Android-based Infotainment Systems Coming to a Mitsubishi Near you

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance recently announced that they’ve agreed to a multi-year deal with Google to include Android-powered infotainment systems in vehicles they manufacture. This latest deal comes as part of the Alliance’s strategy to equip new vehicles with a broader array of infotainment and tech features. This modern infotainment system will begin its launch in 2021, fully integrating the dashboard displays and the Android operating system (OS).

What Google has accomplished here is no small feat – the tech giant has been attempting to infiltrate the car market with their operating system for over a decade. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automaker alliance, sold more than 10 million vehicles worldwide in 2017, and over 5.5 million during the first half of the current year (2018), making the Alliance the perfect partner to introduce an Android-based infotainment system to the masses. The more integrated and easy-to-use an infotainment system is, the more appealing it makes a vehicle for a potential buyer.

Drivers and passengers will be enabled to do things like using Google Maps directly from the vehicle, use the voice-controlled audio assistant when answering texts and calls, search for information while managing different functions within the vehicle, and eventually run automotive apps straight from the Google Play store. These features will be combined with the automaker’s Alliance Intelligent Cloud to enable vehicle diagnostics and remote software upgrades. Apple iPhone users do not need to worry; the infotainment system will also be compatible with Apple iOS.

The reason it’s taken Google this long? Automakers are wary of the data-mining that Google will have access to when they install the Android Operating System, leaving car manufacturers without a source to use this particular data to develop features as other revenue streams. Thus, automakers have continuously kept the infotainment systems in-house, until now that is. It’s important to note that Google will not mine any data without the consent of the driver and/or passengers – it is an opt-in data-mining opportunity.

The Alliance also benefits from this deal because they don’t have to continue spending their resources in developing their own software like many car manufacturers have been doing. Up until now, carmakers have been making their own software that supports an infotainment system via mirroring only, as opposed to making the software a truly integrated part of the vehicle. Mitsubishi, as part of the Alliance, will once again continue their tradition of making headway when it comes to cars and tech.

In the meantime, Mitsubishi will continue to feature their own Mitsubishi Connect services in their vehicles. Mitsubishi Connect currently has primary Bluetooth-enabled call and text capabilities complete with music pairing abilities, and two different packages – Safeguard and Remote packages- that are tailored to an individual driver’s needs. The Remote Services app is the closest thing that Mitsubishi currently has to an Android OS infotainment system – including its ability to be paired with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa-enabled devices when possible.

Follow Miami Lakes Mitsubishi on social media to stay up to date with the Alliance’s ongoing rollout of their 2022 Mid-Term plan.

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Mitsubishi Uses Augmented Reality to Help Explain Vehicle Tech

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Augmented Reality App

With consumer and automotive technology on the up swing, automakers are starting to get more involved in the digital age to connect with their consumer base. In 2016, when the Kia Niro was still on the production line, Kia advertised their hybrid crossover with a Facebook Messenger bot, the Niro Bot, to answer questions about the vehicle. In early 2018, soon after the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL debuted, Jeep also released their “New Jeep Adventure App”, a virtual reality app that allowed consumers to configure, take pictures of, and virtually sit inside their own Jeep Wrangler JL. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is doing something similar to continue to raise sales for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV by implementing augmented reality in dealerships, starting with Canada.

Canada is part of the North American market, although they may get various versions due to different federal regulations and what not. Why Mitsubishi is taking this technology to our neighbors of the north first is anyone’s guess, but it’s still a neat feature that can travel down to us in the next year or so. The augmented reality Mitsubishi dealerships will be using is actually an app developed for Mitsubishi North York, Ont.-based St. Joseph Communications.

The app is used to help sales people explain to customers the technology of the 2018 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric utility vehicle. All a salesperson needs to do is point the tablet towards a part of the plug-in that’s visible, say, the front tire. Once the app registers and locks into place, the app then allows the viewer to do a virtual walk around to see the vehicle from different positions via hyper-accurate tracking and registration coding techniques with tracking markers.

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Revival of the Mitsubishi Triton Spied

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Front Spy Shot

It’s been some time since we’ve heard Mitsubishi Motors discuss the return of their pickup truck line. The revival of the good ol’ Mitsubishi Triton was sort of teased when TopGear modified the L200 into a desert-capable truck, but that was the highlight of hints. Well, although we hate the paparazzi, we can’t help but love spy photos. In this round, a couple of spies grabbed shots of the Mitsubishi L200 pickup truck, the Triton, but with a bit of a facelift.

Double-cab prototypes of the Mitsubishi pickup truck revival were spotted recently with huge design changes. Compared to the picture of the Mitsubishi Triton above, the new design looks meaner and more aggressive than the common day pickup. Mitsubishi is aiming for a performance-based crossover for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover, but who’s to say a high-performance truck can’t also be in the cards?

The front fascia has been completely changed with a new take on the honeycomb-grille, thin headlights, and another set of lights below, most likely running day lights, in each corner above the front bumper. From the front or the side, the new truck looks pretty rugged overall, but not as bulky as its predecessor. The new truck is also looking bigger, and seeing as how this prototype is just starting the testing phase, there may not be any release dates until 2020 or more like 2022 with the Alliance 2022 six year plan in action.

2022 means more modern tech. With recent Mitsubishi Motors vehicles like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross that have a smartphone link display system, we can expect to see similar or the same tech in the new Mitsubishi Triton, along with upgrades like Bluetooth or voice control systems and other on-board tech. We’ll also see some safety, maybe some of the new tech popping up in trucks today like trailer stability assist, sway control, maybe even a truck bed rear view camera so drivers can keep an eye on their cargo load.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Side Spy Shot

In terms of performance, it’s a little too early to tell what kind of powertrain will be installed into the Mitsubishi pickup truck. Currently, the towing capacity goes up to 7,716 pounds, so to bring that up, Mitsubishi Motors may need to reach higher than a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine. A four-wheel drive system would also be a good addition with Mitsubishi Motors all-wheel control or super all-wheel control for handling all types of terrain.

Truth is, with spy shots of prototypes, anything can happen over the next few years. The good news is, once the new Mitsubishi L200/Triton pickup truck does hit the market, it’s planned to go global. Can it handle the competition from the likes of the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara, though? Come 2022, we should know and so will you. Keep up to date with news on Mitsubishi Motors by following Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Or check out the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for an idea of some of the new technology Mitsubishi Motors is putting into vehicles today.

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Beat the Traffic With a Hybrid

Miami Lakes Automall Traffic 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Beating the traffic with a hybrid sounds odd right? Hybrid vehicles aren’t known to go fast, and they’re surely not meant for racing. So how does one exactly beat traffic? Well, there’s one of two ways to beat traffic, especially rush hour traffic – you either dodge it altogether, or join it in stride.

Dodging Rush Hour Traffic

When it comes to dodging rush hour traffic, that’s going to be a pretty hard goal to make. Based on a study by INRIX, a global company that specializes in connected car services and transportation analytics, Miami is one of the top ten most congested cities in the world. On average, the everyday driver spends 65 hours of their life in traffic per year. That’s three days of their life, every year, spent stuck in traffic.

What. A. Bummer.

There are ways to avoid and dodge traffic though. Aside from using back roads or trusting apps like SiriusXM Traffic, it all comes down to practice and timing. Let’s make an example.

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New Concept Art for the Mitsubishi Lancer Crossover

Miami Lakes Automall New Mitsubishi Lancer-Render

Wow, it’s crazy when you find yourself riding the same wavelength as someone else, be it in the world or in your household. Just last week, we were discussing the possibilities of the new Mitsubishi Lancer Crossover if it were to regain the Evolution or “EVO” nameplate. We even showed a video of Clark Johnson from TopGear racing the Lancer EVO against a Lamborghini! The Lancer was such a beast, it caused the driver to spin out while attempting to shake it off. We also found out not too long ago that Mitsubishi Motors and digital artists are churning out concepts for future vehicles, like the new Mitsubishi Mirage built off the Nissan Juke and now the new Lancer Crossover concept art.

This beautiful piece comes from from Automotive Designer and Digital Artist, Tigran Lalayan. Notice anything similar? Right off the bat, it’s clear that Lalayan took some styling cues from the Mitsubishi e-Evolution concept shown off at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The color is different for a more aggressive tone, and with high performance in mind, the color definitely speaks volumes. Drawn up with the same rugged stance but given its own funky flavor, the Lancer crossover concept from Lalayan isn’t half bad.

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What If the New Mitsubishi Lancer Had EVO DNA?

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Lancer EVO Crossover

When Mitsubishi Motors said they were reinventing the EVO nameplate for an all-electric SUV, many fans of the old Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution weren’t very happy. After all, the Lancer EVO was a rally car, and the last Mitsubishi Lancer EVO was sold on eBay, September 2017. A little later, Mitsubishi Motors debuted the Mitsubishi e-Evolution at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017. They called it a “high-performance” SUV, and had plans to also make it semi-autonomous with all new futuristic designs inside and out. Then, in early 2018, Mitsubishi announced the revival of the Mitsubishi Lancer as a crossover. Signs are pointing to this new Lancer becoming the e-Evolution concept to resurrect the nameplate. Again, fans aren’t happy, but let’s take a look at what the Lancer EVO was once capable of, and how its abilities can translate into a crossover today.

Here’s a video of Jeremy Clarkson from BBC’s TopGear showing off the Lancer EVO eighth-generation, and ultimately racing a Lamborghini Murciélago. The results were surprising.

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Alliance 2022 Six-Year Plan Already on the Move

Miami Lakes Automall Alliance 2022 Outlander PHEV

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has been gaining traction as of late, and with their six-year plan, Alliance 2022, the alliance already has plenty going for them. Although Mitsubishi is focused on crossovers and SUVs at the moment, their Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid crossover is one of their most popular vehicles, and is helping to cement a foothold for the alliance as the upswing of hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles gains momentum. Current sales in Europe, and sales projections are showing signs that this is the time to hit the auto market hard and capitalize on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs).

Lighting Up Europe

Sales in Europe have been going well for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, with a total unit sales increase of 5.1-percent, putting the alliance at a grand total of 5,538,530 vehicles in the first-half of the year that’s a new record! In addition, there’s a growing demand in Europe for all vehicles currently being produced by the alliance. There has been a surge in demand for crossovers, sports utility vehicles, and pickup trucks, as well as zero-emission EVs, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) models overseas, and the Outlander PHEV may have helped keep the general public satiated until now.

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Mitsubishi Outlander – Then and Now

When Mitsubishi entered the US SUV market in 2003 with the Outlander, they couldn’t have possibly predicted the boom in sales the market would experience in the next decade. The Outlander, introduced to replace the outgoing Montero, aimed to provide more luxury and comfort than off-roading capabilities – a trade-off for the brand. The introductory model came equipped with Mitsubishi’s classic 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and plenty of customizable options. Continuing the Mitsubishi tradition of improvement, in 2004 they upgraded the Outlander’s original engine to boost its horsepower up to 160 horsepower, and in 2005, an extensive addition of safety features. Features such as an optional manual transmission, newly advanced airbags, enhanced disc brakes, and anti-lock braking system were standard on the Outlander by 2006.

The Mitsubishi spirit of constant improvement remained strong, and by 2007 the Outlander experienced its first redesign – only four years after its introduction. This redesign included a 220 horsepower V6 engine – making power a priority for Mitsubishi – and increasing the size of the SUV that allowed for the addition of third-row seating. By 2010 another major redesign arrived, and the Outlander now had new front and rear fascias, a new grille, a redesigned hood, an improved LCD display and GPS system.

Mitsubishi secured their status as a pioneer in green tech when in 2013 they introduced the Outlander PHEV- the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. The Outlander PHEV allows drivers three driving modes – battery save mode, battery charge mode, and ECO mode. What is referred to as battery save mode is the driver-activated mode that is intended to conserve the energy within the battery pack once it drops below 90 percent – this is the hybrid mode. The battery charge mode will charge the battery by generating electricity (whether the vehicle is in motion or at a standstill) – and feeding said electricity back into the battery pack. In about 40 minutes consumers can enjoy 80% charge. Lastly, the ECO mode can be activated with just the touch of a button to reduce both fuel and electricity usage. The Outlander PHEV has a combined range of 310 miles, 22 of which are in all-electric mode – free of emissions!

The last time the Outlander experienced any significant changes was in 2012. Now in its third generation, the Outlander is more market-competitive with improved fuel economy – a not-so-small feat accomplished by reducing the overall weight from its predecessor by 200 pounds. Additionally, the interior received upgrades as well, including redesigned seats, sound insulation to lessen noise disturbance, and soft-touch material inserts for the armrests. Safety features available on the Outlander are up-to-date with a blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, a multi-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and lane departure warning.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Outlander? Come visit us at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi and test drive the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander or the Outlander PHEV – your choice!

If you’re one step ahead and already own a Mitsubishi vehicle, our service department is open seven days a week for your convenience. Schedule a service appointment today, regardless of where you bought your vehicle!

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The New Mitsubishi Mirage Will Be Based Off the Nissan Juke

Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Mirage Nissan Juke

Psych! The new Mitsubishi Mirage will actually not be modeled after the Renault Clio or on the Renault Clio platform. That’s why you should never listen to a rumor, kids. The interesting M.R.G. concept based off of the Renault Clio looked good, but now that we know that the Clio claim was a rumor, we can imagine the next Mirage will actually look pretty different when compared to the M.R.G. concept. It makes more sense after all – the Mirage is a hatchback, and the Clio is a supermini car. So instead of taking some parts from Renault, Mitsubishi Motors will be taking a platform from another vehicle in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance – the Nissan Juke.

This news comes straight from the Japan-based automotive media agency, Response. The Nissan Juke is sort of somewhere between the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Renault Clio. In all honesty, the Clio actually looks like an elongated version of the Mirage hatchback, but a longer platform would mean a whole new redesign of the vehicle. We don’t think that’s a good idea after what happened to the Re-Model A PHEV. We rather not remember that fiasco…

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Mitsubishi Has a New Mirage Concept

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept

It’s happening people, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance might finally pay off. We’ve been waiting for almost two years to see something come out of it, a vehicle or at least a concept, and prayers have been answered. Due to a little rumor that the next Mitsubishi Mirage may be built on the Renault Clio platform, it was enough to inspire Mitsubishi designer Gábor Farkas, the same guy who also designed the Mitsubishi Centennial Hyaku concept, to render the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage in 3D. In fact, if we put them side-by-side they almost look like twins, aside from the original Hyaku design leaning towards a coupe – not a well-known Mitsubishi car body-type. Check it out.

Miami Lakes Automall 2019 Mirage Concept + Hyaku

 

Farkas dubbed the 3D render of the new Mirage the “Concept M.R.G.” We’re assuming he wasn’t hired for his secrecy, because that acronym isn’t a very hard code to crack. Either way, the design is taking a lot of inspiration from Mitsubishi vehicles new and old. There’s the front fascia that pays attention to the iconic dynamic shield that wraps around the shark-nose grille, but new aesthetic changes have also taken place to make the Mitsubishi Mirage stand out.

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