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Mitsubishi Motors North America Sales Continue to Rise in 2022

Mitsubishi Motors has been releasing next-generation models of nearly every model in the lineup, and for those that aren’t getting a renewal, they’re getting the Ralliart treatment instead. We can clearly see this with the next-gen 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, upgraded for the new model year, whereas the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 seem to be forgotten. Well, the Mirage G4 has anyway, since the Mitsubishi Mirage will also be coming out with a special Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition. Overseas, Mitsubishi Motors is getting some help with group partner Renault, of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, with a rebadged Renault Clio hybrid, to regain its footing. Here in the states, however, Mitsubishi has been making a comeback, and the automaker has the sales to prove it.

Every quarter this year (that’s every three months, from Q1 – Q4), Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) seems to be having better sales as opposed to previous years. For the third quarter of 2022, the automaker reported a total of 16,782 vehicles for Q3. That’s a 20.5-percent increase as opposed to 2021. On top of that, in terms of year-to-date sales (as in 2022 from January to September), the automaker has seen a 43.3-percent increase in sales. It’s all thanks to the new generation Mitsubishi Outlander and Eclipse Cross models.

When the new generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander was released in 2022, this SUV made the Japanese automaker profitable again in the states. New styling changes and upgrades, including full-LED headlights and 20-inch wheels, followed by a suite of technology services available to consumers, such as an advanced 10-speaker Bose sound system with digital subwoofers, it really did feel like a new Outlander SUV. The success shows in the total sales, with the Outlander selling 30,481 units this year – that’s the second-best year-to-date performance for the SUV in the nameplate’s entire history, dating back to 2001.

Another fan favorite is the Outlander PHEV, known as the automaker’s most popular plug-in hybrid model. With the last of the 2022 models sold in July, MMNA expects a substantial sales increase with the next-generation of the 2023 model hitting dealership showrooms in November 2022. The early sellout of Outlander plug-in must be why only six sold during Q3 2022, but a total of 1,132 units were sold over the course of the year, only 500 less than 2021. There will be a slight increase for the 2023 Outlander PHEV, now with a starting MSRP of $39,845 (plus destination fee), this might be the last year before the new flagship – the Eclipse Cross PHEV – takes over.

We’re also looking forward to the rest of the Ralliart special edition models and what they could bring to the table. The Mitsubishi Mirage Ralliart Edition is mainly body graphics with some mud flaps and bolder wheel arches. Not much, but word has it that the Ralliart special editions could just be the start of MMNA returning to rally races and producing sports cars. At least, that’s how it sounds according to Mitsubishi Motors President Takao Kato during an interview with automotive media publication Response.

“We will also consider involvement in rallies…We made a big loss in the previous fiscal year, so we want to revive the company first and then give out as many cars as possible that fans are waiting for.” – Kato

What could that mean? If Mitsubishi Motors sales continue to do well, especially in North America, perhaps a sports car will finally be added to the mix. It’s been two years since Mitsubishi Motors announced a new model, and we haven’t seen anything. Here’s hoping it’s more akin to a sports car and not just the rebadged Clio that was under wraps during the Mitsubishi conference about the new generation model lineup. Interested to learn why consumers are going nuts over the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander PHEV? Find new Mitsubishi models at Miami Lakes Automall.

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Highlights for 2023 Mitsubishi Motors Lineup

We’re still in 2022, but automakers are known to start releasing 2023 models, or 2023 model info around this time and way in advance. Mitsubishi Motors is a prime example of this. Only August 2022, and information about the 2023 lineup has been released, highlighting new features and performance options after the revival of Ralliart. Check out what’s new for the 2023 Mitsubishi lineup.

2023 Outlander

After being released as a new generation model in 2022, the 2023 Outlander achieved the best four consecutive retail sales quarters since its initial release 20 years ago. Winning awards and changing the way consumers look at Mitsubishi models, the model will be expanding with a 40th Anniversary special edition later this year, plus a new Ralliart edition in early 2023. Also in 2023, the popular Black Edition will be made available on both the SE and SEL trim. For the first-time ever, Mitsubishi Motors will offer a black-roof factory option. Lastly, rear-door pull-up sunshades are now standard on the SEL trim, previously only available with the Touring package, and SE models also come with electric folding mirrors for MY23.

2023 Outlander Sport

Following a pattern, most Mitsubishi models, mainly the SUVs and Crossover(s), were released as a new generation model. The Outlander Sport has been one of Mitsubishi Motors best-selling models for many years, and this year calls for more adventure. Equipped standard with Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control (AWC), the Outlander Sport can handle various types of terrain and offer all-wheel drive. Like the Outlander, a Ralliart limited-edition will be released in 2023.

2023 Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV has been a success overseas for over a decade, and came to America several years ago. Proving the high-performance and electric motors go together, the Outlander PHEV comes with Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control. Released as a next generation model, a new generation of Mitsubishi Motors’ twin-motor 4WD PHEV system will be powering this plug-in hybrid SUV with more powerful front and rear motors and a larger drive battery. With seven driver-selectable drive modes, consumers can find a style that matches their preference(s). Standard is Mitsubishi Connect with a two-year trial, the new Mitsubishi infotainment found in Outlander and Outlander PHEV models starting MY2023. This comes with the convenient option of remote start for cooling down or heating up the vehicle before entering.

2023 Eclipse Cross

With a mid-model refresh, the 2023 Eclipse Cross gets a revised interior, updated infotainment system, and rides on an all-new 18-inch wheel design. 2023 adds head- and fog-lights as standard equipment across the lineup for every model. Other standard equipment added includes Mitsubishi Motors’ signature S-AWC all-wheel drive system. Like other trims, a Ralliart-branded special edition will be made available in early 2023.

2023 Mirage and Mirage G4

Sadly, Mitsuishi Motors doesn’t seem to be releasing new generation models of the Mirage or Mirage G4 for MY23. Known as America’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-fueled vehicle, the Mirage continues to be reliable for miles and years to come. This is thanks to Mitsubishi Motors warranty package, one of the industry’s best. All Mitsubishi vehicles are covered by a basic limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles, a powertrain limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles, 7 years or 100,000 miles of anti-corrosion coverage, and roadside assistance. In 2023, the hatchback will get its own Ralliart edition added to the lineup.

Ralliart

After Ralliart was revived, there was a lot of talk about a possible EVO nameplate returning, but so far, that’s not happening. Instead, Ralliart was brought back as an aftermarket name for unique body effects, graphics and other rally-inspired touches consumers can purchase and add to their Mitsubishi vehicles. All Ralliart models above will be available in White Diamond paint with a black roof, and only a limited number of units will be produced. Looking for the newest Mitsubishi models on the market. Find a new Mitsubishi at Miami Lakes Automall any day.

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2021 AutoPacific VSAs Award Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

With half of 2021 already over, automakers are gearing up for the 2022 model year, already releasing new models and updated features. Mitsubishi Motors had us all in the dark for a while there, but after a shareholder meeting in late June 2021, Mitsubishi discussed its future plans in electric vehicle development. Recently this year, the automaker released the all-new redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, bringing its sales up and growing the brand’s popularity. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, skipping a year, has also been revamped for 2022, but the 2020 model had enough spunk to win an award from AutoPacific during the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

Mitsubishi Motors has been going through some changes over the last few years, with talk of a new vehicle soon to replace the aging Outlander PHEV, the automaker’s popular plug-in hybrid SUV. Recently, Mitsubishi announced that a new model will not only replace the Outlander PHEV but will also replace the Mitsubishi Outlander as the flagship of the brand. The new face of Mitsubishi Motors will be an Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid crossover. The new award from AutoPacific is just another plus for the automaker and the sporty crossover model.

AutoPacific is a trusted name by many automakers, known for its future-oriented automotive marketing research, AutoPacific tends to consult many automotive brands. Consumers also trust AutoPacific to provide them with up-to-date information on the latest and newest vehicles in the market. When looking for a new vehicle, consumers look for reviews to help guide them, and “Best of” lists and awards help highlight the best of the best. The 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards measures owner satisfaction across 36 individual vehicle attributes, covering traits such as driving performance, features, usability, seating comfort, and interior design. Mitsubishi scored at the top of the compact crossover SUV segment, earning higher marks in 32 of the 36 measured attributes. AutoPacific praised the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for its safety features and its success over competing models, the Jeep Compass, Hyundai Tucson, and Subaru Crosstrek.

“We strive to ensure Mitsubishi vehicles exceed the expectations of the most important critics…our owners…To obtain top-in-class satisfaction marks from our Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross family of owners reinforces that we are delivering performance, design and safety that is changing the way consumers view the brand and its new, redesigned lineup of vehicles.” – Cason Grover, Director of Product Planning, MMNA

The 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards has been going on for 25 years, and now that Mitsubishi Motors is changing things up, starting with a new look for its 2022 lineup, winning this award is a great way to start. Also praised by AutoPacific, the available 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is already doing well, having received a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Making forward collision mitigation and lane departure warning as a standard, and making blind-spot warning with lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert available on half of the lineup, the crossover is already a strong contender.You can find your 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at Miami Lakes Automall Mitsubishi.

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Mitsubishi Motors Introduces New Flagship PHEV

The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross surprised everyone didn’t it? Once known as a sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse, there were some racing fans that didn’t like the fact that one of their favorites was coming back as a crossover. It was, at least in the first year, a huge disappointment. That tune quickly changed the following year as reviews about the Eclipse Cross and what it can offer consumers started to appear on the internet. Selling nearly 20,000 units in 2019, it was a better year for the crossover, and as it returns for the new model year, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has found itself, produced with changes in appearance and features. The automaker is so confident, a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid is currently in the works.

So, here’s the thing – Mitsubishi Motors finally broke its silence in late June 2021 about the rumors surrounding a revival of the Lancer Evolution series, a rally car the automaker became popular for. The signs were there for a return with Mitsubishi reopening Ralliart, the team responsible for the Lancer Evolution, and releasing concept art for the never-before-seen rally car, the Mitsubishi Starion 4WD. And yet, during a shareholders’ meeting, but the automaker confirmed that Mitsubishi Motors is focused on electric vehicle development.

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The New 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

When Mitsubishi Motors brought the Eclipse back from the grave, it did so in a way not many fans of the once sports car were expecting – a crossover. Not an SUV, not a hatchback, and definitely not a sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross came with some backlash, but that didn’t stop the new model from paving a way for the first of new and upcoming models from the automaker. Over the last several years, especially after joining Renault and Nissan into the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Mitsubishi Motors is trying to find itself. After disappearing for the 2021 model year, the Eclipse Cross returns for 2022 with a new sense of self and the looks to prove it.

What’s New for 2022?

Mitsubishi Motors has been integrating a new Dynamic Shield into the models of its lineup, a new face that will set a pattern for all models. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport first wore the new Dynamic Shield with slimmer headlights and a new grille with a honeycomb pattern. A combination of lights are at each corner to join the illumination at the front of the vehicle. The new design also adds a little extra interior space.

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Mitsubishi Motors and The Chamberlain Group Add myQ to Select Models

Mitsubishi Motors drivers may be aware of the My Mitsubishi Connect app. It’s a handy app that can work with select models to make auto maintenance and other services more readily available to the owner or driver. Recently, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) decides that it was time to add another convenient feature to the My Mitsubishi Connect app. Every driver who owns or rents a house with a garage knows the joy of pulling in and having a place to store the car, away from the natural elements and safe. Those same drivers also know the pain of having to get out and punch in a code or something to get the garage door to go up – garage opener devices seem to fail us more often than not. Here is hoping the myQ Connected Garage, available through a partnership between The Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI) and MMNA, is more reliable.

CGI, global leader in access control solutions with its Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door opener brands and myQ connected technology, is making Mitsubishi Motors the first automaker that gets a chance to make use of this technology in two models. Specifically, the all-new 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2022 Eclipse Cross vehicles, as well as select 2018 and newer Eclipse Cross vehicles will be the first models to make use of this new feature, as long as they come equipped with Android Auto™ or have the My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app. Via either, drivers can easily use the myQ connected garage door opener from within the vehicle through the use of the touchscreen.

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Mitsubishi Motors Signs Up with TomTom for Eclipse Cross Navigation

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Isn’t in-car navigation so handy? Or even the maps on a smartphone. It’s so nice to know where we’re going these days. Does anyone remember the old days when smart phones first came out, but it was still super easy to get lost? Nav systems have made that fear a thing of the past, but what happens when the phone dies or there is no Wi-Fi, or any kind of signal? That’s a real bummer. Thankfully, automakers are trying to find ways around that, especially with self-driving vehicles that can navigate uncharted areas. Before we let cars take the wheel, however, another great piece of navigation software is TomTom, and Mitsubishi Motors is putting the system into its newest Eclipse Cross.

TomTom should be a name consumers know – it’s a little old, but it had a ton of marketing when it first released in 2004. Known as a leading independent location technology specialist, TomTom provides consumers with highly accurate maps, navigation software, real-time traffic information, and other helpful services when on the road. The best part of all? No connection needed. That little number is a thankful addition with TomTom and company what3words.

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Mitsubishi Teases the New Eclipse Cross for 2021

When Mitsubishi put an end to the Lancer, everyone thought it was going to be the end of their sports cars. Then, with the announcement of the return of the Eclipse, many fans rejoiced, but now when they found out the Eclipse was returning as a crossover. That’s definitely not what people think of when they think of the rally cars Mitsubishi is known for. Then came the e-Evolution concept, a concept said to bring back the Evolution nameplate the Lancer was known for, maybe even the new Lancer. The e-Evolution remains a concept, but it turns out while also showing off the look of the e-Evolution, the automaker was also testing the new look for the Eclipse Cross refresh.

“The new design draws inspiration from the MITSUBISHI e-EVOLUTION CONCEPT*1 emphasizing the strength and dynamics from our SUV heritage, while enhancing the cleanliness and elegance of a coupe-like SUV…The Eclipse Cross is the first step toward the next generation of Mitsubishi Design, and there is so much more to come.” – Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of Design, MMC

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Watch the NEOWISE Comet through a Mitsubishi Sunroof

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Astronomy is such a wonderful thing. In that vast darkness of space, there are stars, planets, galaxies, the occasional blackhole, and some of the most fascinating events like comets and eclipses. These events can be far and few in-between, with lunar eclipses happening every few years, but comets taking as long as hundreds of years. That is the case in particular with the NEOWISE comet, currently blazing across the stars past the Earth. If you don’t get a chance to see it, the comet won’t be within visible distance again for 6800 years, so it’s now or never. With South Florida and Miami light pollution, getting a clear view of the night sky can be tough, but it would be a whole lot better if you got an SUV with a sunroof.

Named after the Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) space telescope that first spotted the comet in early July, NEOWISE is currently a melting ball of ice. If unaware, that’s what all comets are – frozen chunks of ice hurtling through space. When they get too close to the sun, that ice begins to melt, causing a tail of ice behind the comet. Like the planets, the sun shines off of the comet, making it appear like a bright star with a tail. However, if you’re lucky, you could get an amazing look at the comet like the image above.

One would think catching a comet in the night sky would be easy, just look for the moving star, right? Wrong. Satellites appear to be moving stars, although they stay close to Earth, trapped in orbit. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn may be lined up in the sky right now, and they’ll stay there for a while, but a comet zipping by? That’s a little more difficult, especially because of its location – under the Big Dipper.

The comet is about 64 million miles away from our planet, but stargazers can see it best on July 22-23, although it should be visible until the 26th of July. If looking northwest, or using a map for finding constellations, a stargazer should be able to spot the Big Dipper and flying under it will be the NEOWISE comet. As we all know, the Earth continues to spin, and these patches of sky will eventually move. Astronomers say the best time to catch the NEOWISE comet under the Big Dipper is after sunset, when the stars just start to come out and the constellation is still fairly high in the sky. NEOWISE should continue to climb, but once the Dipper is close to the horizon, the chances of seeing the comet are pretty much impossible.

So we know where to look for the comet, but how can we get somewhere with minimal light pollution? A small road trip to the beach or everglades never hurt anyone, and it will be the best way to catch the celestial sight of a comet from Earth with the naked eye. While driving to your spot, whether wanting to stay cool or not wanting to miss an unmistakable sight, driving in a vehicle with a sunroof is the best option. Luckily, many Mitsubishi Motors vehicles offer a sunroof option. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross are all Mitsubishi SUVs that can come with a sunroof, the perfect way to lay back and star gaze in the summer.

You can still snag a Mitsubishi Outlander here at Miami Lakes Automall. If you get any pictures of the NEOWISE comet, share them with us 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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