One new Mitsubishi SUV every year till 2021 – report

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Mitsubishi has decided to focus on what it’s good at instead of spreading resources thin across the board, and SUVs/4x4s have been identified as a niche that MMC wants to pursue. We can expect one new SUV from the company every year, until 2021, Auto Express reports, quoting Mitsubishi UK boss Lance Bradley.

The five new SUVs will include a compact Nissan Juke-sized crossover, a larger one that’s bigger than today’s ASX, a new Outlander, and a new Pajero. The ASX will continue to remain in the range until 2020.

This SUV blitz will help MMC’s goal to be a niche manufacturer in the mould of Land Rover, specialising in SUVs with electric powertrains, the report adds.

Of the lot, the B-segment SUV will be one of the first ones to surface. Based on the eX Concept from Tokyo 2015, the Juke-rival is expected to launch in 2018 with petrol, diesel and electric options. Next up will be an SUV that sits in between today’s ASX and Outlander, with a view to replace the former by 2020. It will be based on the XR-PHEV II study.

A new Outlander is also being planned, but that one should be around four years away. The new Pajero seven-seater large SUV will use Triton underpinnings but “look like an SUV”. Exciting times ahead for the brand, but in a different direction.

In Malaysia, Mitsubishi recently previewed the Outlander, a seven-seat SUV powered by a 167 PS/222 Nm 2.4 litre MIVEC engine and CVT gearbox. Imported CBU from Japan, it is priced at RM166,720 OTR excluding insurance. Full report and gallery here.

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Comments

  • ProtonGSC on Mar 10, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This’s improvement on productions, Proton still thinking of 3 years a single new model… Luckily this year seen some improvement in production new models (just hoping no delaying).

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    • Malaysia Where? on Mar 10, 2016 at 5:36 pm

      Proton is so bodoh. They were married to Mitsubishi for 25 years. Not even a single of Proton’s overpaid 1000 over engineers learnt how to build a SUV.

      I am surprised. Mitsubishi is top SUV maker and Proton did not learn anything from Mitsubishi. All makan and tidur only

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      • Strategic error on Mar 10, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        The whole world trending on crossovers SUV but Proton decided to waste rm200m on rebadge old Accord for fun and for the sake of having low volume d-seg car on lineup. Talk about money not well spent.

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  • Muthu on Mar 10, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    1 every year.. make sure quality not quantity.

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  • Danny on Mar 10, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Two new chicks every year.. nyum, nyum :-P~~

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  • policeman on Mar 10, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Learn how to make A pillar trims that fit, Mitsubishi.

    And focus on a turbo charged c-segment sedan with 6 speed manual transmission. Forget about the electric junk.

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  • Huh..no rear air-con vents? rear passengers will sweat like mad in hot weather; or otherwise, full plus the air-con and enjoy the screaming blower fan.

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