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Mitsubishi Motors Expands Its Electric Lineup

As the automotive industry makes its shift towards alternative fuel vehicles like plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), many automakers are starting to make the shift towards green fuel. One automaker making recent strides in electric vehicles (EVs) is Mitsubishi Motors. Known for its fleet of SUVs primarily in the US, a pickup truck overseas, and its plug-in hybrid SUV, the Outlander PHEV, the automaker joined the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2017. Since then, the automaker has benefited from technology within, and two new green vehicles have already debuted overseas – a micro EV and a new plug-in hybrid SUV, AIRTEK.

The first new vehicle to debut from Mitsubishi was a joint-operation with Nissan. In 2020, Nissan announced a new EV platform that was flexible enough to work with a variety of vehicle types for each automaker in the Alliance – the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Since then, the Alliance held a digital conference to discuss future plans, starting with the release of vehicles by Mitsubishi Motors in one or more of its respective regions. The first may be its homeland of Japan.

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Revisiting the Possibilities of the Mitsubishi Triton

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Mitsubishi Motors sure made a comeback after joining up with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, now the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. The Alliance discussed their mid-term plans in early February 2020, with a lot of developments already taking place. Nissan recently revealed a cross-brand EV platform, currently in development is a Mitsubishi-branded version of the Renault Trafic van, and in charge of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) development, Mitsubishi has released two new hybrid concepts to the auto market. With the growing lineup, vehicles once overseas may finally come ashore. With that in mind, we’re taking a look back at one vehicle Mitsubishi Motors has been on the fence about bringing to the U.S. – the Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck.

Why wouldn’t Mitsubishi Motors bring their pickup truck to the North American shore is a wild guess. It’s the perfect time for off-road trucks, especially mid-size trucks, where the gap is large and the segment currently thin with competition. The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton got an upgrade for its fifth-generation and can tango with the big boys. According to Mitsubishi Motors North America CEO Fred Diaz, every meeting ends with a question about the introduction of a truck to the lineup, so the desire is there.

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Mitsubishi July Sales Remind Us Hatchbacks Are Alive

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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.

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The Future is all About e-Evolution for Mitsubishi

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Mitsubishi brought their A-game to the 2018 LA Auto Show as they debuted an impressive technical prototype – the e-Evolution Concept. Incorporating the strengths of an SUV, electric vehicle (EV), and new systems designed for a connected mobility experience will not only be part of this concept, but also a part of Mitsubishi’s future. CEO and President Fred Diaz said: “The e-Evolution is far more than just an auto show concept vehicle. It is the embodiment of what Mitsubishi Motors will become, what we will stand for, and the type of vehicles we will bring to our customers in the very near future.” Let’s dive a little deeper and check out what the e-Evolution means for Mitsubishi Motors’ plans of the not-too-distant future.

Performance

Two high-torque, high-performance electric motors power the e-Evolution Concept and are fed by a high-capacity battery system for a smooth and powerful performance. A low center of gravity is important to achieve driving stability, so the drive battery system is located under the floor in the middle of the vehicle. Active Yaw Control (AYC) is an automotive feature developed on Mitsubishi Motors’ World Rally Championship and Paris-Dakar race cars that’s also found on the e-Evolution. AYC uses an active differential to control the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels for the optimum grip on the road. Since AYC is electronically controlled, it provides crisp and responsive handling that’s faithful to the driver’s intent.

Artificial Intelligence

An Artificial Intelligence (AI) system is the brain of the e-Evolution Concept, proving that Mitsubishi really is looking to the future with this design. The AI system is equipped with numerous sensors that instantly detect changes in road and traffic conditions, as well as the driver’s intent. Driver intent and vehicle performance are then merged seamlessly for an inclusive system that’s capable of supporting drivers of all abilities, even offering a special coaching function that, after an initial assessment of the driver’s skills, unobtrusively offers ways to enhance them. Even those with limited driving abilities will feel like a pro thanks to this highly responsive AI system.

Additional functions of the AI system include functions that can be controlled via voice activation like the headlights, wiper blades, and even having the ability to warn the driver of various malfunctions. A large flat screen that displays outside conditions, navigation, and coaching information span the full width of the dashboard. Two smaller screens flank the larger one showing images from the front and rear cameras, while a 360-degree view for occupants is achieved by an expansive glass section. The e-Evolution Concept is part of Mitsubishi’s latest Drive Your Ambition strategy that will see the automaker move towards SUVs with electric mobility and connectivity.

Sure, the e-Evolution is just a concept car for now, but if you want to get a taste of Mitsubishi’s penchant for innovation then look no further than the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Available for the first time ever in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV is a roomy and attainable plug-in hybrid SUV for those looking to go green in style. Come by Miami Lakes AutoMall today and test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. To learn more about the Outlander PHEV and its driving modes check out our video below:

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Mitsubishi Outlander – Then and Now

When Mitsubishi entered the US SUV market in 2003 with the Outlander, they couldn’t have possibly predicted the boom in sales the market would experience in the next decade. The Outlander, introduced to replace the outgoing Montero, aimed to provide more luxury and comfort than off-roading capabilities – a trade-off for the brand. The introductory model came equipped with Mitsubishi’s classic 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and plenty of customizable options. Continuing the Mitsubishi tradition of improvement, in 2004 they upgraded the Outlander’s original engine to boost its horsepower up to 160 horsepower, and in 2005, an extensive addition of safety features. Features such as an optional manual transmission, newly advanced airbags, enhanced disc brakes, and anti-lock braking system were standard on the Outlander by 2006.

The Mitsubishi spirit of constant improvement remained strong, and by 2007 the Outlander experienced its first redesign – only four years after its introduction. This redesign included a 220 horsepower V6 engine – making power a priority for Mitsubishi – and increasing the size of the SUV that allowed for the addition of third-row seating. By 2010 another major redesign arrived, and the Outlander now had new front and rear fascias, a new grille, a redesigned hood, an improved LCD display and GPS system.

Mitsubishi secured their status as a pioneer in green tech when in 2013 they introduced the Outlander PHEV- the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. The Outlander PHEV allows drivers three driving modes – battery save mode, battery charge mode, and ECO mode. What is referred to as battery save mode is the driver-activated mode that is intended to conserve the energy within the battery pack once it drops below 90 percent – this is the hybrid mode. The battery charge mode will charge the battery by generating electricity (whether the vehicle is in motion or at a standstill) – and feeding said electricity back into the battery pack. In about 40 minutes consumers can enjoy 80% charge. Lastly, the ECO mode can be activated with just the touch of a button to reduce both fuel and electricity usage. The Outlander PHEV has a combined range of 310 miles, 22 of which are in all-electric mode – free of emissions!

The last time the Outlander experienced any significant changes was in 2012. Now in its third generation, the Outlander is more market-competitive with improved fuel economy – a not-so-small feat accomplished by reducing the overall weight from its predecessor by 200 pounds. Additionally, the interior received upgrades as well, including redesigned seats, sound insulation to lessen noise disturbance, and soft-touch material inserts for the armrests. Safety features available on the Outlander are up-to-date with a blind spot warning system, forward collision mitigation, a multi-view camera, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, and lane departure warning.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Outlander? Come visit us at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi and test drive the new 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander or the Outlander PHEV – your choice!

If you’re one step ahead and already own a Mitsubishi vehicle, our service department is open seven days a week for your convenience. Schedule a service appointment today, regardless of where you bought your vehicle!

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How the Mitsubishi Outlander Might Surprise You

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Mitsubishi Motors has had its ups and downs and recently they partnered up with Nissan. However, the two companies have clearly stated they’re still in competition with one another, so it’s clear that Mitsubishi is going to stay strong.  Currently, Mitsubishi is celebrating their 100-year anniversary and their strongest vehicle is the official face of Mitsubishi – the Mitsubishi Outlander.

Yep, it’s been 100 years. The first Mitsubishi Model-A was put into mass-production in Japan in 1917. When the company launched the Outlander in 2001, Mitsubishi didn’t just want the Outlander to blend in with their other models, so they made it the face of Mitsubishi  Motors. If you go to mitsubishicars.com, the first slide you’ll see is the announcement of their anniversary with the Model-A and the Outlander side-by-side. Not only that, but with the recent shut down of the Lancer, Mitsubishi has decided to focus on its SUVs and crossovers, like the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander and 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

So aside from being the new face of Mitsubishi, what are some other things the Outlander has going for it? How about its ability to live up to its name “Sports Utility Vehicle”? One would think it has a lot of cargo space, right?

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SUV Comparison: Mitsu Outlander + Kia Sorento

SUV Comparison: Mitsubishi Outlander GT + 2017 Kia Sorento SX LimitedIt isn’t very easy to stand out in the SUV market today with so many choices. To get the market’s attention, a car really needs to shine, not only with style but value too. That’s why we’re comparing the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and the 2017 Kia Sorento. Both SUVs are family-oriented cars and have a lot more to offer. They both can sit from 5-7 passengers at a time, are built strong, and affordable.

To make this a fair comparison, we’re taking a look at the best of the best for both models. That’s the GT S-AWC for the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, and the SX Limited V6 for the 2017 Kia Sorento.

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