Mitsubishi is ready for the future. Still, five of its best-selling models will make up 70% of total sales across the world. One of the five models is the upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. It is a small three-row crossover that is available in numerous variants. Besides the base model, Outlander Sport and Outlander PHEV are on the roads. Outlander comes with an impressive warranty and is an affordable model.
The 2020 model will get small modifications only. However, the 2021 Outlander will get a couple of significant changes. The most notable change is the new architecture. From now on, Outlander will share its underpinnings with Nissan Rogue. Because of that, Outlander will grow in size and it will suffer further exterior refinements.
Outlander Will Ride on Rogue’s Platform
Thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, Outlander will be the first model that will benefit from it. The upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will get the same platform that underpins the Nissan Rogue model. Thanks to that, new Outlander crossover will be longer and wider. Still, Outlander Sport will remain subcompact vehicle and compact Eclipse Cross will fit in perfectly. Not a bad start for Mitsu.
Fans don’t have to worry, Mitsubishi promised plug-in hybrid variant once again. Outlander PHEV will surely reach the American soil once again. The 2021 Outlander will be the next-gen model. Surely, this crossover will retain its unique design, despite the alliance. Interestingly, Outlander Sport will also change the platform. Once again, subcompact crossover will ride on the Nissan’s architecture that underpins Kicks, Juke and Versa models.
Exterior and Interior Changes
The new-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will surely suffer a redesign. We are not sure if the upcoming model will remain simple in terms of design. Thanks to the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, we could see a more complex design language. Still, we just have to wait for the official info. New generation models usually introduce a new shape of the grille and complete redesign of the front fascia. Knowing that we can expect new headlights and bumpers as well. Because of dimensional change, new Outlander will opt for larger wheels. 18-inch wheels are currently available but we bet on the new 19-inch rims that are currently optional. New spoiler in the back will be a nice touch, along with the larger tailgate.
As for the interior, the three-row layout will surely remain. Whatsoever, new 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will now offer even more room from the inside. The current model offers 65 cubic feet of space and 2021 Outlander will surely improve those figures. Mitsubishi will introduce more tech, new infotainment system, and larger displays. Safety will be improved as well and this crossover will get a longer list of features. According to latest reports, Outlander will once again offer five trim levels.
Engine Mystery, Outlander PHEV
New architecture could mean a new engine. Current model rides on a 2.4-liter four-cylinder unit. It delivers 165 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel-drive will remain as Nissan Rogue is also an FWD vehicle. The upcoming 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will surely offer optional super-AWD control system once again. However, base engine option is still a mystery. On the other hand, manufacturer confirmed Outlander PHEV version.
Despite the new underpinnings, the plug-in hybrid variant will remain. This version will deploy a gasoline engine in a combination with electric motor and battery pack. Total output will deliver more power than the base Outlander model. Moreover, we could expect around 80 MPGe. If you want more power, opt for the Outlander GT. This high-performance variant will deploy a 3.0-liter V6 that generates 225 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of twist.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Price and Release Date
Jump in price is a must for the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander. The current model starts at $25,000 so we can now expect the price to start at $27,000. Outlander PHEV will cost between $35,000 and $40,000. Outlander will hit the dealerships in the last quarter of 2020. Sport version will also go on sale at the same time. Mitsubishi plans to stick to the Nissan’s platform and we can also expect new pickup truck based on Nissan Navara.