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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.
Good news, everyone! Well, maybe. It seems the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance may have snagged the first deal with a mobility company through their “Alliance Ventures” funding campaign. Set to spend $1 billion to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology, the alliance started off the campaign by setting aside $200 million for the first year’s budget. Much of the collaborators interest lie within self-driving autonomous vehicle technology, like robotaxis, and alternative fuel technology. The new collaboration between the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and the Didi Auto Alliance (China based) will be looking at electric-vehicle car sharing.
Two Alliances Meet
We already knew the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (Man they need an acronym) was already going into the electric vehicle market with gusto, and now it seems that making their own hybrid SUVs and vehicles isn’t the only item on the menu. Working with other companies via the Alliance Ventures funding campaign was already obvious, but we didn’t know how global the campaign was set to go until now. April 2018 dons the first announcement that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance will be collaborating with Didi Auto Alliance to pursue new smart mobility solutions in China.
The Didi Auto Alliance is an intelligent ride-sharing alliance that was initiated by Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous technology conglomerate. Think “Uber” here in the states. Didi Auto Alliance aims to unite all its members to transform the business model of the automotive industry and become the largest full-capacity vehicle operator platform in the world. What a strong partner to match up with for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Now that Mitsubishi Motors is moving forward with their partnership with the Nissan-Renault Alliance, much of their future lineup seems to be slated into alternative fuel and self-driving autonomous vehicles. With hybrid SUVs and possibly electric vehicles, one wonders what will come from the Japanese automaker next.
The Mitsubishi i-Miev is one of a kind for Mitsubishi Motors. Their first all-electric vehicle that was also the world’s first highway capable electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-Miev has been doing well overseas. It came to the North American branch for several years, but due to sales was discontinued in 2017.
Being an all-electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-Miev is powered by an electric motor and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric motor generates a max output of 49 kW and a max torque of 144 lb-ft of torque, and has a max speed of 80 mph. The Mitsubishi i-Miev also has a total driving range of about 100 miles. Able to be charged in four ways, the i-Miev is possibly the most convenient electric vehicle on the market. Using one of three electrical outlets, consumers can charge the i-Miev between 6 – 10 hours. Quick charging only takes 30 minutes.
Mitsubishi Motors is really turning heads these days. Joining Nissan-Renault in the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance was probably the step up they needed, because ever since something new is coming from Mitsubishi that will surely make a statement. The first surprise was the all in-house 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the return of their Eclipse nameplate on a crossover. Over the last year, they’ve been working with the alliance to match the objectives of other automakers. Alternative fuel, self-driving cars, interconnected lifestyles – Mitsubishi Motors is getting in all of it. Next up, a platform that allows smart appliances to talk to each other!
The Venture and Technology
In mid-January 2018, the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance announced a new funding campaign called “Alliance Ventures”. Set to invest $1 billion in order to support open innovation, start-ups, and entrepreneurs in technology, their focus is on autonomous systems, electric vehicles (EVs), connectivity, and artificial intelligence. $200 billion was allocated for the first year’s budget, and we can see some of that money going into partnerships they’re seeking to build a fleet of Robotaxis.
Mitsubishi hasn’t been in the spotlight in the U.S. too much in the last few years, but that’s about to change. Mitsubishi has finally decided to bring the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the U.S., and considering that it is the number one selling PHEV in the U.K. and Europe and it’s only the fourth PHEV in the world to sell more than 100,000 units globally, it’s probably going to bring Mitsubishi’s name into the automobile market a little more.
Why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?
There are a couple unique traits the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers that have made it a success overseas. The Outlander PHEV is one of the most versatile PHEV vehicles on the market because it has a spacious cabin and it offers consumers all-wheel-drive, something that isn’t common in the PHEV world. Not only do owners have the convenience of being able to carry five passengers and cargo and drive in road conditions or challenging terrains other vehicles can’t, owners also have the ability to do all of that without paying a steep price for fuel or driving around a large SUV that emits a lot of tailpipe emissions.
Cost to Drive Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Thanks to the electric powertrain and the gas powertrain, drivers of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV save a lot of money in fuel costs. When using the electric and gas powertrain, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 74 MPGe, which is excellent. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can also be driven just on electricity for up to 22 miles, so that means an individual with a daily commute of 20 miles or less, can drive their PHEV for just the cost to charge it up at home, or about $1.59 per mile. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver spends about $1,200 in fuel costs in one year and in comparison to the average vehicle, the average driver driving the Outlander PHEV saves about $1,000 in fuel costs in five years.
Fuel Costs and Tailpipe Emissions Compared to the Competition
The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is considered a compact crossover, and that vehicle segment is quite competitive. There are about 16 vehicles in the non-luxury compact crossover segment, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only PHEV option. That means, the Outlander PHEV is the compact crossover that can be powered by pure electricity, which results in less harmful tailpipe emissions and a more fuel efficient ride. Though, the Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in option, there are two compact crossovers that are available as hybrids, and they are definitely great vehicles, too.
The two compact crossover options are the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, and both of those are available with all-wheel-drive. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
However, since both vehicles are hybrids, neither model can be driven on pure electricity, so owners are always responsible for filling up at the gas pump. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD spends about $1,150 in fuel costs each year and the average driver of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD spends about $1,200 in fuel costs each year, which is the same cost as the Outlander PHEV.
When it comes to emissions and annual petroleum consumption, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is significantly better than both compact crossover hybrid options. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD consumes an average 10.3 barrels of petroleum per year and the Nissan Rogue AWD Hybrid AWD consumes an average of 10 barrels, which is a far cry from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 6.8 barrels per year.
Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD releases an average of 275 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD releases an average of 276 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile, and again, that’s significantly more than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 176 grams.
Come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi to test drive a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for yourself. We’re conveniently located in Miami Lakes between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we are open seven days a week.
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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.
It’s no secret that the automotive industry is shifting towards greener vehicles as we go further into the 21st Century. Who knew? Many brands have been going green, building hybrids and electric vehicles for many years, and some are just starting to hop on the bandwagon. Regardless, every so often we hear of another brand putting more research into electric and hybrid powertrains, but Mitsubishi Motors has been doing it since the beginning.
Check out the past 100 years of Mitsubishi Motors, and anyone can see Mitsubishi has been researching and even producing alternative fuel automobiles for over 40 years. Not only that, but their Mitsubishi i-Miev was the first highway capable electric vehicle (EV) to ever be produced, and was named the best value EV in America this year. Now, with the automaker putting a larger focus on their SUV and crossover units, such as the Outlander, Outlander Sport, and upcoming Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. The next step for Mitsubishi Motors is hybrids.
For the past few years, hybrids and electric cars have been popping up around the world from many different brands. Mitsubishi is high up there, with its Mitsubishi i-Miev and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (currently overseas).
If Mitsubishi Motors has shown us anything though, it’s that they tend to make a lot of noise when they’re onto something new. That’s why they are building some hype before the 2016 Paris Motor Show, where they’ll be showing off the eX concept, an all-electric SUV concept, and their new Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, a new hybrid SUV.
Mitsubishi may not be the largest automaker in the world. It may not have the most vehicles on the road. However, it is well known for providing a high quality product, as well as an enjoyable driving experience. This is why so many consumers are excited at the thought of the Montero making a comeback at some point in the future.
The Japanese automaker is looking to prove its worth in the United States market once again. With several new models coming soon, it appears that the company is on the right track.
What’s New with the Montero?
Don’t expect a new version of the Montero to arrive at local dealers soon enough. For example, if you are interested in buying a Mitsubishi in Miami you will have to consider other models for the time being.
In 2006, Mitsubishi did away with the Montero in the United States market. This was a big disappointment to many, especially those who grew fond of the SUV and everything it had to offer.
But here is the good thing: the Montero is making a comeback, with most believing it will reach the market by 2017 or 2018. Early indications are that the new Montero will be similar to the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV concept vehicle that made its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
In terms of size, expect it to be similar to the previous model. However, a modern chassis will allow it to weigh in several hundred pounds lighter, making it more nimble on the road while also improving fuel economy.
One thing Montero owners have always loved is its ability to tackle even the toughest terrain. Don’t expect this to change in the next generation model. It will have plenty of power under the hood, while also being built for big time towing and going where other vehicles cannot.
Expect a Montero hybrid version in the United States. With the electric motor, drivers will be able to travel a distance of approximately 20 miles without using any gasoline.
When the 2017 models finally begin to reach showroom floors, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Montero. This SUV is being brought back from the dead. Those who loved this model in the past are sure to feel the same way about it in the future.