The new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV has launched amid positive reviews, raising the prospect this is the start of a long but slow crawl back to relevancy for the Japanese automaker that’s lost much of its luster in North America.

In 2016, Nissan rescued beleaguered Mitsubishi, buying a controlling stake and bringing it into the Nissan-Renault Alliance. We were told at the time that Mitsubishi would find its place as an SUV-centric brand with all-wheel-drive expertise and plug-in hybrid technology to share with the family. Future Mitsubishi products would use shared Alliance architectures—starting now with the much-improved new 2022 Outlander, which shares underpinnings with the Nissan Rogue.

MotorTrend spent some time with Mitsubishi global design boss Seiji Watanabe. At the 2017 Tokyo auto show, Mitsubishi showed the e-Evolution concept, a crossover showcasing the company’s future design direction. It is still a vanguard for the new 2022 Outlander, which Watanabe says is the flagship, embodying a more confident design philosophy with a planted stance, sharper hexagonal lines, a raked windshield, and the “dynamic shield” for a grille.

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander Is First of a New Wave

The Outlander is just the “first of the next generation of authentic Mitsubishi [vehicles],” and the “frontrunner of our evolving design strategy,” Watanabe says. He started with the vehicle’s proportions and worked from there to create a bolder Outlander. The SUV’s more premium interior is also a sign of things to come and reflects the company’s desire to elevate Mitsubishi above its status as a value brand.

Still in the pipe is a new version of the Outlander Sport, built on the platform used by the Nissan Kicks, the Nissan Versa, and a new redo of Mitsubishi’s Eclipse Cross compact crossover. Previous plans to introduce the new Outlander Sport next year and add an electric SUV may have been pushed back, but Watanabe

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By: Alisa Priddle
Title: Will Future Mitsubishis Look as Good as the 2022 Outlander?
Sourced From: www.motortrend.com/news/2022-mitsubishi-outlander-design-boss-interview/
Published Date: Mon, 03 May 2021 14:15:33 +0000

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