A fresh report out of the United States suggests that the next-generation version of the Mitsubishi Outlander will be built on Nissan X-Trail underpinnings.
Of course, Mitsubishi is now firmly a part of an alliance with Renault and Nissan, so the sharing of architecture seems inevitable.
According to Motor Trend, the new Outlander is scheduled to arrive in 2021, running on an Alliance platform shared with the X-Trail. The report suggests it will be both longer and wider than the current Outlander to “better differentiate it” from the Eclipse Cross and ASX.
Meanwhile, a next-generation version of the ASX (which bears the Outlander Sport badge in the US) is on the cards for 2022, likely employing the Alliance platform that underpins the Juke and Kicks.
The Mirage, too, is expected to be reinvented, with earlier reports suggesting it would grow in size and share a platform and powerplants with the Renault Clio and Nissan Micra.
Then, of course, there’s the likelihood that the next-generation versions of the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton – as well as other pickups that share their underpinnings (like the Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class and Renault Alaskan, and the Triton-based Fiat Fullback) could be co-developed and ultimately all run on the same platform.
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