Take a quick look at the current 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport:

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Are you asleep yet? Okay, so it doesn't look all that bad in this photo, but it easily qualifies as forgettable when you see it in the flesh when compared with more stylish offerings from Mazda, Toyota, Kia, Hyundai, and pretty much just about everyone else in the compact crossover playing field. Mitsubishi wants to change all that with the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (known as the "ASX" in overseas markets). Here are fresh photos of it, and we like what we see. 

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Though it's a bit busy up front, the new Outlander Sport clearly upstages the outgoing model.

The new crossover adopts the front styling from the new Eclipse Cross, but we think it's done better here, albeit a bit busy with brushed chrome, matte grey, matte black surfaces all mashed together. The look is rugged and bold, something the brand really needs right now since the Montero and Montero Sport are long gone. It also has a quad light setup (DRLs and turn signals, it looks like), somewhat like the quad lights on the Kia Sportage SX.

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The rear fascia is almost as bold as the front thanks to very stylized taillights with a new pattern we've never seen from the brand. The t-shape elements within are similar to Volvo's Thor's Hammer front DRLs. A new bumper with a nice faux skid plate and a central reflector are nice touches, as well. We do sense a bit of Mercedes crossover back here, which isn't a bad thing at all. 

It's too bad not much has changed inside since Mitsu interiors are pretty much dark snoozers with too much black plastic and a dash that's still too thick compared to competitors. The touchscreen is 1-inch larger but still sits in the dash, versus on top like Mazdas and newer Toyota models. The large climate control knobs are nice, but the interior remains mostly unchanged, sadly. 

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The interior of the new Outlander Sport isn't much different from the old one, unfortunately.

Under the hood, there's not much to write about, either since the 2019 engines will carry over to the 2020 model: a 148 horsepower 2.0-liter or a 168 horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder. And the only transmission will be a CVT. Ugh. The base model's manual transmission is now gone forever, and that's too bad since it was one of the few crossovers that even offered it. No pricing has been made public yet, but we're guessing it will come in only slightly more than the current $23,240 base MSRP. 

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