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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross surprised everyone didn’t it? Once known as a sports car, the Mitsubishi Eclipse, there were some racing fans that didn’t like the fact that one of their favorites was coming back as a crossover. It was, at least in the first year, a huge disappointment. That tune quickly changed the following year as reviews about the Eclipse Cross and what it can offer consumers started to appear on the internet. Selling nearly 20,000 units in 2019, it was a better year for the crossover, and as it returns for the new model year, the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has found itself, produced with changes in appearance and features. The automaker is so confident, a Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross plug-in hybrid is currently in the works.
So, here’s the thing – Mitsubishi Motors finally broke its silence in late June 2021 about the rumors surrounding a revival of the Lancer Evolution series, a rally car the automaker became popular for. The signs were there for a return with Mitsubishi reopening Ralliart, the team responsible for the Lancer Evolution, and releasing concept art for the never-before-seen rally car, the Mitsubishi Starion 4WD. And yet, during a shareholders’ meeting, but the automaker confirmed that Mitsubishi Motors is focused on electric vehicle development.(more…)
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.
Last week, we were celebrating the high ranking for the Japanese automotive brand, Mitsubishi Motors, during the 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. Measured on a vehicle’s quality during the first 90 days of ownership, a vehicle receives a rating of PP100, or how many issues it has every 100 vehicles. With only a score of 148 PP100, this put Mitsubishi Motors ahead of one of its stronger competitors, Lexus. With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in the 2020 model year, its rival is the 2020 Lexus NX Hybrid 300H, but the outcome is going to be a quicker turnaround than you think.
I Got the Power!
Let’s not hide the numbers here. The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood. Able to generate a shy 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque, this SUV may not win any races but the Outlander PHEV can drive on electric-power only for 22 miles, has a combined fuel economy of 25 mpg, a combined 74 MPGe, and a total driving range of 310 miles. The Lexus NX Hybrid 300H with all-wheel drive is powered by a turbo in-line four-cylinder engine, able to generate 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Lexus hasn’t listed the MPGe but has listed 24 mpg as the combined fuel economy. Some sources say the Lexus NX Hybrid 300H can travel as much as 450 miles.
Ever since the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance was formed in 2017, and later announced Alliance 2022 and its six-year plan, there hasn’t been a lot of word on what is going on. Yes, we hear about the occasional investment the Alliance makes through Alliance 2022, a $1 billion fundraising campaign started to help develop new startups and entrepreneurs in technology for self-driving robotaxis, car sharing networks, new EV batteries, and new forms of EV charging. Aside from that, there hasn’t been much talk about plans for 2022, two years away. When we take a look at the past few years, progress has slowly been building, and after a meeting between the top leaders of each automaker, the three agreed to share new medium-term business plans around May 2020.
This is great news! Assuming the six-year plan started in 2018 (although it’s more like five years if it ends in 2022), the Alliance is at the halfway point and thus has new plans to put into play at the halfway point. Nissan Motor Co., Renault SA, and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) have all agreed to share their respective new medium-term business plans following an agreement at a meeting held between the top leaders of the three-way automotive alliance at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. Nissan President Makoto Uchida had this to say –
“Under the plans, one with the greatest competitiveness will lead the other two in each category, such as compact cars and electric vehicles.”
Simply put, the Alliance is turning into a triangle of sorts. One automaker with success and already proving to be a competitive name in the industry will share technology and success with the other two so that they may also be successful while still remaining competitive internally as well as externally. This is abundantly clear with Mitsubishi Motors, initially slated to be in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development. We could say the automaker is already well on its way with concepts like the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, or the Mi-TECH concept at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, a plug-in hybrid electric engine that replaces the need for an internal combustion engine with a lightweight, compact gas turbine engine-generator powerful enough to drive a small SUV, and able to be powered by various fuel sources, including diesel, kerosene, and alcohol.
When it came to electric vehicle technology, Mitsubishi Motors had okay success with the i-MieV, but the Nissan Leaf has been a success story for all-electric vehicles and Nissan. As luck would have it, Nissan also recently announced the development of a new cross-brand EV platform that will not only be available to all three automakers for future all-electric and battery-electric vehicles, but will also be flexible. This means that the new platform can be utilized by either automaker, and changed based on the size, style, and purpose of its intended use, and most likely different powertrains as well.
Could we see an electric Mitsubishi Mirage? The next-gen Mitsubishi Mirage is supposed to be based on the Nissan Juke, and if electric vehicles and compact cars are on the docket for mid-term business plans, is it really such a farfetched idea? We don’t think so. Tell us your thoughts. Join the discussion about the promising new business plans on Miami Lakes Mitsubishi social media.
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With consumer and automotive technology on the up swing, automakers are starting to get more involved in the digital age to connect with their consumer base. In 2016, when the Kia Niro was still on the production line, Kia advertised their hybrid crossover with a Facebook Messenger bot, the Niro Bot, to answer questions about the vehicle. In early 2018, soon after the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL debuted, Jeep also released their “New Jeep Adventure App”, a virtual reality app that allowed consumers to configure, take pictures of, and virtually sit inside their own Jeep Wrangler JL. Now, Mitsubishi Motors is doing something similar to continue to raise sales for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV by implementing augmented reality in dealerships, starting with Canada.
Canada is part of the North American market, although they may get various versions due to different federal regulations and what not. Why Mitsubishi is taking this technology to our neighbors of the north first is anyone’s guess, but it’s still a neat feature that can travel down to us in the next year or so. The augmented reality Mitsubishi dealerships will be using is actually an app developed for Mitsubishi North York, Ont.-based St. Joseph Communications.
The app is used to help sales people explain to customers the technology of the 2018 Outlander plug-in hybrid electric utility vehicle. All a salesperson needs to do is point the tablet towards a part of the plug-in that’s visible, say, the front tire. Once the app registers and locks into place, the app then allows the viewer to do a virtual walk around to see the vehicle from different positions via hyper-accurate tracking and registration coding techniques with tracking markers.
When consumers think about hybrid cars, plug-ins, or electric vehicles, there are usually a lot of misconceptions or worries that creep up. Some think hybrid vehicles are all about the added fuel economy, and yes, some vehicles don’t change much, like the Kia Optima Hybrid, but that vehicle is a winner in all of its incarnations. When it comes to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, that’s when people really start to get the heebie jeebies. “What if I run out of electricity, am I stranded?” Well, probably yeah, if it’s an all-electric vehicle – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of electric vehicle charging stations around the Miami, Florida area. In terms of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), it’s just like a regular car with an extra power source – gas up or charge up, the choice is yours.
But is that all? The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV says otherwise.
Yes, the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has a nice setup with a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors for a great combination of gasoline and electric power. And yes, drivers can drive 22 miles with zero tailpipe emissions for chunk change, or 310 miles with a full tank of gas and a fully charged 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery. That’s the usual changes in a plug-in hybrid, but the Mitsubishi Outlander has many unique features, and it’s not all about fuel economy or savings – not that anyone would mind.
Although some may find it surprising, Mitsubishi Motors has been receiving a lot of praise recently from select publications and organizations. Most recently, Mitsubishi received some good words from the Automotive Science Group (ASG). Having recently concluded several assessments pertaining to vehicles that excel in three key areas in the automotive industry: environmental, social, and economic performance, we can already guess what some of the good news entails. With the auto market starting to shift towards an industry dominated by SUVs and crossovers, alternative fuel is also making a place for itself. Thus, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Mirage both received awards for their current standing in the automotive world.
What Is the Automotive Science Group and Why Should I Care?
Established in 2007, the the Automotive Science Group was created to support Eco-innovations’ mission of addressing environmental challenges with market-based solutions that prompt informed consumer action. By informing consumer choice by enhancing product and technology comparison capabilities to better serve the environment, consumers can make informed decisions that are not only in their best economic interest, but also in the best interest of our environment.
With the conclusion of their recent Automotive Performance Index study, the ASG assessed 823 model year 2018 crossovers, SUVs, and minivans in North America, eight of which are made with plug-in hybrid or electric capabilities. The SUV segment was comprised of 372 models (including trim variants). Alternative fuel vehicles were of course considered out of the 823 models for their overall environmental impact as well as consumer benefits.
When looking for a vehicle that has a competitive fuel economy in the auto market, consumers have been turning towards crossovers for their balance of fuel efficiency with their ability to carry a lot of cargo and offer various seating arrangements. With the growing popularity of alternative fuel vehicles, like hybrids, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and electric vehicles (EVs), there are even greater options for consumers. Here are just a few of the many options one can find at Miami Lakes Automall.
Everyone was pretty ecstatic when the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was added to the North American lineup. Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine and a rechargeable 12 kWh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes the Outlander PHEV so special is that the battery powers two electric motors that generate two different levels of torque for the front and rear wheels, 101 lb-ft of torque in the front and 143 lb-ft of torque in the back. Able to be charged in as little as 25 minutes with a CHAdeMO DC fast charger, (available at many electric charging stations in Miami), in 3.5 hours with a Level 2 240V electric port, or between 8-13 hours with a 120V electrical outlet, most consumers will find keeping their vehicle charged up will greatly improve their savings.
According to FuelEconomy.org, the 2018 Outlander PHEV can help save $1500 over the course of five years in fuel savings. Keep in mind the federal tax credit of $5,386 – a deductible to be used for the same tax year the Outlander PHEV is purchased. When it comes to travelling, a fully charged battery can power the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for a driving range up to 22 miles on pure electricity. If driving all day, with a full charge and a fuel tank, drivers can travel up to 310 miles.
Starting MSRP is $34,595*.
The 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is definitely a vehicle that wows the crowd. All those consumers that have reserved a Tesla may want to rethink where their money is going. Not only is the Chevrolet Bolt EV already available, but drivers have said the Chevrolet Bolt EV can get as much as 250 miles on electricity alone, thanks to regenerative braking – the standard is 238 miles alone. Powered by a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric drive unit that can generate up to 200 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque.
Being an electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, applicable to the same tax year the vehicle is purchased. According to FuelEconomy.org, consumers can expect an annual cost of only $550 to keep the Bolt EV charged throughout the year, saving a total of $5,250 in fuel expenses over the course of five years. That’s enough to start a retirement fund!
Starting MSRP is $37,495*.
The Kia Niro is the very first of its kind – a hybrid crossover. This one is for those of you were were enticed by our opening paragraph. Being that a “hybrid” system is a combination of two different power sources working together, the main power source is an internal combustion engine, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine specifically built for hybrid vehicles. A supplemental power source is a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery that generates power into an electric motor. Together, the hybrid system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Each trim of the 2018 Kia Niro, four in total, has a combined fuel economy of 49-50 mpg. In total, this hybrid crossover has a range of 583 miles. According to FuelEconomy.org, the 2018 Kia Niro can help consumers save up to $3500 over the course of five years, only costing $900 a year to keep the hybrid filled up. The 2018 Kia Niro is also applicable for a federal tax credit of $4,543 the same year it is purchased.
Starting MSRP is $22,890*.
Another first of its kind, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first hybrid minivan. A system known as a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine powers the Pacifica Hybrid. Although called a hybrid, it is actually a plug-in hybrid, also known as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, able to be driven on only its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery or only on the 3.6L engine, or on both, its battery and 3.6-liter V6 internal combustion engine. When the Pacifica Hybrid is powered only by its battery, the hybrid minivan can travel up to 33 miles emissions free. On a full charge and tank, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a combined driving range of 566 miles.
According to FuelEconomy.org, consumers can expect to save $3000 over the course of five years when driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Although not usual, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica is actually applicable for the whole $7500 federal tax credit. That’s a huge deductible for the same tax year the hybrid minivan is purchased.
Starting MSRP is $39,995*
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Now that Mitsubishi Motors is moving forward with their partnership with the Nissan-Renault Alliance, much of their future lineup seems to be slated into alternative fuel and self-driving autonomous vehicles. With hybrid SUVs and possibly electric vehicles, one wonders what will come from the Japanese automaker next.
The Mitsubishi i-Miev is one of a kind for Mitsubishi Motors. Their first all-electric vehicle that was also the world’s first highway capable electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-Miev has been doing well overseas. It came to the North American branch for several years, but due to sales was discontinued in 2017.
Being an all-electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-Miev is powered by an electric motor and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The electric motor generates a max output of 49 kW and a max torque of 144 lb-ft of torque, and has a max speed of 80 mph. The Mitsubishi i-Miev also has a total driving range of about 100 miles. Able to be charged in four ways, the i-Miev is possibly the most convenient electric vehicle on the market. Using one of three electrical outlets, consumers can charge the i-Miev between 6 – 10 hours. Quick charging only takes 30 minutes.