An automotive alliance could have a major impact on an upcoming model of the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Automotive giants Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have had an alliance since 1999, and now Renault and Nissan — which controls Mitsubishi — are talking about a merger. The companies, however, aren’t waiting for a merger to make a big move.
As part of the alliance’s attempt to make further inroads in the American crossover market, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will reportedly be based on the wider, longer frame of the Nissan Rogue. That would make the Outlander noticeably different in size from Mitsubishi’s other crossover vehicles, the Outlander Sport and the Eclipse Cross. The 2021 Outlander may also have a plug-in, hybrid model.
While the Outlander and Rogue will share the same base, they’ll be different enough to have their own design and marketing strategies.
The Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi to benefit from sharing a Nissan platform, but others could follow. The Outlander Sport will reportedly be built on the same frame used by the Nissan Versa, Kicks, and Juke. There are also rumors that Mitsubishi might build a mid-sized truck on an alliance platform. That’s a move that would make customers hungry for such a vehicle very happy. Until then, come to Biggers Mitsubishi and take a test drive of a new 2018 Outlander!