News of a facelifted Outlander will surprise few, however, after the carmaker revealed a significantly sharpened ‘concept’ in September.
Dubbed ‘Concept S’, the updated Outlander PHEV wore the existing model’s body, but with new front and rear styling inspired by Mitsubishi’s most recent show cars.
This week, Motor Trend reports that Mitsubishi Motors North America’s Don Swearingen has confirmed a debut for the facelifted model at the New York Auto Show in April.
News of an updated Outlander look comes less than three years after the current model’s global debut, which followed the unveiling of the earlier PX-MiEV concepts in 2009 and 2011 - which, in its way, makes the current Outlander’s look more than five years old.
Swearingen also took the opportunity to comment again on the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution’s future - or lack thereof.
"It's time has come and gone," Swearingen told Motor Trend, although the magazine reports that he then hinted at a future performance model inspired by the company’s recent Pikes Peak challenger, MiEV Evolution III.
Reports in recent months have also suggested that Mitsubishi could instead turn its performance attentions to its SUV platforms, which - with a new Lancer still a long way off - are quickly becoming the carmaker’s main focus.