Such a Tease

Mitsubishi teases next-gen 2022 Outlander ahead of February debut

The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will debut in February.

Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

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.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse CrossEarlier this year, the automaker revealed the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which has been refreshed inside and out.Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

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.

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The 2023 Eclipse Cross gets standard all-wheel drive.

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Mitsubishi may not be the most popular automaker, but the brand is working hard to improve its models in the U.S. The Eclipse Cross debuted in 2018 and just got an overhaul in 2022. The 2023 model year brings further improvements to the line, including standard all-wheel drive.

Mitsubishi offers the 2023 Eclipse Cross in four trims: ES, LE, SE, and SEL. Pricing for the line starts at $27,090, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The range-topping Eclipse Cross SEL with Touring Package starts at $32,690.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with myQ Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

The Eclipse Cross picks up standard all-wheel drive for 2023, which is Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel control. The system uses Adaptive Stability Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, and Active Yaw Control to assist with torque vectoring, which shifts power between the rear wheels that need it most.

Mitsubishi updated the Eclipse Cross for the 2022 model year, which brought an updated grille and more LED lighting than anyone would ever need. The stacked light design combines headlights and foglight in a low-mounted position for better visibility and to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. The 2023 model year brings new available 18-inch wheels and standard body-color lower trim for the SE trim and above.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with myQ Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Mitsubishi equips the Eclipse Cross with a few standard driver aids, including lane departure warnings, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, and hill start assist. Higher trims add tech such as blind spot monitors, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitors with rear cross traffic alerts, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation with high-speed braking capability and pedestrian detection.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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