Mitsubishi's next-generation Outlander SUV has been spied for the first time, wearing what appears to be a larger body and a face inspired by the Engelberg Tourer concept.
The current, third-generation Outlander has been on sale since 2013, although it received a major facelift in 2015 and a smattering of smaller styling tweaks for the 2019 model year. Although unconfirmed, the new Outlander could be in local showrooms within two years.
When it's revealed, the 2021 Outlander is expected to share its platform with the next-generation Nissan X-Trail, as the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance looks to bring the similar vehicles under its umbrella onto shared underpinnings.
Mitsubishi hasn't confirmed what engines will be offered, but CarAdvice understands the fourth-generation Outlander will be offered with an updated plug-in hybrid powertrain offering around 70km of pure-electric driving range thanks to a larger lithium-ion battery pack. The current model offers 54km of pure-electric driving from its 12kWh battery.
There are plenty of clear styling links between the car pictured here and the Engelberg Tourer revealed earlier this year. The nose is home to a split headlight design with high-set daytime running lights and main-beam headlights mounted lower in the front bumper.
A variation of the brand's latest Dynamic Shield grille features, too. Some of the concept flourishes – like a roof box with integrated LED lights at the front – have naturally been culled in the transition from the motor show floor to production prototype.
Down back, the taillights also have a clear link to the concept. The new Outlander looks like a larger car than the current model, which is already a 'big' car compared to rivals like the new Toyota RAV4.
Measuring 4695mm long and 1710mm tall, the current Outlander is actually 95mm longer and 35mm taller than the Toyota, although the Mitsubishi is 45mm narrower and rides on a 20mm shorter wheelbase.
Although it's getting toward the end of its lifecycle, the Outlander remains a strong seller for Mitsubishi. It's sitting on 11,901 sales to date in 2019, a 9.1 per cent improvement on the same point in 2018, trailing the popular Nissan X-Trail and Hyundai Tucson by barely 1000 sales.