Outlander Sport: The next redesign of the compact crossover will shrink it to a subcompact similar to the Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax, clearing space for the new Eclipse Cross compact crossover. The timing of the change is in flux however, thanks to the alliance with Renault-Nissan, which is causing Mitsubishi to rethink how it can share parts and suppliers with its new big brother. The earliest it shows up is for the 2019 model year.
Eclipse Cross: The new nameplate hits the market in early 2018, taking the Outlander Sport's place in the compact crossover segment. In the U.S., the Eclipse Cross will have a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive with brake-based torque vectoring will be optional. While the wheelbase is similar to that of a Honda CR-V or Ford Escape, the vehicle is significantly shorter and features an aggressively sloped rear roofline, making it a coupe in Mitsubishi's eyes (four-doors notwithstanding). A plug-in hybrid model is expected to debut in 2019.
Outlander: The Outlander should get a redesign for the 2020 model year, but that could be delayed because of the alliance with Nissan. It will grow slightly and retain its three-row configuration. It will also push upscale slightly, similar to Mazda's efforts with the CX-9.
Outlander plug-in hybrid: Expect a green version of the current-generation Outlander to go on sale as soon as this fall as a 2018 model with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of electric motors. U.S. sales volumes will be small, likely on the order of 2,000 a year.
Raider: Mitsubishi's alliance with Nissan could enable the brand to return to the midsize pickup game. A new Nissan Frontier is expected in 2019 and in 2020 or 2021, Mitsubishi may rebadge the Frontier as a Raider, a name last used in the 2010 model year on a rebadged Dodge Dakota. A V-6 engine would be likely.