The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, arriving in showrooms in September, is main the Japanese automaker’s subsequent part in the design. At a press briefing right here, Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz on Tuesday stated the subcompact crossover was chosen to bear the model’s new design language, partially due to its growing reputation amongst shoppers. It’s Mitsubishi’s second-greatest-promoting mannequin within the U.S. after the Outlander midsize crossover.
“This Outlander Sport has all the time been an excellent vendor for Mitsubishi, so we have to preserve that momentum,” Diaz stated. The 2020 mannequin, first proven on the Geneva Motor Present in March, has a broader and taller look than its predecessor. The outside includes a new grille, rear bumper and LED lamps within the entrance and rear; the T-formed rear lights are designed to be extra seen to different drivers. To boost the outside, 18-inch wheels are standard.
The inside has extra upscale options, together with a brand new eight-inch contact display screen and upgraded seating supplies. Mitsubishi declined to say which mannequin will probably be after getting the model’s new design cues. The chassis and powertrain are taken over from 2019 models, and its inside dimensions stay roughly the identical. Mitsubishi clients who need an electrified powertrain must go for the bigger Outlander sibling for now. Nevertheless, Diaz mentioned, the entire model’s automobiles shall be excited in some kind sooner or later.
Pricing data was not obtainable, however firm representatives stated it would likely be priced close to the present mannequin, which begins at $22,040, together with delivery. Last yr, U.S. gross sales of the Outlander Sport rose 18 % to 39,153. Momentum has slowed in 2019, with U.S. sales of the subcompact crossover down 7.2 % by way of March, although deliveries rose 14 p.c to 5,309 items a past month. The Mitsubishi model had its entire most exceptional month since 2004 when March gross sales rose 37 % to 19,599 models. And the model’s U.S. total sales are up 18 % this yr.
Diaz attributed Mitsubishi’s beneficial properties to digital advertising that pulls millennial consumers. “We have shifted away from TV and extra into digital advertising to pinpoint the patrons that we’re attempting to draw to our model,” he mentioned, “And we will do extra going ahead.”