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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has launched its brand new compact crossover at dealerships throughout Japan.

The Mitsubishi RVR which will go on sale in Australia later this year will sit below the Outlander and be driven via the front-wheels only.

The compact crossover is designed to sit between the Lancer and the Outlander, it will be a model to look out as its designed to be extremely fuel efficient, so much so that it qualifies for the stringent Japanese domestic eco-car tax reduction.

It will retail in Japan from ¥1,785,000 to ¥2,449,650, Australian prices are expected to start from around $25,000.

The 4300mm long five-seater Mitsubishi RVR will be powered by a 1.8-liter, 16-valve DOHC MIVEC*1 engine mated to a INVECS*2–III sport mode 6-speed CVT. The Outlander is 4640mm long in comparison.

It will also feature a regenerative braking system (using braking power to generate electricity), electric power steering, improved aerodynamics and other low-fuel consumption technologies.

The Mitsubishi RVR, which will no doubt have a name change before it lands in Australia, will compete head to head with the likes of the Nissan Dualis (which also now starts at $24,990 for the front-wheel drive version) and perhaps even the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Interesting features include HID headlights, a panoramic glass roof (with LED illumination) and push-button ignition. On the inside there is a sense of sportiness with a black color scheme, silver highlights, and smooth, soft padding.

Additional equipment such as a terrestrial digital TV tuner linked to a HDD navigation system and a “link system” with USB, Bluetooth and other connections for music players and other external devices are available on higher models.

More details are due soon as the car will be officially unveiled at Geneva Motorshow




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