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Mitsubishi Motors has been changing things up as of late, and we’re all looking forward to what Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has planned. The Alliance shared a new business plan Alliance 2030 to shine some light on the next few years of electric vehicle (EV) technology and connected mobility, whereas Mitsubishi Motors’ current business strategy seems to be releasing new generations of models already in the lineup before it reveals something new. The last vehicle getting a next-generation model was the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, but it seems the Eclipse Cross will beat it to the punch. Check out the highlights for the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.
Across the entire lineup of this model, a 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine makes up the power. Able to generate up to 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, this crossover may not win any drag races, but it does share some equipment with vehicles that race in the World Rally Championship and in the desert dunes of Dakar. The new 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is equipped with Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system, a combination of Adaptive Stability Control (ASC), Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), and Active Yaw Control (AYC) to distribute driving torque to the rear wheels and provide driver control in various types of terrain.(more…)
When the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was first revealed, there was a lot of backlash. Totally understandable, really. Mitsubishi Motors has pulled many of its sports cars out of the U.S., the Mitsubishi Eclipse amongst them, along with the Lancer and Lancer Evolution series. Some of the latter are still legends today. Teasing the revival of a rally car, only to reveal a crossover, was like salt on the wound, and the circulating artwork of a Lancer crossover isn’t helping. Talk of Mitsubishi Motors Corp (MMC) reviving Ralliart was reported recently by Forbes, and it feels like a rollercoaster all over again.
We can’t help but wonder if this comes from the recent auction for the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition, sold in Europe for £100,100, or $121,000 USD. Mitsubishi Motors standing in Europe is currently confusing. The automaker is making its departure from the UK market, while simultaneously starting 2023 with two models produced by Groupe Renault but rebranded and restyled for Mitsubishi Motors. Only being released in selected markets in Europe, perhaps the automaker is looking for a cornerstone. After all, the press release from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was only two months ago (March 2021).
Just last week, Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) released a teaser for the new 2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. With very little to go on, we’re not yet sure how much the crossover has changed in appearance, inside and out. We do, however, expect some good technology upgrades. Always getting the best Mitsubishi has to offer, the Eclipse Cross was one of the first vehicles to get a smartphone link display, Mitsubishi Motors ventured into infotainment systems and more interactive touchscreens with smartphone interfaces. Keeping connected with its consumers, Mitsubishi is one of many automakers developing smartphone apps to help keep consumers safe and keep their vehicles in great shape. The latest app from MMNA is the My MITSUBISHI CONNECT.
Right now, it’s not very flashy, but Mitsubishi Motors is the kind of automaker that works on multiple little things and then bring it all together into one big thing. My MITSUBISHI CONNECT is just a small piece of an even bigger puzzle. Right now, the mobile app has one main focus – help consumers make automotive maintenance easier. It sounds simple, right? But think about it – how many times have you realized you forgot to get an oil change because you couldn’t be bothered to take your car in for maintenance?
There is a lot going on for Mitsubishi Motors after the new strategy for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was announced. Sounds like Mitsubishi already has a new vehicle set to come out for the C/D segment, of which could mean we could be getting anything from a subcompact to a large car. A lot is still up for guessing, but there is one thing we won’t have to guess – when the new lineup from Mitsubishi Motors will arrive on dealership lots. Starting in the fall of 2020, the revised, refreshed, and new-generation models from the Mitsubishi lineup will make their way to U.S. soil.
Recently, Mitsubishi Motors ranked high in the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS), with its famous 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport coming in third place for the Small SUV car segment. Upgraded with new standard levels of equipment, the Outlander Sport continues to improve. The J.D. Power IQS ranks vehicles based on how well they keep their initial quality over 90 days of ownership. Data is collected by surveys sent out to owners of these vehicles, ultimately ranking each on a Problems-Per-100 units scale, or how many problems one would find in 100 vehicles by that automaker. With a score of 148 PP100, Mitsubishi Motors became the top-rated Japanese brand for 2020.
If you didn’t know it, the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and the 2021 Outlander PHEV model will be making its way to dealerships in winter 2020. With a new powertrain, an updated internal combustion engine is coupled with a larger and more refined electric drive system. Together, the Outlander PHEV generates more horsepower and offers an increase when driving on electricity alone with a longer all-electric range.
Way back when Mitsubishi Motors first started breaking into the auto industry, it was with Rally Cars. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution series was some of the automaker’s most popular sports cars, with examples like the EVO-8 powered by a 2.0-liter engine capable of generating over 400 horsepower, and able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 175 mph. At some point, the automaker started to take a turn and shifted the focus from sports cars to crossovers and SUVs. That’s where the auto market has been standing for the past decade or so. The demographic is going to be introduced to more of a new generation (Millennials) and soon a whole new type of creature (Gen Z). We think Mitsubishi Motors saw this coming, and that’s why the automaker is trying to meet halfway with vehicles like the Eclipse Cross and Lancer Crossover Concept. We haven’t heard much about the latter since its first teaser, but the Eclipse Cross is doing much better than some had initially thought, and an artist rendering on the internet has sparked discussion about its new look.
There’s been an interesting development with the sales of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) as of late. Although the flagships of the automaker are the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, their recent sales say otherwise. We’re halfway into 2019 and automakers are releasing their second-quarter sales. When we take a look at Mitsubishi Motors sales in the North American market, crossovers and hatchbacks surprisingly reign supreme. Let’s take a look at the changes coming to Mitsubishi Motors.
When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first came to America, it really turned some heads. Sales for the Outlander PHEV were so good, that the automaker hit a large milestone, and sold 200,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units earlier this year (April 2019). With the Outlander plug-in hybrid doing so well, one would think that this just means Mitsubishi Motors needs to focus on its alternative fuel vehicles.
Psych! The new Mitsubishi Mirage will actually not be modeled after the Renault Clio or on the Renault Clio platform. That’s why you should never listen to a rumor, kids. The interesting M.R.G. concept based off of the Renault Clio looked good, but now that we know that the Clio claim was a rumor, we can imagine the next Mirage will actually look pretty different when compared to the M.R.G. concept. It makes more sense after all – the Mirage is a hatchback, and the Clio is a supermini car. So instead of taking some parts from Renault, Mitsubishi Motors will be taking a platform from another vehicle in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance – the Nissan Juke.
This news comes straight from the Japan-based automotive media agency, Response. The Nissan Juke is sort of somewhere between the Mitsubishi Mirage and the Renault Clio. In all honesty, the Clio actually looks like an elongated version of the Mirage hatchback, but a longer platform would mean a whole new redesign of the vehicle. We don’t think that’s a good idea after what happened to the Re-Model A PHEV. We rather not remember that fiasco…
It’s happening people, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance might finally pay off. We’ve been waiting for almost two years to see something come out of it, a vehicle or at least a concept, and prayers have been answered. Due to a little rumor that the next Mitsubishi Mirage may be built on the Renault Clio platform, it was enough to inspire Mitsubishi designer Gábor Farkas, the same guy who also designed the Mitsubishi Centennial Hyaku concept, to render the next-generation Mitsubishi Mirage in 3D. In fact, if we put them side-by-side they almost look like twins, aside from the original Hyaku design leaning towards a coupe – not a well-known Mitsubishi car body-type. Check it out.
Farkas dubbed the 3D render of the new Mirage the “Concept M.R.G.” We’re assuming he wasn’t hired for his secrecy, because that acronym isn’t a very hard code to crack. Either way, the design is taking a lot of inspiration from Mitsubishi vehicles new and old. There’s the front fascia that pays attention to the iconic dynamic shield that wraps around the shark-nose grille, but new aesthetic changes have also taken place to make the Mitsubishi Mirage stand out.
News about Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have surfaced in recent weeks about two new concepts popping up at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in October. After a little digging, we’ve found some old concepts that have a striking similarity to the ones we’re seeing now, one of which actually made it to production. We’ll get to that a bit later, but for now, take a look at the Tokyo Motor Show and other possibilities set forth by Mitsubishi Motors.
The Tokyo Motor Show
Yes, the Tokyo Motor Show is the next big auto show happening in the world, and being a biennial auto show, not to be confused with biannual, the show takes place every other year. The auto show is held between late October to early November and is hosted by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). Being a platform for many more concepts than an introduction for vehicles going into production, this year’s Tokyo Motor Show is brimming with possibilities. Alongside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, the (Frankfurt) International Motor Show in Germany, and the Paris Motor Show, the Tokyo Motor Show is one of the big five the auto press look forward to.
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.