TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Motors Corp., aiming to revitalize its U.S. lineup, will bring a new small crossover called the Outlander Sport to American showrooms in the fall of 2010.
The vehicle will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and come in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive packages, John Koenig, executive vice president for operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America, told Automotive News today on the sidelines of the Tokyo Motor Show.
The baby Outlander is based on the Concept cX, first shown at the Frankfurt auto show in 2007. It will be a global model based on the platform of the Lancer sedan.
The rollout of a small crossover is part of Mitsubishi's push to reposition its brand as a maker of small cars. President Osamu Masuko is trying to revive the automaker with a lineup of fuel-efficient global models and an emphasis on electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The Outlander Sport goes on sale in Japan in February. It will make its show debut in Geneva in March.