While perusing the latest additions to the Mitsubishi Motors lineup, we noticed the automaker is sticking to large vehicles, but they’re completely avoiding the cousin of SUVs and crossovers – the minivan class segment. Isn’t it just as good as any other? The auto market is pressing for variety in SUVs and crossovers, but the likes of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Kia Sedona are all minivans that still crunch numbers throughout the year. We did a little digging, and it turns out Mitsubishi did have a pretty amazing minivan at one time – North America just never got a chance to drive it.
Back in 1992, Mitsubishi Motors had a minivan known as the Mitsubishi Expo LRV, and was known as the perfect wagon for families. Smaller than the Chrysler Pacifica, the minivan resembled early crossovers and was the perfect combination of passenger space (seven seating capacity), low power (113 horsepower engine), handling (four-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drivetrain), and convenience (portable compact disc player compatible cassette deck). For the 90’s, this was one sick minivan. Shame we never got it on American shores.
Mitsubishi may not have any interest in minivans, but they do tend to make crossovers that lean towards family and passenger vehicles. Just look at the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Being a crossover, the Eclipse Cross only sits up to five passengers, but is powered by a turbocharged 152hp 1.5-liter engine paired to an eight-speed continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport Mode, and has all trims but the base riding on Mitsubishi Motors’ Super-All Wheel Control drivetrain system. For convenience, all trims come with a 7-inch touchscreen with Digital HD Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, and steering wheel mounted controls as the standard. The only thing missing is a smartphone compatible system – standard on all trims past the base trim (ES). Sounds like a family passenger vehicle to us.
Thursday, June 21st, 2018
With the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV finally in North America for the 2018 model year, some consumers are a little skeptical about the new plug-in hybrid. After the discontinuation of the Mitsubishi i-Miev, an electric vehicle, in North America due to sales, some may think Mitsubishi Motors decided to keep their alternative fuel vehicles overseas. Maybe the auto market just wasn’t in a good place for electric vehicles to be favorable. Hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrids still have a way to go before they become a norm in the automarket, after all. So, there have been a lot of misconceptions about the Outlander PHEV, and we’re here to clear some of that up.
Some have said the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is essentially the ultimate tailgating or camping vehicle, and there’s a reason for that. Some people may be worried about the kind of power a plug-in hybrid can deliver. What they’re forgetting is the Outlander PHEV is also an SUV, meaning it was born to haul heavy cargo from the get-go. The standard 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, powered by a 2.4-liter MIVEC internal combustion engine, has a maximum towing capacity of 1500 pounds†. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine and two electric motors, has the same towing capacity. With the combination of electric power, hybrid gasoline/electric power, and four-wheel traction, the Outlander PHEV is a hardworking and practical utility vehicle that also operates with the high efficiency of part-time electric drive.
Okay, but what about camping? How will the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV turn that into a life of luxury? Well, with this plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi, consumers can forego the camper and take the Outlander PHEV to the nearest campsite. Standard household outlets installed in the back seat and the rear cargo area are helpful and unique features in the plug-in, and just like the 120-volt power outlets in one’s home, consumers can use these outlets to charge up standard appliances without a special power inverter. Seems plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have a little more to offer than we thought.
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
Now that the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has been added to the North American lineup and is already on its way to dealership showrooms, it’s time to talk a little more about what makes this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) so darn special! What makes it “unique” aside from the fact that it’s a plug-in hybrid? What makes it tick? Is there anything new? Well, let’s take a look at a couple of the features that make the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV “unique”.
Let’s get the most obvious bit out of the way. The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is powered by a plug-in hybrid setup. What this means is, like any other hybrid or PHEV model, the Outlander PHEV is powered by both, an internal combustion engine powered by gasoline and an electric motor powered by a battery. But unlike hybrid vehicles, PHEVs have a battery and electric motor that are powerful enough to run the vehicle itself without the internal combustion engine. The current setup in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is a 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 4-cylinder engine that can generate 117 horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque and two electric motors.
That would be the first unique difference about the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Most plug-in hybrids split the power between the internal combustion engine and one electric motor. The Outlander PHEV has two electric motors. Both can generate 60 kW of power; the front motor can generate 101 lb-ft of torque (represented as 137 Newton Meters (Nm) on the Mitsubishi website due to European metrics), and the rear motor can generate 143 lb-ft of torque (195 Nm). The battery that powers these motors is a 12.0 kWh lithium-ion battery – definitely larger than one would find in a normal hybrid vehicle.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage and 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 sound like two trims of the same model. In actuality, they’re two different, separate models. The two share many similarities, such as their powertrain, and both have some of the best fuel economy ratings in their vehicle class. However, the Mitsubishi Mirage is a hatchback/5-door sedan, whereas the Mitsubishi Mirage is a regular, standard sedan. Aside from that though, one can find many similarities between the two, and the real deciding factor may just come down to personal preference and cargo space.
When it comes to personalizing either the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage or Mitsubishi Mirage G4, most of it comes down to color choices for the exterior. Options like the wheel size or design are set, aside from the ability to upgrade from 14-inch steel wheels to 15-inch dark chrome alloy wheels on the 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage G4 ES, as well as opt-in for a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Each model only has one color scheme for the interior – black on black.
Between the two models, there are seven color choices for the Mirage 4 and eight color choices for the Mirage. The color choices for the Mirage 4 are as follows – Infrared Metallic, Mercury Gray Metallic, Mystic Black Metallic, Pearl White, Sapphire Blue Metallic, Starlight Silver Metallic, and Wine Red Metallic. The Mitsubishi Mirage has the same color choices, plus its iconic Sunrise Orange Metallic.