV is also expected to finally make it here. In 2015 the Outlander Sport will be fitted with larger engine and a new, quieter CVT returning better acceleration and fuel economy. In 2016 it will also be redesigned, and it will be equipped with the company's new telematics system that goes into the Outlander the following year.

At the other end of the line-up, the Mirage will get a big dose of love in two years. Detail changes like better fabric inside and outside-mirror indicators are slated for 2015, and in 2016 the bargain hatchback gets "a sleek, aerodynamic" reskin. The Mirage G4 sedan could join the US range if the Canadians turn out to be fans of it. The Lancer gets only meager attentions, while the i-MiEV gets the cold shoulder and won't change at all. We get the cold shoulder as far as a next-generation Evo - Swearingen didn't say a word about that, apparently.


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      Jakes
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nice to know they're finally working on an overhaul but a new Monterio until 2017!!!? That's too long in the tooth, the current model will be ancient by then, and what about the Lancer? It is suppossed to be it's bread&butter model and they are threating it awfully. I have faith in the turnaround though.
        Jazzor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jakes
        That new Montero is most probably in prototype mode already and could even be a 2015 model for Asian markets... which means, 2016 model for UK/US... they're aiming to 2017 for the PHEV edition I think (based on their "Next 5 Years" plan that starts this year)... They are however, getting me really pissed off as to whats their next step with the Evo... I just sold mine and might end up grabbing a 2014 or even 2015 Evo X again if they don't say a word soon... getting me really effing pissed!!! >_< lol
        foxtrot685
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jakes
        The Lancer will not be its bread and butter sedan anymore... in fact it hasn't been for a while now. The Outlander Sport is the #1 seller for MMNA and their bread and butter will become their SUV's and CUV's, just as it is in some other markets of the world.
          foxtrot685
          • 9 Months Ago
          @foxtrot685
          And when you think about it, mitsubishi is probably making a killing on profits on the outlander sport despite selling so few. The platform was joint developed almost 10 years ago, so that's paid for. The engine was joint developed almost 10 years ago, so that's paid for. Many components are used across several models of cars, so that knocks down price. Mitsubishi probably makes a lot of coin off of each one!
          Jazzor
          • 9 Months Ago
          @foxtrot685
          Yup, Outty Sport is selling in Droves (in terms of how awfully low are Mitsu's sales numbers)... and the Lancer, well, the Lancer is just an after thought... I;'m surprised I still see people buying new 2014 models, it just looks so dated imo
      djrroar1
      • 9 Months Ago
      Trust me, the new models do not look anything like the concept vehicle above. The focus of Mitsubishi will be compact SUV's, Mid CUV's, not mid cars or compact cars, the major car makers are struggling in the segment. They are building models in growing segments, make sense to me.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @djrroar1
        >The focus of Mitsubishi will be compact SUV's, Mid CUV's, not mid cars or compact cars, the major car makers are struggling in the segment. What the hell are you talking about? The compact and mid-size sedan segments are the bread-and-butter segments of passenger car sales in North America.
          foxtrot685
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          That is not a Mitsubishi specific problem. Many compact to mid size offerings from many manufacturers do not generate the profits that drive the company. Their CUV's and SUV's do. Not all, but many. You can down vote me all you want, carjerk, but not only is this true, if many of those companies stopped producing those CUV's and SUV's, or limited their production, you would see a large financial handicap in the company.
          foxtrot685
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          They are, but they do not generate as much PROFIT as the compact and mid-sized CUV's. The compact and mid sized cars generate VOLUME, something Mitsubishi has proven to not really care about all that much. There's a difference.
          carguy1701
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          That's because, historically, the compact and mid-size offerings from Mitsu have been lacking compared to the competition, so it isn't a surprise. Trying to survive on one segment alone is exactly what the Detroit 3 tried not long ago, and we all know how that turned out. I would have expected people to learn from that, but apparently they haven't.
      DaveMart
      • 9 Months Ago
      '2016 model year: Mitsubishi Mirage receives new sheet metal, giving the car a sleek, aerodynamic appearance. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander adds a plug-in hybrid model. Sales originally were planned for fall 2013. However, due to the vehicle's success in Japan and Europe, Swearingen said the battery plant was unable to provide batteries for the additional market, the United States. The all-wheel-drive model will be able to run in pure electric mode for 40 miles, he said.' http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/mitsubishis-future-plans-include-hybrids-major-model-overhaul.html I take it that the 2016 model year is a different date to the calender years in the US, so the PHEV Outlander should arrive in the (back end of 2015?)
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        @DaveMart
        As I understand it, the model year is whatever year that model will be sold on Jan 1. So a 2016 model could be sold any time between Jan 2, 2015 and Dec 31, 2016, and would have to include the date Jan 1, 2016.
      Teleny411
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wtf is that thing? The Montero was handsome. This thing looks like it was designed by 4 year olds. Mitsubishi needs to outsource design to Pinninfarina or Bertone. Mitsu recent concepts and production models are hideous. They need some serious design help.
        Arizonarelax
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        Hey Subaru has some good style / designers...oh wait, never mind.
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        "Wtf is that thing?" A radical concept car that will look nothing like any of their actual production cars.
        James John
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        You sir are most wrong about the design. 4 year old? Must u be so insulting? It's more like a 2 year old.
      BB79826
      • 9 Months Ago
      God. Make a new Lancer, make a new Galant. Relaunch the Eclipse. No one wants a 7 passenger Mitsubushi! What they've done to the Mitsubishi brand is borderline hilarious. ANYTHING would be an improvement at this point.
        Jazzor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        New Lancer and Eclipse agreed... but Monteros have been wildly successful before and those are 7 seaters... I see Monteros on the road on a daily basis; If Mitsubishi gets it right, and brings us a solid Montero back to the states, they will sell.
          Actionable Mango
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          The Montero has a reputation for being a great SUV, but this article implies that it will come back as a crossover. In a sea of crossovers, I'm not sure how it will stand out. OTOH, crossovers seem to be extremely popular, so maybe that's exactly what it needs to be in order to sell in today's market.
      branmcgrat
      • 9 Months Ago
      Its sad that they're not focusing on their money makers. Lancer and Eclipse. Which at this time, the Eclipse does not exists. Mitsubishi, please find your identity and stick with it.
      Andre Neves
      • 9 Months Ago
      It's almost like they are trying to fail. I owned two Evolutions, an '06 IX MR & a '10 X GSR, and I would never consider getting anything else in their current lineup. It's a hot mess and I would jump over to Subaru in a heartbeat if I had to.
        Jazzor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        "and I would jump over to Subaru in a heartbeat if I had to" But you won't cause you have an Evo!!!! Thank them for that... <_< lol
          Andre Neves
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          Umm, according to what I keep hearing about their future plans for the evolution, yes I would jump over to Subaru in a heartbeat. If they are going to turn the one car that most people at the admire into a freaking Prius, then there is no hope for them. Apart from the Legacy and maybe the Tribeca, they have some very attractive cars that I would consider in the future
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          LOL May I add if mitsubishi switch to CVt, the Jatco and subaru CVt is the same, Jacto does not really make them for subaru but it is the same technology, but the plant that make them is own by nissan and subaru and they research CVt tech together,and if you know the history of CVT, subaru and the nissan march was the first to uses the same CVt in 1992 , before Jatco even exist, the subaru/jactco Cvt and the four speed auto are the same. The 1992 Nissan March contained Nissan's N-CVT based on the Fuji Heavy Industries ECVT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuously_variable_transmission Nissan, accompany with its partner Subaru, is widely regarded as the leader in CVT technology, especially after it launched M6 Hyper-CVT in the Japanese Primera. http://www.autozine.org/technical_school/gearbox/tech_gear_cvt.htm If you realise the Juke nismo RS and the WRX cvt are using the same seven speed shifting setup. which is different from the other nissan vehicles with less set points. in other words if mitsubishi uses a CVT in 2015 it is gone to be the same as the one currently in the WRX.
          foxtrot685
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          [Off Topic] A friend of mine who owns a 2009 WRX Hatch is a photographer for an auto magazine. He got to drive the new WRX at a press release. Here is what he said word for word... "The new WRX is nice. The only part is, it doesn't do anything that a 09-14 can't do with just a few simple aftermarket parts for the suspension." That's a pretty big blow to the 2015 WRX :(
          Jazzor
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jazzor
          Give them time and resources... If there is ONE thing Mitsubishi gets right, is the Lancer Evolution... I trust they can keep that trend going. Also, take a look at the 2015 WRX STi... If Mitsubishi does not do something drastic to the next Evo, they will be in the same boat as Subaru right now, that 2015 WRX is barely any different from previous cars, and honestly nothing to write home about...
      danfred311
      • 9 Months Ago
      that's the dumbest design I have ever seen. even stupider than ford f150
      BB79826
      • 9 Months Ago
      BTW the scariest thing about Mitsubishi now is that the new Outlander is considerably worse dynamically than the previous model. Couple that wih the sad Mirage and I don't have much hope for the brand.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        I rode in an Outlander with the S-AWC a few weeks ago (friends car) and I was actually very impressed with the system. Unfortunately, it was the only part of the vehicle that impressed me.
        Jazzor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        considerably worse dynamically? please explain...
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        @BB79826
        What do you mean by "dynamically"? The currently Outlander definitely doesn't look as good as the last gen, but the reviews seem okay otherwise.
      Eggmania
      • 9 Months Ago
      im just gonna take the day off from this site. its monday and i had to look at THAT on top of it
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ignoring the Lancer and the mid-size sedan segments will bite them in the ass. The crossover bubble is on borrowed time.
      strykerzzzz
      • 9 Months Ago
      I think the SUV pictured above looks pretty cool and if I didn't see the 3 diamond logo, I would think it was a Nissan design. It would stand out among the sea of cars and SUVs than all look the same.
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