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As we come closer to the end of the year, automakers are going to be introducing the new model year of their vehicles. With the 2021 global semiconductor chip shortage, this will be a chance for some automakers to bounce back, unable to fulfill orders or include certain features on their 2020 models. Aside from fancy features, consumers also care about safety, and automakers will need to rely on organizations like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) for high praise. Neither organization is a push over, so when the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander receives a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating from IIHS, the highest safety rating available from the organization, we know it’s a safe vehicle to choose.
Like we said, the IIHS is no pushover. When it comes to testing a vehicle for crashworthiness – or how well it handles a crash – the IIHS has five crash scenarios to test the vehicle’s structure and how well it reduces impact and damage to the driver and passengers inside the cabin. On top of this, safety features and systems designed to mitigate the damage or avoid a crash altogether are also tested. Each crash test receives a rating of “Poor”, “Marginal”, “Acceptable”, or “Good”, whereas the safety systems are rated with “Basic”, “Advanced”, and “Superior”.(more…)
The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is currently the bread-winner for Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA). That might not be the story for long, while the automaker shifts its focus to electric vehicle (EV) development and is set to make the new flagship of the automaker the Eclipse Cross PHEV. The original Eclipse Cross recently won a spot in the 2021 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, so it’s already a great step in the right direction for the new flagship car of Mitsubishi Motors. For now, however, the 2022 Outlander is crushing it in sales and even with the current semiconductor chip shortage, the new SUV is attracting a higher-class crowd and big spenders that will keep Mitsubishi Motors going strong.
It may be surprising to think of an SUV as a luxury vehicle, but these large vehicles have become more than just machines that can handle various driving conditions. We’ve come a long way from the gas guzzlers SUVs once were, and these days, every automaker wants at least one SUV or model they can use to compete in the luxury vehicle class, and not just the mass market. Having sold 6,954 units so far, double the sales of 2020 to date, the new Outlander is forging the path for new and future Mitsubishi models.(more…)
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.
2020 was a crazy year for the global economy and many industries that rely on the mass manufacturing of products. Although robots do a lot of the heavy lifting these days, it’s not all automated. Now that we’re in a new year, businesses are trying to bounce back, and more so than ever the automotive industry. Automakers are releasing plenty of new vehicles to stir up consumers and bring them back after the pandemic. One automaker refreshing its lineup for the new year is Mitsubishi Motors, and the new Outlander is quite the surprise.
The first surprise would be its questionable quarterly sales. Only 4106 units sold in comparison with its sporty sibling, the Outlander Sport, with 13,356 units sold. However, last year, during a pandemic, the Outlander outsold the Outlander Sport, but not by much. We think it could be because the Outlander Sport was offering a lot of features the Outlander did not. Well, that all changes with the new generation of the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander.
2020 is just about over, and before we hit 2021, Mitsubishi Motors is teasing us with a look at its next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander. There isn’t a whole lot to see – the overall body shape of the Outlander, some tracing around the headlights, and basically what we can expect from a tease. There isn’t much information, and we might have to wait a bit until Mitsubishi releases any more information. The good news is that we won’t have to wait too long. Mitsubishi Motors has stated that it will be debuting the new Mitsubishi Outlander during a livestream in February 2021.
“The OUTLANDER is an iconic SUV for the company, so when we developed the next generation model, we took inspirations from our rich SUV heritage to realize a bold and confident styling with a solid stance that excites our customers…The all-new OUTLANDER is the first model epitomizing the new generation of Mitsubishi design and the frontrunner of our design strategy.” – Seiji Watanabe, Division General Manager of Design (Head of Design), MMC
So, this is the next-generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander that we’re going to be seeing next year. We’re hoping this isn’t the new C-D segment vehicle Mitsubishi was talking about during its digital stream with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance back in May 2020. We’re all hoping for a sports car or at least a small passenger car from Mitsubishi – the entire lineup is dominated by large cars, mostly SUVs, with the Mirage hatchback and Mirage G4 rarely getting any of the spotlight, although the Mitsubishi Mirage is a vehicle to love for years to come.
What has Mitsubishi shared so far is a hint at what we could expect. Upcoming and future Mitsubishi Motors vehicles will start to hit a new level of technology and luxury. Slowly adding more to the vehicles in its lineup, plus a new partnership with Google, and Mitsubishi will soon have a new suite of tech and features to offer us. Starting with the new next-gen Mitsubishi Outlander, the automaker is calling it ifuudoudou, pronounced as “I-Fu-Do-Do”, which means authentic and majestic, elegant, and luxurious. Basically, this next-gen Outlander should be a hot item in comparison with the rest of the lineup with new styling thanks to its also new generation Dynamic Shield design concept that transforms the looks of the Mitsubishi and will be the ongoing look for future models.
That brings us back to the question of the new C-D segment vehicle. When the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced the mid-term plans going forward, they shared a new “Follow-the-Leader” scheme, where each automaker focused on a certain region and one of them would then release a new vehicle in their respective region. If all went well, then the other automakers would release a rebadged or similar version of the vehicle in the other regions. Mitsubishi Motors is the first to take the lead, and we’re looking for any information we can get. Some of us are hoping the Lancer Evolution will return, some digital artists have rendered a Lancer Crossover, and then there is the Engelberg Tourer concept that was supposed to replace the Outlander PHEV altogether.
It’s all up in the air for now, but February is less than two months away. Come back and join us in February 2021 and follow us on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.
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The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has been very successful overseas, and has had some success stateside as well. Recently entered into the 2020 Rebelle Rally, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be making history with the first year the Rally set up a round for hybrid and electric vehicles to recognize and honor the highest-finishing battery-powered electric vehicle (BEV) and hybrid or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in each car segment. Some automotive publications call PHEVs the perfect transition vehicle for going electric, and with such success behind the Outlander PHEV, many wonder if Mitsubishi will return to all-electric vehicles one day.
According to a recent survey conducted by Kadence International in the United Kingdom (UK), 1,035 Mitsubishi drivers agree that a plug-in hybrid has changed their mind about vehicles that need to occasionally recharge, and are a great midway point to purchasing an all-electric vehicle. The total group was made up of three categories, with 48-percent of Outlander PHEV drivers who considered the PHEV to be an electric vehicle (EV), 9-percent of ICE drivers considering making the switch to an all-electric vehicle. 23-percent of drivers considered a PHEV, but the main concern isn’t actually needing to recharge – it’s driving range.
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.
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The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is alive and well. Sure, for a moment there, it seemed like the Alliance and the shared funding campaign, Alliance Ventures, may have to disassemble under the pressure of the Coronavirus pandemic continuing to keep the auto industry and the auto market in disarray. However, in February 2020, the Alliance announced the discussion of Medium-term plans for Alliance 2022, the roadmap for each of the three brands in the coming years. Since the Alliance formed, we’ve been waiting for the first rebadged vehicle to appear, and it turns out the next plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi Motors will be based on the first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) by Nissan, the Rogue Sport. But wait, wasn’t Mitsubishi in charge of plug-in hybrid technology?
Yes, Mitsubishi Motors is supposed to be at the cornerstone of the plug-in hybrid triangle, with Nissan in charge of electric vehicles (EV) and Renault focused on self-driving technology and connected services. At least, that’s how things have gone up until now. Perhaps the medium-term plans originally set for this month will shine some light on that. Until then, Mitsubishi is getting some technology from Nissan, but it wasn’t the shared EV platform by Nissan we’ve been reading about. Instead, Nissan will be supplementing Mitsubishi with a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the next generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. (more…)
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.
Although not advertised, Mitsubishi Motors has a special division dedicated to creating some outrageous concepts. Known as the Special Vehicle Projects (SVP) division, the SVP is actually behind a variety of custom Mitsubishi vehicles. We just don’t see many of them. That would be because most of these concepts show up overseas, like the new concepts by Mitsubishi in Tokyo that are mostly improvements on the Outlander PHEV and Eclipse Cross. A model showing up overseas we’re waiting on is the 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, but Mitsubishi doesn’t plan on bringing the midsize truck to America until perhaps 2025. When it comes to SVP concepts, there’s always a possibility, especially when they show up at an auto show in the UK, like the recent Commercial Vehicle Show.