Miami Lakes Automall Traffic 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

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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Miami Lakes Automall New Mitsubishi Lancer-Render

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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Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi Lancer EVO Crossover

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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Miami Lakes Automall Alliance 2022 Outlander PHEV

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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