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2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - February 14, 2019

Model Preview

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport debuted in 2011 and, other than a restyled front end in 2016, has seen no significant updates since. In the hotly contested subcompact crossover segment, this is an eternity. Despite its age, the Outlander Sport remains the best-selling Mitsubishi crossover in the U.S. and the third best-selling in the world. Chances are its popularity is set to rise even further when the redesigned 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport hits showrooms.

Other than its compact size, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will be a significant venture away from the current design language. The 2020 Outlander will take on the latest Mitsubishi styling cues with its Dynamic Shield front end that will boast a two-slat grille, widened headlights, fog lights and turn signals on the outer edges of the bumper, and a half-circle surrounds around the fog lights and turn signals.

Around back, the Outlander Sport’s liftgate will feature a more upright angle while the taillights will feature new graphics and LED lighting. The bumper will be all-new with faux air outlets on the outer edges and a new silver insert.

Inside, much of the old Outlander Sport styling will carry in. What will change will be a new 8-inch touchscreen on the Smartphone-Link Display Audio in place of today’s 7-inch screen. The SDA will also play videos from a USB memory stick on its screen. This larger screen will require mild reworking of the center stack and center air vents, but the rest of the cabin will remain similar to today’s Outlander Sport.

2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

There is no mention of what will power the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. The current model uses a wheezy 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and gets only 30 miles per gallon highway. We could see the freer-breathing 1.5-liter turbocharged engine from the Eclipse Cross transfer into the Outlander Sport to boost its output to 152 hp and 184 pound-feet of torque and increase fuel economy.

The current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is far from a shining example of safety with its scary small-overlap crash-test ratings, but it does have modern active safety devices, including available automatic emergency braking. The jury is still out on whether the new-generation Outlander Sport will have the structural updates it needs to overcome its poor crash-test results, but it should at least have the tech bits needed to qualify for IIHS Top Safety Pick status.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official release date for the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, but it will debut at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show from March 5 through 17. Check back for an estimated on-sale date.

Pricing remains uncertain for the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, but we expect to see a mild price increase relative to the current model, which ranges from $23,190 to $27,590 (destination fees included).

The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will compete with the Honda HR-V, Ford EcoSport, and Jeep Renegade.

Learn about the current Outlander Sport on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 Outlander Sport

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