Saturday 22 July 2017

Coming out of the shadows into the motoring spotlight . . . two new crossovers from the East

Mitsubishi's debutant is expected to be styled on the XR-PHEV concept
Mitsubishi's debutant is expected to be styled on the XR-PHEV concept
Subaru will show their second-generation XV crossover
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

They are coming out of the shadows and into the dazzling lights of the motoring world.

Manufacturers are well on their way already with sneak previews and hints and teases of the new cars they will reveal at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show in March.

It's little wonder, I suppose, that two of this week's 'hints' are compact crossovers/SUVs.

It's the genre which accounted for one-in-four of all cars bought in Europe last year and that proportion is likely to increase this year.

Mitsubishi's debutant (top) is expected to be styled on the XR-PHEV concept which was shown initially way back in 2013.

It is, Mitsubishi say, the first of a new generation of cars from the marque.

The coupe-like SUV will join the underrated ASX and larger Outlander to bolster the range.

They're not giving much away but are saying it will be much 'sharper' looking than a conventional coupé-type SUV.

As you'd expect they are promising all sorts of radical looks and design and breakthroughs - among them: "highly chamfered contours with a wedge-shaped belt line and a distinctive V-line in the rear quarter stemming from the forward-slanted C-pillar and the chunky, muscular rear fenders".

In other words it should look fairly smart.

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Subaru will show their second-generation XV crossover

Meanwhile, Subaru will show their second-generation XV crossover (above) at the show in the Austrian capital.

It will be based on a new platform and will have, of course, the company's renowned symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.

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