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Honey, I Shrunk The Crossover: Next Mitsubishi Outlander Sport To Shrink 14
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Outlander, Reports on 12 14th, 2017


Mitsubishi recently became the latest member of the Renault–Nissan Alliance and that means big changes are on the horizon.

Mitsubishi Motors North American product manager, Melvyn Bautista, confirmed as much as he told Wards Auto “The next-generation Outlander will be kind of the first ideas of implementing and using common platforms and sharing technologies.” While the model is still a couple of years away, changes could be coming even sooner as Bautista says Nissan and Mitsubishi are discussing adding common components to updated models instead of waiting for a full redesign.

The discussions are apparently at an early stage but Bautista said “We’re still trying to see … what we can fit in and how can we do it and does it make sense?” This suggests the first changes could be relatively minor as future Mitsubishi models may begin to adopt components and technologies which can be easily transferred to existing vehicles.

Besides talking about the Renault–Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Bautista revealed the next-generation Outlander Sport will shrink in size to help distance itself from the new Eclipse Cross. It’s too early to talk specifics but Bautista said the model would likely be about the same size as the Nissan Kicks. While that seems to suggest the next-generation model could be based on the same platform that underpins the Kicks, that’s not official at this point.

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2001 Lancer Evo VII Will Leave You Wondering What The Heck Happened To Mitsubishi 2
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Lancer, Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, Mitsubishi Videos, video on 12 2nd, 2017


If Mitsubishi really wanted to, it could probably build a new Lancer Evolution to destroy every other generation to come before it. Unfortunately, no such model appears close to reality.

As a result, the world is left to enjoy the Evo that was. And when it comes to Evo models in the United States, few are held in as high regard as the VII. After all, the Evo VII was never sold Stateside, but Matt Farah recently had the opportunity to sample a right-hand drive one driven down from Canada.

This particular Evo VII looks like quite a pristine example with 130,000 miles on the clock and a number of bolt-on modifications. The owner estimates that it has between 320-350 hp at the wheels, a very respectable figure when working in conjunction with an uprated chassis that includes new suspension components and Brembo brakes.

As anyone that’s driven an Evo will tell you, the sudden surge of power provided by the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder when given a few revs is nothing sort of extraordinary. This Canadian example seems exactly the same.

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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Lands In LA With A $23,295 Price Tag 29
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, LE, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, new cars, prices on 11 29th, 2017


Joining the likes of the Outlander Sport and Outlander in Mitsubishi’s CUV lineup for the U.S. market is the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross, with a starting MSRP of $23,295.

This price tag is married to the base spec ES version, which is joined in the lineup by the LE, SE and SEL. Standard features on the ES include heated power mirrors, a rear spoiler, color display, Bluetooth, rear view camera, cruise control and climate control.

Moving up the range will take you to the Limited Edition (LE) trim, featuring 18″ alloys and unique black color exterior accents. This trim level also has a 7″ display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, the SE trim includes BSW, RCTA, LCA, heated front seats, fast-key passive entry with push button start, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 18″ two-tone alloys and silver, chrome and gloss black exterior accents.

As for the top of the line SEL trim, it boasts additional features such as leather seats, LED headlights, a Head-Up display and a Multi-View camera system. Buyers can also spec the SEL version with Mitsubishi’s Touring Package, which then adds the dual-pane power sliding panoramic sunroof, a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, more safety tech (FCM, LDW, ACC, AHB), plus a heated steering wheel and rear seats.

Scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in March 2018 and currently showcased at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the Eclipse Cross is also debuting Mitsubishi’s CONNECT vehicle service program (standard on SE trim levels and above), featuring the Safeguard services package and the Remote services package.

The former brings Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Information Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Alarm Notification and Mileage Tracker, while the latter offers Remote Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn, Remote Lights, Car Finder, Vehicle Settings, and Parental Controls (Geo Fence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert).



2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Lands In LA With A $23,295 Price Tag 29
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, LE, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, new cars, prices on 11 29th, 2017


Joining the likes of the Outlander Sport and Outlander in Mitsubishi’s CUV lineup for the U.S. market is the all-new 2018 Eclipse Cross, with a starting MSRP of $23,295.

This price tag is married to the base spec ES version, which is joined in the lineup by the LE, SE and SEL. Standard features on the ES include heated power mirrors, a rear spoiler, color display, Bluetooth, rear view camera, cruise control and climate control.

Moving up the range will take you to the Limited Edition (LE) trim, featuring 18″ alloys and unique black color exterior accents. This trim level also has a 7″ display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Meanwhile, the SE trim includes BSW, RCTA, LCA, heated front seats, fast-key passive entry with push button start, electronic parking brake with auto hold, 18″ two-tone alloys and silver, chrome and gloss black exterior accents.

As for the top of the line SEL trim, it boasts additional features such as leather seats, LED headlights, a Head-Up display and a Multi-View camera system. Buyers can also spec the SEL version with Mitsubishi’s Touring Package, which then adds the dual-pane power sliding panoramic sunroof, a 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate premium audio system, more safety tech (FCM, LDW, ACC, AHB), plus a heated steering wheel and rear seats.

Scheduled to arrive in U.S. dealerships in March 2018 and currently showcased at the 2017 LA Auto Show, the Eclipse Cross is also debuting Mitsubishi’s CONNECT vehicle service program (standard on SE trim levels and above), featuring the Safeguard services package and the Remote services package.

The former brings Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Information Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Alarm Notification and Mileage Tracker, while the latter offers Remote Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn, Remote Lights, Car Finder, Vehicle Settings, and Parental Controls (Geo Fence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert).



2018 Eclipse Cross Debuts Mitsubishi’s New CONNECT Services 29
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in LA Auto Show, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Reports, Tech on 11 29th, 2017


Mitsubishi’s new connected vehicle services program, labelled the Mitsubishi CONNECT, will make its global debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show with two features, namely Safeguard and Remote Services, in the 2018 Eclipse Cross compact SUV.

According to the Japanese automaker, both services can be accessed either inside the vehicle through the mobile app, or via the owners’ portal.

“In an increasingly more connected world, we needed to make a shift to ensure Mitsubishi vehicles continue to deliver what our customers want and need,” MMNA VP, Don Swearingen, said.“MITSUBISHI CONNECT will offer connected services by applying the information network to provide a truly personalized and enriched driving experience.”

With the Safeguard Servicespack, Mitsubishi Connect users will get Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Information Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Alarm Notification and Mileage Tracker.

Meanwhile, the Remote Services pack comes with Remote Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Remote Horn, Remote Lights, Car Finder, Vehicle Settings, and Parental Controls (Geo Fence, Speed Alert and Curfew Alert).

These services will be available in the U.S. as subscriptions starting at $99/year, following a two-year complimentary trial period.

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New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Coming To U.S. Through The LA Show 15
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in LA Auto Show, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, new cars, Reports on 11 15th, 2017


Mitsubishi is going to challenge the Nissan Rogue Sport/Qashqai, and other compact SUVs, with the new coupe-like Eclipse Cross in North America as well.

Announced for the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, which starts on November 29 for the international press days, the crossover will celebrate its American premiere, after being presented in Europe earlier this year.

With a name that reminds enthusiasts of the unrelated coupe model discontinued in 2012, the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is the brand’s first SUV since the Nissan takeover, and it slots between the ASX/Outlander Sport and Outlander.

This alone is enough to hint at its starting price, which will likely stand at $21,000-$22,000 on our shores, where the 2018 Outlander Sport can be had from $20,295, and the 2018 Outlander adds a $3,500 premium.

Mitsubishi still has to detail each trim level for the North American Eclipse Cross, but in the United Kingdom, the SUV is offered in four grades. Powering it is a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit, rated at 163hp and 184lb-ft (250Nm) of torque, and a 2.2-liter turbodiesel, which will be kept away from North America.

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Mitsubishi’s CEO Is Open To A New Sedan And Truck For The U.S. 13
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Mitsubishi, Reports, USA on 11 13th, 2017


Mitsubishi’s lineup in the United States is limited to the Mirage, Outlander, and Outlander Sport. Help is coming in the form of the Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV but sedans have largely been neglected.

In a recent interview with Automotive News, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko suggested that could change in the future as he still sees room for a sedan. However, the executive noted the company’s strength comes from “SUVs and 4x4s” so that’s where they are going to spend their resources.

Despite admitting a sedan isn’t a huge priority, Masuko said becoming part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance has changed things and opened up new possibilities. The companies will begin using common platforms and powertrains after 2020 and the executive said “In that situation, I think there will be opportunities to introduce a Mitsubishi sedan in the U.S.”

Masuko said there are no concrete plans for a sedan at the moment but he hinted any such vehicle “wouldn’t be just a rebadge” as it would have a unique design and characteristics associated with Mitsubishi.

Given the popularity of pickups in the United States, Masuko was naturally asked about the possibility of offering one stateside. He said the company is focused on building smaller trucks for Asian and Middle Eastern countries but he would consider opportunities from within the Alliance. That could mean the company might eventually offer a version of the Nissan Frontier or Titan.

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New Mitsubishi Shogun Sport Arriving In UK In 2018 12
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi L200, Mitsubishi Pajero, new cars, UK on 11 12th, 2017


Mitsubishi will launch the new Shogun Sport -also known as Pajero Sport– in the UK in spring 2018.

The new seven-seat model, which is already on sale in Asian markets, is based on the same underpinnings with the L200/Triton pickup truck and will be exclusively offered with the 180hp 2.4-liter diesel engine paired to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission and the firm’s Super Select 4WD II system.

Customers will be offered two well-equipped trim levels to choose from, with both featuring leather upholstery, keyless entry with push-button start, LED daytime running lights, Hill Descent Control, Trailer Start Assist, a choice of driving modes depending on the terrain you’re driving and smartphone integration.

The range-topper will add things like heated front seats and additional safety features such as Forward Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Warning and Multi-around Monitor System.

As you might have guessed already by the underpinnings, the new Mitsubishi Shogun Sport will be a more capable off-roader than other similarly priced rivals in the UK market. Similarly-minded rivals include the Ford Everest and the soon-to-be-announced Nissan Navara-based SUV but none of them is available in Europe currently.

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If Mitsubishi Made A Mirage Out Of A Micra 11
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Mirage, Renderings on 11 11th, 2017


After joining the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Mitsubishi is looking to renew its lineup, and besides a new generation Outlander, they’re also interested in a more modern supermini.

Source claim that this job has fallen onto the Mirage, which will be replaced by an entirely new generation within the next couple of years.

It has been reported that it will share the same architecture as the next Renault Clio and Nissan Micra, sporting a range of three- and four-cylinder engines, some of which will be familiar, as they will be divided between the Dacia and Smart brands as well.

This should help Mitsubishi’s next supermini become a more viable challenger to the likes of the Peugeot 208, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, and others.

And while we know what its foundation stone will be, not much has been reported about its design – yet. However, Photoshop artist Kleber Silva came up with a very cost- and time-effective idea, both for…himself and Mitsubishi: re-branding the current Nissan Micra into a Mirage with a face borrowed from the latest Outlander.

We’re hoping Mitsubishi will do more than that when time comes to present its Mirage replacement.

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Report Claims Tesla Model S Is Less Eco-Friendly Than The Mitsubishi Mirage 8
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 7-Series, Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Mirage, Reports, Tesla, Tesla Model S on 11 8th, 2017


The Tesla Model S is often heralded as the best electric vehicle on the market but a new report suggests it might not actually be that environmentally friendly.

As Auto Express reports, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology compared the lifecycle CO2 emissions of several different vehicles including a BMW 7-Series, a Mitsubishi Mirage, and a Tesla Model S. The results are a tad surprising as the report claims the Mirage is actually the most eco-friendly of the group as the car emits 192 grams of CO2 for every kilometer it is driven. The Model S wasn’t far behind at 226 g/km, while the 7-Series registered 385 g/km.

While you’re probably thinking how can an electric vehicle produce CO2 emissions, MIT Tranick Lab examined multiple factors including how much emissions were created in the vehicle’s production and how much emissions would be made when the vehicle was scrapped. They also examined how much CO2 would be produced as a result of powering the vehicle whether it used gasoline or electricity generated by power plants.

The researchers appeared to have made several assumptions but they stress they weren’t trying to shine a negative light on electric vehicles. As MIT’s Jessika Trancik explained, “Both hybrids and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars.”

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Mercedes CLS Confirmed For L.A. Debut, Will Be Joined By 4 New Porsches 7
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, LA Auto Show, LEXUS, mercedes, Mercedes CLS, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, nissan, porsche, Porsche Panamera, Saleen, TOYOTA on 11 7th, 2017


The Los Angeles Auto Show has confirmed several new vehicles will be shown at the event which kicks off on November 27th.

The show confirmed BMW will have two world premieres and they are likely the i8 Roadster and the X2 crossover. The organizers also confirmed we will see the new Mercedes CLS as well as the North American debuts of the Hyundai Kona and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

Porsche will be showcasing the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo as well as “three more sports cars.” There’s no word on specifics but likely candidates include the 718 GTS and 911 Speedster.

Toyota is planning to introduce a new vehicle as well as make an announcement regarding a “new hydrogen infrastructure project.” There’s no word on the latter but the mysterious Toyota will be joined by a new vehicle from Lexus.

Nissan will show its “newest entry” in the crossover segment as well as an assortment of Star Wars inspired vehicles to promote Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chevrolet, on the other hand, will have both global and North American debuts.

Last but not least, Saleen will unveil its latest vehicle which is being billed as a “result of lessons learned over 35 years of car tuning, manufacturing, and racing.”

Photo Credits: Manufacturers and CarPix for CarScoops

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New Mitsubishi Mirage Reportedly Getting Next-Gen Renault Clio Platform 6
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Mirage, Reports on 11 6th, 2017


Mitsubishi are looking to challenge the likes of the Opel Corsa and Ford Fiesta with their very own supermini, which will serve as a replacement for the current Mirage.

It remains unknown at this point whether it will keep its moniker, but it will be offered across the European market, based on the same mechanicals as the next generation Renault Clio and Nissan Micra, AutoExpress reports.

“Designing and building a bespoke platform is expensive, and the margins in the small car sector are smaller. So, are we looking to use Renault and Nissan platforms in that segment [B]? The answer is yes”, said the Japanese brand’s corporate vice president and product planning chief, Vincent Cobee, who joined Mitsubishi last year, when Nissan bought a controlling stake.

The new Mitsubishi Mirage is expected to use small three- and four-cylinder engines, some of which will be shared with the Dacia brand, as well as the Smart ForTwo and ForFour. Moreover, the subcompact car is also believed to gain a fully electric version in the future, as it plays an important role in helping the automaker achieve their emissions regulations.

Note: 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage pictured

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Mitsubishi’s ‘Ambition to Explore’ Strategy To Overhaul The Brand 25
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Mitsubishi, Reports, Tokyo Motor Show on 10 25th, 2017


Mitsubishi has elected the Tokyo Motor Show as the place to announce its new brand strategy, dubbed ‘Ambition to Explore’.
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Daimler Presents E-Fuso Vision One EV Truck With 350Km Range In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Daimler, Electric Vehicles, japan, Mitsubishi, Tokyo Motor Show, Trucks on 10 25th, 2017


Daimler is now looking to put some pressure on Volkswagen's Truck and Bus division by launching a brand new product brand called Mitsubishi Fuso Truck.
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Daimler Presents E-Fuso Vision One EV Truck With 350Km Range In Tokyo 25
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concepts, Daimler, Electric Vehicles, japan, Mitsubishi, Tokyo Motor Show, Trucks on 10 25th, 2017


Daimler is now looking to put some pressure on Volkswagen's Truck and Bus division by launching a brand new product brand called Mitsubishi Fuso Truck.
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