It’s not news that the Mitsubishi Outlander has been the brand’s shining star ever since it got a total overhaul for 2016. Now, however, Mitsubishi has chosen to delay the SUV’s next-generation launch. Why? Lately, Mitsubishi has been collaborating with Nissan on a parts-sharing agreement, one that the carmaker hopes will result in a new Outlander platform. This six-month delay could result in the next-generation Outlander sharing a platform with the Nissan Rogue.
Either way, the new Outlander and Outlander Sport models are still a few years away. The next-gen launch was originally slated for sometime early 2019 for the base Outlander or early 2020 for the Sport model. Now, Mitsubishi representatives say the release will be pushed back to 2020 and 2021, respectively. The Renault-Nissan alliance could allow the new models to utilize the same architecture as popular, best-selling Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport models.
The parts supplier involved in the exchange says the similarities won’t be visible on the surface, with the Nissan Rogue and the Outlander retaining unique designs that set them apart from one another. However, underneath, the new Outlander platform will share many attributes in common with the segment-topping Rogue. We at Schaumburg Mitsubishi are eager to see the results of this partnership.