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When Mitsubishi Motors first joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance, it was quickly becoming a great move for the automaker. Soon after, there was talk about a cross-brand EV platform from Nissan, and re-badged Renault vehicles, and Mitsubishi Motors was quick to make use of Alliance resources to expand. However, Mitsubishi Motors seems to be the only Alliance partner moving the needle with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mitsubishi Mi-TECH system. According to Alliance Plans, Mitsubishi Motors is only supposed to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development, but Mitsubishi Electric is having a lot of success with the xAUTO, and when it comes to mobile solutions, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is the one getting the contract. Are Renault or Nissan even doing anything at this point?
Mitsubishi Motors > Renault-Nissan?
Most recently, we finally got some news about what Renault and Nissan are bringing to the Alliance. During the mid-term business plan announcement, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance discussed a triangle concept where each automaker would be in charge of two goals out of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) technology, electric vehicle (EV) technology, and autonomous cars. It’s been three years and so far all that seems to be coming out of Renault is a Mitsubishi-branded version of the Renault Trafic van at its factory in Sandouville, France. So, in other words, a rebadged van…like Mitsubishi Motors needs more of that.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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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When an automaker hits a global milestone, it has something to celebrate. In 2019, Mitsubishi Motors has 200,000 reasons to celebrate, with its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, achieving a key milestone. Based on the latest sales data from Mitsubishi, there have been 200,000 units of the Outlander PHEV sold worldwide since its launch in 2013. This can only mean great things for the automaker going forward, not only with their involvement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to increase sales, but also future Mitsubishi concepts, like the Engelberg Tourer.
Taking Plug-in Hybrids by Storm
At the end of 2017, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance discussed the production of a cross-platform electric vehicle to be shared between the three automakers. Much of this decision came from the success of the Nissan Leaf electric car, having sold over 300,000 units since its 2010 release, and continuing to sell over 40,000 each year. In the Autumn of 2018, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance saw a total sales increase of 5.1-percent in the European auto market, putting the alliance at a grand total of 5,538,530 vehicles in the first half of the year. Most of those sales came from crossovers, SUVs, zero-emission EVs, and especially PHEVs.
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.
The race is on – but was it ever really off? Automakers on a global scale are in competition to make the next best vehicle to dominate the auto market. With alternative fuel vehicles on the rise, many of the concepts we’re starting to see are plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. 2019 Geneva Motor show had more than its fair share of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, and in that regard, Mitsubishi went a step further with the eco-friendly Dendo Drive House. Another automaker at the Geneva International Motor Show, that always seems to be on the same wavelength as Mitsubishi is Kia Motors, with their Imagine by Kia preview of what’s to come. It would seem that Mitsubishi Motors is doing the same.
Take a look at the collection of new vehicles and concepts that have come from Mitsubishi Motors in previous years. Going all the way back to the Eclipse Cross, there was a change. The last in-house vehicle before becoming a part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, the Eclipse Cross was the stepping stone for the future of Mitsubishi Motors. On the one hand, they’re now one-third of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, currently hitting the electric vehicle market with gusto. The Alliance has many plans for alternative fuel and autonomous technology, much of which is discussed in its Alliance 2022 Six-Year Plan.
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is shaping up to be a large event this year. Well, it’s one of the largest auto shows every year, but this year, the competition is already quickly heating up. Some of this heat is coming from the far east, Japan, straight from Mitsubishi Motors. They’ve already dazzled us a bit with the very secretive Engelberg Tourer Concept coming to the Sweden auto show, but there’s not a whole lot to go on. Just when you think Mitsubishi is going to tease us with another vehicle far overseas, they debut a promo video for their new and improved 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport compact SUV. Lovely!
Let’s face it, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport needed an upgrade, looking like an exact replica of its older sibling, the Mitsubishi Outlander, it’s tough to tell the two apart if looking at them from the front or rear. Only a profile view of the difference in length is all one would notice from the outside. The interior may be a little more flashy, but now the exterior will match. Known as the 2020 Outlander Sport, also the RVR and ASX in other auto markets around the globe, we’re finally getting a compact SUV from Mitsubishi that matches its namesake.
It all starts with looks and the impact a vehicle makes on consumers. So, Mitsubishi took a proverbial hammer to the body of the Outlander Sport and reworked its front and rear fascias. The signature design concept from Mitsubishi, their “Dynamic Shield”, was changed up a bit when adopted to the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, encapsulated with horizontal and vertical lines placed along the grille and skid plate for a more robust and tough feeling that should emanate from the new model. Multiple LEDs that make up the front headlamps, a distinctive lamp layout of the fog and turning lights, the large grille and bumper all give the hood a sunken look for a little more edge.
The rear is also new, designed with a bold design that stretches the entire width of the rear. Black corners were added to the sides of the rear bumper for a more stable presence. They’re also a great contrast to the taillight designs, giving the compact SUV a sharper image with LEDs.
Bringing the sporty look full circle are three new colors. Bathe like a King in a tub of rupees with the Red Diamond or feel a sense of luxury with the rich Oak Brown. For a spark of energy every time you see it in the driveway, go with the vivid Sunshine Orange.
The entertainment system comes with some unusual upgrades. A larger, now 8-inch touchscreen is situated in the front center console, and the Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) system comes with more advanced connectivity and improved functionality. On top of that, the entertainment system allows consumers to play videos on the touchscreen from an outside source via a USB drive…but the feature is only available if the vehicle is stopped. Possibly going a little more into their Mitsubishi Connect and Telematics system of the Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi also added a nifty smartphone app that allows consumers to monitor fuel levels, servicing intervals, etc for the 2020 Outlander Sport.
Most of what’s been shared so far comes down to looks and style. We should know more about the powertrain, most likely a choice of 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter engine optimized with Mitsubishi Motors Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC). Along with their Reinforced Safety Impact Evolution (RISE) body construction, a Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) braking system, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) will most likely remain as the available safety features.
Come March 7, we’ll know more as the 2019 Geneva Motor Show takes place through the following ten days. Follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media for more information. Test drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and find out what all the fuss is about.
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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.