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Is 2021 a Make-or-Break Year for Mitsubishi?

Like most automakers, Mitsubishi had a rough year in 2020. Rumours spread last fall about Nissan cutting ties with its partner (it holds a 34-percent stake in Mitsubishi), but no such thing is about to happen soon.

Despite being the highest-ranked Japanese brand in the latest J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (ahead of Toyota, Honda, Mazda and, yes, Nissan), there are a number of issues to fix at Mitsubishi, but the brand is hoping that its new products will do a lot of good. In fact, the entire lineup in showrooms will be completely redesigned or updated by the end of spring.

Let’s do a quick overview…

2022 Outlander

The next-generation 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander shares its platform with the 2021 Nissan Rogue. Both models also use the same 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine rated at 181 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque, as well as the same continuously variable transmission.

A unique design and different tuning help the Outlander stay true to the core values of Mitsubishi. No matter how you look at it, the Outlander completely stand out from the Rogue, with a pretty bold evolution of Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” design language.

Meanwhile, it continues to benefit from the acclaimed Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, fitted as standard. On the other hand, the base price has increased to $31,998, something potential customers will have to deal with when the 2022 Outlander arrives in dealerships later this spring.

As for the Outlander PHEV, some technical changes have been made… to the 2021 model. That’s right, the plug-in hybrid variant will continue in its current shape and form for a little while. A more powerful and efficient four-cylinder engine combines with a more powerful electric motor to generate 221 hp. There’s a larger-capacity battery, too, although the resulting increase in all-electric range is just 4 km—up from 35 to 39 km.

2022 Eclipse Cross

For 2022, the Eclipse Cross gets a number of modifications including revised dimensions. The new model gains 10 centimetres in length and is now 14 centimetres longer than the RVR. This has a direct impact on rear-seat legroom and trunk capacity, the latter increasing from 640 litres to 663 litres.

Aesthetically, the change we appreciate the most is the elimination of the unsightly red bar connecting the taillights—one of the biggest complaints from potential customers. Inside, the seats are more comfortable than before, the touchpad is gone and the multimedia controls have been revised, which is a good move.

The 2022 Eclipse Cross returns with the same powertrain, namely a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 152 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Engineers have revised the chassis, mind you, so expect a more stable ride and improved agility in corners.

And the Others?

The 2021 RVR has been on sale since late last year. Mitsubishi previously made a number of updates for 2020, so don’t look for further revisions.

Finally, the 2021 Mirage hatchback gets an extensive exterior redesign and promises to continue as Canada’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle, not to mention one of the cheapest new cars on the market.