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Next Mitsubishi Hybrid Likely to be a Crossover

Next Mitsubishi Hybrid Likely to be a Crossover | Heritage Mitsubishi | Morrow, GAMitsubishi has been rearranging its lineup over the past few years. Following the success of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, many new nameplates are coming out in the form of CUVs. However, Mitsubishi has been toying with another segment behind the scenes in their concept cars and auto shows — plug-in hybrids and electric cars. The Outlander PHEV is the first to make its way to the global market, and the next Mitsubishi hybrid is most likely going to be another crossover, arriving sometime around 2020.

The Outlander PHEV took some time to get to North America; Mitsubishi reps say that’s because they wanted to perfect the vehicle before bringing it to a new market. From now on, new plug-in hybrids and other electrified nameplates will come to the U.S. faster. Some concepts that have appeared at auto shows include the all-electric eX in 2015, 2016’s all-terrain GT-PHEV concept, and the E-VOLUTION model from the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show with a performance-focused, coupe-like design.

The next Mitsubishi hybrid will probably also go the PHEV route, as the alliance between Mitsubishi, Renault, and Nissan insinuates that Nissan and Renault will be pursuing all-electric tech while Mitsubishi delves into other markets. Keep your eyes open for more information on a Mitsubishi plug-in crossover sometime in the next two years.

New Mitsubishi Crossover Could Debut in Geneva

It’s no mystery why Mitsubishi has turned their sights to the SUV and crossover segment for the future of their brand. Following the wild success of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the company announced plans to strengthen their crossover lineup with a plug-in hybrid option and other new nameplates that had, up until now, remained shrouded in secrecy. However, word says that we could be expecting a new Mitsubishi crossover to show up at the upcoming auto show in Geneva.

The auto show isn’t until March, but we already know a few things about this new crossover: it’s coming to dealerships next spring in 2018, will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport (which are growing and shrinking in upcoming years, respectively, to fit into more concrete segments), and will have a brand-new turbocharged engine under the hood that Mitsubishi claims will pack a bit more punch than the brand’s current powertrain offerings.

Experts in the industry suspect the new Mitsubishi crossover will take some design cues from vehicles such as the eX Concept and Grand Tourer, two concepts that Mitsubishi designer Kazuo Yano stated would inspire future directions for the brand’s lineup. Until March, however, we won’t see exactly how that design philosophy will be implemented for a mass-market vehicle.