Mitsubishi Motors Corp. says it is releasing a new compact cross/utility vehicle, dubbed the RVR, next spring in Japan.

The model, which will slot below the midsize Outlander CUV, then will roll out in North America, Europe and parts of Asia, including China, the auto maker says.

The 169-in. (430-cm) long RVR will be powered by a 1.8L gasoline engine and have a lightweight body, helping to improve fuel efficiency, Mitsubishi says.

The name RVR has been used before by Mitsubishi, for a multipurpose vehicle it sold in Japan from the early 1990s through the early part of this decade. The model was retailed in other markets under different names.

The old RVR was sold in North America by the former Chrysler Corp. under the names Eagle Summit Wagon and Dodge/Plymouth Colt Vista.

The new RVR CUV was previewed with Mitsubishi’s Concept cX from the 2007 Tokyo auto show.