Mitsubishi is preparing to enter this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held from June 25 to June 30 with a specially prepared MiEV Evolution II all-electric prototype. Mitsubishi will have two entries in the competition and is hoping for an overall first place. Mitsubishi climbed the Pikes Peak last year for the first time when it managed to finish second in the Electric Division.
The prototype prepared for this year’s climb once again uses parts used in production vehicles combined with a high-capacity battery and high-output motors both specially designed by MMC’s suppliers.
When compared to the model raced last year, the new MiEV Evolution II receives a S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) integrated vehicle dynamics control system that helps increase handling and control.
The first MiEV Evolution II will be driven by two-time Dakar Rally overall champion Hiroshi Masuoka and the second one by Greg Tracy, six-time Pikes Peak motorcycle champion.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi i-MiEV Evolution competitors.
The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. And while its power may not impress, its mpg may start making hybrid cars start shaking in their low-rolling-resistance tires.
Let’s face it the Mirage isn’t the sexiest car to roll out of Mitsu’s factory; in fact, it’s just another econo-hatch that easily blends into the scenery as you head down the highway. Mitsubishi is hoping to change that with the new model and this time around, the Mirage will try to make its way back into the hearts of Americans for the first time since 2002.
The car has been redesigned with all new styling that Mitsu hopes will attract new buyers, which is something the floundering company needs to help keep it in the American market. Unfortunately, it is heading into a market – the sub-compact hatchback market – that is quickly becoming overfull.
Perhaps its practicality and relatively large amount of storage space will help push it over the other motorized roller-skates on the market.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage.
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is a sports car masquerading as a four-door sedan that was born out of the world of rally racing. The Evo still hangs onto its rally-racing roots while also being comfortable enough to use as a daily driver. The all-wheel drive GSR only gets better when the roads get slick as it is able to keep traction long after others would have spun out of control.
The 2013 model year will mark the end of an era for the Evolution, with it being the last in the line to use a traditional gas-powered turbocharged engine. That fairly thirsty little motor will be replaced by a hybrid or possibly all electric system.
The Evo is one of those dream cars that young men craved for years, thanks to its appearance in numerous car-racing games, but for a long time you couldn’t get one in the U.S. Fortunately, Mitsubishi eventually brought it into the U.S. and the dream car became a reality.
The GSR does lack some of the refinement of its more expensive rivals, but is still a great raw performance car.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR.
By and large, Mitsubishi isn’t the first automaker you think of when you’re thinking of a high-powered sports car. But they do have one model that’s almost always in the discussion: the Lancer Evolution.
Now on its 10th iteration - or "X," as the Japanese automaker prefers to call it - the Evo has always been one of the most popular models in Mitsubishi’s lineup, so much so that circuit racer, Ryan Gates, decided to build an ultra-limited edition model of the Evo X.
He calls it the 311RS and it has a load of aftermarket goodies in it, something Evo X fans will come to appreciate.
Gates only has 11 models of the 311RS at his disposal with one already headed to the White Bear Mitsubishi dealership in White Bear Lake, MN. Should you be interested in taking a good look at the car, you can also go to the 2013 Minneapolis Auto Show where the car will be prominently displayed.
Find out more about the Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X after the jump
Mitsubishi will preview its next-generation compact sedan with its new G4 Concept car that is set to be unveiled at the 34th Bangkok International Motor Show from March 25th through April 7th. First rumors suggest that the production version will be a Mirage-based sedan that will be sold globally.
The new G4 Concept will feature the company’s new high-clarity brilliant-cut diamond motif in the front-grille, headlamps and rear combination lamp designs. The concept will also be distinguished by a short nose, graceful and flowing side proportions and large door openings that facilitate entry in the interior where the rear passengers will enjoy generous legroom.
The concept uses an innovative body called RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution), which keeps the weight to a minimum with extensive use of high-tensile steel. Under the hood, the G4 features a 1.2-liter MIVEC engine mated to a CVT with sub-geartrain.
Full details on the G4 will be unveiled during the concept’s debut in Bangkok.
While the fate of the eleventh generation Mitsubishi Lancer is still uncertain, the current Evo X is still getting lots of attention from tuners. The latest upgrade kit has been announced by SchwabenFolia who did not only transform the look of the sedan, but also managed to obtain a power increase of 95 horsepower.
In order to obtain this result, the tuner has installed a new Turbo exhaust system from Invidia. It helps increasing the engine’s output level up from the standard 295 horsepower to 390 horsepower and a peak torque of 383 pound-feet.
For the painting process, the tuner started with a plain white car. For the front grille frames, the air intake of the bonnet and the sides of the rear spoiler the tuner used a very nice Toxic Orange Metallic. The rest of the car features a very cool Black Brushed Steel. The car sits on a set of 18-inch Yamato wheels also painted in orange.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsubishi will unveil a pretty impressive lineup of concept cars that previews the company’s future strategy market. One of them will be the GR-HEV - a concept car that applies the HEV technology for the first time to a one-tonne pickup truck.
This HEV technology combines a clean-diesel engine with electric motors in order to obtain a vehicle that is simple and more affordable than any other electric vehicle. The concept also uses Mitsubishi’s renowned full-time 4WD technology that includes the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system driveline. This system helps the concept deliver high traction and driving performance under all road conditions.
Mitsubishi revealed no details on the concept’s specifications just yet, but it did promise it will deliver an ambitious target of CO2 emissions below 149 g/km, far better than the segment average.
Full details will be unveiled during the concept’s official debut in Geneva.
Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has never been one to look for the spotlight. Even if they have concepts in these auto shows, they’re more than content to show their latest offerings without any hints of trying to upstage anybody else.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Mitsu will be bringing two concepts that will probably get little attention but are no less important, as it pertains to the future of their vehicular lineup. One of these concepts is called the CA-MiEV Concept.
Described as a next-generation EV that follows in the reins of the MiEV, the CA-MiEV will feature a slew of new technologies to go with what looks like an aggressively designed exterior that’s highlighted by a pretty striking set of LED headlights. We don’t know about you, but we’re very interested to see this concept with the lights on.
As far as the technologies are concerned, Mitsubishi is indicating that the CA-MiEV will carry a lot of them, including high-energy-density batteries and high-efficiency EV systems (motor, inverter, regenerative braking and wireless charging system) with both systems, enabling the concept to carry a cruising range of 300 km.
We’re looking forward to seeing what Mitsubishi has with the CA-MiEV. At the very least, this could be an interesting concept that brings attention back to the Japanese automaker.
Back in July, Mitsubishi announced the current generation Lancer Evolutionhas been dropped and the company will instead focus on its successor. However, this doesn’t mean tuners will also have to turn their attention from this impressive sports sedan. Today, Bulgarian tuner, Vilner, revealed the first sketches on a new Limited Edition Evo X.
The tuner revealed very little about its project, but the first images reveal that the Evo X will be heavily modified. You can very easily notice a wide-body kit with new front and rear spoilers, a very big rear diffuser, new side skirts, new headlamps and taillights – both likely receive the LED treatment.
There will also be a black roof and a redesigned hood with an aggressive-looking scoop and bigger air intakes for a better engine cooling. The car will sit on a new set of wheels in six-spoke design.
From what we can see, we should expect some pretty serious updates under the hood too. Stay tuned for full details!
The 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition distinguishes itself from the rest of the 2013 Outlander Sport lineup with an exterior package that includes blackout side mirrors, center bumper, wheel arch trim and roof rails. There is also a set of special argent Limited Edition alloy wheels. Inside the cabin, the only modifications include new two-tone Dove Grey and Black leather seating surfaces. Lots of "Limited Edition" badges remind us again that we are looking at a special edition.
Under the Limited Edition’s hood is the usual 2.0-liter in-line 4-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 148 horses and a 145 pound-feet of torque. However, for this special edition Mitsubishi installed a new engine balancer shaft that helps reduce the rolling resistance inside the engine, resulting in smoother and quicker acceleration.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition will be produced at the company’s assembly plant in Normal, Illinois.