Mitsubishi RVR, or mini Outlander coming to India early-mid 2011

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The compact SUV segment in India doesn’t have many players. Of course we have the Premier Rio, but I for one would prefer riding an Atlas Goldline Super bicycle than driving one. The soon to be launched Skoda Yeti will properly herald a new segment in the Indian auto market, and Mitsubishi strategists have decided to have the Czech crossover in company of their own Japanese counterpart.

Mitsubishi, if the good blokes at Autocar are to be believed, have already made up their mind to launch the compact and trendy RVR, a scaled down version of the thoroughly capable Outlander in India. The company plans to bring the compact SUV to India by early-mid 2011. Originally launched in 1991, the 2010 version of the vehicle was released in Japan this February. The compact SUV was also displayed at the Geneva Motor show earlier this year in March.

In Europe the RVR will be known as the Mitsubishi ASX (an abbreviation of Active Sports Crossover), and as Outlander Sport in America. Based on the design of the Mitsubisih Concept-cX , the RVR shares its platform with the Outlander, albeit with a smaller wheelbase, shorter overhangs and lesser length. Although there are petrol engines are available for the vehicle, gas guzzling SUV don’t fare too well in India. We expect the car to sport the 1.8-litre turbo, direct injection diesel dishing out close to 147 bhp of power and 300Nm of turning force. Expect the vehicle to be mated to a six speed manual and a four-speed continuously variable transmission in India.

The price of the five seater variant of the SUV is expected to be around Rs 15 lakh ex-showroom – which will give an excellent option to people who want a reasonably priced world class SUV with a diesel option. Bring it on, Mitsubishi – you sure got a winner at hand!

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