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Closer Look at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi EV Plans

Back in March 2022, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared their plans for 2030, and so did just about every other large automotive group. This is why competition in an industry is such a crazy thing – everyone does the same thing, but tries to do it better. Building on business plans announced in May 2020, all eyes are on Mitsubishi Motors for the next new model to launch, and electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) seem to be the next move for the Alliance. Some new information on the road to an EV lineup has been released since then, expanding a bit more on the new EV platforms and batteries under development by the Alliance.

The Roadmap to 2030

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance boasted their experience in EV Research and Development (R&D), engineering, and mass production for over ten years. With a total sum of $1,056,770,000 already invested, the Alliance has poured many of its EV resources into 15 manufacturing plants already in operation, building parts, motors, and batteries for 10 upcoming EV models. Working to develop the next generation of EV technologies and car connectivity, the Alliance intends to invest $24,305,710,000 more into its production for a total of 35 new EV models by 2030. Some of this has already begun with an investment into a new EV facility for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

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Upcoming Infotainment Technology for Mitsubishi Motors

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared a lot of plans for its new business roadmap, Alliance 2030. Still waiting for Mitsubishi Motors to start the new wave of vehicles, the automaker has been upgrading its current lineup for next generation models before focusing on its new flagship, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV. We also saw a lot of interesting ideas and concepts Mitsubishi Electric is bringing to the automotive world and everyday life during the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show. We’re especially interested in the digital living spaces many automakers were discussing, and the future of Mitsubishi Motors’ infotainment system.

The First Generation

If you can call it “the first generation”, the first installment of an infotainment system for Mitsubishi Motors was more so an amalgamation of multiple separate devices that worked together. Able to upgrade to a 7-inch touchscreen, consumers could get the usual display an infotainment system comes with, plus 3D-mapping navigation capabilities. Music was taken care of with the available 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate premium sound system, featuring a 10-inch dual-voice coil subwoofer, Digital Signal Processing, DTS Neural Surround™, PremiDIA-WIDE Surround, and Dolby® Volume. For phone connectivity, it came down to a FUSE hands-free link system with Bluetooth. It was messy, but got the job done.

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What Makes the Mitsubishi Mirage Lovable?

The 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage has a lot more going for it than consumers may realize. Sure, the model is getting little changes when compared to the rest of the lineup, but when it comes to this hatchback, too many changes could ruin what it’s known for – superb fuel efficiency. Plus, the Mirage has received many of the upgrades that have made it into the rest of the lineup, increasing its performance on the road and interior comfort.

Performance

Every trim on the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage is powered by a 1.2L MIVEC DOHC engine under the hood. Able to generate 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Optimized with Mitsubishi Motors’ brand of variable valve timing technology (VVT), this adds to the incredible fuel efficiency of the vehicle, but more on that in a moment. Able to come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the engineering of the Mirage isn’t just modern.

The performance of the Mirage for this generation has always been excellent, and a part of that is due to its braking power. A firm brake pedal gives the driver more control than some of the competitors to the Mirage, with responsive feedback that lets the driver know how hard to press to come to a full stop with a progressive buildup of stopping power. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual, found only on the base ES trim, but this trim level can upgrade to the CVT found standard in the rest of the lineup, offering a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

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