Mitsubishi has confirmed that it will add a compact crossover to its lineup in the U.S.
The Japanese automaker looks to continue its double-digit sales growth in the U.S. with a five-seater compact crossover that will likely take styling cues from the eX concept that recently debuted at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. In terms of size, the new Mitsubishi offering will be smaller than the Mazda CX-5 and will aim at competing with the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage models. As a result, it will slot between the existing Outlander and Outlander Sport models.
Production for the new model will begin in fall 2017 and its main markets will be the U.S. and Europe. As part of the company’s revival plans, Mitsubishi has placed a focus on crossover and SUV markets, forgoing sports cars such as the Lancer Evolution, which has been axed. Its U.S. sales jumped 26 percent through September to 73,257 units. The company expects to see its U.S. sales post another double-digit increase next year with the midyear arrival of the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid.
[Source: Automotive News]
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