Italian designer Alessandro Dambrosio will head up studios in Japan and Germany for Mitsubishi's next-gen styling revolution.

Mitsubishi has confirmed another new addition to its ranks, as the newest member of the Renault Nissan Alliance (now the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance) works to sharpen its global operations.

This time it's in design, with Milan-born designer Alessandro Dambrosio to lead the caltrop brand's three design studios: Okazaki and Tokyo in Japan, and Frankfurt, Germany.

Dambrosio comes to Mitsubishi from the Volkswagen Group, where he worked on the Polo and Passat, along with more premium offerings like the Audi A4 and A5, the Audi TT Sportback concept, the Lamborghini Egoista concept and the Bentley Bentayga.

Earlier, Dambrosio worked with Fiat Group, where he contributed to the styling of Alfa Romeo's 159, Giulietta hatch and Mito hatch, and the Kamal SUV concept. He also worked on the Maserati Grancabrio, Maserati MC concept and the 2002 Lancia Granturismo show car.

In his new role, Dambrosio will report to global design chief Tsunehiro Kunimoto, who has been with Mitsubishi since 2016, after a four-decade tour with Nissan.

"Alessandro is a very experienced and skilled designer with a long career at leading car companies," Kunimoto said in announcing the appointment.

"Alessandro is joining at an exciting time when we are working on concepts for the future of Mitsubishi Motors styling. With his passion and well-developed understanding of brand values, he will be an extremely valuable addition to our design team."

As for Kunimoto himself, his earlier work with Nissan included contributions to the 2001 Z Concept, the Infiniti FX, the Juke and, most impressively for fans, the R32 Skyline.