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Mitsubishi Motors is currently placing all of its focus on reincarnations of every model in its lineup. Although we’re all waiting for something new, it would seem the Japanese automaker wants to release the best version of every model it can before releasing an unknown vehicle. The latest to get a renewal is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, released for the 2023 model year. Recently released in America in 2017 as a 2018 model, the vehicle has reinforced its credentials as the best-selling PHEV sport-utility vehicle in the world. With the 2023 model scheduled to go on sale in the second half of 2022, the PHEV made its debut at the 2022 Twin Cities Auto Show.
“Since its launch in March 2022, the gasoline version of all-new Outlander has been a homerun, setting sales records monthly even in the face of global supply challenges…When sales begin in the U.S., the 2023 Outlander PHEV will take its place as the flagship of the Mitsubishi fleet. It is the most advanced and best equipped vehicle we have ever sold, and it is the perfect blend of quiet and clean electric motoring, with the range and ease of refueling of a gasoline-powered vehicle.” Mark Chaffin, MMNA president and CEO
Running May 14-22, 2022, the 2022 Twin Cities Auto Show got its first glimpse at the new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), this SUV is high up there on the lineup when it comes to sales and success, right next to the original Mitsubishi Outlander. Outfitted with the automaker’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system, this SUV will always be able to handle a variety of terrains and driving conditions. Plus, S-AWC offers seven drive modes that the consumer can choose from, depending on their driving style and road conditions. This gives consumers a sense of security, confidence, and comfortable driving.(more…)
Last week we talked about the new 2023 Kia Niro, the world’s first hybrid crossover updates its looks and features for another model year. We also included a small mention of the plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) variant that quickly spawned after, but these two models deserve some spotlight. Although the 2023 models have yet to be officially announced, the specs of the 2022 Niro PHEV and Niro EV looked pretty good. Check out some of the features below.
For the 2022 Kia Niro PHEV, all trims come with a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an AC synchronous permanent magnet motor. A plug-in hybrid, a gasoline engine is still a powerful piece of the formula, able to generate 104 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque. Plug-in hybrid models have a larger battery than a regular hybrid – an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery and generates 60 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. This makes it worthwhile to be able to fully charge and offer a carbon-emission free EV range of up to 26 miles. In total, the 2022 Kia Niro PHEV has a driving range of 560 miles.
An EV model, the 2022 Kia Niro EV receives all its energy from an electric motor, also powered by a lithium-ion polymer battery that generates 150 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque. Fully charged, the Niro EV is expected to be able to provide the consumer with up to 239 miles. That’s pretty great for an all-electric vehicle, also known as a battery electric vehicle (BEV).
Available in three trims, the 2022 Kia Niro PHEV saves the high-end features for the EX and EX premium trim, while the base LXS comes with few flashy gizmos. Such features include exterior mirrors that are heated and come with LED turn-signal indicators. Solar control glass and a sound-absorbing windshield are standard on all trims, along with rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, and 16-inch wheels. A power sunroof was only available on the EX Premium. The 2022 Kia Niro EV on the other hand came with only two trims, the EX and EX Premium, so the available and standard features are the same here, mirroring the Niro PHEV. Yes, a power sunroof is only available on the EX Premium for this EV, too.(more…)
Back in 2020, the world changed, possibly forever with the Covid-19 pandemic. Affecting people and businesses world-wide, many industries were hit hard, the auto industry included. It affected sales and resources, with the semi-conductor chip shortage that followed in 2021. People’s lives were affected as well, whether it was their health or the health of loved ones, but it also changed the daily grind for a lot of people. With the Coronavirus spreading, facilities were temporarily shutting down, many businesses went bankrupt, and companies that were still afloat sent their workers home. Remote work is quickly becoming the norm with the virus still making rounds across the globe, and honestly, most people can do their job from home these days. Mitsubishi Motors clearly knows this, and Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) recently announced a new work-from-home policy for its corporate workers.
“Our new work from home policy comes down to one thing: tremendous trust in our employee team…Over the last two years, our employees have risen to the challenges of a global pandemic and historic supply chain disruptions, and they’ve propelled the brand to record-breaking sales success. They’ve demonstrated they can do it all, while working from their home and company offices. That commitment should be rewarded with confidence and flexibility, and today, that’s what we’re doing.” – MMNA CEO Mark Chaffin
Anyone working on a computer right now knows this is the way to go. Why spend eight hours in a stuffy office that feels more like a fishbowl when you can spend a fraction of the time working at home? Not only that, many people have voiced how much their production and well-being has been affected by working from home. Many businesses are pressuring employees to return for the office to improve “morale” – more like a micromanaging power move – and it was the spark that lit the match on “The Great Resignation”. People are quitting their jobs after realizing how much the daily grind affects their lives, their health, and how the pay rate simply isn’t enough to make one’s well-being a second-priority. It never should be.(more…)
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…)
The Mitsubishi i-Miev has a hard life in the North American market. Although named the “Best Value Electric Vehicle Passenger Car in America” by Vincentric in 2017, Mitsubishi Motors pulled the electric vehicle (EV) from the U.S. The i-Miev was a big deal, however, known as the first highway-capable EV to ever be released. Of course, it is no longer the only EV capable of high speeds and leaving city roads behind. Overseas, Mitsubishi Motors hasn’t given up, and if anything, has improved the i-Miev over the years, going from a super small vehicle akin to the now discontinued Smart Cars to a compact van. Surprisingly, this mini-mini van is turning heads, and it’s not just because this EV isn’t available in America.
Our story today comes from Chris and Sarah Jensen, owners of a seven-year-old Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV. While driving down Coronation Drive in Brisbane, Chris received a lot of questions from tradespeople in passing, many of which were interested in the vehicle’s capabilities. A new Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV can offer about 100 miles of emissions-free travel on a single charge, but the minicab in question is a bit old, offering about 75 miles of electric range. That’s still a lot of breathing room, and much more than the average daily commute – assuming your company has adopted the “back to work” culture. Like many EVs and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), the Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV can also charge overnight.(more…)
In recent years, Mitsubishi Motors has been showing off their racing stripes and reigniting its old school years of rally cars. One of the most notable events would be the annual Rebelle Rally, an all-women’s off-road navigational rally raid in the U.S, the Rebelle Rally spans from the slopes of Lake Tahoe, California to the Imperial Dunes of Glamis, east of San Diego – the first of its kind. Mitsubishi competed in the 2019 Rebelle Rally with the Eclipse Cross, the 2020 Rebelle Rally with the Outlander PHEV, and the 2021 Rebelle Rally with the new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander. Each time, Mitsubishi Motors showed off another one of its models and its capabilities, landing in the winner’s circle. Overseas, a cross country rally is taking place this summer, and Mitsubishi Motors is entering as technical support for Team Mitsubishi Ralliart.
“For many years, Mitsubishi Motors competed in the World Rally Championship and the Dakar Rally, winning championships in both of them and improving the driving performance of Mitsubishi cars that can be enjoyed with peace of mind in any weather or road conditions…Mitsubishi Motors’ participation in the AXCR in the form of technical support will strengthen our product uniqueness, especially for ASEAN strategic models including 1-ton pickup truck and SUVs. Team Mitsubishi Ralliart will make preparations to meet the expectations of our fans, so please stay tuned.” – Hiroshi Masuoka, team director of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart
Always the sponsor, and not the driver, Mitsubishi Motors is showing its support for Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, a private team owned by TANT SPORTS in Thailand, led by Hiroshi Masuoka as team director. Masuoka is a two-time Dakar Rally champion driver back in 2002 and 2003. Their vehicle of choice is the automaker’s global strategic model, the Mitsubishi Triton 1-ton pickup truck, an overseas vehicle we’ve been waiting to come stateside. With the pickup truck market showing growth for midsize trucks, it would be a good time to expand the lineup from SUVs. Competing in the Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR) 2022, this will be a great time to see what the truck can do.(more…)
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV sure has been a hit for the automaker. A key part of the business strategy for Mitsubishi Motors, the Outlander has brought the brand back into the land of profitability, and is setting up Mitsubishi for the next phase in its production. A part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, a recent conference was held by the Alliance to announce Alliance 2030, a new six year business strategy to revolutionize electric vehicles (EVs) and create a world of connected mobility. Currently, Mitsubishi is releasing next-generation variants of models in its current lineup, like the new generation of the Outlander for 2022, the Outlander PHEV, and the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It’s all adding up to a mystery vehicle, and we don’t think it’s one of the Renault vehicles Mitsubishi is tinkering with for Europe. Making as much dough as possible before the new release, in case it’s a flop, Mitsubishi just released a Bolder Black Edition Package for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander…except it’s not all black.
Now just an appearance package, this is actually an all-new trim being added to the Mitsubishi Outlander lineup. It makes sense that the automaker would add a new trim in its second year as the best-selling Outlander model for years. The new trim is already being made available at dealerships nationwide, and comes with a few changes, mainly to the appearance. This treatment for the Outlander is what many automakers call a “blacked-out” package. The most notable enhancements to the SUV are black front and rear bumper garnish, black door handle trim, black side mirrors, and black headliner and pillars, riding on 20-inch black alloy wheels. Built on the SE-trim level, these appearance changes don’t affect the list of great features already made available to the 2022 Outlander SE. It does add dual-zone climate control and a power panoramic sunroof, however, so that’s a nice touch.(more…)
The all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander sure has been quite the big news for Mitsubishi Motors. Then “Thunderstruck” campaign still captures attention when the ad plays, and the automaker is gearing up to launch a new lineup. Before it does that, the current lineup is getting next generation models (except for the Mirage and Mirage G4 – what, no love for the sedans and hatchbacks?). The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance shared its plans for the future with Alliance 2030, and it seems like something big is about to happen. Even if those plans are for way in the future, the Mitsubishi Motors lineup today is prime for automotive publications “Best of” lists and awards. In fact, although clearly an SUV, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander has been named Crossover Utility of the Year by the Hispanic Motor Press, during their annual Hispanic Motor Press Awards.
“The features that make the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander an award winner from the Hispanic Motor Press are the same features that every customer seeks in a new vehicle: value, bold styling, engaging driving dynamics and an industry-leading warranty…Since its launch in 2021, the all-new Outlander has broken sales records, exceeded customers’ expectations and taken its place as the flagship of Mitsubishi Motors’ all-new or extensively revised showroom lineup. We could not be prouder to add this prestigious award to the vehicle’s growing trophy cabinet, and we thank all the jurors for the honor.” – MMNA Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin
This isn’t the first time the Mitsubishi Outlander has been highlighted by the Hispanic community. Back in January, 2022, Hispanic consumers voted for the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander as the SUV of the Year by another publication, Puros Autos, during their “Latin Flavor Cars of the Year 2021” awards. According to Puros Autos, the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander also has the highest percentage of Hispanic buyers in the industry. According to Ricardo Rodriguez-Long, founder and president of the Hispanic Motor Press and editor-in-chief at Garage Latino, Hispanic consumers make up 30-percent of the growth in new-vehicle sales.(more…)
Wow, we were just talking about what the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is up to and the little news that’s come from the Alliance since 2020. Flying under the radar, the Alliance actually shared some big news in February 2022! It seems every major automotive group has one number on its mind – 2030. That’s the new golden year for automakers, the end goal for big plans dealing with electric vehicles (EVs), connected vehicles, and even autonomous vehicles. Alliance 2030 has all that and more, starting with Mitsubishi Motors still playing the leader.
Following the Leader, the Leader, the Leader…
Mitsubishi Motors is still in line to be the first automaker of the Alliance to release a new model in a specific region. Previously leaving the European market, Mitsubishi Motors will attempt to regain its foothold overseas by sharing resources with Renault. Mitsubishi is all set to release two new models based on Renault’s best-selling models, repurposed and redesigned for the Mitsubishi Motors lineup. It’s not just a rebadge, and the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is among them. As the three automakers continue to become more integrated, sharing resources across common platforms and technologies is said to increase to 80-percent by 2026. They should just merge already.(more…)
Okay, seriously, what is Mitsubishi Motors up to? A lot has happened to the automaker since it joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and even more so since the now Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance discussed mid-term plans for its five-year business strategy. What was supposed to be a “follow the leader” strategy where Mitsubishi Motors was supposed to be the first automaker of the three to release a brand new model, since then, Mitsubishi pulled out of the race in the European market before Renault agreed to build vehicles for Mitsubishi, and with the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander being the main focus, whatever happened to the new car? The latest reports have been about an Eclipse Cross PHEV taking the spotlight, a Ralliart concept, and a next-generation Outlander Sport.
This may sound like a bad thing, the company and the Alliance doesn’t seem to be making good on its new business plan, but at the same time, Mitsubishi Motors definitely reignited its presence in the auto market with the release of the new generation of the Outlander and the fourth-generation of the Outlander PHEV last year (2021). Shaking up the competition, the new Outlander PHEV could sway consumers from Honda and Toyota when it came to the full-sized, plug-in electric SUV segment. It wasn’t so much a change in style that got attention, although there were just enough changes to the appearance, but the performance.(more…)