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2022 Mitsubishi Outlander accidentally leaked! 'Game-changing' Nissan X-Trail twin and Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival gets an early mark

This is the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander before you were meant to see it. (Image credit: Allcarnews)

The next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been accidentally leaked ahead of its reveal early next year, with the new Nissan X-Trail twin and Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5 rival showing off its bold exterior design in multiple images.

Published by Instagram account Allcarnews, the images taken in an open carpark confirm the close resemblance between the upcoming Outlander and the Engelberg Tourer concept that debuted at the Geneva motor show in March 2019.

In fact, the two are near-identical, with the only ‘major’ differences being the bumper inserts, alloy wheels and tailgate. Time will tell if the same is true of their interior designs.

Given the imminent Outlander is set to share its new Alliance platform with the aforementioned X-Trail, the latter’s 2.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine is expected to be one of the former’s powertrain options.

Also likely for the eagerly anticipated Outlander is a PHEV (plug-in hybrid) alternative that should once again combine a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with two electric motors.

The upcoming Outlander and the Engelberg Tourer concept are near-identical. (Image credit: Allcarnews) The upcoming Outlander and the Engelberg Tourer concept are near-identical. (Image credit: Allcarnews)

As reported, Mitsubishi Australia has confirmed autonomous emergency braking will be standard across the fresh Outlander range as part of an expanded suite of advanced driver-assist systems. It’s expected to go on sale locally later in 2021.

Needless to say, expectations are high for the latest RAV4 and CX-5 challenger, with Mitsubishi claiming in July “this game-changing vehicle will surprise many.” Stay tuned.