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All-New Mitsubishi Outlander, Updated PHEV, and Big Lineup Changes Coming for 2021

Mitsubishi Motors has just announced some big changes to much of the company's lineup of cars and crossovers for 2021. There are no pictures of most of them yet, but there will be new powertrains, all-new models, and safety equipment additions coming between now and next spring.

The biggest change will be to the Outlander crossover, which will be an all-new model debuting in spring 2021 as a 2022 model. Mitsubishi says it will be bigger than before and will be the "quietest and best-equipped Mitsubishi ever sold in Canada." It will get the brand's latest styling language on the outside, and the company says it will have plenty of tech and interior refinements. When we will get more details on the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander? Early next year.

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV won't be all-new, but the plug-in hybrid SUV will get a new powertrain. There aren't any details yet, other than that it will have more displacement, more power, and more all-electric range and capability. The current Canadian car has a 2.0L four-cylinder, 197 hp combined, and a 35-km range, but in Europe, it already offers a 2.4L engine making 133 hp by itself (16 more), along with a rear motor offering 18 hp more than ours and a 13.8 kWh battery in place of 12.0. That's the likely candidate to come here and expect an appreciably quicker 0-100 km/h and passing experience along with a bit more EV range.

The Eclipse Cross has only been on the market for a few years, but it will get an exterior refresh in Q1 of 2021 as well as a new infotainment system and a revised interior.

Arriving around the same time will be the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback. We've already seen the newest facelift for the country's most fuel-efficient gas-only car (according to the automaker), which makes it look more like the company's crossovers on the outside. A new infotainment screen is coming along with new seat fabrics that were announced previously. Forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams are also expected to join the new year's model.

That leaves the RVR, which was largely new for the 2020 model year, and will carry over for 2021. Mitsubishi didn't detail how it will be meted out but said that all of its vehicles will have forward collision mitigation with pedestrian braking join the options list.