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Kez Casey | Mar, 10 2016 | 3 Comments

Over the next five years Mitsubishi is set to begin its largest product rollout in over a decade, with one new model to be released each year between now and 2021.

If you were waiting for an all-new Lancer, or a Magna/380 replacement however, neither is on the cards - all of the new models planned will arrive in the body of an SUV.

Among them will be models derived from some of the high-profile SUV concepts we've seen in recent years.

Mitsubishi's 2013 Tokyo Motor Show concepts
Mitsubishi's 2013 Tokyo Motor Show concepts

Mitsubishi’s UK Managing Director has indicated that this will be part of the brand's move to becoming a niche SUV manufacturer, with a range of large and smaller SUVs complemented by plug-in hybric and pure electric models.

The first of Mitsubishi’s new models will be all-new and designed to slot in between the ASX and Outlander, taking cues from the XR-PHEV and XR-PHEV II concepts of 2014 and 2015.

Set to offer a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, the XR-PHEV (or whatever production name it assumes) will offer an increased electric capacity compared to the Outlander PHEV, backed up by a small range-extending petrol engine.


At the lower end of the range Mitsubishi will also introduce a model to sit beneath the ASX, targeted more directly at the current crop of small SUVs like the Mazda CX-3.

European customers will be offered a choice of petrol and diesel engines, with a fully electric model, following in the footsteps of the eX Concept (top of page), to join the range around 2018.

The third piece of the puzzle will be an all-new Outlander, replacing the current model that launched globally in 2012. Once again the Outlander will be offered with a choice of petrol, diesel, or plug-in hybrid powertrains.

As for the Pajero, despite the appearance of the GC-PHEV concept of 2013, there is no likely replacement on the horizon. Speaking with TMR, ​Mitsubishi Australia's Shayna Welsh said that there was "no formal announcement about a Pajero replacement".

"We will continue to make improvements to the current model for the foreseeable future," Ms Welsh said.

The final vehicle in the five-vehicle plan is a global launch of the Pajero Sport - already offered in Australia, and some Asian markets, but yet to launched across the globe.

As for a Lancer replacement, it seems that once again Mitsubishi has gone cold on the idea, with no word emerging on when the current Lancer might be phased out, and what (if anything) may take its place.

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