Another SVP Concept from Mitsubishi Debuts in the UK
With the many auto shows happening overseas, here in the states we sometimes wonder if we’re going to see any of those new models. Sometimes, it could just be a special concept, like the new concepts from Mitsubishi in Tokyo. Other times, we look at a vehicle and wonder why there’s no future of a North American release. Take the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton (L200) pickup truck for example. Even with a rising demand for midsize pickup trucks, Mitsubishi Motors has no plans for an American release of their pickup truck. There are a number of overseas models from Mitsubishi Motors we don’t see around, but there’s always a chance when the concept shows up in the UK. The Commercial Vehicle Show recently concluded, and it’s possible that with the new 2020 Outlander Sport coming around, Mitsubishi may also have plans to improve the Outlander with an off-road package.
Pictured above is the Mitsubishi Outlander Shogun SVP Concept. If that acronym is familiar, that’s because “SVP” stands for Special Vehicle Projects (SVP), the department within Mitsubishi responsible for designing and producing a variety of custom Mitsubishi vehicles. The division is also set on making vehicles with individual personalization options. Their latest customized model was the modified Mitsubishi L200 truck, the Barbarian.
The Barbarian mod focuses more on improving the pickup truck’s appearance rather than function. The Shogun SVP Concept for the Outlander is all about upgrades for an SUV with off-road chops. Mitsubishi worked with Koni and Walkinshaw Performance to develop a new suspension package for better handling and outfitted the Outlander with 18-inch alloy wheels and knobby BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. The wheels seem a little small for an off-road vehicle, and they’re the standard on the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander. The tires must be adding off-road capability because the wheel arches have been extended to accommodate them. For a little functionality, they’re bridged by black side steps, as seen above.
For going off-road in the dark or near dawn, the SVP concept is outfitted with an array of lighting features. These extend from the PIAA driving lamps on the front fascia to the LED light bar on the roof. For added style, all of the existing head- and tail-lamps have blacked-out surrounds, matching the blacked-out rear spoiler, front grille, badges, and decals.
SVP doesn’t just work on the outside of a vehicle. The interior comes with style to match with red trim and lighting to match the exterior accents. With a 2.4-liter turbodiesel inline four-cylinder engine under the hood, the Outlander Shogun generates 181 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. It rides on four-wheel drive and comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s the same setup Mitsubishi has on the Outlander as a standard in other markets. That’s the point we’re trying to make here. Although on the outside, the Outlander Shogun is a concept overseas, the SVP could be previewing an off-road package that Mitsubishi Motors might want to offer on the Outlander. This could be their way of gauging public attention on an off-road vehicle from Mitsubishi. After all, the automaker is a little skidding about entering the U.S. market with an off-road Mitsubishi vehicle.
What do you think? Is it time Mitsubishi Motors brings some of these interesting concepts overseas to the states? How does an off-road Mitsubishi sound? With their long-lasting warranties, consumers could get a lot of use out of a Mitsubishi. Join the discussion on University Mitsubishi social media.