Is it a coincidence?

After alleged photos of the next-generation Outlander leaked online, Mitsubishi Motors announced the launch date of the all-new crossover. As it turns out, we don't have to wait until 2022 until the official reveal.

Even though it's billed as a 2022 model, Mitsubishi's official launch for the fourth-generation Outlander is set for February 2021. That means we're just two months away before we know everything about the crossover. They also showed a teaser image, which largely confirms the look of the new car.

Mitsubishi confirms launch date for 2022 Outlander image

The preview shows high-mounted LED daytime running lights with headlights just below them. Also seen is the outline of the grille and the flat front end. Put it side by side from yesterday's photos, and one can see that the details line up. The all-new Outlander features a lot of cues from the Engleberg Tourer concept shown back in 2019.

Given that the current generation Outlander is already seven years old, Mitsubishi's C-segment crossover is due for a full model change. The third-generation first came out in late 2012 but saw updates in 2015 and 2019. With the crossover market rapidly moving, this redesign couldn't come at a better time for the brand.

Mitsubishi confirms launch date for 2022 Outlander image

Like most recent launches, the fourth-generation Outlander will debut online via live stream. More information on the launch will be made available after the new year, says Mitsubishi.

The 2022 Outlander is a vital model for both Mitsubishi and Nissan. That's because it's the first product that was co-developed by the two manufacturers. The crossover shares its chassis and vital components with the all-new X-Trail that debuted earlier this year as the North American Rogue. As for specs, we're expecting a mix of Mitsubishi and Nissan engines under the hood, along with a plug-in hybrid model.