The all-new design study is the centre piece of the Mitsubishi Motors exhibit at the New York International Auto Show.
Mitsubishi says the diamond white Outlander GT Prototype infuses performance and design inspiration from Mitsubishi's Lancer sport sedans and provides clear indicators of the future of Outlander.
"The Outlander GT Prototype is packed with technology, performance and premium features that are uncommon in the compact SUV class," commented John Koenig, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
"Along with its faster heartbeat, we also wanted to quicken pulses by channelling the look of our sportiest cars."
A front grille design inspired by the Lancer Evolution's "jet fighter" look is clearly in play on the Outlander GT Prototype, which sports complementary new design elements, such as a reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and hood, he said.
Reshaped Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, a new rear bumper and side sills, plus a bold polished finish on the already standard aluminium roof panel accentuate the sporty appeal.
The Outlander GT Prototype also benefits from improvements to the all-aluminium 3.0-litre, SOHC, MIVEC V6 currently found in the Outlander XLS, including a reduction in intake restriction plus optimised camshaft timing and compression ratio.
The engine changes raise maximum output by seven kilowatts, for a total of 172kW, with an improved torque curve for more responsive city driving and enhanced fuel economy and emissions.
To further increase fuel economy, the Outlander GT Prototype features an upgraded shifting program and Idle Neutral Logic, which automatically, and smoothly, shifts into neutral during vehicle standstill.
It re-engages at the slightest lift of the foot off the brake pedal, thereby providing instantaneous response.