Mitsubishi may have fallen on hard times, but there's some fight in the old dog yet? The manufacturer is set to unveil its new Outlander, for the European (and SA) market, at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
Though capitalising immensely on the 4X4 heritage of its Pajero stablemate, the latest Outlander is said to maintain its passenger car-like comfort levels.
Built on a new modular global platform, which will be used across the Mitsubishi range of passenger vehicles, the soft-roader uses an all-wheel control drive train with independent suspension.
With styling greatly inspired by the larger Pajero, the Outlander's bulging fenders, flared wheel arches and definite creases are especially intimidating in the V6-Concept guise being prepared for Geneva.
The metallic grey concept is shown with a white roof and white exterior accents. The aluminium roof panel used is a development of technology first tested with the Lancer Evolution IX.
Matching the precedent set by its racier Evo stablemates, the prototype showcases Mitsubishi?s new 3,0-litre V6 MIVEC powerplant that will head a line-up of 2.0-, 2.2- and 2.4 ? litre turbodiesel and petrol engines.
The Outlander will share its Geneva platform with a prototype version of the next generation Lancer Evolution X.
The revised Outlander range will be released across Europe from the first quarter of 2007 with South African release dates still to be confirmed.