2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport refreshed again


A mysterious electric SUV isn’t the only vehicle Mitsubishi is bringing to the Geneva Motor Show. The company is also showing a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (or ASX as it’s known in some markets). And yes, despite the fact the Outlander Sport hasn’t been completely redesigned since its introduction in the 2011 model year, is only giving it a mild update.

Up front, the entire fascia is changed with all-new headlights, grille and front bumper. It’s all more angular, and appears to be a blend of the Eclipse Cross and that electric SUV concept teased recently. It’s easily the most successful part of the refresh. The sides are unchanged save for some chrome fake fender vents. The back features new LED taillights and a rear bumper with a faux skid plate rather than a faux diffuser.

The inside is almost unchanged except for the new infotainment screen. At 8 inches, it’s an inch larger than the old model. It also has the ability to play videos from a USB flash memory stick when the car is parked.

Powertrain options for the U.S. haven’t been announced, but we expect it will use the same 148-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder currently available, plus its associated drivetrains. The current model can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive, with just a CVT on all-wheel drive models, and an available manual on front-driver versions.

One final interesting aspect about the just getting a refresh again is that it’s the best-selling Mitsubishi in America, and the third-best worldwide. It seems strange to give so little love to a relatively successful model. Then again, the crossover has probably mostly paid for itself by now and it keeps selling, so perhaps Mitsubishi is just trying to maximize returns while it works on the smaller next-generation version.

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