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Mitsubishi Motors sure is excited about new vehicles coming to the lineup, although many of them are new or revamped versions of the current models. There is still no news on the mystery vehicle Mitsubishi is working on for the C or D car segment, and before the end of 2020, we got a sneak peak at the next generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Set to be revealed during the first quarter of 2021, more specifically during a livestream in February, we expect great things if the automaker is keeping it so close to the chest until then. Before the new Outlander makes its grand entrance, however, the 2021 Outlander Sport crossover is released to the masses with two new special editions.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has always been called the “sportier” version of the Outlander SUV, and in 2021, the crossover embraces that name. With ten trims to choose from and a number of configurations, two trims stand out: the new Limited Edition (LE) and Black Edition (BE). In contrast to the starting price of the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, $20,995 (plus destination fee), the increase in price for the LE trim is not much, starting at $23,995 (plus destination fee), building off of the features available in the ES trim. This includes standard safety equipment consisting of rain sensing windshield wipers, LED fog lights, auto dimming mirror, and automatic headlights (not found on the ES trim).
In these mysterious times of COVID-19 coming in waves across the globe, the average consumer is rethinking their safety and their health when returning to the economy. To thrive, businesses will have to be more in tune with their consumer demographic more than ever. People need to be reassured of their choices, and the automotive industry is listening. With many automakers starting to shift their focus to smaller vehicles, quality is also going up. Every year, J.D. Power & Associates conducts various studies on new vehicles in the automotive industry, and recently, this organization released the results of the J.D. Power 2020 Initial Quality Study. Out of the competition for Japanese brands in the industry, Mitsubishi Motors was ranked the highest amongst consumers.
If the name is unfamiliar, J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Having worked in multiple industries since 1968 and expanding on a global scale with offices in North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, J.D. Power has become a household name to some, especially those actively looking for a new vehicle to buy or lease. The recent study, the 2020 Initial Quality Study, is in its 34th year and was redesigned for its fifth generation. This study took an updated look at the problems owners are having with their new vehicles, including those related to new technologies, within the first 90 days of ownership.
There’s been an interesting development with the sales of Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) as of late. Although the flagships of the automaker are the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, their recent sales say otherwise. We’re halfway into 2019 and automakers are releasing their second-quarter sales. When we take a look at Mitsubishi Motors sales in the North American market, crossovers and hatchbacks surprisingly reign supreme. Let’s take a look at the changes coming to Mitsubishi Motors.
When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first came to America, it really turned some heads. Sales for the Outlander PHEV were so good, that the automaker hit a large milestone, and sold 200,000 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV units earlier this year (April 2019). With the Outlander plug-in hybrid doing so well, one would think that this just means Mitsubishi Motors needs to focus on its alternative fuel vehicles.
We’re almost through the first half of 2019 and there’s so much going on in the auto industry. Many automakers out there have been talking business deals and making smart investments. Throughout the year, there’s been a lot of cool stuff coming out, and one automaker makes it easy to review all the new stuff they’re working on. Recently discussed in a press release, Mitsubishi Motors is expanding its business and making all sorts of noise with new models and new technology. Check out what the highest-ranked Asian automaker (according to J.D. Power) is up to now.
This one is obvious. The new concept to come from Mitsubishi Motors is the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept that debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. Giving us a look at what comes next for the auto brand, the Engelberg Tourer is rugged SUV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) built for an adventurous lifestyle, outfitted with a roof-mounted cargo box and designed to handle going off-road with Mitsubishi Motors Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system. We also got a look at a futuristic smart house, the Dendo Drive House, a smart house powered by solar panels and designed with the Engelberg Tourer in mind as a back-up storage unit for more efficient use of energy.
Mitsubishi Motors is quickly becoming a hot automaker to watch as they constantly release new exciting technology, like the autonomous features at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, and the Dendo Drive House at 2019 Geneva International Motor Show. During the Geneva Motor Show, the new plug-in hybrid Engelberg Tourer by Mitsubishi also debuted, the newest vehicle that may soon be added to the lineup. With Mitsubishi Motors needing to make room for new vehicles, the automaker is also making sure that its icon cars are still in the race, such as adding new safety tech to the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
New Safety in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
That’s right, the sporty sibling of the Mitsubishi Outlander is finally getting its dues with some upgraded tech. Currently, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport comes with an assortment of standard safety features, including an anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction and stability control systems, a total of seven airbags around the cabin (including the driver’s knee airbag and advanced dual-stage STS front airbags), three-point seatbelts and head restraints, a LATCH child seat anchor system, an anti-theft alarm system, and engine immobilizer. Also constructed along the Mitsubishi Motors Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) design, their vehicles are made to protect all passengers in an auto incident.
Some advanced safety features have turned up in recent years, such as forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam headlights. Going forward, Mitsubishi Motors has also added Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist as available advanced safety option to the Outlander Sport lineup. Together, all of these work to give the driver a sense of all directions, even without the available multi-view camera, standard on the GT trim.
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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The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a great model made by Mitsubishi Motors. Finally available in North America, this plug-in hybrid can do wonders. We wonder if it came a little too late though, because now that alternative fuel vehicles are becoming more practical, a lot of myths and misconceptions are springing up as popularity grows. Let’s debunk some myths about owning a plug-in hybrid vehicle.
Buying a Plug-in Hybrid Doesn’t Really Make a Difference
Unless you have a phobia of electronics or getting electrocuted, then more than likely, you can plug a car into a charging station. That’s one of the benefits of a plug-in hybrid – the battery is large enough to power the vehicle itself. That means consumers can drive on electricity alone (more on that later) or in tandem with the gasoline engine. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Together, they provide a fuel economy of 74 MPGe and have a driving range of 310 miles.
There’s also the environment to consider. On FuelEconomy.gov, we compared the Outlander PHEV to the original Outlander for a better idea of how it all looks. In terms of annual petroleum use, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV only uses 6.8 barrels a year, nearly half of what the Outlander consumes every year (12.2). There’s also tailpipe emissions and our atmosphere to worry about. Although plug-ins still emit carbon dioxide, again, the Outlander PHEV (174g per mile) is nearly half of its predecessor (326g per mile).
Crossover SUVs are all the rage right now, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a great crossover option. The Outlander Sport lineup consists of four different trims and of those trims, the Outlander Sport SEL has all of the bells and whistles, here’s a closer look at everything it has to offer.
The 2018 Outlander Sport is equipped with a 2.4-liter MIVEC DOHC four-cylinder engine, which is the most powerful engine available on the Outlander Sport. The 2.4L engine produces 168 horsepower and 167 lb-ft of torque, which is a good amount of power for city driving and highway driving because it is enough to help the vehicle accelerate quickly, but efficiently. The Outlander Sport has a great fuel economy for a crossover SUV and it averages 23 mpg in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 25 mpg.
The Outlander Sport SEL is a great option for drivers that want an affordable crossover that can go off the beaten path because when it is equipped with all-wheel-control (AWC) (Mitsubishi’s unique all-wheel-drive design) it has a starting MSRP of $25,995 (plus destination fee), which is a bargain compared to other crossovers that have as many features as the Outlander Sport SEL and all-wheel-drive. Also, the Outlander Sport SEL has a standard ground clearance of 8.5 inches, which is a .1-inch difference than the standard ground clearance of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Outlander Sport SEL has all of the features the average buyer wants on a new crossover. It comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display, rearview backup camera and heated front seats. The Outlander Sport has a spacious cabin that offers seating for five passengers and the second-row seat is a 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, so users can easily reconfigure the seats for extra cargo when needed. The Outlander Sport SEL is fitted with leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob and parking brake handle.
The vehicle’s 7-inch touchscreen gives users access to the digital HD radio, rearview camera and its compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The crossover is also fitted with six speakers, two 12-volt accessory outlets and dual USB ports, which makes it possible to charge multiple mobile devices at once.
In addition to the Outlander Sport SEL being an extremely affordable crossover ($24,495 for front-wheel-drive and $25,995 for AWC (plus destination fees)), the Outlander Sport is also a financially savvy option because it is backed by one of the best warranties in the auto industry. Mitsubishi backs all vehicles with a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, which means buyers can feel confident they won’t incur any large repair costs for a significant amount of time.
Available at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport models are available at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi, and our inventory includes the Outlander Sport SEL. Come take a few models for a test drive and see which model suits you best. If you find something you like, we can help you finalize a lease or a purchase.
Excited for the 2018 model year? Auto brands around the world are releasing and producing their new automotive lineups, and Mitsubishi Motors has already put the goods for their 2018 models online. Let’s recap what Mitsubishi Motors has going on while we wait for more information about the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander
Icon of the Mitsubishi Motors brand, the Outlander doesn’t need to change much to remain as one of the top dogs in the lineup. This year, all four trims get a bit of a name change, with the digits “2.4” added at the end of the trim name, except for the GT, now known as “GT 3.0”. There are still two engine options, with the ES 2.4, SE 2.4, and SEL 2.4 powered by the standard 2.4-liter MIVEC SOHC I4 engine that generates 166 horsepower, and the GT 3.0 powered by the 3.0-liter MIVEC SOHC V6 with an output of 244 horsepower. In terms of aesthetic and convenient features, all trims have heated exterior mirrors, rear privacy glass, and automatic dual-zone climate control. For a little more comfort, heated front seats and a leather wrapped steering wheel can be found on select trims as an option or included. For entertainment purposes and safety, all trims will have a 7-inch display screen with a rearview camera for the 2018 model year, and high-end trims finally have Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto capability.
2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
Another icon of the brand, the Outlander Sport sometimes outdoes its sibling. We’re sad to see the Outlander Sport Limited Edition leave the 2018 lineup, but it was a “limited” production trim. Now reduced to three trims, the Outlander Sport base trim has some extra features, and who can argue about getting more features for less? The same standards and options on the Outlander trims are also on the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. All Mitsubishi Outlander trims have a 7-inch display screen with a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto are standard on the Outlander Sport SE 2.4 and Outlander Sport SEL 2.4. This year, more advanced features, like automatic high beam headlights, forward collision mitigation, and lane departure warning are available on various trims.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
Mitsubishi’s fuel efficient hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, is still as popular as ever. The engine powering all three Mirage trims is still a 1.2-liter I3 engine with MIVEC technology, paired to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. Mitsubishi spruced things up for the 2018 model year and made some changes to the interior. Rear floor heater ducts are now a lineup standard, and there are heated front seats on the Mirage GT. To beef up the base trim, the Mirage ES, there is a standard 7-inch touchscreen, which is a great modern amenity. For added capability, the Mirage SE and GT trims have a 6.5-inch smartphone link display system with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto. Other tech features, such as Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel mounted audio and voice/phone controls are standard for the 2018 model year.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Lastly, the Mirage G4, the sedan version of the Mirage, is still kicking it with two trims, which are both powered by the same powertrain in the Mirage. The Mirage G4 SE comes standard with a leather wrapped steering wheel and heated seats. The base, Mirage G4 ES, has the same 7-inch touchscreen, but can upgrade to have the same Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities of the SE (set up with a 6.5-inch smartphone link display). Again, Bluetooth wireless technology is a lineup standard, along with a rearview camera system. Steering wheel mounted audio and voice/phone controls are standard for the SE trim, but consumers can opt-in for voice controls for the ES.
That wraps up the new changes for the Mitsubishi 2018 model year lineup. How do these sound to you? Let us know what you think of the new 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport on social media. You can also find new 2018 Mitsubishi models in our inventory.