The second generation was introduced in 1997.
The second RVR is a compact crossover vehicle, first released in the Japanese domestic market on February 17, 2010. In Europe and Australia it is sold as the Mitsubishi ASX (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. It is based on the design of the Concept-cX prototype first exhibited at the 62nd Frankfurt Motor Show in July 2007. It was also exhibited at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show in September the same year. It is heavily inspired by the Racing Lancer, which was built to the FIA's Group T1 rules, and competed in the 2009 Dakar Rally. The Asian RVRs are powered by the 4B10 1.8 litre gasoline engine mated to an INVECS-III continuously variable transmission. 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. 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 ASX @ 2010 Geneva Auto Show
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. The vehicle is both eligible for an eco-car tax reduction in Japan, and Euro-5 compliant in Europe. The European ASX will be exhibited at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2010, while the North American Outlander Sport was revealed at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. The Body style 4- or 5-door MPV. Layout Front engine, front- or four-wheel drive. Engine 1.6, 1.8, or 2.0 L I4. Transmission 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.