It’s safe to say that the Outlander is one of the most important (if not the most) Mitsubishi models in recent days. The sport utility vehicle is one of the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles in the world and the Japanese firm knows that its successor must be very good. As these new spy photos show, work on the fourth generation of the model is well advanced ahead of the scheduled debut in late 2020.
These pictures, brought to our attention by ElectricVehicleWeb, come courtesy of Brad Larney and depict a camouflaged prototype bearing his production and lights. Lots of exterior details remain hidden under the disguise, but we can see two huge lamps up front, accompanied by meager daytime running lights at the end of the hood. Between the headlights there is a narrow grille. Many of these design solutions are inspired by the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept.
We can’t confirm this at this time, but there are rumors that the new Outlander will be based on the same platform that also underpins the new Nissan Rogue. The powertrain lineup remains a mystery at this point, but we can all but guarantee that there will be a new plug-in hybrid system which the online post said could get a bigger battery for increased all-electric range with a single charge.
There is no official word from Mitsubishi on the launch date for the new Outlander, but it is believed to be unveiled before the end of the year. If that turns out to be a correct assumption, you should expect to see it in dealerships across the United States as a 2021 model in the first quarter of next year.