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It has been almost a year since the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV made it to American shores. This plug-in hybrid crossover from Mitsubishi Motors has sure made a lot of headway, breaking ground in Canada with augmented reality, and going up against other plugins, when we compared the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Kia Niro PHEV. Before the year ends, let’s take a look at all the good about the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV powertrain and how it can change the way people drive.
Will That Be Gasoline or Electric?
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) really can offer the best of both worlds. With the ability to drive in one of three modes, consumers have the option to use the power of the internal combustion engine or the electric motor to get where they want to go. Simply with the press of a button, a consumer can drive purely on electricity for 22 miles by selecting the “EV” mode. This mode is perfect for driving in the city when high speeds aren’t the norm.
If hitting the highway, a consumer may choose the “Charge” mode to give the battery a rest and switch over to the gasoline engine. This mode will also cause the engine to charge the battery as it runs. Of course, if looking to enjoy the best of both, a driver can take the “Parallel Hybrid” route and use both, the engine and electric motor in tandem. While doing this, to increase their driving range, they can click the “Save” driving mode, and choose how much regenerative braking recharges the battery. This could potentially lead to an even greater distance than the total driving range average of 310 miles for the Outlander PHEV. Even so, a fuel economy of 74 MPGe, or the equivalent of mileage when factoring in electric energy consumption, is pretty great!
Mitsubishi Motors has come a long way since it joined the Nissan-Renault Alliance. Having started a new venture with a $1 billion campaign, the alliance is currently looking into Robotaxi partnerships to build up their line of autonomous and artificial intelligent vehicles. While Mitsubishi becomes a larger part of the alliance, before it blends in completely (although still being a competitor for the two connected brands), let us not forget how far Mitsubishi has come on their own. Take a look at technology used in Mitsubishi vehicles today and what we have to look forward to in future concepts.
When it comes to powertrains found in Mitsubishi vehicles, there are two systems of technology that optimize an engine’s performance and the vehicle’s overall fuel economy. The first of these is Mitsubishi’s “MIVEC” system. Standing for “Mitsubishi Innovate Valve Timing Electronic Control System”, the MIVEC system is Mitsubishi’s brand of variable valve timing (VVT) technology, a process that controls the frequency of air intake in an engine and the flow of exhaust. MIVEC systems have also been known to increase power and torque output in select engines, especially those with a turbocharger.
The second piece of technology is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed by Mitsubishi Motors that is also commonly known as the INVECS-III. A CVT is a type of automatic transmission that can change seamlessly through various gears for an infinite number of speeds by using a pulley system versus the standard mechanical build for automatic transmissions that can only work for certain speed thresholds, i.e. 3-speed automatic transmission. This allows Mitsubishi cars to keep a steady and smooth drive versus other vehicles that may experience a chugging forward feeling when the next speed threshold is met. (more…)
Mitsubishi Motors has placed their focus on crossovers for the time being, and aside from rumors that they may bring a truck back to the states, the lineup is down to three vehicles that aren’t a SUV or crossover. With the Lancer discontinued, the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi Mirage G4 will be the only two sedans left in the Mitsubishi lineup after the 2017 model year. That being said, although the auto market is shifting towards crossovers, there’s still a good percentage of the demographic that prefers smaller cars with a low center of gravity and higher fuel efficiency. Of course, if in the market for a crossover, don’t let some of the rumors of fuel economy stop you – you may be surprised.
Over Time, a Vehicle Will Lose Its Fuel Efficiency
The Mitsubishi Mirage may be called the most fuel-efficient sedan on the market, with 37/43 mpg city/highway, and some may think “So what? In a couple years that number will drop anyway, so why not just get a crossover?” They would be wrong. According to the EPA, a vehicle’s fuel economy, even a vehicle that’s ten years old, doesn’t significantly decrease if the vehicle is properly maintained. So not only do Mitsubishi models maintain an excellent fuel economy over their lifetime, but because Mitsubishi also offers some of the best warranties in the industry, Mitsubishi vehicles are great for someone who wants to keep their vehicle for a long time.
Safety is an important part of auto construction, and manufacturers are looking for more and more ways to make their vehicles safer. It’s just another rat race in the grand scheme of sales, and with advanced technology on the rise, automobiles are getting more gadgets and tech as a standard. Even so, with automatic safety features, some automakers start safety from the ground up, or more so from the skeleton out. Ever heard of Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution?
Mitsubishi has been doing pretty well in terms of safety. If you haven’t read our highlights of Mitsubishi safety features, be sure to get the lowdown. We’ll be discussing one of them in particular today. We’d also like to point out the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander earned a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS recently.
Now, have you ever heard of automobile configurations and designs that automakers develop? “MIVEC” is one of them, a variable valve timing (VVT) design by Mitsubishi Motors. In fact, several processes that increase the performance and safety of an automobile have been developed by Mitsubishi Motors. One of those goes by the acronym “RISE”, the auto body construction developed by Mitsubishi for improved safety. Their new partner/competitor Nissan also has one of their own, “Zone Body Construction.”
This year, Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating their 100-year Anniversary. It’s quite the milestone for any company, and it makes one think back on how it all started. Even moreso, where is the motor company heading now? Before thinking about the future, we need to take a step back to where it all began.
Mitsubishi Motors was born in the early 1900s, and their very first automobile was the Mitsubishi Model-A. Not a fancy name, but the vehicle was designed for luxury and important people. Sort of like horse-drawn carriages, one would expect someone important is traveling, so it makes sense. We don’t expect many of our readers to remember the world 100 years ago, but if you do, you might remember World War I was being fought.
In 1961 Mitsubishi found their passion … racing. They entered and set a track record at an international motorsports event with their new vehicle, the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe. However, even with international acknowledgement, Mitsubishi was still mostly in Japan in the 60’s, and it would be a little while until they came to America. Here in the states, you may remember Martin Luther King Jr, the top Soul Brother that changed a country.
Here’s when Mitsubishi started to really make a name for themselves, research electric vehicle technology, and shortly after becoming the first automaker to massively market an electric vehicle. This is also the year they came to America, but to break the ice, their vehicle was bought and sold by Dodge under the veil of the Dodge Colt for more than 20 years. The 1970s were largely a time of change with many people of color and gender fighting for their rights, and protests against the ongoing Vietnam War.
The new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander has landed! That’s right, it’ll soon be on the streets and everyone wants one. Well, everybody who knows how great the Outlander is. Wait, you don’t know? Let us tell you about some of the great things you’ll find.
In the new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, drivers will find super all-wheel control (S-AWC) available on all trims (S-AWC is standard on the Outlander GT), modern tech such as a 7-inch smartphone link display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system. The 2017 Outlander has comfortable 7-passenger seating, all with front dual-zone climate control, and safety features such as blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist. Oh, and all four trims are riding in on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels.
Internal combustion engines have come a long way. We have engines in all types of equipment and machinery, from the motors in an electric shaver to the motor under the hood of our car. There are many systems implanted into engines today to improve performance and some brands, like Mitsubishi Motors, have created their own special engine systems to better serve their customers.
Take CVT for instance, or “Continuously Variable Transmission,” which is an available transmission on all Mitsubishi models (except for the i-Miev). CVT is a type of automatic transmission that changes seamlessly through the various gears without that chugging motion that old cars are known for. You know, where it feels like the front end of the car is suddenly being tugged on? Well, that usually happens when a vehicle needs to change gears at higher speeds.
When an engine has CVT integrated into it, the input shaft, or the mechanism that delivers power to the gearbox and the ability to switch gears automatically, maintains its rotational speed. To put it simply, the input shaft is a component within the engine that aids in switching gears; this component rotates at different speeds respective to the speed of the car; older vehicles would momentarily change speed while switching gears, whereas engines with CVT are able to maintain their speed and switch gears simultaneously.
Mitsubishi has a long history in the automotive world, and a big part of their heritage is tied to outstanding innovations in engineering.
Time and time again, they have produced exceptional new systems. And their ideas have been adopted by other makers who see the benefits of doing things the Mitsubishi way.
If you’re looking to purchase a vehicle from a brand that’s always on the cutting edge, Mitsubishi dealers are a great place to start looking.
When you buy, buy from a company that is always striving to make their vehicles the best. Here’s a look at just four of Mitsubishi’s many advancements.