Such a Tease
Mitsubishi teases next-gen 2022 Outlander ahead of February debut
The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the best-selling autos the manufacturer makes. In the U.S. Sales of the Outlander in the U.S. are nearly the same as the Outlander Sport. Each is nearly twice as popular as the next best-selling Mitsubishi, the Mirage.
For the 2022 model year, the Outlander is getting a complete revision marking the beginning of the fourth generation of the vehicle. The third-gen Outlander debuted in 2012 and was updated in 2015 and 2018.
According to the automaker, the latest model was developed under the ideal of the Japanese term "I-Fu-Do-Do", which means authentic and majestic. The company calls the exterior design "refined" and boasts that it was a "powerful and proud front end" that showcases the newest interpretation of Mitsubishi's Dynamic Shield design concept. In a statement, Mitsubishi said that this look previews the design direction for future Mitsubishi Motors products.
"The Outlander is an iconic SUV for the company, so when we developed the next generation model, we took inspirations from our rich SUV heritage to realize a bold and confident styling with a solid stance that excites our customers," said Seiji Watanabe, Division General Manager of Design, MMC. "The all-new Outlander is the first model epitomizing the new generation of Mitsubishi design and the frontrunner of our design strategy."
The Outlander is just one of the five new products the brand teased in July saying that all five would be launched in one year's time. Between July and the second quarter of 2021, Mitsubishi relayed that they would launch three "considerably redesigned" vehicles, one fresh variant, and one ground-up redesigned model. Due to COVID-19, it's likely that the timeline has shifted a bit, but the number of models and types of changes probably have not.
The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has already been shown with a revised front and back, and an updated interior.
Mitsubishi will first debut the Outlander in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico in February 2021. It will follow soon-after in International markets.