Design sketch shows car that will go on sale in the UK next summer

Mitsubishi has released a design sketch for an all-new compact crossover, which will go on sale in the UK next summer.

The Nissan Qashqai rival will use Mitsubishi's mid-size global platform, which is also the basis for cars including the Lancer and Outlander.

Hi-res design sketch picture plus spy photos of the new Mitsubishi crossover

The sketch clearly shows that the car will have Mitsubishi's signature jet fighter front end, and take other styling touches from the 2007 cX concept, on which it is based.

The car is also being touted as significant for marking another step in Mitsubishi's business plan to shift from being a 4x4-focused manufacturer to a maker of environmentally friendly passenger cars and crossovers.

Initial reports suggest that the crossover is likely to be sold with clean, small-capacity diesel and petrol engines, and could also be sold as a plug-in hybrid by 2013.

The cX concept was powered by a 134bhp 1.8-litre diesel with 207lb ft at 2000rpm, and a production version of the unit is expected to achieve similar performance.

The company identifies its 'environmental' cars as the i-MiEV, Colt, Lancer, Grandis, this new compact crossover and Outlander.

Mitsubishi has also pledged to continue to build off-road and work-focused 4x4s, which it identifies as the Shogun and L200.

The new compact crossover will go on sale in Japan from next February, but will be unveiled to the European markets at March's Geneva motor show.

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29 October 2009

Is this the low emissions version with that plate on the rear? Doesn't look as exciting as the drawing suggests though an Evo version of this would be interesting

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