Mitsubishi RVR
ManufacturerMitsubishi Motors
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV (1991–2002)
Subcompact crossover SUV[1] (2010–present)
Body style4-door wagon (1991–2002)
5-door wagon (1997–2002)
5-door SUV (2010–present)

The Mitsubishi RVR is a range of cars produced by Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors from 1991 to 2002 and then from 2010 until present. The first two generations were classified as compact multi-purpose vehicles (MPV), and the model introduced in 2010 is a subcompact crossover SUV.[1]

The RVR was Mitsubishi's Recreational Vehicle debut during the Japanese economic boom. The cars were sold at the Mitsubishi Japan dealership chain called Car Plaza. RVR is an acronym for "Recreation Vehicle Runner". In addition, the original logo had a Cyrillic Я on the first letter, so that it reads ЯVR. It had a convenient size passenger cabin and spacious 4–5 person capacity with a youth-oriented approach, making it appealing to young people. Television commercials in Japan used Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck as spokespeople.[2] It was also developed and released during Japan's "bubble economy", and gained popularity due to the convenience of a passenger side sliding door.

It was a tall wagon with some off-road characteristics, targeting the "sports gear" or outdoor lifestyle market. This approach was similar to the one used by Honda when they introduced the Honda CR-V. The RVR had an especially good sales record in the beginning, even with the decline of the RV sales boom. Sales later declined, and the original RVR was discontinued in August 2002.

The reintroduction of the "Sports Gear" RVR nameplate is an attempt to inherit the popularity of the first generation vehicle. It was released in Japan on 17 February 2010. It does not feature a rear sliding door, due to the current perception that SUVs have conventional doors, and sliding doors are typically installed on family vehicles. The RVR logo no longer uses the inverted Cyrillic "Я" on the first letter.

First generation (N10/N20; 1991)

First generation (N10/N20)
Also calledMitsubishi Space Runner
Mitsubishi Expo LRV
Dodge Colt Wagon
Eagle Summit Wagon
Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon
AssemblyNagoya Plant, Okazaki, Aichi Japan
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style4-door wagon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
RelatedMitsubishi Chariot
Mitsubishi Galant
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
4-speed INVECS semi-auto
Wheelbase2,520–2,550 mm (99.2–100.4 in)
Length4,290–4,480 mm (168.9–176.4 in)
Width1,695–1,740 mm (66.7–68.5 in)
(JDM vehicles at 1695mm only)
Height1,625–1,730 mm (64.0–68.1 in)
Curb weight1,380–1,545 kg (3,042–3,406 lb)

The first generation RVR, introduced February 1991, is a compact MPV, manufactured for 1991-2002 and marketed as the Mitsubishi Space Runner in Europe and Mitsubishi Expo LRV in the United States. Export markets in Asia and Oceania used the Japanese market name. The RVR was also marketed by Chrysler as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Wagon and Eagle Summit Wagon captive imports in North America.[3] Its "tall wagon" configuration traces to Italdesign's 1978 Lancia Megagamma concept.

Mitsubishi RVR Hyper Sports Gear-R (Japan)
Mitsubishi RVR Hyper Sports Gear-R (Japan)

The Hyper Sports Gear R trim package in Japan 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 which was not offered in North America. Open front and rear differentials were used on vehicles equipped with 4WD. Power output was rated at 170–184 kW (231–250 PS; 228–247 hp). In Japan, the RVR saw competition from the Nissan Rasheen, the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V, the Subaru Forester, and the Suzuki Escudo.

Mitsubishi Space Runner (Europe)
Mitsubishi Space Runner (Europe)

The RVR was essentially a second generation Mitsubishi Chariot (marketed in some markets as the Space Wagon) with a shortened chassis but sharing the components of the longer variant. Its tall wagon body style featured two rows of seats, equipped with a single rear door and, in all markets, a single sliding door on the passenger side. The Mitsubishi sliding door latched to a "B" pillar, whereas those of the Toyota and Nissan vehicles did not. The rear windows did not retract but were forward hinged. The rear windows on the longer Chariot did retract into the doors.

The fuel tank access door was on the right side for all versions sold internationally. In the LHD models, which had the sliding door on the right side, an interlock prevented the door from opening too far when the fuel filler door was open.

The standard installed fixed position rear bench seat arrangement could accommodate three persons and the seatbacks had a 50:50 split: the reclining seat backs could be folded forward, flat upon the seats, and then the seat cushion could be detached at the rear and folded up and forward towards the front seats, leaving a flat floor for large cargo items. When the entire bench was removed, the flat floor extended all the way from the back of the front seats to the rear hatchback door. The optional sliding bench rear seats could accommodate three people, with the setup allowing rear seat passengers additional leg room by sliding the entire rear seat assembly back. Depending on seating arrangements, the rear seats can then produce a large enough interior space by sliding the seats completely forward, then extending the seatbacks completely flat.

Originally installed with a naturally aspirated 2.0L/1.8L petrol engine, it was later introduced with a diesel turbo engine model thereafter. The mid-model sports model with a detuned type of turbo engine 4G63 is also carried on the Lancer Evolution its "X3" and "Super Sport Gear" and offered an optional sliding metal sunroof. In North America, a 2.4L (2,351cc) 101 kW engine was available on FWD versions, and standard on AWD versions at least as early as MY 1993. The final and most powerful model, the "Hyper Sports Gear", was added in January 1997.

Due to platform sharing with the longer Chariot, and the benefit of development time, many of the mechanical components from past Galant contributions with new mechanism improvements, the RVR is basically reliable and robust. However, the individual is about 60,000 km Automatic Transmission capable, greet life with a plug cord about three years, would upset the sensors and around the throttle servo mechanism (such as not idling as symptoms appear), etc.

Automatic Transmission shift lock was mechanism instead of an electrical control, a unique method that deregulation was mechanically wire extending from the brake pedal. This was also the advantage of being unaffected by the battery.

North America

The Mitsubishi RVR was sold at north american Mitsubishi dealerships under the Expo nameplate, they were available in a few different trim levels, all wheel drive or front wheel drive were offered, 2.4 4G64 and 1.8 4G93 four cylinder engines, diesel engines were not offered, transmission options were 4 speed auto or a 5 speed manual, the expo models were sold from 1991-1995 at the end of 1995 year the expo model was discontinued in north america.

Eagle Summit DL wagon
Eagle Summit DL wagon
Eagle Summit DL wagon
Eagle Summit DL wagon

In North America the RVR was also sold and marketed by Chrysler as the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista Wagon and Eagle Summit Wagon captive imports in North America.[3] as station wagon models of the Dodge/Plymouth Colt and the Eagle Summit. As those were rebadgings of the Mitsubishi Mirage and Lancer, the cars didn't share much beyond the nameplate. These Wagons were sold for model years 1992-1996 and replaced the Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista and the Canada-only Eagle Vista Wagon, all based on the previous generation Mitsubishi Chariot.

The Summit Wagon was available in DL and LX trims, as well as in a four-wheel drive version considered a trim level of its own. As a compact MPV, it was marketed as a small car with the roominess of a minivan with its interior offering high seating positions and removable rear seats.[4]

Second generation (N60/N70; 1997)

Second generation (N60/N70)
Mitsubishi RVR (facelift)
Also calledMitsubishi Space Runner
AssemblyNagoya Plant, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style4/5-door wagon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
RelatedMitsubishi Chariot Grandis
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
4-speed INVECS semi-auto
Wheelbase2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length4,280–4,480 mm (168.5–176.4 in)
Width1,695–1,780 mm (66.7–70.1 in)
Height1,650–1,720 mm (65.0–67.7 in)
Curb weight1,380–1,570 kg (3,042–3,461 lb)

The second generation was introduced in 1997. This generation was split into the regular, more minivan-like RVR GDI and the RVR Sports Gear with sporting off-road pretensions. Thanks to various bumper and fender extensions, the Sports Gear was too large to classify as a compact car in Japan and was thus placed in a considerably higher tax grouping. This generation RVR was not sold in North America (except Mexico). In Europe, this car was restyled and sold as the Mitsubishi Space Runner.[5]

The model offers a significant facelift, which was done to mirror the image design of the Chariot Grandis and its brisk sales in 1999 at the time. Standard grades of "X" (later the "Exceed") and type of sport "sports gear" is classified into, the standard type "X" is a 1.8L gasoline engine, "Sports Gear" is a 2.4L GDI engine with a turbo engine or 2L 4G63. Vehicles installed with the 2.4 L. engine were liable for additional yearly tax charges in Japan due to the engine size exceeding the Japanese regulations concerning engine displacement, and the width of the vehicle was 1,780 millimetres (70 in). Vehicles with the smaller engines were installed in vehicles with reduced width at 1,695 millimetres (66.7 in) so that buyers weren't liable for additional taxes. The high performance model "Sports Gear X3", came with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with self-leveling xenon headlights, and the original seat had been an interwoven pattern image of hummingbirds.

Third generation (GA/XA/XB/XC/XD; 2010)

Third generation (GA/XA/XB/XC/XD)
Mitsubishi ASX (first facelift)
Also calledMitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
DesignerNorihiko Yoshihime[6]
Body and chassis
ClassSubcompact crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
PlatformMitsubishi GS platform
Wheelbase2,670 mm (105.1 in)
Length4,295 mm (169.1 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,625 mm (64.0 in)
64.2 in (1,631 mm)
PredecessorMitsubishi Pajero iO

The third generation RVR, which is a subcompact crossover SUV, first released in the Japanese domestic market on 17 February 2010.[7] The name RVR is only used in Japan, South Korea, and Canada. In Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Mexico, the Philippines, China, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Nepal, Myanmar, New Zealand, Taiwan, the Middle East, South Africa, Russia, and Australia, it is sold as the Mitsubishi ASX[8] (an abbreviation of "Active Sports Crossover"), and as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in the United States, Argentina, Indonesia and Brazil.[9] In Puerto Rico, it uses both the ASX and Outlander Sport titles.[10] It is based on the design of the Mitsubishi Concept-cX prototype first exhibited at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show in July 2007.[3][11][12] It is a return to the original concept of offering the platform used for the longer Mitsubishi Outlander with reduced seating capacity to five people, while sharing components of the longer vehicle, demonstrating a corporate decision to return Mitsubishi to smaller, fuel efficient vehicles in favor of larger, truck-based products. It was also exhibited at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in September the same year.[13] In Japan, buyers must pay an additional tax due to the exterior dimensions exceeding Japanese government regulations for cars classified as "compact".

The ASX's 4A92 1.6-liter MIVEC engine
The ASX's 4A92 1.6-liter MIVEC engine

The Asian RVRs are powered by the 4B10 1.8 L petrol engine mated to an manual or INVECS-III continuously variable transmission.[14] North American, Singaporean, Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Philippine, and Australian vehicles get the larger 4B11 2.0 L and 4B12 2.4 L engines starting from 2015 model year), while the European ASX use a new 4A92 1.6 L petrol engine. In Europe and Australia the 4N13 1.8 L direct-injection turbodiesel engine is also available as options. With the 2015 model year update in Europe, the Mitsubishi 4N1 engine was replaced with PSA's DV6C engine. Much of the petrol engine range – 1.6 L (117 hp), 1.8 L (140 hp), and 2.0 L (150 hp) – is offered in the CIS market.


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.[15] The vehicle is both eligible for an eco-car tax reduction in Japan,[14] and Euro-5 compliant in Europe.[15] In Australia, the ASX received a 5 out of 5 star safety rating from ANCAP.[16]

The European ASX was exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010,[17][15] while the North American Outlander Sport/RVR was revealed at the 2010 New York International Auto Show.[18] Between 2012 and 2015 production of the Outlander Sport began in Mitsubishi's Illinois plant, for both the North American and a number of export markets.[19]

In Malaysia, the third generation Mitsubishi RVR was launched in November 2010 as the Mitsubishi ASX. At launch, only one variant was available which was fully imported and powered by a 2.0 L 4B11 engine paired with a CVT transmission.[20] In January 2012, the sole variant was updated with larger alloy wheels, push-start button, better sportive front seats and auto-retractable side mirror.[21] The first facelift was introduced in May 2013 which made features from the limited run Euro edition standard including a panoramic glass roof, auto rain, auto light sensors and GPS navigation with Bluetooth/iPod connectivity.[22] In February 2014, locally assembled models went on sale now with two variants: 2WD and 4WD.[23] Since first launching in 2010, there has been 4 limited editions of the ASX: 'Euro' in August 2012 (limited to 200 units),[24] 'Designer Edition' in November 2014 (limited to 180 units),[25] 'Orange Edition' in June 2016 (limited to 180 units)[26] and 'Adventure' in November 2017 (limited to 60 units).[27]

A third facelift was unveiled prior to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The front received Mitsubishi's latest 'Dynamic Shield' design language.[28] In many markets this was to become the 2020 model year RVR/ASX/Outlander Sport. The facelift introduces a new front fascia design, new 18" alloy wheels, and a redesigned Smartphone Display Link (SDL) infotainment system with optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a new eight-inch touchscreen display.

In the U.S., the Outlander Sport gains a new SP trim to replace the previous LE trim, and includes the Smartphone Display Link (SDL) infotainment system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, front and rear undercovers, a Carbon-style front grille, and heated front seats. An ES Convenience Package also adds more value to the base ES trim also adds the Smartphone Display Link (SDL) infotainment system and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. All trims receive LED headlamps and Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs), and a roof spoiler as standard equipment. The 148-horsepower, 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder (I4) engine is standard on the ES and SE trims, while a 166-horsepower, 2.4-litre inline four-cylinder engine is standard on the SP and GT trims. The smaller 2.0 option is also now available with all-wheel drive (AWD) in addition to the standard front-wheel drive (FWD). New exterior color options include Sunshine Orange Metallic, Red Diamond (replacing Rally Red), and Oak Brown Metallic (replacing Quartz Brown Metallic). The interior fabric style is also redesigned for 2020 on all trims aside from the GT with a new pattern.[29]

For the 2021 model year, two new trim levels were added to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport: The Limited Edition (LE) and the Black Edition (BE). Limited edition models receive black 18-inch wheels, black outside mirrors, and a black grille. Interior upgrades on the LE include red accent stitching. The BE trim receives nearly ten different styling upgrades, including a large rear body spoiler, gloss black front and rear air dams with red accents, and a special alloy fuel filler door. The Outlander Sport Black Edition comes in four colors: Red Diamond, Pearl White, Black Labrador, and Sunshine Orange.[30]


First facelift

Second facelift

Third facelift

Annual production

Fiscal Year Production Total
Japan United
China Malaysia Brazil
Okazaki Mizushima
2009 6,915 6,915
2010 134,004 134,004
2011 145,608 145,608
2012 103,603 39,998 8,205 151,806
2013 79,381 69,766 41,484 190,631
2014 101,473 61,974 60,892 3,870 228,209
2015 93,282 38,186 46,256 2,310 7,560 187,594
2016 138,324 33,927 2,168 1,740 176,159
2017 85,493 34,586 32,617 618 8,018 161,332
2018 8 112,173 25,628 416 3,964 142,189
Total 888,091 146,759 209,924 249,009 5,512 25,152 1,524,447

(Sources: Facts & Figures 2013, Facts & Figures 2018, Facts & Figures 2019, Mitsubishi Motors website)
including OEM production supply (Citroën C4 Aircross and Peugeot 4008)


Year U.S.[31] Europe[32] China[33] Australia
2010 1,690 20,935
2011 16,443 48,520
2012 18,091 32,265
2013 24,951 26,468 36,054
2014 31,054 35,295 55,420
2015 36,966 45,228 50,781 13,557[34]
2016 33,067 39,241 35,146 18,126[35]
2017 33,160 39,160 29,333 19,403[36]
2018 39,153 30,958 29,789 19,034[37]
2019 33,644 30,622 19,871 20,806[38]
2020 28,836 17,983 10,137 14,056[39]
2021 34,216 14,764[39]


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