Mitsubishi Motors is getting all ready to evolve as it will soon unveil the first of its new generation of vehicles in March at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, Mitsubishi has provided a teaser image of an all-new compact sports utility vehicle that will make its debut in Geneva.
The name of this new compact SUV from the Japanese carmaker remains unknown, although we’re almost sure that it represents the production evolution of the previous SUV concepts that Mitsubishi unveiled in the past few years. The vehicle featured in Mitsubishi’s teaser image features striking similarities with the XR-PHEV (2013 Tokyo Motor Show), XR-PHEV II (2015 Geneva Motor Show) and the Mitsubishi eX concept (2015 Tokyo Motor Show). The latest of these design studies – the Mitsubishi eX concept – could be the closest representation of what we could expect to be the real appearance of the new Mitsubishi compact SUV.
Upon closer look at the teaser image, the new compact SUV from Mitsubishi features a sharp body and a slightly raked roofline – thereby making the vehicle appear like a “coupe SUV.” The front end dons sleek headlights similar to those on the Mitsubishi eX. The seemingly slanting body of this new compact SUV features a prominent character line, as accentuated by the vehicle’s pronounced wheel arches. The rear end, meanwhile, is specified with tail lights with shapes and forms similar to that of the XR-and the XR-PHEV II.
According to the Japanese carmaker, the new up and coming Mitsubishi compact SUV boasts of an expression that is sharper than a conventional coupe as well as a wedge-shaped belt line. The new compact SUV also features a characteristic V-line in the rear quarter – a result of the interaction between the muscular rear fenders and the forward-slanted C pillar. The Japanese carmaker will slot the new compact SUV between the Mitsubishi ASX and Mitsubishi Outlander, thereby broadening its model range. The official global unveiling of the compact SUV from Mitsubishi will occur at the carmaker’s stand at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – located at Hall 2, Stand 2130, on March 7, 2017.
Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, had disclosed that this new compact SUV would be powered by a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine. As for its name, a removed article from Auto Express had reported that the new compact SUV could be christened as “Eclipse,” the same moniker of a sports car that Mitsubishi dropped from its lineup in 2011.
Mitsubishi is expected to commence sales of the new compact SUV in Europe in the second half of 2017 and in the United States in early 2018.