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Is Mitsubishi Replacing the Outlander PHEV?

Friday, June 18th, 2021
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Over the last few years, Mitsubishi Motors has fiddled with a few new concepts, but nothing has some of them yet. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, as successful as it is, is starting to show its age, and Mitsubishi wants to find its replacement. At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, there was the Engelberg Tourer, followed by the Mi-TECH at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. Neither of these concepts ever resurfaced again during the calamity of 2020, and now in 2021, Mitsubishi has released another concept, but the automaker has also revealed a finished model for production, the AIRTEK.

Possible Replacements for the Outlander PHEV

The first contended and the one that made the most sense was the Engelberg Tourer. Much like the Outlander PHEV, the Engelberg Tourer was sporty but luxurious. Designed for consumers that like to go off-road year-round, this new concept was outfitted with Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system with an Active Yaw Control (AYC) for better torque control in various driving conditions. Also like the Outlander PHEV, the Engelberg Tourer had a plug-in hybrid powertrain with two electric motors (one in the front and one in the rear). Simply a more advanced version of the plug-in hybrid SUV, we expected this to be released in 2020, but clearly not.

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A Review of Alternative Fuel Vehicles from Mitsubishi

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Because automakers all around the world have paused production during the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be a good time to review some of the interesting moves automakers have made in the industry up to this point. One automaker that has kept us guessing it Mitsubishi Motors. With their sister company Mitsubishi Electric always unveiling some futuristic technology for upcoming vehicles, we wonder how advanced the next concept will be. We’ve also seen a variety of alternative fuel vehicles from Mitsubishi, with the latest MI-TECH Concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show a real change in design. How did Mitsubishi Motors get here?

Older Models

Possibly the first dip into alternative fuel vehicles for Mitsubishi Motors was the Mitsubishi i-MiEV. An all-electric vehicle, this was a steppingstone for Mitsubishi Motors, having produced the first highway-capable electric vehicle (EV). Not only that, but the i-MiEV won awards for its value, a gem for EVs at the time, able to drive 59 miles on a single charge with no emissions. Several systems were also on board to increase range, such as a regenerative braking system and an on-board battery charging system. The i-MiEV didn’t last for long in the U.S. however, and Mitsubishi decided to bring a different alternative fuel vehicle stateside.

Although the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV had already seen its fair share of years overseas, the plug-in hybrid SUV has only been in the states for a few years. Another winner of awards, the Outlander PHEV was up to the same level of quality of most plug-in hybrids of the time. With an EPA estimated 74 MPGe and the ability to travel 22 miles emissions-free on electricity, the Outlander PHEV was a step in a new direction, with two electric motors making up the powertrain, one on each axle.

Newer Concepts

Mitsubishi Motors has been actively debuting new concepts for the past two years. Auto shows have been cancelled indefinitely for 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic, but in 2019, Mitsubishi Motors wowed us with the Engelberg Tourer SUV concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and again at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show with their new MI-TECH concept. The former, a plug-in hybrid SUV, is meant to replace the aging Outlander PHEV, giving it a more robust and adventurous look, and is shaping up to be an SUV consumers could take to the racetrack with Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system.

Going further, Mitsubishi Motors changed the way we look at plug-in hybrid electric vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. Mi-TECH, unveiled in an electric buggy, is not your usual gasoline engine/electric motor setup. Doubling down on the design of the original Outlander PHEV, the Mitsubishi Mi-TECH concept comes with four electric motors, one for each wheel, but changes things up by replacing the standard gasoline internal combustion engine with a gas turbine generator. Although output has yet to be released, we can only imagine a turbine generator would be more powerful than an automotive engine. Time will tell.

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Revisiting the Possibilities of the Mitsubishi Triton

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
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Mitsubishi Motors sure made a comeback after joining up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, now the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The Alliance discussed their mid-term plans in early February 2020, with a lot of developments already taking place. Nissan recently revealed a cross-brand EV platform, currently in development is a Mitsubishi-branded version of the Renault Trafic van, and in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development, Mitsubishi has released two new hybrid concepts to the auto market. With the growing lineup, vehicles once overseas may finally come ashore. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at one vehicle Mitsubishi Motors has been on the fence about bringing to the U.S. – the Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck.

Why wouldn’t Mitsubishi Motors bring their pickup truck to the North American shore is a wild guess. It’s the perfect time for off-road trucks, especially mid-size trucks, where the gap is large and the segment currently thin with competition. The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton got an upgrade for its fifth-generation and can tango with the big boys. According to Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz, every meeting ends with a question about the introduction of a truck to the lineup, so the desire is there.

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New Business Plans to be Announced by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

Friday, February 7th, 2020
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Ever since the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was formed in 2017, and later announced Alliance 2022 and its six-year plan, there hasn’t been a lot of word on what is going on. Yes, we hear about the occasional investment the Alliance makes through Alliance 2022, a $1 billion fundraising campaign started to help develop new startups and entrepreneurs in technology for self-driving robotaxis, car sharing networks, new EV batteries, and new forms of EV charging. Aside from that, there hasn’t been much talk about plans for 2022, two years away. When we take a look at the past few years, progress has slowly been building, and after a meeting between the top leaders of each automaker, the three agreed to share new medium-term business plans around May 2020.

This is great news! Assuming the six-year plan started in 2018 (although it’s more like five years if it ends in 2022), the Alliance is at the halfway point and thus has new plans to put into play at the halfway point. Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) have all agreed to share their respective new medium-term business plans following an agreement at a meeting held between the top leaders of the three-way automotive alliance at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Nissan President Makoto Uchida had this to say –

“Under the plans, one with the greatest competitiveness will lead the other two in each category, such as compact cars and electric vehicles.”

Simply put, the Alliance is turning into a triangle of sorts. One automaker with success and already proving to be a competitive name in the industry will share technology and success with the other two so that they may also be successful while still remaining competitive internally as well as externally. This is abundantly clear with Mitsubishi Motors, initially slated to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development. We could say the automaker is already well on its way with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mi-TECH concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, a plug-in hybrid electric engine that replaces the need for an internal combustion engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator powerful enough to drive a small SUV, and able to be powered by various fuel sources, including diesel, kerosene, and alcohol.

When it came to electric vehicle technology, Mitsubishi Motors had okay success with the i-MieV, but the Nissan Leaf has been a success story for all-electric vehicles and Nissan. As luck would have it, Nissan also recently announced the development of a new cross-brand EV platform that will not only be available to all three automakers for future all-electric and battery-electric vehicles, but will also be flexible. This means that the new platform can be utilized by either automaker, and changed based on the size, style, and purpose of its intended use, and most likely different powertrains as well.

Could we see an electric Mitsubishi Mirage? The next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage is supposed to be based on the Nissan Juke, and if electric vehicles and compact cars are on the docket for mid-term business plans, is it really such a farfetched idea? We don’t think so. Tell us your thoughts. Join the discussion about the promising new business plans on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

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Mitsubishi Motors Aims to Change Our Views of Plug-in Hybrids Once Again

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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When it comes to alternative fuel vehicles, there was once a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about electric motors and their place in the auto industry. Electric motors? How could that compete with the full throttle high-performance horsepower of an octane-burning internal combustion engine? Is there an electric motor out there able to produce horsepower in the high triple digits? Maybe, but when it comes to electric motors, where they really shine is torque. As we all know, torque is what turns the wheels, and torque can also be used to offer the driver better control over a vehicle. Automaker Mitsubishi Motors saw this as an opportunity to work on a new concept coming to the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show – Mi-Tech.

What is Mi-Tech?

A lot of information is still being saved for the Tokyo Motor Show, this October 23, 2019, but Mitsubishi press continues to give little bits of information. At first, all we knew was the automaker planned to introduce a new electric SUV concept at the auto show – but why so soon after the debut of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show? Remember that interesting concept? The Engelberg Tourer was introduced as the next plug-in hybrid SUV that may one day replace the aging Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

It may not seem like the Outlander plug-in hybrid SUV is very old, having just been introduced to U.S. soil a few years ago, but the Outlander PHEV has had a long run on a global scale. Recently, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV hit a milestone of 200,000 units sold, and the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades in its golden years. For those that like to drive in luxury, consumers will find most of the upgrades available to the high-end trims in the lineup, the SEL and GT trims. Both come equipped with a new second-generation Smartphone-link Display Audio system for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and the GT trim also comes with a new Mitsubishi Power Sound System that is replacing the Rockford-Fosgate audio system on previous models going forward.

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Recognized for S-AWC Overseas

Thursday, September 19th, 2019
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Mitsubishi Motors has had some surprising announcements this year. Possibly their most talked about debut would be the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, alongside its Dendo Drive House (DDH) proposition. All of this good news could possibly be overshadowing their most recent addition to the automotive lineup, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. This vehicle has also had some good news as of late, such as earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is also known for its upgraded technology, such as a Mitsubishi Connect Telematics System with Safeguard, able to work with a recent smartphone app released by Mitsubishi, Road Assist+. With all these additions, Mitsubishi Motors continues to win awards for the Eclipse Cross overseas.

It took Mitsubishi Motors some time to break into the North American automotive market. Looking back at 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and it wasn’t until the 1980s that they joined the party. So of course, back in their homeland of Japan, there’s plenty of recognition for the last in-house vehicle, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. One group in particular, holds an event every year, the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC), and for the second consecutive year, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross was also named the “RJC Car of the Year” for 2019.

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The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Gets Upgrades

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV spent a long time overseas, but then this plug-in hybrid came to America and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV started getting a lot more attention. Powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and two high-performance electric motors, it was different for an SUV, but with a full tank of gas and a fully charged 12 kWh battery, it was able to drive over 500 miles. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric have debuted all kinds of interesting technology over recent years, like the cool tech at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show by Mitsubishi Electric. Mitsubishi Motors also showed off a new concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, as well as an eco-friendly house, the Dendo Drive House. With all these new concepts and gizmos, how can the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV continue to stand out?

Already an award-winning vehicle, Mitsubishi has taken plug-in hybrids by storm with the amazing sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Hoping to bring the automaker more recognition as a new leading auto brand in plug-in hybrid technology, along with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Alliance Ventures, the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is getting some upgrades. Most of these additions consumers will find on the high-end trims in the lineup, such as the SEL and GT trims. For example, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SEL trim is now equipped with Forward Collision Mitigation, Automatic High Beams, and Lane Departure Warning on the 2020 model.

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Mitsubishi Motors – A World of SUVs and Plug-ins

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
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Back in 2017, Mitsubishi Motors joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance to form what is now the Renault-Nissan Alliance, where each automaker in competition with the other, but is not independent of the other. More of a joint venture than a merger, each automaker is working to create technologies and platforms that could be shared between all three companies. At the same time, each automaker is set out to make a better vehicle than the other. The current focus? Crossovers, SUVs, alternative fuel technology, and autonomous technology.

Known as “Alliance 2022”, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance started a six-year plan. With the plan heavily relying on cross-brand platform sharing and the sharing of powertrains, electrification, connectivity, and autonomous drive technologies. By 2022, the alliance has sale projections that land somewhere over 14 million units sold in a year. It’s a pretty big number, but so far, it doesn’t seem impossible. Over the course of 2018, and after the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi Motors alone clearly has some big plans.

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