2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Has New Powertrain

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Mitsubishi Motors is rolling out models for 2021, and even one for 2022 with the reveal of the new generation of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. Still no word on that new car for the C- or D-vehicle segment. Just when we thought the Outlander PHEV wasn’t getting a renewal, perhaps not as popular over here as it was in the land of the rising Sun, Mitsubishi surprised us with a newly upgraded Outlander plug-in hybrid with a new and improved powertrain. Fresh from the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the new Outlander PHEV is ready to go!

Old VS New

Let’s first take a look at what the previous Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offered consumers on the road. Powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, this model could generate only 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque. Not enough to race, but with electric-power lasting for 22 miles, it’s plenty of torque for a small adventure. With a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg and a combined 74 MPGe, the Outlander PHEV had a total driving range of 310 miles. It’s pretty good at the moment but doesn’t compete that well with other plug-in hybrids with years in the states.

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Check Out What’s New for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

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We’ve just begun the new year for 2021, the middle of February, but that’s not stopping the leading Japanese automaker from releasing a brand-new model for the 2022 model year. That’s right – we’re talking about Mitsubishi Motors, introducing the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander with a special virtual reveal. For the first time ever, a vehicle made its global debut on Amazon Live. Entering a new generation for the SUV, Mitsubishi is bringing a whole new look to the Outlander with new style fit for the next generation. Check out all the highlights below.

Power and Engineering

Making up the underpinnings of this SUV is a new combination of a newly developed platform to drive on. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is under the hood, the Mitsubishi’s rally-derived Super All-Wheel Control is available if not standard to keep everything under control for drivers in all environments. Able to take on off-road rallies, it should be able to, and with available large-diameter 20-inch wheels, unsavory roads won’t shake up the Outlander SUV. With bolder proportions and a strong stance, this is the new SUV to look for in 2021.

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The 2021 MItsubishi Outlander Sport – Available Now

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Mitsubishi Motors sure is excited about new vehicles coming to the lineup, although many of them are new or revamped versions of the current models. There is still no news on the mystery vehicle Mitsubishi is working on for the C or D car segment, and before the end of 2020, we got a sneak peak at the next generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Set to be revealed during the first quarter of 2021, more specifically during a livestream in February, we expect great things if the automaker is keeping it so close to the chest until then. Before the new Outlander makes its grand entrance, however, the 2021 Outlander Sport crossover is released to the masses with two new special editions.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has always been called the “sportier” version of the Outlander SUV, and in 2021, the crossover embraces that name. With ten trims to choose from and a number of configurations, two trims stand out: the new Limited Edition (LE) and Black Edition (BE). In contrast to the starting price of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, $20,995 (plus destination fee), the increase in price for the LE trim is not much, starting at $23,995 (plus destination fee), building off of the features available in the ES trim. This includes standard safety equipment consisting of rain sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, auto dimming mirror, and automatic headlights (not found on the ES trim).

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Mitsubishi Motors Signs Up with TomTom for Eclipse Cross Navigation

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Isn’t in-car navigation so handy? Or even the maps on a smartphone. It’s so nice to know where we’re going these days. Does anyone remember the old days when smart phones first came out, but it was still super easy to get lost? Nav systems have made that fear a thing of the past, but what happens when the phone dies or there is no Wi-Fi, or any kind of signal? That’s a real bummer. Thankfully, automakers are trying to find ways around that, especially with self-driving vehicles that can navigate uncharted areas. Before we let cars take the wheel, however, another great piece of navigation software is TomTom, and Mitsubishi Motors is putting the system into its newest Eclipse Cross.

TomTom should be a name consumers know – it’s a little old, but it had a ton of marketing when it first released in 2004. Known as a leading independent location technology specialist, TomTom provides consumers with highly accurate maps, navigation software, real-time traffic information, and other helpful services when on the road. The best part of all? No connection needed. That little number is a thankful addition with TomTom and company what3words.

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Mitsubishi Gives a Small Look at the Next-Gen Outlander

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2020 is just about over, and before we hit 2021, Mitsubishi Motors is teasing us with a look at its next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander. There isn’t a whole lot to see – the overall body shape of the Outlander, some tracing around the headlights, and basically what we can expect from a tease. There isn’t much information, and we might have to wait a bit until Mitsubishi releases any more information. The good news is that we won’t have to wait too long. Mitsubishi Motors has stated that it will be debuting the new Mitsubishi Outlander during a livestream in February 2021.

“The OUTLANDER is an iconic SUV for the company, so when we developed the next generation model, we took inspirations from our rich SUV heritage to realize a bold and confident styling with a solid stance that excites our customers…The all-new OUTLANDER is the first model epitomizing the new generation of Mitsubishi design and the frontrunner of our design strategy.” – Seiji Watanabe, Division General Manager of Design (Head of Design), MMC

So, this is the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander that we’re going to be seeing next year. We’re hoping this isn’t the new C-D segment vehicle Mitsubishi was talking about during its digital stream with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance back in May 2020. We’re all hoping for a sports car or at least a small passenger car from Mitsubishi – the entire lineup is dominated by large cars, mostly SUVs, with the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 rarely getting any of the spotlight, although the Mitsubishi Mirage is a vehicle to love for years to come.

What has Mitsubishi shared so far is a hint at what we could expect. Upcoming and future Mitsubishi Motors vehicles will start to hit a new level of technology and luxury. Slowly adding more to the vehicles in its lineup, plus a new partnership with Google, and Mitsubishi will soon have a new suite of tech and features to offer us. Starting with the new next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander, the automaker is calling it ifuudoudou, pronounced as “I-Fu-Do-Do”, which means authentic and majestic, elegant, and luxurious. Basically, this next-gen Outlander should be a hot item in comparison with the rest of the lineup with new styling thanks to its also new generation Dynamic Shield design concept that transforms the looks of the Mitsubishi and will be the ongoing look for future models.

That brings us back to the question of the new C-D segment vehicle. When the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced the mid-term plans going forward, they shared a new “Follow-the-Leader” scheme, where each automaker focused on a certain region and one of them would then release a new vehicle in their respective region. If all went well, then the other automakers would release a rebadged or similar version of the vehicle in the other regions. Mitsubishi Motors is the first to take the lead, and we’re looking for any information we can get. Some of us are hoping the Lancer Evolution will return, some digital artists have rendered a Lancer Crossover, and then there is the Engelberg Tourer concept that was supposed to replace the Outlander PHEV altogether.

It’s all up in the air for now, but February is less than two months away. Come back and join us in February 2021 and follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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A Look at 2020 and Mitsubishi Motors

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2020 is almost over, we’re so close! With the end of the year in mind, we’d like to do our usual yearly roundup of all the good news to remind us of the little wins to celebrate. Home to many automakers, Mitsubishi Motors included, at Miami Lakes Automall, we would like to point out some of the many prestigious winnings Mitsubishi Motor had this year. Although, when it comes to the likes of J.D. Power & Associates, there is no such thing as winning – just “high ranking”.

J.D. Power

All-year long, J.D. Power & Associates conduct many studies in a variety of industries, and when it comes to automobiles, we’re always interested to see what the organization has to say. Well, that’s not true. Every study is conducted by sending out surveys to consumers who have either purchased or leased a new vehicle in the last 90 days. So, if Mitsubishi is ranked high, it’s because the people love it! The truth is in the pudding with Mitsubishi Motors ranking as the highest Japanese auto brand during the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study.

Mitsubishi Motors also did very well in the J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study, with a focus on Service Initiation, Vehicle Pick-Up, Service Facility, Service Quality, and Service Advisory. Not so much the vehicles, but the service dealerships give them. Out of a 1000-pointcale, Mitsubishi received a score of 837. That’s like a B minus in grade school, so not bad. Another not product-related study was the J.D. Power 2020 Manufacturer Website Evaluation Study. This study is all about how easy it is for consumers to find the information they’re looking for on a manufacturer website, and so many automakers have such a down-right horrible design – even we get lost sometimes looking for the specs of our competitors – so it’s definitely a large issue. Mitsubishi Motors, however, did very well for the following key factors (in order of importance): information/content; appearance; navigation; and speed.

Mitsubishi Motors is also improving its automotive tech and how it helps consumers. One mobile app Mitsubishi consumers will be able to use is the Mitsubishi Road Assist+. This app collects driving behavior data through the telematics system and provides the driver with feedback to help improve unsafe driving behavior. The hardware-free, smartphone-based application also collects information from geospatial context to driving events, such as weather and road conditions to make drivers aware of what’s up ahead. This app got a lot of recognition, and Mitsubishi Motors received the 2020 Future Digital Awards for Road Assist+.

Follow the Leader

When the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance held a digital presentation of the new plans for automobile production over the next few years, there was a lot of discussion about self-driving vehicles, electric cars, and vehicle connectivity. Out of all of this, the Alliance also announced a new “Follow the Leader” business plan. Each automaker would be in charge of a specific region for sales. Then, an automaker would release a new vehicle in that region, and if it did well, the other automakers would release a similar vehicle in their own respective regions before crossing over for competition.

It seems Mitsubishi Motors is taking the lead on this one. The first vehicle to be released has been kept under wraps, but we know it will either be in the C or D car segment – or anything from a subcompact car to a large SUV. Mitsubishi has enough SUVs as it is, so we’re hoping for a reincarnated version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The automaker had discussed bringing back the EVO nameplate on an electric or plug-in hybrid, so we’re eagerly waiting for more news.

With all those high-ranking accomplishments, Mitsubishi Motors is doing better than ever. Want to find yourself a new Mitsubishi vehicle? Come to Miami Lakes Automall or call us and ask about our at-home test drives.

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Mitsubishi Motors Releases a Virtual Reality Showroom

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Mitsubishi Motors is a little silent, working on the next big vehicle to come from the automaker – the mystery C/D vehicle. However, in the world of a pandemic, many potential consumers are shying away from dealerships and buying a new car with the still high hazard requirement to wear gloves (if possible) and masks, keeping six feet of distance, and avoiding enclosed spaces. Although many businesses and dealerships are diligent to clean and sanitize working environments, and some even offer an at home test drive, consumers may still be wary. A little good news – Mitsubishi Motors is one automaker making the switch to virtual reality and augmented reality to share vehicle information with consumers online.

Yeah, that’s right. Now, consumers interested in buying a new Mitsubishi Outlander, or an Eclipse Cross, or…well maybe not an L200 pickup truck, although it would really be some great competition if Mitsubishi brought it stateside. However, many vehicles are available for a virtual exploration…if living in Nigeria. Bummer, eh? Well, sort of.

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The Mitsubishi Mirage is a Vehicle to Love

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In a year where a lot has been left up to chance and preparation, consumers will always want something reliable. Some of us just have a curse where any piece of technology fails them and doesn’t work as intended, but we’re talking about cars today, not mobile phones and computers. If there is one thing a consumer can rely on is their cars. Getting them from point A to point B without much trouble along the way aside from traffic and people who think being in a car makes them virtually untouchable. Well, there is one vehicle that many may not expect, but is a valuable car nonetheless. It’s the very fuel-efficient Mitsubishi Mirage, and one couple drove it over 400,000 miles before trading it in – not that they had to.

According to Vincentric, a publication that highlights vehicles that hold the most value after years of ownership by comparing the total cost-of-ownership of a vehicle and its current market price. With a focus on purchase price, retained value, fixed and operating costs, and maintenance and repair costs, the lifetime cost of a vehicle could be worse than buying a new one altogether. This story isn’t true for the Mitsubishi Mirage. In 2019, Vincentric honored the 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage with the 2020 Vincentric Best CPO Value in America award. Plus, Mitsubishi Motors gives consumers long-lasting warranties to keep vehicles in shape, for free, keeping the value high.

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Mitsubishi Motors Develops EPA Disinfectant

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The automotive industry, and let’s face it, the economy as a whole is trying to bounce back after the Coronavirus pandemic shut down factories, office buildings, and entire businesses world-wide. Over the spring and summer, the automotive industry turned the lights back on in manufacturing plants and went to work, and not just to produce automobiles. Automakers from all over the world came together to provide supplies for healthcare and front-line workers most susceptible to being infected by COVID-19. Some automakers also got involved with local communities, like Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) helping with Nashville Disaster Relief. Automakers have also been looking at new ways to design and build vehicles for a post-pandemic world. They say, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and automakers are racing to make the next product to keep their consumers safe. Mitsubishi Motors may have just taken a leap to the front with its EPA-approved Diamond Premium Care™ disinfectant (also known as the CLOROX360 program at some dealerships).

Why worry about designing a new vehicle and investing in what could be a short-lived necessity? They’re currently working on a vaccine – I mean, I have no urge to inject a dead version of COVID-19 into my bloodstream – but there are people currently partaking in human trials. If by next summer the world is free of the Coronavirus, then investing in a vehicle designed to handle the virus would be more of a loss than a gain. Wouldn’t it be easier to design a simple, non-abrasive, antimicrobial, no-contact disinfecting and deodorizing spray that kills SARS-CoV-2 virus on contact?

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Easy Thanksgiving Recipe for 2020

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2020 is coming to a close but not before the holidays. A little reprieve from the madness for some of us, hopefully, A lot of us may be pressed for time and may not know what to do about Thanksgiving meals this year. With many only coming together in small groups, what do you cook compared to 2019? How about something simple? Let us share with you a delectable recipe to help keep your head on straight and bellies full.

Yes, Soup for You!

Okay, so the Seinfeld line doesn’t work the other way around, but we’re still talking about soup here. Now, some people may be thinking, “Turkey soup? No thanks, that just sounds wrong. Well how about a soup made with coconut and thai flavors? Yeah, now we’re getting fancy. The below recipe is for a Thai Coconut Turkey Soup and takes about 30 minutes (post-preparation, that takes forever). It also says it serves eight, but people always want seconds of this. Also, be sure to have plenty of time to make this, because aside from preparation time, you may need to go to the local Chinese marketplace for some items.

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