The RVR refers to the names of 2 distinct vehicles manufactured by Mitsubishi Motors- a small MPV during 1991-2002 and a small crossover belonging to 2010 model year.
First Generation (1991- 1999)
The first model was a compact MPV that was produced between 1991 and 2002. It was called as Expo LRV in United States and Mitsubishi Space Runner in Europe, whereas the original Japanese name was used in the export markets in Oceania and Asia. Chrysler sold RVR as Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista and Eagle Summit Wagon captive imports in North America.
The top-line versions in few of the markets made use of an engine of the first Galant VR4- a turbo-straight 2.0 liter DOHC engine with 16 valves to generate an output power in the range of 228- 247 hp (170- 184 kW), paired to a 4-speed automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual transmission. Open front as well as rear differentials were utilized.
Second Generation (1997- 2002)
The second generation of RVR was introduced in the year 1997.
Third Generation (2010- Present)
The third generation of RVR is a compact crossover that was released for the first time on February 17, 2010 in Japanese domestic market. It is promoted in Australia and Europe as ASX (Active Sports Crossover), while it is known as Outlander Sport in United States.
Based on the design of Concept-cX prototype, the Asian models are equipped with a 1.8 liter gasoline engine, paired to a CVT (INVECS-III). The Singaporean, North American, Chinese, Australian, Malaysian, and Philippine models get a larger 2.0 liter engine, while the European model comes with a 1.6 liter gasoline engine.
An option of the direct injection 1.8 liter turbo-diesel engine is offered for Australian and European models. The entire range of petrol power-trains are offered for the Ukrainian and Russian models.
The company has focused quite a lot on improving the fuel efficiency and emission rates as a part of the company’s plans to establish its place in the market as a manufacturer of more efficient and smaller cars.
The North American RVR/Outlander Sport was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show held in 2010, while the European version was revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.