Mitsubishi Previews New Compact Crossover

October 29, 2009

Mitsubishi confirmed more than a year ago that its Concept-cX crossover that starred at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show would eventually enter production and today we have the first official preview sketch of the upcoming vehicle.

Built off Mitsubishi’s new mid-size global platform, the compact crossover will further support the automaker’s strategic shift from being an SUV-focused nameplate to a manufacturer of environment-friendly passenger cars and crossovers.

The new addition will be positioned below the current Outlander and is set to debut in February 2010. Key competitors will include Toyota’s Rav4, the Nissan Rogue, the Honda CR-V and the Subaru Forester.

The base engine will be a 136 horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit churning out 206 pound-feet of torque. It will be mated to Mitsubishi’s Twin Clutch SST gearbox and an all-wheel drive system. The new engine is planned to have class-leading power output courtesy of a high-efficiency turbocharger and high-efficiency combustion characteristics.

No word on any U.S. release date but given the global nature of its new platform, the compact crossver should see a local debut soon after the international launch.

[Mitsubishi]

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