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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made it to the U.S.! This is not a drill and not a hoax. Mitsubishi Motors America added the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to their lineup, and the news about the Outlander PHEV coming to America is true. How exciting, we’ve been waiting for years and we’re finally going to get our hands on the first outstanding, popular, and successful hybrid by Mitsubishi Motors. You can bet we’ll have a full specs page on it, but for now, take a look at some of the highlights to expect on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Being a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Outlander PHEV is powered by a hybrid system made up of a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine and two electric motors powered by a rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion battery. The internal combustion engine, like most found in Mitsubishi vehicles today, has been optimized with Mitsubishi’s MIVEC system, their version of variable valve timing (VVT) technology. As some may know, VVT is a process that alters the lift events in an engine’s cylinders during the intake of gas and air and the exhaust of fumes. The better this process is optimized, the better an engine can perform.
Now that Mitsubishi has officially added the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to their changing lineup, many of us are awaiting more information and details. So far, Mitsubishi Motors only has a preview page highlighting a couple things that stand out. However, given what we do know about the vehicle, we think we can do better. Here are some of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross highlights.
New to Mitsubishi Motors is a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine with direct-injection. Not only does this bad boy go under the hood of the Eclipse Cross, but it was built in-house. In fact, the entire small SUV was built in-house, demonstrating Mitsubishi Motors’ ability to still design and produce fantastic vehicles despite their new deals with Nissan-Renault. Being a turbocharged engine with direct injection, expect more horsepower than seen on a Mitsubishi vehicle before. Plus, Mitsubishi’s Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) is being integrated into the Cross and paired to the engine for great fuel economy.
With Mitsubishi making a lot of changes and bringing new vehicles to their lineup since the Mitsubishi and Nissan-Renault partnership started, there’s a lot of talk of what’s to come. Mitsubishi is leaning towards crossovers and SUVs these days, and recently they discontinued the all-electric i-Miev. But with the expansion of Mitsubishi Motors across the world and in the auto market, there are some changes we can see happening to the current lineup. Especially with the sharing of components between Mitsubishi and Nissan.
The Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are cornerstones for Mitsubishi Motors, known for their high fuel economy and sporty looks. The former comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but both models will most likely have it in the next model-year. For 2019, both models will be re-engineered and have a new powertrain option. Mitsubishi has always had low-power engines though, so we won’t see anything too grand – a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine is the current pick.
Although there has yet to be an official release date for the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, more information is released about it every so often. When we first heard about this throwback, there were a lot of people wondering if Mitsubishi Motors had lost it. Turning a once sports car into a crossover variation had a 50/50 shot at success. However, with the lineup cutting down on small cars and shifting with the auto industry into a more SUV and crossover market, it’s possible they can pull it off.
Jump forward to the Geneva International Motor Show when the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuted. We talked a lot about its aesthetics, the style, and new technology popping up (literally and figuratively). Recently, Mitsubishi Motors released a video teasing the technology found in the Eclipse Cross, and it’s shaping up nicely. Perfect timing too, because we just covered the lack of a true Mitsubishi infotainment system not too long ago.
Mitsubishi recently announced some exciting news about the Lancer — a new Limited Edition trim will join the lineup soon. That means a new look, tons of goodies, and a final Lancer trim before Mitsubishi ends production on it for good. Best of all, it has a starting MSRP of $19,795 and will be available by the end of May 2017.
“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering … With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.” – Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Sounds about right. The new Lancer Limited Edition trim will have the same engine and horsepower on the Lancer ES, but the engine is paired to Mitsubishi’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an automatic transmission that seamlessly switches through gears without a loss of speed or expended fuel. That transmission boosts the vehicle’s fuel economy up to 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the last week, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) has been going on and many vehicles have debuted. New brand names are coming out of the woodwork for the electric and hybrid vehicles, the SRT Demon was unleashed, and new SUVs and crossovers, like the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, are blooming.
That’s right – blooming. Since Mitsubishi Motors was bought out of bankruptcy by Nissan-Renault, it’s been making headway for a new finish line. In addition to the recent news like the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the Outlander Sport Limited Edition and Mitsubishi’s announcement about their own autonomous driving technology, we now know Mitsubishi has given the Outlander Sport over 100 changes for the 2018 model year.
Make way ladies and gentlemen, for the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition (LE). If the Outlander Sport wasn’t already a winner for Mitsubishi, then the new Outlander Sport LE trim will definitely get the attention of consumers. Already affordable with lots of features shared across trims, how does Mitsubishi plan to make the Outlander Sport better? That’s what we’re here to talk about.
Available in four trims, the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shares many, many features across trims. Aside from the very high-luxury options or an outstanding 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate sound system, every Outlander Sport trim comes with a lot of extras. Even the engine mechanics are pretty uniform, with the majority of the lineup powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC I4 engine, paired with INVEC CVT Sportronic transmission.
Let’s back up a bit, because we just threw a lot of fancy words out there. “MIVEC” is the brand name for Mitsubishi’s own variable valve timing system, a process that controls the air and gas intake/exhaust valves on an engine’s cylinders. This system, no matter the design, always attempts to optimize a vehicle’s performance and fuel efficiency.