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Concept cX
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Mitsubishi Motors Corp., aiming to revitalize its U.S. lineup, will bring a new small crossover called the Outlander Sport to American showrooms in the fall of 2010.

The vehicle will get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and come in front-wheel and all-wheel-drive packages, John Koenig, executive vice president for operations at Mitsubishi Motors North America, told Automotive News today on the sidelines of the Tokyo Motor Show.

The baby Outlander is based on the Concept cX, first shown at the Frankfurt auto show in 2007. It will be a global model based on the platform of the Lancer sedan.









Not particularly offensive. The diminutive Outlander looks good.
 

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2010 Mitsubishi ASX

2010 Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation All-New Compact Crossover to Be Named "RVR" in Japan

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has decided to name its all-new compact crossover the RVR. This all-new compact crossover is planned for sequential release globally, and will be first released in Japan next spring.

The all-new RVR is a compact crossover that provides high environmental efficiency and has a compact body while providing ample utility space and high performance.

The RVR will be fitted with an all-new 1.8L MIVEC petrol engine, and will be approximately 4.3 meters in length, featuring high fuel efficiency via its lightweight compact body. With the RVR, MMC expands its crossover lineup, which already includes the full-size Pajero, and the mid-size Outlander.

This new compact crossover will be released globally, including North America, Europe, and Asian regions including China.



A scaled down Outlander -- I like it.
 

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First Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (Japanese Spec)
ASX, RVR -- Call it What you Want, New Mitsu Crossover Has the Goods to Compete

Lowered onto a version of the current Outlander's platform, the Outlander Sport (known as the RVR in Japan and the ASX in the rest of the world) is roughly 13.6-in. shorter overall than the Outlander and some 440 lb. lighter. But the RVR looks strangely familiar. That's because designers have decided that, for the foreseeable future, Mitsubishi's brand face will be modeled on the Lancer Evolution, with which the Outlander Sport shares some DNA. Hence the sharp upslanting Evo-styled HID headlights and the huge, upright Evo grille. We think it looks pretty stylish, albeit marginally Audi-ish.

Targeting a market that desires a higher level of ride comfort, the Mitsubishi crossover employs clever noise and vibration isolation with a ride quality that's arguably more comfortable and quieter than the Forester or Qashqai. "This car perfectly blends the high-level chassis stability of the Evo with the utility and comfort of the Outlander, but packaged into a more compact size," says Fujii.

It turns in on cue with good weight and steering feel and suffers from less understeer and body roll than the bigger Outlander, due in large part to its relatively light weight (the Japanese-spec model is roughly 3130 lb.) and a revised front McPherson strut and rear multi-link setup. The Outlander Sport pulls up adequately thanks to its front vented disc brakes with less than expected nose dive. It feels as solid, substantial, and stable on the road as any rival crossover on the market today.

U.S. spec cars will be powered by a 2.0 liter, four-cylinder MIVEC gas engine and will reportedly be available with either five-speed manual or CVT options. But no power or emissions figures are available yet. European-spec cars will get a choice of either a 1.6-liter gas engine with a five-speed manual transmission (targeting 139g/km of CO2) or a totally new 1.8-liter turbodiesel mated to a six-speed manual gearbox with Auto-Stop-and-Go idle-stop (targeting 145g/km of CO2). U.S. spec cars can expect similar readings. Two- and AWD options will be offered as well. Expect power and torque figures to be revealed closer to the mid-year launch, although we are told that all engines clear Euro 4 and Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions regulations.

Based on a Mitsubishi engineer's comments, the U.S.-spec version with the 2.0-liter and five-speed manual combination will be the one to go for, and will deliver more driving enjoyment than the CVT-equipped model we drove in Japan. While pricing is still to be announced, one source suggested that the Outlander Sport will undercut all rivals while offering an almost identical driving experience and class-leading ride comfort levels. Mitsubishi has clearly done a lot of work developing the new Outlander Sport. It remains to be seen if it can make a dent in the fiercely competitive small crossover segment.






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if the thing made any noise aside from engine noises, i would imagine it snorting. maybe i just need sleep lol.
 

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First Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Like the Outlander, with which the Sport shares its all-wheel drive system, the driver can select between 2WD operation and two AWD modes: "4WD Auto" and "4WD Lock." Both modes can vary the front-to-rear torque split as conditions warrant, but "Auto" mode limits the amount of torque sent to the rear for greater efficiency, "Lock" sends more power rearward for greater grip at the expense of efficiency. We think Mitsubishi should just call them "Eco" and "Traction" -- and then come up with a real "Auto" mode that routes power wherever it needs to.

Our time in the preproduction Outlander Sport was brief, but we look forward to spending more time with a full production version. Given the styling, equipment levels, and price points, we're pretty confident that this little cute-ute will help put Mitsubishi back on some shopping lists.


First Drive: 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Relevance: Mitsubishi Takes Aim at the Market's Hottest New Segment

By now, you're thinking that while all these features are great, they're going to come at a staggering price. Not so, says Mitsubishi. Though not finalized, Mitsubishi says the Outlander Sport will start under $19,000 with fancier SE models starting at $22,000. The real surprise, though, is that a fully-loaded Outlander Sport will top out at just $26,000, roughly $2,000 or so more than a base Tiguan.

In fact, that starting price undercuts most of the segment, including the Tiguan, the Honda CR-V, the Subaru Forester and the Hyundai Tucson, and puts it right on-par with the estimated starting prices of the new Nissan Juke and Kia Sportage. More importantly, the Outlander Sport doesn't suffer for its price, as subsequent drives of a Tiguan and Tucson reveal the little Mitsubishi has easily matched its competition. That's very good for a vehicle competing in a segment expected to double in size by 2013. Is it enough to slay the competition and make Mitsubishi a major contender in the U.S. market again? We'll just have to throw it in a comparison and find out.


2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - Driving Impressions
The all-new Outlander Sport has its sites set on the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage.

What’s Hot:

* 32 mpg highway
* Aggressive front styling
* Roomy for its size
* Great warranty

What’s Not:
* Dash plastic a bit chintzy
* CVT still “motorboats” a bit
I would daily-drive that.
 

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2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Full Test
Maybe 'Sport' Means Something Different in Japanese

What Works (pros):
Quiet ride, smooth engine, slick transmission, FUSE hands-free media system standard.

What Needs Work (cons):
Odd definition of sport, lousy tires, subpar materials quality

Bottom Line:
It may not be fast, but the Outlander Sport looks cool, rides well and costs only $18 grand.
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My dealer has some on order now. Talked with them for a bit and read some car mags. Its pretty weak in the motor area. 148 hp and it has that awful CVT slush box. Was hoping it had the DSG Twin Clutch...but no.

Love the size and looks..but pretty weak in the moving department.

Tried out the new Kia Sportage and WOW, what a machine. The base engine is the 178 hp 4. But come January...look out. The Kia will have a 270 hp Turbo and Dual Clutch DSG automatic/manual tranny.

This will be a killer in the small SUV market. I did some diggin in the dimensions etc and the Sportage has a shorter turning radius than the GTI...and the steering wheel lock to lock is LESS than the GTI.

Took the Sportage for a drive and it is quite the handler. Will give it anoter go when the Turbo hits.
 
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