Highlights of the 2018 Mitsubishi Models

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Excited for the 2018 model year? Auto brands around the world are releasing and producing their new automotive lineups, and Mitsubishi Motors has already put the goods for their 2018 models online. Let’s recap what Mitsubishi Motors has going on while we wait for more information about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander

Icon of the Mitsubishi Motors brand, the Outlander doesn’t need to change much to remain as one of the top dogs in the lineup. This year, all four trims get a bit of a name change, with the digits “2.4” added at the end of the trim name, except for the GT, now known as “GT 3.0”. There are still two engine options, with the ES 2.4, SE 2.4, and SEL 2.4 powered by the standard 2.4-liter MIVEC SOHC I4 engine that generates 166 horsepower, and the GT 3.0 powered by the 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC V6 with an output of 244 horsepower. In terms of aesthetic and convenient features, all trims have heated exterior mirrors, rear privacy glass, and automatic dual-zone climate control. For a little more comfort, heated front seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel can be found on select trims as an option or included. For entertainment purposes and safety, all trims will have a 7-inch display screen with a rearview camera for the 2018 model year, and high-end trims finally have Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability.

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Another icon of the brand, the Outlander Sport sometimes outdoes its sibling. We’re sad to see the Outlander Sport Limited Edition leave the 2018 lineup, but it was a “limited” production trim. Now reduced to three trims, the Outlander Sport base trim has some extra features, and who can argue about getting more features for less? The same standards and options on the Outlander trims are also on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. All Mitsubishi Outlander trims have a 7-inch display screen with a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto are standard on the Outlander Sport SE 2.4 and Outlander Sport SEL 2.4. This year, more advanced features, like automatic high beam headlights, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning are available on various trims.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi’s fuel efficient hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, is still as popular as ever. The engine powering all three Mirage trims is still a 1.2-liter I3 engine with MIVEC technology, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. Mitsubishi spruced things up for the 2018 model year and made some changes to the interior. Rear floor heater ducts are now a lineup standard, and there are heated front seats on the Mirage GT. To beef up the base trim, the Mirage ES, there is a standard 7-inch touchscreen, which is a great modern amenity. For added capability, the Mirage SE and GT trims have a 6.5-inch smartphone link display system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Other tech features, such as Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio and voice/phone controls are standard for the 2018 model year.

2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Lastly, the Mirage G4, the sedan version of the Mirage, is still kicking it with two trims, which are both powered by the same powertrain in the Mirage. The Mirage G4 SE comes standard with a leather wrapped steering wheel and heated seats. The base, Mirage G4 ES, has the same 7-inch touchscreen, but can upgrade to have the same Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities of the SE (set up with a 6.5-inch smartphone link display). Again, Bluetooth wireless technology is a lineup standard, along with a rearview camera system. Steering wheel mounted audio and voice/phone controls are standard for the SE trim, but consumers can opt-in for voice controls for the ES.

That wraps up the new changes for the Mitsubishi 2018 model year lineup. How do these sound to you? Let us know what you think of the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport on social media. You can also find new 2018 Mitsubishi models in our inventory.

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Coming to America – The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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Well, it’s been quite the wait and endless teasing, but once and for all the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is coming to America. Having been on the other side of the world this whole time, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been very successful in other markets, and we hope to see it do just as well in the U.S. Not to be greedy, but with any luck, we may also see the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GT concept that starred at the Paris Motor Show last year. For now, let’s check out what’s in store for us here in the states.

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Mitsubishi Gives OId Vehicles New Purpose

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Mitsubishi really is surprising us lately. Really, they keep coming out with new concepts, automotive technology, and are continuing to expand with their Nissan-Renault partnership/competitor. Back when the last Lancer Evo was auctioned off and the Lancer was discontinued, we thought that was the last we’ve seen of the old Mitsubishi vehicles. Soon after they announced their centennial anniversary, that news quickly subsided.

A New Evo

Evo, short for “evolution”, was the nameplate given to the Lancer Evolution before it was discontinued. Recently, Mitsubishi has been adamant about moving their brand into the future with hybrid SUVs and electric vehicles. Their Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter project, currently taking place in New York City, is proof of that. Now, we may be in for a surprise, because the “Evo” nameplate is coming back, and Mitsubishi will be slapping it on an upcoming electric vehicle (EV) concept.

It took some digging around, but there is one Mitsubishi concept that has yet to see the light since its first debut several years ago – the Mitsubishi eX. With the new technology in the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and a multi-year contract with a company that develops human-to-computer interaction software, many signs are pointing to the Mitsubishi eX. Why? Well here’s what we know about the concept.

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Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter Comes to New York City

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With the auto market heading into alternative fuel and electric vehicles, there is a lot of competition brewing. Tesla is one of the top names in the game thus far, but they’re getting some strong competition. Notably from Cummins and Mercedes, but we’re willing to bet they weren’t expecting Mitsubishi Fuso to enter the game. From Daimler Trucks, owner or Mitsubishi Fuso electric trucks, comes the Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter.

It wasn’t that long ago that Mitsubishi Fuso announced the eCanter project. A fully electric commercial truck? How does that work? Well, unbeknownst to many consumers, electric motors are infamous for being able to generate a lot of torque. That lends a strong hand to vehicles that need to tow and haul around a lot of cargo. Ultimately, the plan was to develop a Class 4 truck capable of driving 100 miles with a towing capacity of at least 10,000 pounds, including the weight of the body and the load being hauled.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Highlights

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Now that Mitsubishi has officially added the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to their changing lineup, many of us are awaiting more information and details. So far, Mitsubishi Motors only has a preview page highlighting a couple things that stand out. However, given what we do know about the vehicle, we think we can do better. Here are some of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross highlights.

Power

New to Mitsubishi Motors is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with direct-injection. Not only does this bad boy go under the hood of the Eclipse Cross, but it was built in-house. In fact, the entire small SUV was built in-house, demonstrating Mitsubishi Motors’ ability to still design and produce fantastic vehicles despite their new deals with Nissan-Renault. Being a turbocharged engine with direct injection, expect more horsepower than seen on a Mitsubishi vehicle before. Plus, Mitsubishi’s Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is being integrated into the Cross and paired to the engine for great fuel economy.

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Mitsubishi Making Changes to the Lineup

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With Mitsubishi making a lot of changes and bringing new vehicles to their lineup since the Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault partnership started, there’s a lot of talk of what’s to come. Mitsubishi is leaning towards crossovers and SUVs these days, and recently they discontinued the all-electric i-Miev. But with the expansion of Mitsubishi Motors across the world and in the auto market, there are some changes we can see happening to the current lineup. Especially with the sharing of components between Mitsubishi and Nissan.

Sedans

The Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are cornerstones for Mitsubishi Motors, known for their high fuel economy and sporty looks. The former comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but both models will most likely have it in the next model-year. For 2019, both models will be re-engineered and have a new powertrain option. Mitsubishi has always had low-power engines though, so we won’t see anything too grand – a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine is the current pick.

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Mitsubishi Starion Modified into High Performance Car

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While Mitsubishi Motors rolls out new cars, having officially added the Eclipse Cross to their lineup, we eagerly wait on more details. In the meantime, we’ve been digging around the interwebs for interesting tidbits on Mitsubishi technology and design. Not too long ago, we found a Mitsubishi L200 truck turned into a desert warrior by TopGear. Today, we bring forward a Mitsubishi Starion turned into a high performance vehicle.

Mitsubishi Starion

Believe it or not, Mitsubishi Motors did take a stab at the sports car corner of the auto market a little over 30 years ago. There was the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Mitsubishi Eclipse, now turned into the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with cool technology, and then there was a hatchback sports car known as the Mitsubishi Starion. Known for several firsts in their history, Mitsubishi produced the first turbocharged performance automobile with electronic fuel injection. The model didn’t last very long however, in production for seven years, and was actually followed by the original Eclipse.

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What Does Sign and Drive Really Mean?

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“Sign and Drive” deals are great aren’t they? Like receiving a package, once you sign off on it, it’s yours. Well, take a step back there cowboy. Signing the contract for an automobile is always the end game, buy or lease. Is there really a difference between “Sign and Drive” deals and a regular lease? Maybe not.

A typical lease goes like this – 36 months, 10,000 miles per year, zero down payment. “Sign and Drive” deals are advertised the same way. So far, same thing. However, with a “Sign and Drive” deal, credit and credit history are going to play a role here.

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Mitsubishi Motors to Make Hybrid SUVs

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It’s no secret that the automotive industry is shifting towards greener vehicles as we go further into the 21st Century. Who knew? Many brands have been going green, building hybrids and electric vehicles for many years, and some are just starting to hop on the bandwagon. Regardless, every so often we hear of another brand putting more research into electric and hybrid powertrains, but Mitsubishi Motors has been doing it since the beginning.

Check out the past 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and anyone can see Mitsubishi has been researching and even producing alternative fuel automobiles for over 40 years. Not only that, but their Mitsubishi i-Miev was the first highway capable electric vehicle (EV) to ever be produced, and was named the best value EV in America this year. Now, with the automaker putting a larger focus on their SUV and crossover units, such as the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and upcoming Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The next step for Mitsubishi Motors is hybrids.

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Mitsubishi Fuso Runs Small-Scale Production for eCanter

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Mitsubishi is not just the name behind an automotive brand. It’s actually also the name behind a naval industry, electric appliances, and even beer (Kirin Ichiban). One faction not popularly talked about is their commercial vehicle brand, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. They’re actually doing some pretty interesting stuff, starting with the all-electrified version of their popular truck, the Canter.

It was back in March when we first talked about Mitsubishi Fuso and the electrified Canter, soon to be called the eCatner by Mitsubishi Fuso. Recently, this eCanter finally went into production. To start, Mitsubishi Fuso is starting a small-scale series production of the medium-duty electric truck, where only a handful will be built. Some would say this is a smart strategy – no use in wasting resources by over achieving. Plus, seeing as how Mitsubishi is going to be using Nissan resources for their global expansion plan, they don’t need to make enemies by being wasteful.

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