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Can a Crossover Really Replace the Lancer Evolution?

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With Mitsubishi Motors continuing to move towards crossovers and SUVs, especially plug-in hybrid SUVs, some may wonder if plans to bring back favorites like the Lancer have truly bitten the dust. Once known for their rally cars, Mitsubishi made a name for itself with the Galant Vr-4 when it won the WRC1000 and RAC Rallies in 1989, a sports car that was soon followed by the Lancer EVO. A fan-favorite for modifying, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X was popular on the track for amateur racers. The EVO-8 has even been known to match up with the likes of the Lamborghini Murciélago. Still, if Mitsubishi has duped the Lancer Crossover plans, how can we get revive the Lancer today?

Oh, we didn’t mention the new Lancer is a crossover. Yeah, that’s a thing. Mitsubishi is turning the Lancer into a crossover, and the image above is what the automaker says it’s going for. Doing what looks like drifting, this SUV will be what Mitsubishi Motors is calling a “performance-oriented” SUV. Why would Mitsubishi turn the racecar Lancer into something like this? Would you believe us if we told you this is supposed to be the rebirth of the Lancer Evolution?

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The MI-TECH Has Entered the Building

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The 2019 Tokyo Motor Show has started (October 24-November 4), and Mitsubishi Motors was quick to show off their newest SUV concept, the Mitsubishi MI-TECH. Not only is this new SUV concept another plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) design by Mitsubishi but it’s another revolution on how plug-in hybrid vehicles operate. Earlier this year, Mitsubishi Motors debuted their Engelberg Tourer Plug-in SUV at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, and with this new MI-TECH concept, it’s clear the automaker is focused on designing numerous alternative fuel vehicles for a number of lifestyles. Take a look at all MI-TECH has to offer.

The Name

What’s in a name? Well, there’s a lot going on in the name for the newest SUV concept from Mitsubishi Motors. In a sense, it’s an acronym:

        Mitsubishi

        Intelligent

        Technology

When the MI-TECH was first conceived, it was meant to be a small plug-in hybrid SUV. What developed was a PHEV designed with a lightweight, compact, new PHEV drivetrain and a four-motor electric 4WD system. Introducing futuristic technology, Mitsubishi equipped the concept with advanced driver assist and preventive safety technologies, introducing MI-Pillot.

New PHEV drivetrain

When Mitsubishi Motors released the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the plug-in hybrid SUV has a different approach to a PHEV powertrain. Instead of one gasoline internal combustion engine and one electric motor powered by a large battery, Mitsubishi put two electric motors on the Outlander PHEV, one on each axle. For the MI-TECH concept, the automaker changed it up again. Mitsubishi replaced the traditional gasoline engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator. Not only is it powerful enough to drive a small SUV, but it can operate on a variety of fuel sources: diesel, kerosene, and alcohol. Regardless of the fuel, MI-TEC has clean exhaust to better the environment.

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Electric 4WD

In addition to replacing the gasoline engine with a turbine engine-generator, Mitsubishi also put an electric motor behind each wheel – that’s four electric motors powering the MI-TECH. There aren’t any specs yet released on the horsepower or torque output of this setup, but Mitsubishi did find a way to double-down on this kind of control. By applying their Super All-Wheel Control traction system to the Quad Motor 4WD System with front and rear Dual-Motor Active Yaw Control (AYC) units, Mitsubishi made this small SUV as stable as can be. In addition to making the MI-TECH concept safe, Mitsubishi also introduced a new trick – 180-degree spins by counter-rotating the left and right tires. That’ll be some U-turn!

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Enhanced Driver Assistance and Safety

The new thing slowly entering the auto industry is artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Known as a Human Machine Interface (HMI), the MI-TECH concept comes with technology that projects all the information a driver may need to know about the car behavior, terrain recognition, and optimal route guidance onto the windshield. Instead of a heads-up display, this is what is known as an augmented reality (AR) windshield and is another piece of tech entering the auto industry. While driving, even in poor visibility, drivers will be able to safely navigate the roads with an AR windshield. Furthermore, with MI-PILOT equipped, MI-TECh comes with next-generation driver assistance technology to help support the driver in a variety of driving conditions and roads.

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It’s a Buggy

No one could probably predict the next small SUV from Mitsubishi would look like a buggy, but that’s what the MI-TECH is. A small SUV with no roof or doors but an interesting design, nonetheless. Mitsubishi is highlighting the progressiveness of their electric vehicle by painting it in a light blue body color contrasted by copper on the grille, inner wheels, and interior. The front fascia has been upgraded with a Dynamic Shield design and T-shaped headlights. Raised overfenders and large diameter tires offer a high level of mobility and sharp lines run throughout the rugged body of the SUV. T-shaped tail lamps can also be found in the rear, mimicking the front fascia.

Inside, thanks to the AR windshield, the center console is pretty tame. Like a buggy, the dashboard is flat and horizontal, and keyboard-shaped switches are positioned atop with a hand pad that makes the switches easy to operate. All-in-all this looks like one sick SUV.

Check out all there is to know about the new MI-TECH from Mitsubishi Motors and share your thoughts on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.

 

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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Recognized for S-AWC Overseas

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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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A Second Look at the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

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The 2019 Geneva International Motor Show brought us a lot of great concepts, and although a month ago, some vehicles are still be talked about as the details start to sink in. Largely taking the spotlight at Geneva were hybrid and electric vehicles. Nearly every automaker had one to display, and that meant an automaker had to do really stand out to get some deserved attention. Mitsubishi Motors achieved this by not just bringing a new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) concept to the show, but brought a PHEV that could boast high-performance, off-road action, and even came with its own house. Whether the concept becomes a reality is another story.

Taking a look at the Engelberg Tourer, and it screams rugged. The design is sharp and could pass for a luxury SUV in the right light. The box on the roof for extra cargo, shaped like a snowboard, gives way to a well-known ski resort in Switzerland, what the concept is named after. Made for active lifestyles, the Engelberg Tourer could be well suited for winter seasons, and for those who like to go off-road year-round, the Engelberg Tourer is known as a Twin-Motor 4WD plug-in hybrid system.

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Mitsubishi Motors – A World of SUVs and Plug-ins

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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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Mitsubishi Motors Bringing New Tech to 2019 Geneva Motor Show

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Heads up, because the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has let loose a bunch of information on what they’re bringing to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show with a hot new press release. We’re talking new concept models, new technology, and ground-breaking stuff. Mitsubishi Electric surprised it with some of the tech they’re working on at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show and autonomous technology. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is going to be showcasing the results of their 2018 neutral-energy project.

Fruits of their Labor

Can we just say we called this? Back when we talked about the partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, Hitachi Europe, and ENGIE, they were working on renewable energy, also known as recycled energy that could be used, collected, stored, and used again. All three had a part to play in this project: ENGIE had designed their headquarters office building in La Défense, France as a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), Hitachi brought vehicle-to-everything V2X charger, and Mitsubishi Motors used the Outlander PHEV.

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Mitsubishi Engelberg Concept Coming to Geneva

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With the auto market changing, many automakers are looking for new ways to bring some buzz to some of their more faithful consumer models. Crossovers and SUVs are all the rage, and a new car segment, mini crossovers, is starting to get attention as the next passenger vehicle. Sedans may be slowly falling off the market, and we can only hope some will remain. Until then, automakers like Mitsubishi Motors may stay closer to their bread-and-butter, and their newest concept has us all wondering. Is it the new Lancer Crossover or another model altogether? If anything, please don’t let it be another overseas exclusive.

Coming to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show

It’s the new concept from Mitsubishi, the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer. What’s in a name? For Mitsubishi, it’s a rugged Alpine town ski resort in Switzerland. Like many of Mitsubishi marketing campaigns for new vehicles, the majority of this new vehicle is in the dark. We’re presented with curvaceous blue LEDs, futuristic wing-type mirrors, and a couple of off-road lights on the roof. Could Mitsubishi be bringing a different off-road vehicle to the states? After skipping us on the 2019 Triton, one can only hope.

There’s also the possibility of this being the new Mitsubishi Lancer Crossover. Look at that image.

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Mitsubishi Motors 2018 Review

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Mitsubishi Motors is getting back into the swing of things and has made many advancements to move forward in 2018. Much of this can be attested to new technology, not just for the industry but even a better world. In the beginning, much of what kept the automaker moving forward was the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

The Alliance

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance pulled Mitsubishi Motors back from the edge, and with the automaker, started a six-year plan to get the alliance ahead. The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance is placing a lot of their focus on alternative fuel vehicles like hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs), but also have a large focus on developing autonomous vehicles or investing in companies with similar goals. This started with partnerships with robotaxi startups and investments Alliance Ventures, the alliance funding campaign. Alliance Ventures also made investments in overseas companies, like DiDi in China. This was all just the beginning, for new autonomous technology and alternative fuel vehicles will be coming from Mitsubishi Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

New Tech; New World

Not looking to fall behind anytime soon, Mitsubishi Motors has placed a large focus on autonomous technology for Mitsubishi. In conjunction with this, Mitsubishi is developing artificial intelligence for a new concept, the e-Evolution. Moreover, a new infotainment system by Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Connect, has already popped up in the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, but a next generation version of Mitsubishi Connect will be available in the e-Evolution, with an artificially intelligent driving coach to improve driving performance. That’s not all Mitsubishi has achieved, though.

Wouldn’t clean energy be something? With a partnership between Mitsubishi Motors, ENGIE, and Hitachi Europe, we’re getting close. If anything, Mitsubishi Electric tested the clean energy system for the costs and savings a neutral-energy building may experience, with more good than bad results.

Several Achievements

Mitsubishi Motors has also had its time to shine this year. If it’s not their recognition from the Automotive Science Group with the ASG Award, then it’s how well Mitsubishi Motors vehicles do in safety. The 2018 Eclipse Cross received five stars from JNCAP. Most recently, Mitsubishi also developed a new Eclipse Cross concept to enter the 2019 Dakar Rally. The automaker has already won several times with the overseas Outlander, the Pajero.

New Vehicles and Things to Look Forward To

Throughout 2018, we’ve seen many concepts and heard lots of rumors about upcoming Mitsubishi vehicles. We know the automaker is focusing on alternative fuel and electric vehicles, but we’ve also seen a concept or two for the new Mitsubishi Lancer crossover. Mitsubishi Motors also has a new truck to enter the auto market – just not in the US for now.

Other things to look forward to for Mitsubishi Motors have to do with another partnership. Aside from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and aside from its partnership with ENGIE and Hitachi Europe for clean energy, Mitsubishi Motors has also signed a partnership with google. Consumers can expect Google Android-based infotainment systems also becoming a choice in future Mitsubishi Vehicles.

There is a lot of good things coming from Mitsubishi Motors and we’re almost at the end of 2018. What will 2019 bring? Find out by staying up to date with Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media. Take a look at the above new Mitsubishi vehicles and more at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Reviews About the New 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

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Last week we found out the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is finally on its way to American dealerships. Even so, those with connections in the auto industry, or people living in Europe, have already gotten their chance to drive the Eclipse Cross and have given their impressions of it. Like any new vehicle, there will be mixed reviews. Some drivers like it, some don’t, and that’s okay. Not every vehicle is for everyone. Regardless, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross does have a few things going for it, and although it shares a lot with other Mitsubishi vehicles (Outlander), it has enough positive differences to set it apart.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Reviews

Now that the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is coming to America, we know more about it than we did during the 2017 Geneva Motor Show debut and more than all the cool technology in the Eclipse Cross. There’s some new stuff and some old. For example, Mitsubishi Motors has never been known to make sports cars or high performance vehicles, and although they claim their e-Evolution concept will be a performance SUV, the Eclipse Cross follows the pattern of low-tier engines. Found standard on the lineup is a turbocharged 1.5-liter L4 engine, optimized with MIVEC and direct injection fuel delivery. This 1.5-liter can generate 152 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque, and offers a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Permanently matched to an 8-speed continuously variable transmission, and with the option of Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), the drive is pretty great.

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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

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The 2017 Geneva International Motor Show started this week, and all kinds of new cars and car concepts are being shown off. One vehicle in particular got our attention a little ways back, and now that’s it’s here, we can’t wait to check it out. It’s time to find out all the buzz going on about the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

You may remember we talked about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross a few weeks ago when there really wasn’t a lot of information about it. What we, and the rest of the world knew, was Mitsubishi was resurrecting an old compact sports car that died off back in 2012. It didn’t sound like a good idea, but with Mitsubishi Motors shifting its focus to SUVs and crossovers, it quickly became apparent they weren’t just reviving the Eclipse, they were turning it into a crossover!

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