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Mitsusbishi RVR
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE -- 05-12-2011.jpg
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Production 1991–2002, 2010-present
Class Compact MPV
Mini SUV

The Mitsubishi RVR is the name of two unrelated vehicles produced by Mitsubishi Motors, a compact MPV between 1991 and 2002, and a compact crossover which was introduced in 2010.

First Generation (1991–1999)

First generation
Mitsubishi Expo LRV 1.jpg
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi Space Runner
Mitsubishi Expo LRV
Eagle Summit LX
Plymouth Colt Vista
Production 1991–1999
Assembly Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
Predecessor Mitsubishi Chariot
Successor Mitsubishi Space Star
Class Compact MPV
Mini SUV
Body style(s) 4- or 5-door MPV
Layout Front engine,
front- or four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 1.8 L, 2.0 L, 2.4 L
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
4-speed INVECS semi-auto
Wheelbase 2,520–2,550 mm (99.2–100.4 in)
Length 4,290–4,480 mm (168.9–176.4 in)
Width 1,695–1,740 mm (66.7–68.5 in)
Height 1,625–1,730 mm (64.0–68.1 in)
Curb weight 1,380–1,570 kg (3,042–3,461 lb)
Related Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Chariot
Mitsubishi Mirage
Eagle Summit Wagon

The first RVR is a compact MPV, manufactured between 1991 and 2002. It was known as the Mitsubishi Space Runner in Europe and Mitsubishi Expo LRV in the United States, while export markets in Asia and Oceania used the original Japanese name. The RVR was also sold by Chrysler as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista and Eagle Summit Wagon captive imports in North America.[1]

The top models in certain markets used the drivetrain of the first Mitsubishi Galant VR-4; the 4G63T 2.0 L 16V DOHC turbo straight-4 mated to either a four-speed auto or a five speed manual. Open front and rear differentials were used. Power output was rated at 170–184 kW (231–250 PS; 228–247 hp).

Second Generation (1997–2002)

Second generation
Mitsubishi RVR 011.JPG
Production 1997–2002
Class Compact MPV
Mini SUV

The second generation was introduced in 1997.

Third Generation (2010–present)

Third generation
Mitsubishi RVR GA3W.jpg
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors
Also called Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Production 2010–present
Class Compact crossover
Body style(s) 4- or 5-door MPV
Layout Front engine,
front- or four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 1.6, 1.8, or 2.0 L I4
Transmission(s) 5/6-speed manual
6-speed CVT
Wheelbase 2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length 4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Width 1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height 1,615 mm (63.6 in)
Related Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Outlander

The third generation RVR is a compact crossover vehicle, first released in the Japanese domestic market on February 17, 2010.[2] In Europe and Australia it is sold as the Mitsubishi ASX[2] (an abbreviation of "Active Sports Crossover"),and as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in the United States. In Canada it is sold as the Mitsubishi RVR, while in Puerto Rico it keeps both the ASX and Outlander Sport titles as well[3]. It is based on the design of the Concept-cX prototype first exhibited at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show in July 2007.[1][4][5] It was also exhibited at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in September the same year.[6]

Mitsubishi ASX

The Asian RVRs are powered by the 4B10 1.8 litre gasoline engine mated to an INVECS-III continuously variable transmission.[7] North American, Singaporean, Chinese, Malaysian, Philippine and Australian vehicles will get the larger 4B11 2.0 L, while the European ASX will use a new 4A92 1.6 litre gasoline engine. In Europe and also Australia while be avalaible the 4N13 1.8 L direct-injection turbodiesel engine.[8] The whole range of petrol engines - volume 1.6 l (capacity of 117 hp), 1.8 l (140 hp) and 2.0 (150 hp) will be offered in the Russian and Ukrainian market. A front drive vehicle with the engine of 1.6 l will be equipped with mechanical transmission and with the engine of 1.8 l and 2.0 l in the all-wheel drive version – with a variable speed case with Sports mode.

Mitsubishi has concentrated on emphasizing the RVR's fuel economy and low emissions, as part of the company's plan to reposition itself as a maker of smaller and more efficient cars, in contrast to its previous successes building large SUVs.[9] The vehicle is both eligible for an eco-car tax reduction in Japan,[7] and Euro-5 compliant in Europe.[9]

The European ASX will be exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010,[8][9] while the North American Outlander Sport/RVR was revealed at the 2010 New York International Auto Show[10].


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Named: 2011 Mitsubishi RVR", Inside Line, December 4, 2009
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mitsubishi RVR crossover launched in Japan!", Danny Tan,, February 22, 2010
  3. "Mitsubishi launches new ASX model", Puerto Rico Daily Sun, November 30, 2010
  4. "Mitsubishi Concept-cX: Global unveiling of at 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, July 30, 2007
  5. "Mitsubishi Motors lineup at 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, August 29, 2007
  6. "Mitsubishi Motors lineup at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show", Mitsubishi Motors press release, September 7, 2007
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Mitsubishi Motors Launches RVR New Compact Crossover", Mitsubishi Motors press release, February 17, 2010
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Mitsubishi ASX previewed ahead of Geneva", Danny Tan,, January 20, 2010
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Geneva motor show: Mitsubishi ASX SUV", Autocar, 15 February 2010
  10. "New York 2010: Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Debuts With High Expectations", Autoguide, 1 April 2010

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