Mitsubishi is going to unveil three new concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show 2013 on November 20. According to Mitsubishi the three concepts incorporate a new design that symbolizes the functionality and reassuring safety inherent to SUVs.
Mitsubishi just launched its new Mirage subcompact hatchback in the U.S., which starts under $13k and gets up to 44 mpg. Mitsubishi execs are currently mulling the idea of bringing the sedan version that is sold in other markets to the U.S.
Mitsubishi has announced plans to unveil three concept cars at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. Mitsubishi says that the concepts incorporate a new design identity that symbolizes the sense of security and functionality of an SUV. The three models also highlight @earth TECHNOLOGY, MMC's next-generation advanced technologies that embody the concepts of environmental responsibility, driving pleasure, and toughness & safety.
Mitsubishi has announced the pricing for the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage five-door subcompact, which starts at $12,995. Mitsubishi has also released the fuel economy ratings for the Mirage, which is rated at 37 mpg city/44 mpg highway with the CVT, while the 5-speed manual transmission model is rated at 34 mpg city/42 mpg highway.
For those buyers that love the Mitsubishi Evolution, but can't quite afford its $34k price tag, but want more performance than the standard Lancer offers, Mitsubishi offers the Lancer Ralliart. The Lancer Ralliart is powered by a turbocharged 237 horsepower 2.0L four-cylinder engine, which is 54 horsepower less than the Evo, but a nice 89 horsepower more than is offered in the standard Lancer models. Think of the Lancer Ralliart as a direct competitor to the Subaru WRX. On paper the Lancer Ralliart packs more than enough power to satisfy enthusiasts and with its $28k starting price it's a bit more attainable than the Evolution, but is it worth it?
Mitsubishi has released the first photos of its new Concept G4 sedan that is going to debut this month at the Shanghai Motor Show. Mitsubishi says that the Concept G4 is a preview of a new sedan that it plans to rollout globally.
Mitsubishi has released this teaser sketch of its new Concept G4 that is going to debut at the Bangkok Motor Show. The Concept G4 is a preview of an upcoming compact sedan from Mitsubishi. According to Mitsubishi, the design of the Concept G4, "uses a high-clarity brilliant-cut diamond motif in the design of the front grill, headlamps and rear combination lamps to create a frontal visage with a commanding presence and a tail end which leaves a sharp impression as it drives off into the distance."
Mitsubishi has announced that it is going to unveil two new concepts at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the Concept GR-HEV and the Concept CA-MiEV.
The all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage made its North American debut today at the Salon International de l'auto de Montreal. Although the Mirage unveiled at the show is identical to the version sold in other markets, Mitsubishi the subcompact was unveiled without a name in Canada. It's not known if the Mirage name will be attached to the small Mitsubishi when it hits our shores this fall.
This week at the Detroit Auto Show Honda took the wraps off its Urban SUV Concept, which previews a new small Fit-based crossover that will be smaller than the current Honda CR-V. The new small Honda crossover is one entry in a growing segment that also includes models like the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. These new small crossovers are perfect for an urban environment, but does their smaller footprint kill one of the reasons why people love crossovers: versatility? We took the keys to a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in Manhattan to find out just how usable a small crossover actually is.
Mitsubishi is going to bring its new small car, the Mirage to the US by the end of next year. While the new Mirage subcompact doesn't really break any new ground on the outside, what is noteworthy is the fact that it will be powered by a small 1.2L three-cylinder engine. When the Mirage arrives next fall it will be the third model sold in the U.S. with a three-cylinder engine, following the Smart Fortwo and the refreshed 2014 Ford Fiesta.
Mitsubishi took the covers off the all-new 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander crossover today at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. On the outside the new Outlander gets a fresh design that is more aerodynamic than the outgoing model. With a focus on fuel economy, the new Outlander also gets a new lightweight body that tips the scales approximately 200 pounds less than that of the outgoing Outlander.
Earlier this week Suzuki announced plans to discontinue sales in the U.S. after three decades, due to slipping sales. Suzuki's departure now puts attention on Mitsubishi, which is now the Japanese automaker with the fewest US sales. In response to Suzuki's announcement, Mitsubishi President Osamu Masuko told the Automotive News that the automaker has no plans to leave the US market.
Mitsubishi has officially started production of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at its plant in Normal, Illinois. Mitsubishi expects to kick off production with 50,000 Outlander Sport units annually with a target of eventually producing as many as 70,000 units of its best-selling model in the U.S.
For the 2013 model year, the Outlander Sport gets redesigned front fascia, grille and bumper and a two-tone rear bumper design; black-colored side sills; 18-inch alloy wheels now standard on all trim levels; new interior accents and fabric; a revised rear suspension; and a recalibrated continuously-variable transmission (CVT).
Mitsubishi has released a teaser photo of the upcoming Outlander Plug-in Hybrid that will debut at this year's 2012 Paris Motor Show. The new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid will be based on the all-new Outlander and will be the automaker's first plug-in hybrid. According to Mitsubishi, it will also be the world's first permanent 4WD electric car.
The Outlander PHEV's unique drivetrain combination of a front electric motor, a rear electric motor and a gasoline engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes: Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV), Series (Twin Motor 4WD - EV supported by generator), Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).
It's been eleven years since the original Mitsubishi Outlander was released and now Mitsubishi is ready to introduce the third generation 2013 Outlander, which is being shown for the first time in Geneva.
The all-new Outlander is the start of an all-new generation of global products for Mitsubishi, consistent with the ambitions set in MMC's "Jump 2013" smart business plan for a greener and more global Mitsubishi. The new family of Mitsubishi's will also get a new "re-focused" design language, which is being seen for the first time on the new Outlander. The 2013 Outlander gets what Mitsubishi calls a "Solid - Safe - Simple" shape, blending substantial look with clean surfaces, as previewed in the Concept PX-MiEV and Concept PX-MiEV II showcars.
The Outlander will have room for up to seven passengers and will be offered with a range of gasoline or diesel engines. In Europe buyers will be able to choose between a 2.0L gasoline engine or a 2.2L clean diesel, both of which have 148 horsepower. The engines also get an automatic stop & go system and the 2.2L diesel gets a 6-speed automatic transmission.
An plug-in hybrid Outlander will also eventually be added to the lineup. It will feature three driving modes and have a range similar to the Concept PX-MiEV II at over 500 miles.
After releasing a teaser photo of the new 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander, we now have our first official look at the all-new Outlander ahead of its debut next month at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Mitsubishi has released a single photo of the new Outlander. The third-generation 2013 Outlander will remain about the same size as the current model, but will get an exterior that takes cues from the PX-MiEV II concept. in Europe the 2013 Outlander will launch with new a choice between two engines, a 2.0L MIVEC gasoline engine or a 2.2L MIVEC clean diesel. A start-stop system will help improve the Outlander's fuel efficiency and the engines can be mated to an all-new 6-speed automatic. A new "eco-friendly driving system" will also alert the driver when they are driving at maximum efficiency.
Mitsubishi has also announced that a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander will be available in 2013. The system will combine a 2.0L gas engine with two electric motors, one on each axle. It will be able to travel up to 30 miles in full electric mode.
Mitsubishi has released a teaser of a new model that will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. According to Mitsubishi, the new model will be the start of an all-new generation of global products with a "re-focused design language" from the automaker.
The model teased here is described as a "strategic and innovative premium vehicle" that will be released sometime this year. The new vehicle is part of Mitsubishi's "Jump 2013" business plan for a greener and more global Mitsubishi.
Earlier this year it was reported that Mitsubishi was going to kill the Lancer Evolution after the current generation was done, but those plans were quickly changed, but no details were released about what the next one will be like. Mitsubishi's president, Osamu Masuko recently confirmed to Autocar that the next-generation Mitsubishi Evo is going to go on sale within three years and that it will have a hybrid powertrain.
Masuko didn't reveal any details about the hybrid system that will power the Evo XI, but it's rumored that it will be a diesel-electric hybrid system.
Masuko stated, "We will start work on the project next year, and it will be ready within three. I have set the goal of developing a sporting car featuring electric power."
The Evo XI will also get a revised version of the S-AWC all-wheel-drive system that the Evo currently uses.
After 22 years the once popular Mitsubishi Eclipse is dead, but it may not be dead for long. Greg Adams, Mitsubishi Motors North America's vice president-marketing and product planning, recently stated to Ward's Auto that the Eclipse "always comes back around sooner or later."
Does that mean that we could see a new Eclipse in the near future? Nothing has been confirmed. The Eclipse competes in a category that has "peaked" according to Adams. In order for a new Eclipse to get the green light a business case must be approved, which also means that "there needs to be sufficient market demand." In 2002 Mitsubishi sold 72,040 Eclipses, but through August of this year only 6,721 units were sold.
The Eclipse was launched in 1989 and Mitsubishi sold 982,024 units in the U.S. since it was released.
Mitsubishi is going to release a new flagship sedan that will be a successor to the Diamante that was killed in 2004. Rather than create its own sedan, Mitsubishi has reportedly signed a new agreement with Nissan, which will bring the Nissan Fuga (Infiniti M in the U.S.) to the Mitsubishi lineup.
This is reportedly only going to happen in Japan, but Mitsubishi is going to start selling a rebadged Nissan Fuga next summer. Mitsubishi has no plans to sell the rebadged Nissan outside of Japan.
Mitsubishi is set to finally remove the Galant from its U.S. lineup in 2013, would you like to have the rebadged Nissan as a replacement?
CEO of Mitsubishi Motors, Yoichi Yokozawa recently stated in an interview that the automaker will add another all-wheel-drive version of the Lancer sedan this fall. The 2012 Lancer SE will feature an AWD system that is mated to the naturally-aspirated engine that powers the DE, ES and GTS trim levels.
According to Automotive News, the Lancer SE will start around $20,000. Mitsubishi expects the Lancer SE to account for 15-20 percent of all Lancer sales. The launch of the Lancer is SE is part of Mitsubishi's plan to one day sell 100,000 units in the U.S. again.
The EPA has rated the Mitsubishi i at 126 MPGe in city driving and 99 MPGe out on the highway (112 MPGe combined). The Nissan Leaf is rated at 106 MPGe in the city and 92 MPGe on the highway with a combined 99 MPGe rating.
The one area where the Leaf still pulls ahead of the Mitsubishi i is the total "real world" driving range. The EPA estimates that the Mitsubishi i has a range of 62 miles, while the Leaf can reach 73 miles on a single charge.
The 2012 Mitsubishi i will go in November starting on the West Coast. It's starts at $27,990 for the base ES model before the $7,500 federal tax credit.
Mitsubishi is planning on ending production of the Eclipse after the 2012 model year and no replacement is planned. Mitsubishi has announced a new SE special edition, which marks the end of the coupe that has been produced since 1989. All trim levels of the Eclipse are available with the SE package. The package includes black side mirrors, 18-inch dark finish alloy wheels, "SE" decals, plus a bunch of high-end standard features that can be found on the Eclipse GS-sport version.
The Eclipse can be powered by either a 162-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine or a 265-hp 3.8L V6.
Earlier this month Mitsubishi's global product director stated that the current Lancer Evolution would be the last model produced. Of course it created quite an uproar. Now Mitsubishi has decided to change its plans and will not be killing the Lancer Evolution.
Mitsubishi president, Osamu Masuko has gone on the record by stating that the current Lancer Evolution X will continue as originally planned. As far as the next-generation Evo is concerned, Mitsubishi is going to let the market and regulations dictate the direction it goes. Mitsubishi is currently trying to focus its energy on more "green" vehicles like hybrids and electric vehicles. So for now it looks like the Evo is here to stay, although we have no idea what the next model will end up becoming.
Yesterday the internet with crazy when Mitsubishi's global product director, Gayu Eusegi told Autocar that the current Lancer Evolution would be the last. Now it looks like Mitsubishi has posted a little response on it's Facebook page:
Further to some comments published in the press recently, production of the current Lancer Evolution continues as planned. As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package & architecture. Stay tuned.
What exactly does that mean? Of course the current model is here, but that statement doesn't really provide much hope for Evo fans...
In what is probably the most shocking news of the day, it looks like Mitsubishi is not going to make a new Lancer Evo after the current generation's run is over. Mitsubishi's global product director, Gayu Eusegi just told Autocar the sad news.
Speaking about the current Lancer Evolution X, Eusegi stated, "There is still a demand [for the car], but we must stop." "Our influence now is EV technology."
For now Mitsubishi is going to focus on releasing more "green" cars like electric vehicles and hybrids. The automaker plans on releasing eight EVs and hybrids by 2015.
There were rumors that the next Evo would be a hybrid, but that will not be the case.
It's a sad day...
Mitsubishi announced a new global plan last week that includes the introduction of six new plug-in hybrid and electric models by 2015. The bad news for Eclipse fans is that by 2013 Mitsubishi plans on discontinuing the slow selling Eclipse, Galant and Endeavor SUV. The move is part of Mitsubishi's plan to focus on smaller models.
The first Mitsubishi electric model, the i-MIEV will arrive this November with a starting price below $30k.
The Concept Global Small is the concept model of the compact passenger vehicle that is planned for production in March of 2012 at the MMC's new third factory in Thailand. According to Mitsubishi, the Concept Global Small is a concept car based on the features of "compact", "affordability", and "high fuel efficiency." The production model will be powered by a 1.0 or 1.2L gasoline engine with a regenerative braking system. The engine also has a start-stop system to save fuel and is mated to a new-generation CVT.
Mitsubishi has released three photos of the all-electric US-spec i-MIEV, which is larger than the Japanese and European versions. It's actually 11.2 inches longer, 4.3 inches wider and 0.2 inches taller than the JDM version. It also has different front and rear bumpers.
Inside the i-MIEV features a two-tone color scheme. Mitsubishi is targeting an on-sale date near the end of 2011 with prices starting below $30,000.
Mitsubishi barely registers on many car buyer's shopping lists. So Mitsubishi is planning on fixing that by focusing on new small cars that will be sold worldwide, but at the expense of its current lineup.
The future of the Galant, Eclipse and Endeavor is not clear since Mitsubishi's current top priority is a new global small car that will on sale by the end of 2012. Until the new small car debuts Mitsubishi has no other model changes or introductions planned. The only two models on the horizon are the Outlander Sport that will debut this fall and the i-MiEV electric vehicle that will be released in late 2011.
The Lancer is Mitsubishi's best-selling model in the US, so obviously that model is safe. But the slow selling Galant is expected to be replaced or dropped by the end of 2012. The Eclipse also shares the same platform as the Galant and it may also be dead in a few years. The Endeavor is Mitsubishi's largest crossover, but sales have been slow, so expect that model to be dead as well.
The Galant, Eclipse, Eclipse Spyder and Endeavor are all produced at Mitsubishi's plant in Normal, Ill. Mitsubishi is currently deciding what will be built at the plant in the future.
In order for a vehicle to be named a top safety pick it must earn the highest rating for front, side, rollover, and rear crash protection.
Mitsubishi, Citroen and Peugeot have announced a partnership based around Mitsubishi's newest crossover, the ASX (RVR in Japan). The partnership involves Mitsubishi supplying the platform of the ASX to Citroen and Peugeot so that the automakers can use it as the basis for their own crossovers.
The European automakers will use the same platform as the ASX, but their models will have different bodies and use their own engine. Peugeot and Citroen will use a 1.6L HDI diesel engine.
The partnership should move an additional 50,000 units per year.
According to Autocar the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is set to gain a plug-in hybrid system in place of the turbocharged setup it currently uses. The Evo XI will use the same platform as the PX-MiEV plug-in hybrid concept.
A plug-in hybrid Evo means that the car will be powered by a 2.0L naturally-aspirated engine mated to an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries. The electric motor will power the front wheels, while the gas engine will send its power to the rear. The car will give drivers the option of driving in electric only mode for short distances.
A Mitsubishi insider told Autocar, "The new electric motor will in effect work like a turbo, only smoother, so there's no need to worry about power delivery."
The small crossover seats five and is going to be powered by a 1.8L turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine with "Automatic Stop & Go" technology.
There's no word yet on when we will eventually get this in the US.
The RVR will be powered by a 1.8L MIVEC 4-cyl. It is smaller than the midsize Outlander, but shares Mitsubishi's distinct nose. The RVR is set to be released in the North America as well, but a date has not been given. It's also not known what the crossover will be called here.
The new compact crossover, which will be smaller than the current Outlander will be released first in Japan in February 2010. It's expected to be offered in the US later in 2010.