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Mitsubishi Motors Wins Asia Cross Country Rally 2022 with Ralliart Tritons

Mitsubishi Motors has been testing the limits and the capabilities of its lineup in recent years. Although no one would think of Mitsubishi when they hear the word “off-road”, it may be a nameplate that comes to mind when someone says “rally cars”. The automaker started in America as a rally car racer, and the Lancer Evolution is still fresh in the minds of many rally drivers. Mitsubishi is even starting to design Ralliart editions of several models in its lineup, starting with the Mirage Ralliart Edition. Mitsubishi has also entered the Rebelle Rally in recent years, a 10-day, 2,000 km navigational course to test its might. Put the two experiences together, and we have the recent Asia Cross Country Rally 2022, which Mitsubishi entered with a Ralliart Triton.

What is the Triton? An overseas vehicle we have yet to see here in America, the Mitsubishi Triton is a pickup truck that the automaker could really do well with if they brought it stateside. However, with a focus on SUVs, even with the midsize pickup truck opening up, Mitsubishi is instead testing the waters of its sports car days with Ralliart editions of models currently in its lineup, and the Ralliart Triton is a good indication of what a Ralliart-infused model can do. The Mirage Ralliart Edition is mostly just racing stickers and a color scheme, but for the Asia Cross Country Rally 2022, Mitsubishi needs to do a little more to make the Triton rally race ready.

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What is the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance Working on Now?

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced big news in March 2022 with its revised Alliance 2030 plan. Back in May 2020, the Alliance revised their 2025 plans due to the Coronavirus pandemic and how it affected the auto industry and the economy. However, nothing has really happened. The Alliance seems to like to announce “big news” and then not say anything for a few years – we’re still waiting on the first new model to come from the Alliance by Mitsubishi Motors, and they’re mainly focused on the new Outlander PHEV, like winning 2023 Family Green Car of the Year by Green Journal. The closest we’ve seen is the XFC Concept Mitsubishi shared at the Vietnam Motor Show 2022. It seems promising, but what is the Alliance working on? Let’s recap.

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Spice Up Thanksgiving with this Thai Soup Recipe

It’s that time of year! The holidays are happening and there’s plenty of cheer to go around. Whether going back home for Thanksgiving or holding a “Friendsgiving” with good friends, there’s always a chance to bring a little something homemade, especially when there’s a potluck. With so many recipes out there, it can be hard to choose, but we’ve picked a couple we know will blow people away. We’re going to get a little Asian cuisine going this year. Although Mitsubishi Motors originates from Japan, here’s a Thai-flavored appetizer that can pair well with the turkey or substitute it altogether.

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Have some picky eaters that aren’t crazy about turkey? Well, who doesn’t like chicken with a little spice? Just be sure to make plenty of this soup, because people will always ask for more. Some recipes prefer extra ingredients to make this dish a little more authentic, but we decided to make it a little easier for anyone in a bit of a rush. Most of these ingredients are easy to find at the local grocery store.

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2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Wins 2023 Family Green Car of the Year

As the auto market makes its shift to more green vehicles, there will soon be a tipping point where electric vehicles (EVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) will be the more popular option. That day might still be a while away, with many drivers still in favor of gasoline options, but the industry shows no signs of keeping those on the table for very long. With alternative fuel the new trend for automobiles, consumers will want to know what is the best vehicle on the market, and if going by green standards, the source to turn to is the Green Car Journal. Hosting the 2023 Green Car Awards, Green Car Journal awarded the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV as the “2023 Family Green Car of the Year™.

“What a great way to kick off the launch of the 2023 Outlander PHEV…This vehicle is the flagship of Mitsubishi Motors – clean and quiet electric motoring for up to 38 miles, the ease of refueling and convenience of a gasoline engine, a style that sets it apart from other vehicles on the road, and room for the whole family across three rows of seats. With the engineering of the hybrid system designed to maximize ‘EV-ness,’ it’s clear how Outlander PHEV plays a pivotal role as part of our Environmental Targets 2030, as we target a 40 percent reduction in global CO2 emissions.” – Mark Chaffin, MMNA President and CEO

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Update for the New Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi EV Company

In May 2022, Renault announced that it was ready to take the production of electric vehicles (EVs) in a new direction. Leading the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Renault announced a new strategy to streamline EV development by creating a new EV company to take over. Nikkei Asia, the Renault automaker CEO, Luca de Meo, confirmed the interest of the other two partners in the Alliance, but more so presented the idea to Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC). All three partners would need to make a heft investment to start a new subsidiary and build a new EV plant. Half a year later, and here’s where the two automakers stand.

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Mitsubishi Challenges the PHEV Competition with the New Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi Motors has been going through some changes ever since it joined the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, but those changes have been slow to bear new fruits. We’ve seen the automaker release new generation models of most vehicles in its lineup, and several models are getting a Ralliart Special Edition, starting with the Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart model. The Mitsubishi XFC Concept shown at the Vietnam Motor Show 2022 looks promising, but we have no clue if it will be produced, let alone come to America. We’re still wondering why the Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck isn’t here yet. So, we have the current lineup as an example of what Mitsubishi Motors can do, and the Outlander PHEV is the latest model to tout some upgrades that give it an edge over the competition.

Power

The recent 2022 model of the Outlander PHEV was already pretty strong, sporting an AC synchronous permanent magnetic motor with a 60kW motor in the front and a 70kW motor in the rear, plus a 2.4 liter inline-four-cylinder engine able to generate 126 horsepower. Together, it could generate about 300 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The PHEV has an all-electric range (AER) of 24 miles before needing to switch to gasoline. In 2023, the fuel tank got 0.2 more gallons to spare, and although it may not seem very grand, the electric powertrain comes with a larger battery pack, pushing the (AER) up to 38 miles, with 420 miles of overall range. Oddly enough, the output has dropped to a combined 248-horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque with a twin-motor system, possibly making the electric part of the powertrain more powerful for that extended range whilst dropping some power in the gasoline engine.

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Mitsubishi Unveils XFC Concept During Vietnam Motor Show 2022

Back in May 2020, just as things were getting shaky in the states, and across the globe, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared its mid-term plans for Alliance 2023. At the time, that was the name of the business strategy the Alliance was working on before extending to 2030 like so many other automakers. Two years ago, the new business strategy announced a new “Follow the Leader” theme, where one automaker would release a new vehicle in its respective region, and depending on its success, the other automakers would release their own version in their respective regions. Mitsubishi Motors was first in line, and after that rebadge of the Renault Clio hybrid, we were worried the Japanese automaker gave up. It would seem not all hope is lost with the new Mitsubishi XFC Concept at the Vietnam Motor Show 2022.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America Sales Continue to Rise in 2022

Mitsubishi Motors has been releasing next-generation models of nearly every model in the lineup, and for those that aren’t getting a renewal, they’re getting the Ralliart treatment instead. We can clearly see this with the next-gen 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, upgraded for the new model year, whereas the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 seem to be forgotten. Well, the Mirage G4 has anyway, since the Mitsubishi Mirage will also be coming out with a special Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition. Overseas, Mitsubishi Motors is getting some help with group partner Renault, of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, with a rebadged Renault Clio hybrid, to regain its footing. Here in the states, however, Mitsubishi has been making a comeback, and the automaker has the sales to prove it.

Every quarter this year (that’s every three months, from Q1 – Q4), Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) seems to be having better sales as opposed to previous years. For the third quarter of 2022, the automaker reported a total of 16,782 vehicles for Q3. That’s a 20.5-percent increase as opposed to 2021. On top of that, in terms of year-to-date sales (as in 2022 from January to September), the automaker has seen a 43.3-percent increase in sales. It’s all thanks to the new generation Mitsubishi Outlander and Eclipse Cross models.

When the new generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander was released in 2022, this SUV made the Japanese automaker profitable again in the states. New styling changes and upgrades, including full-LED headlights and 20-inch wheels, followed by a suite of technology services available to consumers, such as an advanced 10-speaker Bose sound system with digital subwoofers, it really did feel like a new Outlander SUV. The success shows in the total sales, with the Outlander selling 30,481 units this year – that’s the second-best year-to-date performance for the SUV in the nameplate’s entire history, dating back to 2001.

Another fan favorite is the Outlander PHEV, known as the automaker’s most popular plug-in hybrid model. With the last of the 2022 models sold in July, MMNA expects a substantial sales increase with the next-generation of the 2023 model hitting dealership showrooms in November 2022. The early sellout of Outlander plug-in must be why only six sold during Q3 2022, but a total of 1,132 units were sold over the course of the year, only 500 less than 2021. There will be a slight increase for the 2023 Outlander PHEV, now with a starting MSRP of $39,845 (plus destination fee), this might be the last year before the new flagship – the Eclipse Cross PHEV – takes over.

We’re also looking forward to the rest of the Ralliart special edition models and what they could bring to the table. The Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition is mainly body graphics with some mud flaps and bolder wheel arches. Not much, but word has it that the Ralliart special editions could just be the start of MMNA returning to rally races and producing sports cars. At least, that’s how it sounds according to Mitsubishi Motors President Takao Kato during an interview with automotive media publication Response.

“We will also consider involvement in rallies…We made a big loss in the previous fiscal year, so we want to revive the company first and then give out as many cars as possible that fans are waiting for.” – Kato

What could that mean? If Mitsubishi Motors sales continue to do well, especially in North America, perhaps a sports car will finally be added to the mix. It’s been two years since Mitsubishi Motors announced a new model, and we haven’t seen anything. Here’s hoping it’s more akin to a sports car and not just the rebadged Clio that was under wraps during the Mitsubishi conference about the new generation model lineup. Interested to learn why consumers are going nuts over the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV? Find new Mitsubishi models at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Could Ralliart Special Editions Restart Mitsubishi Rally Cars?

Mitsubishi Motors released its 2023 Mitsubishi lineup, and although the rebadged Renault Clio is still missing, probably a purely European model, something new has been added. In 2021, Mitsubishi brought back Ralliart, the same performance group responsible for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Mitsubishi Starion 4WD. In fact, when we saw the concept for the Starion 4WD, completely unprompted, many fans thought this was an early preview of Mitsubishi Motors returning to its rally car roots and release a sports car. Instead, the automaker announced that Mitsubishi was still focused on development of electric vehicles (EVs) and nothing else. The recent Ralliart special edition models added to the lineup say otherwise.

The first Ralliart Special Edition released so far is for the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage. In terms of performance, there aren’t many changes. Still powered by a 1.2-liter engine able to generate 78 horsepower, but the standard transmission is no longer the 5-speed manual transmission. Instead, the Mirage Ralliart Edition will come equipped with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) found on most models in the lineup. The major Ralliart changes are in terms of build and appearance.

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2023 Mitsubishi Ralliart Updates Looks and Capability

Mitsubishi Motors is going through a bit of an identity crisis with the rebadged Renault Clio being released in the European market, but having a rebadge is nothing new in the auto industry. Heck, the Dodge Colt was a Mitsubishi Motors Mirage in disguise. On the other side of the spectrum, there are some good things going on for Mitsubishi, specifically with its Ralliart group. The same high-performance known for introducing the Evolution nameplate to several models in the automaker’s history, Ralliart is returning as an aftermarkets group. To show what the group can do, Mitsubishi will be releasing special limited edition Ralliart models of several models. Details about the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition have surfaced.

This will be a true limited edition, with a limited run for each Ralliart Edition model. That means each Ralliart Edition will instantly become a collector’s item, and we know how those can skyrocket in value years down the road. With unique body effects, graphics, and rally-inspired features added to Mitsubishi Ralliart Edition models, every model will also come with a White Diamond paint job and a contrasting black roof, as teased during the press release of the 2023 Mitsubishi Motors lineup. According to sources, changes for the Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition begin with the mechanics.

Engineered for More

Made to meet the needs of a variety of consumers, the Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition will be more capable of taking on dirt trails or grave paths that could damage a regular vehicle. Bright red mud flaps are now installed behind each wheel, large enough to keep small stones and pebbles from flicking into the undercarriage, leading to damage and rust. While this change opens the model up to another demographic, Mitsubishi has decided to change the baseline 5-speed manual transmission and replace it with continuously variable transmission (CVT), found on most models, to subtract the need to think about what gear to switch in when trekking the trail.

The change to a CVT will definitely affect fuel economy as well, allowing for consumers to really go the distance. Already heralded as the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered hatchback on the market, the 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage with CVT offered a fuel economy of 36 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Cost-efficient, the starting MSRP was $14,645 (plus destination fee). There is no word on the pricing for the Ralliart Edition, but we’ll be keeping an eye on things in the coming months.

Rally-Inspired

Ralliart may not be coming up with any Evolution models any time soon, but that doesn’t mean 2023 models can’t look like they’re made for the track. A classic look for Mitsubishi, the White Diamond and black roof are met with black and red graphics. With a Ralliart nameplate in the rear fascia, the mud flaps stand out, and side graphics what look like flames or wings with a gradient of red, grey, and black. The rear fascia also has a more cunning appearance on the Ralliart edition, adding to its edgy tone.

Speaking of edgy, the model is made to look like a rally car with new black wheel arch trims and additional material around the wheel arches. Going for a more cost-effective option, the arch trims are made of fake carbon fiber and the cladding around the arches are plastic, but this just means they’ll be prone to rust. With all the dirt and rubble that can get picked up by the wheels, that’s a huge plus. Want to stay informed on when the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition becomes available? It is a limited run, after all. Follow along with us on Miami Lakes Automall social media for more information. And be sure to look for the 2023 Mitsubishi Mirage at Miami Lakes Automall.

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