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The MI-TECH Has Entered the Building

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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.

The Name

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:

        Mitsubishi

        Intelligent

        Technology

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.

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Electric 4WD

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!

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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.

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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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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Saves Money and Reduces Tailpipe Emissions

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Mitsubishi hasn’t been in the spotlight in the U.S. too much in the last few years, but that’s about to change. Mitsubishi has finally decided to bring the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the U.S., and considering that it is the number one selling PHEV in the U.K. and Europe and it’s only the fourth PHEV in the world to sell more than 100,000 units globally, it’s probably going to bring Mitsubishi’s name into the automobile market a little more.

Why the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV?

There are a couple unique traits the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers that have made it a success overseas. The Outlander PHEV is one of the most versatile PHEV vehicles on the market because it has a spacious cabin and it offers consumers all-wheel-drive, something that isn’t common in the PHEV world. Not only do owners have the convenience of being able to carry five passengers and cargo and drive in road conditions or challenging terrains other vehicles can’t, owners also have the ability to do all of that without paying a steep price for fuel or driving around a large SUV that emits a lot of tailpipe emissions.

Cost to Drive Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Thanks to the electric powertrain and the gas powertrain, drivers of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV save a lot of money in fuel costs. When using the electric and gas powertrain, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 74 MPGe, which is excellent. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV can also be driven just on electricity for up to 22 miles, so that means an individual with a daily commute of 20 miles or less, can drive their PHEV for just the cost to charge it up at home, or about $1.59 per mile. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver spends about $1,200 in fuel costs in one year and in comparison to the average vehicle, the average driver driving the Outlander PHEV saves about $1,000 in fuel costs in five years.

Fuel Costs and Tailpipe Emissions Compared to the Competition

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is considered a compact crossover, and that vehicle segment is quite competitive. There are about 16 vehicles in the non-luxury compact crossover segment, and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the only PHEV option. That means, the Outlander PHEV is the compact crossover that can be powered by pure electricity, which results in less harmful tailpipe emissions and a more fuel efficient ride. Though, the Outlander PHEV is the only plug-in option, there are two compact crossovers that are available as hybrids, and they are definitely great vehicles, too.

The two compact crossover options are the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid, and both of those are available with all-wheel-drive. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD has an average fuel economy of 31 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.

However, since both vehicles are hybrids, neither model can be driven on pure electricity, so owners are always responsible for filling up at the gas pump. Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver of the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD spends about $1,150 in fuel costs each year and the average driver of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD spends about $1,200 in fuel costs each year, which is the same cost as the Outlander PHEV.

When it comes to emissions and annual petroleum consumption, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is significantly better than both compact crossover hybrid options. The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD consumes an average 10.3 barrels of petroleum per year and the Nissan Rogue AWD Hybrid AWD consumes an average of 10 barrels, which is a far cry from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 6.8 barrels per year.

Additionally, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid AWD releases an average of 275 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile and the Nissan Rogue Hybrid AWD releases an average of 276 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions per mile, and again, that’s significantly more than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s average of 176 grams.

Come by Miami Lakes Mitsubishi to test drive a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for yourself. We’re conveniently located in Miami Lakes between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and we are open seven days a week.

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