Report: Mitsubishi Delays Crossovers to Explore Parts Sharing With Nissan

Mitsubishi has delayed launching new versions of the Outlander and Outlander Sport as it explores ways to share crossover components with Nissan, reports Automotive News.

Nissan could share the architecture and underlying parts of the Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport with Mitsubishi, a supplier executive told the publication. The move could be part of a plan set forth by Mitsubishi boss Carlos Ghosn to save 49 billion yen ($427.1 million) in the next fiscal year through product sharing, joint manufacturing, and other efforts. Now, the Outlander is slated to debut in late 2019 or early 2020, while the Outlander Sport won’t arrive until after 2020, says another supplier executive involved with the matter.

Although Mitsubishi hasn’t confirmed product delays, it says it’s taking another look at its products. “Now we are reviewing our future product lineup in order to maximize the alliance synergy effect,” spokesman Tetsuji Inoue told AN. “We will announce this matter at an appropriate time.”

As we previously reported, Mitsubishi plans to shrink the Outlander Sport and grow the Outlander. That will make room for the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, a sportier, coupe-styled crossover that will slot between the two models. The Eclipse Cross heads to European dealerships later this fall before coming to the U.S. in early 2018.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front three quarter
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear three quarter
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition front three quarters
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition rear three quarter 03
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front three quarter 08
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV front three quarter 02
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV European Spec 28
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV European Spec 01
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S AWC front three quater in motion 05
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S AWC front three quarter
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S AWC front three quarter in motion 03
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S AWC front three quarter in motion
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander SEL S AWC front three quarter in motion 04
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rear three quarter static1
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport profile
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport rear three quarter motion1
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport interior 1
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear three quarters
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear three quarter 02
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front side 02
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front end 04
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross front three quarter
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross interior
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross rear three quarter 04

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