Boxy and bold new Outlander to reach Australia next year, replacing the now eight-year-old third generation
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Between recent spy photos and the appearance of last year's Engelberg concept, it's easy enough to guess at the look of Mitsubishi's 2021 Outlander family SUV.

Boxy. That's the first word that will come to mind for most buyers, but with a muscular look that just about puts the technically more capable Triton ute and Pajero Sport off-roaders to shame.

To give us a clearer picture of what we can expect to see on Australia roads next year, CarAdvice friend Theophilus Chin has merged visible features of the recently spied prototype with the original Engelberg show car.

As with a number of other models in recent years – including Mitsubishi's own offerings – the new Outlander will feature large driving lights in the outboard centre of the front end, with slim running lights set along the bonnet edge.

Mitsubishi's family SUV will escape the slab-sided look that often befalls models of its size and height by cutting a set of character lines and curves through the doors and rear quarter. Likewise, faux wheel arch flaring will appear above a thin line of body cladding.

The rear is rounded out with slender horizontal tail lamps once again (sorry, fans of the Pajero Sport's vertical design) and a high-set rear window. A chunky blind spot will dominate the D-pillar.

The new Outlander is expected to ride on the same architecture underpinning the similarly boxy new Nissan X-Trail, but it's unclear which will come to Australia first.

The new X-Trail has already been revealed, but local timing has not been confirmed – suggesting an Australian launch may still be 12 to 18 months away.

Mitsubishi, for its part, has at least confirmed we won't see its new 'medium' SUV in Australia until 2021.

For more on both models, see our links below.

BELOW: The spied new Outlander

BELOW: the Engelberg concept

BELOW: the current Outlander