You know, with all of the automakers and concepts that showed up at SEMA 2018 this year, we were kind of surprised that we didn’t see Mitsubishi Motors – at all. With all of the new concepts and buzz surrounding the automaker, we surely thought Mitsubishi would use one of the largest auto shows to show off what’s new. Then again, SEMA is known as a Specialty Equipment Market Association show, and only a limited time (maybe a week) is offered up for the auto show. Perhaps Mitsubishi Motors is aiming for another show coming up soon, such as the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show?
Mitsubishi Coming to the LA Auto Show?
Yeah, that seems to be the plan. According to a flyer for a press conference (seen above), Mitsubishi Motors will be taking the stage during the AutoMobility LA, a day of conferences for the press to sink their teeth into before the convention doors open in the coming days. Set for Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Mitsubishi will be talking about where the automaker is headed, and what’s to come.
Well, Mitsubishi Motors has been discussing hybrid SUVs for a year now, and we’ve also seen numerous concept art renditions for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Most of all though, the new Mitsubishi Truck, the Triton/L200, is said to debut in November. HINT-HINT.
Plus, there’s the Alliance 2022 plan with Renault-Nissan. We’re supposed to see a lot of good things coming from the alliance soon. In addition, we know Kia Motors is heading to the LA Auto Show, and we know Mitsubishi wouldn’t want to be outdone by a rival. The Outlander PHEV and Niro PHEV do compare pretty well, after all.
What Else About Mitsubishi and LA?
Mitsubishi isn’t just holding a press conference before the LA Auto Show commences. Recently, the Green Car Journal announced the Mitsubishi Outlander as a finalist for their “Green SUV of the Year” award. If the name of the journal is foreign, that may be because the Green Car Journal is an annual publication, versus the monthly publications we’re all used to. Nevertheless, the Green Car Journal, since 1992, has been recognized as the leading authority on the intersection of automobiles, energy, and the environment. With a team of seasoned writers that thoroughly understand the auto industry and their technologies, this is one publication to trust when looking for alternative fuel vehicles.
Knowing this, it makes us curious about the 2019 “Green SUV of the Year” award. The description states that this award honors an SUV that not only raises the bar for eco-friendly automobiles, but also still remains affordable for the majority of the consumer base. It may not be pocket change, but the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a starting MSRP of $34,595 (plus destination fee). That should be affordable for those on the mid-to-high end of the middle class.
We’re kinda proud of the Outlander PHEV, too. It’s only been on American shores for a year, and it’s been turning heads since. With a 22-mile electric driving range, and a total of 310 miles when using the electric motors in tandem with the gasoline engine, this plug-in hybrid electric is pretty nice.
“Bringing the Outlander PHEV to the U.S. offers an important new choice for those who want to drive ‘green,’ but also require the full functionality of a crossover SUV…With SUVs representing the hottest segment in the auto industry, Mitsubishi’s introduction of its plug-in SUV here is especially well-timed.” – Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and GreenCarJournal.com.
Mitsubishi Motors has a conference November 28, followed by Green Car Journal announcing its winners, November 29. After that, it’s the 2018 LA Auto Show, from November 30 – December 9, 2018. Stay up to date with Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media to learn about what’s next for Mitsubishi Motors. And don’t be shy – find out why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a finalist for the “Green SUV of the Year” award by finding yours in our inventory.