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Expect big changes when the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is revealed at the 2015 New York auto show in April.

The heavily facelifted model – which was presaged by the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept S at last year’s Paris motor show – is said to bring significant changes, including new front and rear designs, as well as a new interior.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S17

CarAdvice’s spies have seen the facelifted model undergoing testing under heavy camouflage in recent months, and the changes could mirror the exact face of the heavily-stylised Concept S model with a new bonnet. There will almost certainly be new, slimmer headlights, a revised grille, and a reworked front bumper treatment.

The rear of the car is also set to see changes, including a broad tail-light assembly that follows the front-end in its X-shape form.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S13

Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president Don Swearingen said the new model will follow the Concept GC-PHEV – a precursor to the new-generation Pajero – that was on show at this week’s Chicago auto show.

“We brought the Concept GC-PHEV to Chicago because it showcases into our future technology and design themes,” he said. “The Concept showcases aggressive styling and a level of refinement that will be coming to Mitsubishi vehicles. All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander, which will make its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April.”

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S14

Little else is known, but an updated interior and revisions to the drivetrains on offer in the current Outlander range – a choice of 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol, 2.2-litre turbo diesel and petrol-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – are likely.

It is understood the new-look Outlander should hit showrooms in the first half of 2015 in Australia.

Stay tuned for more on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander in the coming weeks.