2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Spied With A Bold New Design

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.

Also Read: Mitsubishi Engelberg Concept Looks Like An Outlander From The Future

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.

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Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I thought it couldn’t get worse. I was wrong

    • Six_Tymes

      are there other negative thinking idioms you can type? lol

  • charlotteharry57

    While, at this point, I’m not doing a back flip over the looks, Mitsu so desperately needs new product, that it’s a good sign. Right now, they’re trying to sell ancient or inferior product at small discounts and it ain’t working.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      “Right now, they’re trying to sell ancient or inferior product at small discounts and it ain’t working.”


      No, right now they are selling an ancient AND inferior product with HUGE discounts. This is the only reason why they’re moving. You can get a new Outlander Sport in my area for $15,000.


    Where is new Pajero???

    • Zandit75

      It’s been discontinued in Japan, so I wouldn’t hold out much hope.

  • Nobody

    Somehow I think it will have the worlds worst plastic interior materials. And probably a stupid CVT.

    • Zandit75

      Existing model is CVT, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • Nobody

        Their dependent on Nissan now. Stupid CVT.

  • WalthamDan

    I hope the new Outlander is a success. Mitsubishi needs a big win in their court for a change.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Hoping the brand can make higher quality looking vehicles and improve their brand image.

  • Mike anonymous

    This Upcoming Vehicle Is Mitsubishis’ Most Important Model & It Relatively Unchanged From The (Nearly Production Ready) Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept Proceeding it.

    A Great Many People Have Likely Been Wondering Where The Majority Of Mitsubishis’ Resources have been going to for the last number of years, with generally lack-luster releases such as the “Eclipse Cross”, “ASX”, & Other facelifted models. The Answer to this question is this vehicle here; the production variant of the Engelberg Tourer Concept.


    The Engelberg Tourer Concept Was & Is Much Closer To The Production Version of What We will be receiving Then It May Appear At First Glance, and is the first New vehicle from Mitsubishi To Feature The Updated Version Of Their Design Language previewed on both the “e-Evolution Concept” as well as the (shown above) “Engelberg Tourer Concept”. (Interior & Exterior)

    Rather Than State What I’ve Already Said, I will Refer to my previous post through the two screenshots below.


    This is a vehicle Mitsubishi has been working on for a great number of years (since 2015 to be exact) and it is essentially what the company seems to be betting on to be ‘big’ (no pun intended) for them, as a lot of thought, time, and effort has gone into making this.

    So this, I can say without a doubt, it is the first time in nearly 10 years that I have been looking forward to the release of a Mitsubishi vehicle, as I am actually quite excited to see what Mitsubishi can do, when they (truly) give it their best shot.

    P.S. (It’s very likely that this vehicle will be receiving a pH(B)EV variant as that is something they have been developing for sometime now).

    • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов


  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    They need all the help they can get.

  • Andrew Ngo

    Looks like Hyundai type of front. Could be quite promising.

  • iggination

    Considering the design of some current Mitsubishis, I don’t think bold is the word I’d use.

  • Six_Tymes

    I wonder if it’s finally using a new platform?

  • xrnzaaas

    The overall shape looks the same, it’s probably going to be an advanced facelift like with the “new” ASX.

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