Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) said its new compact crossover would be sold first in Japan from February 2010.

Derived from the 2007 Concept-cX show car, the new vehicle is the latest to be built on MMC's mid-size global platform (aka project global).

"This most important product will further support Mitsubishi  Motors' strategic shift from being an SUV-focused nameplate to a manufacturer of environment-friendly passenger cars & crossovers, with a presence in the 'authentic off-roader' segment - itself pre-empting structural changes in market demand," the automaker said.

"[After the electric i-MiEV] this on-road compact crossover will be the corporation's next game changer towards lower impact vehicles, in their format and/or in the innovative MMC proprietary technologies they will feature."

The European launch is scheduled for the 2010 Geneva motor show.