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New Mitsubishi Compact SUV Set for Debut in 2017

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Mitsubishi eX Concept Front End

The new Mitsubishi compact crossover will take some design cues from the eX Concept (pictured above)

Since Mitsubishi’s announcement that it will focus its production mostly on SUVs, the industry has been waiting to see what the Japanese carmaker has in store for its lineup. Now, it looks like we’ve got a glimpse of what’s coming—a brand-new compact SUV.

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In a recent interview with Automotive News, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko announced Mitsubishi’s plans to introduce a five-seat small crossover SUV. Masuko said this new crossover would fit between the mid-size Outlander and compact Outlander Sport.

“The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV,” said Masuko in the interview. “We need something to fit in between.”

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The new Mitsubishi compact SUV will make its way to dealers in the fall of 2016. It will specifically target the United States and Europe, available with both gasoline and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Markets other than the US will also receive the option of a diesel variant.

It’s possible that this new Mitsubishi crossover will feature some design elements from the eX Concept, which debuted earlier this month at the Tokyo Motor Show.

News Source: Automotive News (subscription required)