Mitsubishi Motors Corp. plans to show a redesigned Outlander crossover at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the automaker announced today.
The aggressive, "jet fighter" grille of the currentOutlander is gone. The new Outlander's hood curls down to lay flush with the top of high-tech headlamps and a new wide but thin grill. The company said in January that the car's design would reflect a "gradual transformation in Mitsubishi's design language."
The overall look is friendlier and less aggressive than the Mitsubishi's current Outlander. Think goldfish instead of a shark.
In a statement , Mitsubishi said the Outlander would go on sale first in Russia this summer, followed by Europe, Japan, China, the United States and other markets. A Mitsubishi spokeswoman said the car won't arrive in the states until 2013.
European market Outlanders will be available with a choice of 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline or 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engines.
A spokeswoman would not confirm engine options for the U.S.-specification Outlander. Entry- and mid-level Outlanders in the U.S. market are powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill, while the higher-end Outlander GT gets a 230 hp 3.0-liter V-6 engine.
Mitsubishi also said it plans release a plug-in hybrid version of the redesigned Outlander sometime during its 2012 fiscal year, which begins in April. That car is also unlikely to arrive stateside until 2013.
Mitsubishi sold 9,788 Outlanders in the United States last year, down 22 percent from 2010.