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Here are the five vehicles Mitsubishi is launching in the next 12 months

Mitsubishi is committing to five new vehicle reveals in the next year.

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There have been concerns raised that Mitsubishi is no longer as committed to the U.S. market as it has been in the past. With a new headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee and news today of five new product launches planned in the next year, it appears that concern was a bit overblown.

Between today and the second quarter of 2021, Mitsubishi will launch three “considerably redesigned” vehicles, one fresh variant, and one ground-up redesigned model.

Here's what to expect, by date.

Q4 2020: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV


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On sale in winter 2020, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will receive major revisions including by a completely new powertrain as well as a host of updates to each trim level. The updated internal combustion engine has increased displacement and greater horsepower, and the larger and more refined electric drive system offers more all-electric range and speed of operation.

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (shown above) is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with two electric motors to produce 197 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard. It can go 22 miles on just electricity and earns a 74 MPGe rating.

Q1 2021: Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4

The refreshed 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 will go on sale in the first quarter of 2021. They will have undergone an “extensive exterior redesign” and will be the U.S.'s most fuel efficient non-hybrid gasoline-fueled vehicle. Mitsubishi promises that the model will become a “more compelling value” with these changes because it will be “better equipped, with bold styling and standard safety equipment putting it into a new level of consideration.

In the first six months of 2020, Mitsubishi sold around 8,500 new Mirages in the U.S.

Q1 2021: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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The 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will go on sale in the first quarter of 2021. It will feature “major front and rear design enhancements" that takes cues from Mitsubishi's next-gen design language. The Eclipse Cross's new look will also include a revised interior and new infotainment system -all needed improvements for this model (2020 version shown above), which faces stiff competition in its class.

Q2 2021: Mitsubishi Outlander

On sale in Q2 2021, as a 2022 model. The next-generation Outlander, like the Eclipse Cross, will feature the latest Mitsubishi design language with “bold, aggressive, and distinctive appearance“. The Japanese automaker is promising interior enhancements and a “game-changing vehicle will surprise many“. Expect to see the model at a launch event in early 2021.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was refreshed for the 2020 model year. It will carryover for the 2021 model year with additional standard equipment improvements. It is the company’s best-selling model in North America.

Every Mitsubishi vehicle will receive standard Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection active safety features in the new year as well.

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The Sakura is Nissan's newest EV.

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It's no secret that the Japanese get all manner of quirky, cool cars that we don't see here in the States. Sure, there's the Nissan Skyline and Mitsubishi Delica van, but tiny vehicles like kei cars and "minivehicles" are popular imports for Americans looking to diversify their drives. Pint-sized kei cars are ripe for electrification, and Nissan did just that with its new Sakura EV, which comes almost a year after the automaker announced it was working with Mitsubishi to develop tiny electric models. It's one of dozens of new EVs slated to come from the Mitsubishi-Nissan-Renaul Alliance this decade.

Though tiny, the Sakura offers a decent top speed of 80 mph, and its range of around 112 miles could make it an ideal urban runabout for many. That said, there's little chance the car will come to the United States. Japan's minivehicles and kei cars are far smaller than anything currently on sale here. For example, the Sakura's 133.6-inch length makes it almost 18 inches shorter than a Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, a car that Americans would consider minuscule.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura borrows features from the Nissan Leaf, including its battery.Nissan

Nissan borrowed the Sakura's 20-kWh battery from the Leaf and says it can be used to provide power for external devices or even power a home for up to a day. The car comes with three driving modes to change the behavior of things like regenerative braking and throttle response, and Nissan says it took further guidance from the Leaf to give the Sakura the quietest cabin in its class.

The Sakura's upright shape likely helps with headroom, but it certainly doesn't increase cargo space, as Nissan claims just 107 liters (4 cubic feet) of room. That said, the car features small-item storage spaces for gear like a smartphone or wallet. Buyers can opt for black, beige, or blue-grey interior colors, and an upgrade package is available that brings a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

There are a surprising number of features packed into the minute Nissan's cabin. A 7-inch digital gauge cluster comes standard, and a 9-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard. Nissan says the car's displays are oriented to reduce distraction and keep the driver's eyes on the road, and ProPilot safety systems are standard, including a new parking assist feature. ProPilot is a stepping stone toward Nissan's goal of debuting autonomous driving tech by 2030.

Nissan SakuraThe Sakura isn't destined for the U.S. - yet, anyway. Nissan

The Sakura goes on sale in Japan this summer. It's priced at 1.78 million yen, or around $14,000. The car will be available for purchase online, and Nissan says it will offer video chats and other resources to help buyers with the process. Buyers will be able to opt for a full in-person buying experience, a completely virtual experience, or anything in between.

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2022 Lexus NX earns Top Safety Pick +

The 2022 NX earned a Top Safety Pick + award.

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The redesigned 2022 Lexus NX just got its crash test scores, and they're strong. The new crossover picked up a Top Safety Pick + award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the agency's top award. It's the NX's fourth consecutive Top Safety Pick + award, and before that the vehicle earned Top Safety Picks.

2022 Lexus NXThe NX has picked up top awards for several years in a row. Lexus

The 2022 NX picked up top scores in testing, earning a "Good" rating in all crash-test categories, a "Good" score for headlights, "Superior" scores for both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention, and a "Good+" score for LATCH system ease of use. Though the 2021 model also picked up a Top Safety Pick + award, it scored lower for its car seat anchors.

Lexus offers the new NX with a whopping four propulsion options, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 203 horsepower, a 2.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 275 horsepower, a 2.5-liter hybrid with 239 horsepower and a plug-in hybrid powertrain with 302 horsepower. The two gas engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive, while the two hybrids both get all-wheel drive.

2022 Lexus NXLexus offers the NX with four powertrain options. Lexus

Pricing for the 2022 NX starts at $39,025 for the base NX250. Moving up the line, the NX350h starts at $42,125 and the NX450h+ starts at $56,725.

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