Mitsubishi's Outlander isn't exactly the newest crossover in the Japanese automaker's portfolio. Sure, it landed here in September as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), making it relatively new to the local market. But the current platform has been around for several years now.
The current generation first came out in late 2012 but saw updates in 2015 and 2019. That makes the third-generation Outlander seven years old at the moment. With the crossover market rapidly moving, Mitsubishi needs to redesign this model as soon as possible.
The good news is, an all-new model is coming out soon. The bad news is, we'll have to wait until 2022 for the full reveal. Thankfully, there are eagle-eyed car enthusiasts around the world on the lookout for future cars. With that, the 2022 Outlander was allegedly caught with no camouflage, giving us a good look at Mitsubishi's next-generation crossover.
If the photos are to be believed, then the fourth-generation Outlander takes a lot of cues from the Engleberg Tourer concept shown last year. The snub-nosed front end and headlight layout closely resemble the Engleberg Tourer, and so do the side windows and tailgate design. All in all, the 2022 Outlander is an evolution of Mitsubishi's current design language.
Aside from the new design, something is interesting about the photographed crossover. It appears much larger than the current Outlander. That suggests there might be extra space for, say, an extra row of seats. With most of its competitors limited to five passengers, adding a third-row might work to Mitsubishi's advantage. It's also worth pointing out that the Engleberg Tourer concept also had room for seven inside.
But the 2022 Outlander holds a lot of significance for both Mitsubishi and Nissan. That's because it's the first product that is co-developed by the two manufacturers. That means it shares its chassis and vital components with the all-new X-Trail that debuted earlier this year as the North American Rogue. However, we're expecting Mitsubishi engines under the hood, along with a plug-in hybrid model.
With Mitsubishi assigned as the Alliance's leader for the Southeast Asia market, there is a strong chance of the all-new Outlander coming to the Philippines. However, it might be a little tricky given that the Montero Sport also has three-row seating and has the advantage of size. But if Mitsubishi plays their cards right, the 2022 Outlander might just become a hit here.