With the success attained by the Xpander, Montero Sport, and Strada, Mitsubishi seems to be doubling down on the three nameplates in the coming years while adding a few more. In a presentation by the brand, a slide outlined the plans of the Japanese brand in its ASEAN lineup. The Philippines can come to expect these three models to get an update next year, but noticeably absent is the ever-loved Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4.
However, to make up for those two, it seems that the brand will be fielding up to four new crossovers or SUVs of varying segments. This is following the discontinuation of the Pajero, which was arguably one of Mitsubishi’s more iconic nameplates in the market.
Taking a closer look at the slide, we see that there will be at least one model that features the “Realization of MMC-ness,” which could mean that it will be a culmination of all of Mitsubishi’s best engineering and tech features. We could see a new hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), and it is quite possible that we will see something similar to the Engelberg concept reaching the production line, but that could be wishful thinking.
As to the timeline itself, awe could see a subcompact crossover, a midsize crossover or SUV, and perhaps HEV or fully electric versions of those models, since their silhouettes look very similar.
A few new and fresh models might be what Mitsubishi needs. As it stands, the brand sells a lot of MPVs and crossovers, and the fanfare of the Xpander when it was first launched was very notable. Mitsubishi introducing a new nameplate is something worthy of attention. The Xpander was a hit back in 2018, with dealerships struggling to keep up with demand, but can Mitsubishi recreate the success it garnered back then with its future plans? That remains to be seen, time will tell, and we can’t wait.