The 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander has been spied undergoing testing in the United States.
While the model is heavily disguised, it was previewed by the Engelberg Tourer concept which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The styling has been toned down for production, but the crossover features a massive Dynamic Shield grille which resides above a trapezoidal intake. The crossover also has split lighting units as slender turn signals and daytime running lights are mounted above large headlights.
Moving further back, we can see an angular windscreen and a relatively flat roof. The crossover also has a familiar character line and pronounced wheel arches.
The rear end has been given a makeover as well and it features an angular window and a tailgate with an integrated spoiler. Further below, there are slender taillights which echo the ones used on the Engelberg Tourer concept.
Little is known about the crossover at this point, but previous reports have suggested the model could ride on the same platform that underpins the Nissan Rogue. That remains unconfirmed, but Mitsubishi’s North American product manager has previously said “The next-generation Outlander will be kind of the first ideas of implementing and using common platforms and sharing technologies” with alliance partners Renault and Nissan.
Engine options remain a bit more mysterious as it’s unclear if Mitsubishi will tap into Nissan’s parts bin. However, a plug-in hybrid variant is expected and it could use an updated version of the current powertrain.
The redesigned Outlander is expected to be unveiled next year and the company appears to be targeting the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester and Toyota RAV4 as all three models were spotted being tested alongside the prototype.