Mitsubishi wants everyone to stop questioning its future in the U.S. market. At the company’s press conference at the Chicago auto show, Mitsubishi Motors North America Executive Vice President Don Swearingen assured the crowd that Mitsubishi is “here to stay” and detailed plans for a refreshed lineup and new models over the next 16 months.
One of these new production cars doesn’t come as much of a surprise: the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sedan will come to the U.S. market within the next year. We previously reported that this was a likely move for Mitsubishi, as the Mirage is sold in sedan form in other global markets. Mitsubishi also showed a G4 sedan concept in 2013 (pictured above). The Mirage hatchback has sold remarkably well in the U.S.—16,708 units in 2014—and the addition of a sedan, which will likely carry an even lower price than $13,805 hatch, could boost these numbers further.
Mitsubishi will also refresh the rest of its lineup over the next year and a half, including the Lancer compact sedan and the Outlander Sport and Outlander crossovers. These updates will supposedly show a new styling direction for the brand, so expect some sort of corporate grille to permeate across these models. The delayed plug-in hybrid version of the Mitsubishi Outlander will also debut within the next few months after already being on sale in other markets since 2014.
Finally, an all-new Mitsubishi production model will make its debut at the New York auto show later this month. Given that Mitsubishi showed off the GC PHEV concept in Chicago and talked up the Mitsubishi Montero SUV’s legendary history, we think that the New York debut may be an all-new SUV that could resurrect the Montero name.
Stay tuned for more information on these new and updated Mitsubishi production models as we hear more about the brand’s future plans in the U.S.