The Mirage subcompact sedan and hatchback will get a freshened exterior next year. It will go on sale in the first quarter as a 2021 model, the automaker said. The Outlander Sport, a subcompact crossover, is unchanged after it was freshened for the 2020 model year.
Mitsubishi's 2020-2022 business plan calls for a retreat from Europe and cost cuts in North America as the brand focuses on its Southeast Asia stronghold. Its product plan calls for an Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid by next year, and a new-generation Outlander plug-in hybrid in 2022.
A next-generation Outlander Sport could share a platform with Nissan, and a future Mirage could share a platform with Renault. The three automakers form the global Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. However, Mitsubishi's future in North America is not secure, given its new focus on Asia and emerging markets.
Mirage: The entry-level economy car, available in hatchback and sedan, will get a heavy exterior freshen early next year and be sold as a 2021 model. New styling cues include a bigger front grille and a more angular shape overall. The current generation was new for the 2014 model year. A redesign could come in 2023. A future generation could morph into a small CUV, a popular body style in Asian markets.
Outlander Sport: Freshened for the 2020 model year, the subcompact crossover carries over for the 2021 model year. A redesign could come on a Nissan platform shared with the Rogue Sport, although Nissan could drop that model. Mitsubishi's 2020-2022 midterm business plan does not include a redesigned Outlander Sport.