Mitsubishi will bring five new Suvs to market in Europe and other regions by 2021. It is an attempt to reposition itself as a brand specializing in 4X4’s. With this news many fans are speculating that popular hatchback vehicles like the Mirage will come to the end around this time.
Each Suv’s will be in their different automotive section segments. In order of size, smallest to biggest:
A small B-SUV (i.e. Juke/Captur sized), previewed by the yellow eX concept revealed at the 2015 Tokyo motor show and making its European debut at the 2016 Geneva show. Name still to be confirmed
A mid-sized SUV slightly larger than the ASX, and previewed by 2013’s XR-PHEV II concept. We’ll see the production version, rumored to be called the Outlander Sport, in 2017. Replacement for the current Outlander, due in 2018
The Shogun Sport, a large SUV already on sale in Australian and Asian markets as the Pajero Sport, with a 2.4-liter diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox and built on the same platform as the L200 pickup truck in Thailand. Overseas it’s a five-seater, but UK versions will seat seven.
The replacement full-size Shogun, likely to be the last of the quintet to reach production. Like the current Shogun, it will be built on an entirely different platform from the rest of Mitsubishi’s models.
If Mitsubishi’s going to become an SUV brand, where does that leave the small Mirage supermini? Mitsubishi is developing a new mirage next year available as a pure EV. This will give it an obvious link with Mitsubishi’s other goal of having more electric cars is future areas.