Future Cars: 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport / ASX Takes On Toyota C-HR & Mazda CX-3

To many automotive observers, the outward-looking, jacked-up hatchback segment seems to be snowballing in momentum. It all started with Nissan’s quirky-looking Juke back in 2010 and today we have Toyota’s edgy C-HR, Mazda’s rakish CX-3 and more. Now, Mitsubishi wants to get on the act with a more angular, all-new Outlander Sport, also known as the ASX in markets outside North America.

So let’s delve further into Mitsubishi’s upcoming CUV and illustratively look at what we can expect.

For starters, Mitsubishi plans to resize and reposition the next generation of the Outlander Sport in the subcompact crossover segment, as it is developing another, larger SUV to sit above it and below the regular Outlander.

As such, aside from the funky-looking Nissan Juke, Toyota C-HR, Citroen C4 Cactus and Mazda CX3, the Outlander Sport / ASX will also go toe to toe with more conventional rivals like the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.

XR-PHEV Inspired Looks:

Back in 2013, the Japanese carmaker revealed the XR-PHEV concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show, not only to preview Mitsubishi’s new corporate look, but also the next Outlander Sport / ASX.

But how has that concept translated into reality? Well, the sleek XR-PHEV has morph into a stubbier, high-riding hatch. However it will retain the study’s chiseled door scallops, fenders and Mitsubishi’s corporate ‘Dynamic-Shield’ fascia.

The rear will offer a split-window hatch opening, similar to Honda’s new Civic hatch and the Toyota C-HR. The taillights horizontally stretch over this glass divide to emphasize width, whilst the red reflector/fog lamps have been relocated within the rear bumper.

Cabin styling is expected to be more modern than anything in Mitsubishi’s current range with a sports-inspired design complimenting its exterior, whilst seating capacity will remain limited to five passengers.

Frugal Performance:

In show car guise, the XR-PHEV was powered by a petrol-electric plug-in powertrain; combining a 120kW electric motor and 100kW 1.1-litre turbocharged, three-cylinder engine. To store energy for the electric motor, a 14kWh battery pack was also used.

Will this setup appear in the production version? It is possible, given Mitsubishi’s recent foray into other hybrid and electric passenger cars. What is more likely, however, is small-capacity turbocharged petrol and diesels; these will channel power to the front wheels or via an optional AWD system. North America is rumored to get a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline four.

It’s unknown when the ASX will make an official appearance, but we expect a reveal next year, possibly as a 2018 model.

So, what are your thoughts on the ASX’s radical new look? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

By Josh Byrnes

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  • WG

    The back from this angle reminds me of a Pontiac Aztek… I am not sure if I like the line on the side of the vehicle… This is certainly an improvement over the aged Mitsubishi lineup’s design… I hope Mitsu would do the same makeup for their interiors too.

    • Six_Tymes

      yeah, your right. Aztek… yeeesh.

    • Nordschleife

      I was about to type the same thing. I see some Aztek and that not a good thing

    • Bo Hanan

      The two competing cars mentioned in the article have nothing to fear from this.
      Mitsubishi- still on the wrong track… Punn intended.

    • TOMSON

      ha, yes, I knew this rear was seen before!

  • Burnermovement

    Nice Aztek bro.

  • Dennis Scipio

    The Dynamic Shield looks a lot better on a New Model, rather than an Existing Model, not shabby at all on this render.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I wouldn’t buy this. It looks fine, but I would not buy this.

    • Dylan Wentworth

      Don’t feel alone.
      Nobody else will either.

  • Six_Tymes

    18? should have something new in 17

    • Jas

      They refreshed it as a minor changes for 2017 (refreshed front-end). The website still doesn’t show all trim levels yet, just the ES trim.

  • MarkoS

    Yep! The 2018 Pontiac Aztec.

  • IFDU
  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    It wasn’t the Juke, it was the Cashcow.

  • Evo45

    Even though it’s a render I like the front more than rear and side profile.

    • alexxx

      exactly my thoughts…

  • Imjus Sayin

    Not radical enough. Needs to be bold like the Juke and the upcomming CH-R. Looks like a Honda product. Theres nothing new or original. Looks old before it’s sold in 2018. Mitsubishi used to come out with fresh original head turning concepts, now it’s more like stomach turning.

  • Liam Paul

    the pontiac aztek raped the kia optima and their love child went to work for mitsubishi

  • Trackhacker

    Who even buys Mitsubishi anymore? I don’t know anybody who says “Okay…I’m going to go to Mitsubishi first” All they had left that was good was the EVO and they managed to kill that off.

  • Benjamin B.

    That hybrid system with the 1.1 turbocharged engine might be fun with an actual geared transmission, whether manual, automated manual, dual clutch, or torque converter. With the CVT Mitsubishi will probably use it’ll be miserable. The 1.5 turbo sounds very sporty for the segment. The Subaru Crosstrek uses a slow as dirt 2 liter boxer engine.

  • TrevP

    The front is a good refresh. From the looks of the back, just from the angle that is portrayed, it looks like it may still need some work just like the current model, it doesn’t look proportionate.

  • Skip

    ditto on Azetec

  • Paul

    I’m going to go against the popular opinions here and say that I happen to like it. The Aztec was much worse than this.