Call it a shot in the arm or engineering synergies, in either case it’s a win-win situation for Nissan-Renault’s newest member Mitsubishi. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi merger is in focus as the product-line up gets finalised. As expected, new or replacement Mitsubishi models will benefit substantially from Nissan. Take for instance the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander which will be built on Nissan Rogue’s platform. This means the new Outlander will be longer and wider than the other Mitsubishi crossovers in its range. This is a smart move that will go a long way in helping differentiation between models like the Outlander Sport and the compact Eclipse Cross.
The Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi that will benefit from the fruit of the alliance and there are plans to introduce a plug-in hybrid variant in 2021.
Although the underpinnings of the Rogue and the Outlander will be the same, the alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn said that Mitsubishi should have its own agendas, set-ups, design and engineering.
Other Mitsubishi models earmarked for Nissan platforms include the smaller Outlander Sport which will be built on Nissan Versa platform which is also shared with Kicks and the Juke CUV.
For pick-up intensive markets like US, Australia, Thailand there’s a possibility that the Navara underpinnings could be used for Mitsubishi mid-sized pick-up.