2020 Mitsubishi Super Height K-Wagon Concept
The 2020 Mitsubishi Super Height K-Wagon is a concept car that the Japanese firm unveiled at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. The show car previews Mitsubishi’s next generation of Kei wagons, most likely a replacement for the eK model sold on the Japanese market. The 2020 Super Height K-Wagon is a typical Kei wagon, featuring a boxy, tall body and bold styling features typical to these Japan-specific vehicles.
2020 Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept
One could argue that Mitsubishi is King of ridiculous concepts with at least one showing up to every auto show, and the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show is no different as Mitsubishi has introduced the Mi-Tech Concept. This concept is a futuristic take on the Dune Buggy (will we even have these in the future?) with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s paired with, I kid you not, a gas turbine engine. Now we know what those weird fans that we saw in the teasers are for. It also represents a new take on Mitsubishi’s grille design and, while it does look ridiculous in some respects, it’s not all fantasy and dreams. Here’s what you need to know about the Mitsubishi Mi-Tech Concept.
2019 Mitsubishi Triton Absolute Concept
Introduced at the Bangkok Motor Show, the Mitsubishi Triton Absolute Concept truck is a proposed rugged and performance-orientated off-roader equipped with beefed-up fenders, 2-inches of extra ground clearance, and many off-road worthy additions. Although only a concept, the Triton Absolute gives us a glimpse into what may well become the competitor to the trucks like the Ford Ranger Raptor or the Toyota Hilux Rugged X. While the fate of its production rests in the hands of the interested public, the Triton (L200) Absolute may present the starting point for development of the sporty, hardened version of the next generation Triton. The name Absolute evokes clear notes of enthusiasm and playfulness that characterizes all modern off-road-centric trucks. Unfortunately, even if it reaches production, the Mitsubishi Triton Absolute will not be available in the U.S.
2019 Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept
Mitsubishi is presenting a new SUV concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Engelberg Tourer Concept, the all-electric prototype is the latest concept salvo from the Japanese automaker. It arrives almost two years after the automaker unveiled the Mitsubishi e-Evolution electric SUV at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. While it doesn’t directly point to a specific electric SUV model, the Engelberg Tourer Concept is a showcase model that highlights the advancements Mitsubishi has made in the field of electrification. As a fixture in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Mitsubishi is now in a solid position to advance its electrified plans for the future. It’s unclear if the Engelberg Tourer Concept is a part of these plans, but with the model debuting in Geneva, it’s safe to say that the concept will play a role in how the company’s electrification plans take shape.
2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Less than four months after the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV arrived on U.S. shores in December 2017, Mitsubishi is launching an updated version at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland this March. The updates focus on increased efficiency from this plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, but visual updates and interior improvements are also made.
Mitsubishi will announce the full details on March 6, but we already have a good understanding of the changes coming for 2019. The U.S. is expected to get this new model, too, though it might not happen until 2020.
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2017 Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept
The Tokyo Motor Show is nearly upon us, which means we’re preparing for a barrage of wild concepts and cool sci-fi weirdness. Mitsubishi is already getting on the action, unveiling its new e-Evolution a few weeks ahead of the big sheet pull. The design study is framed as a preview of forthcoming technology and exterior styling from the automaker, and includes a focus on all-electric propulsion mated with an AWD SUV body style. The e-Evolution also gets a few interesting driver assistance technologies, like an onboard AI that customizes various onboard systems to your preferences and will even coach you on how to be a better driver. The e-Evolution is just one of 12 vehicles Mitsubishi is bringing to the show, so we’ll have to see what else will make an appearance, but so far, the e-Evolution is one of the more ambitious concepts we’ve seen from Mitsu in a while.
Of course, we have to address the elephant in the room – the repurposed Evolution nameplate. Just last year, Mitsu killed off the Lancer Evo, the iconic rally-bred sedan that churned major terra in the WRC. Purists will undoubtedly balk at the thought of an all-electric, AI-infused SUV carrying the torch lit by that four-door monster, and rightfully so, but either way, it looks like change is inevitable here. Read on for the full details.
Updated 10/25/2017: The Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept just debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show! Check out all the pics and details below.
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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Some could view the Mitsubishi brand as a problem child, being stuck in a kerfuffle as it tries to shift its lineup to meet the overwhelming demand for crossovers and SUVs. It was initially planning to hit the 100,000 sales mark here in the U.S. for 2016, but the financial year – which ends in March of 2017 – will be the first time in eight years that the brand has posted a loss. That suspected loss, which could amount to as much as ¥205 billion (about $2 million) can be attributed to the brand getting caught in its own scandal. But, that’s not the only reason.
Over the years, it has let down fans that prefer sporty cars over SUVs, with the Eclipse being killed off after 2012 and the Lancer soldiering on virtually unchanged and underpowered for a decade, just to be killed off before the start of 2018. With its focus consistently on SUV’s, it should come as no surprise that the brand has just announced a new compact SUV that will slot between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. Called the Eclipse Cross, the new SUV is actually a step forward for Mitsubishi and brings about a decent amount of technology, a new drivetrain option, and unique styling inside and out.
The Eclipse Cross is to make its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, and while the name isn’t original – and maybe seen as stupid by those who remember the Eclipse coupe – the SUV itself is fresh and, at a glance, looks to be more advanced than anything else that Mitsubishi has on offer at the moment. But, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s dive on in a take a good look at Mitsubishi’s latest SUV.
Updated 02/28/2017: Mitsubishi dropped the official details on the new Eclipse Cross with just a week before its official debut in Geneva.
2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition
Mitsubishi is struggling to keep up with demands presented by the masses, effectively letting certain once-successful models like the Lancer go untouched for years only to be discontinued like the EVO program that once made Mitsubishi a favorite rally brand. Now, as the Lancer makes its way to the guillotine, the brand shifts its focus to crossovers and SUVs in an attempt to stay relevant in an ever-changing world. We know there’s a new crossover planned to debut in Geneva later this year (for the love of all that is holy, we really hope that don’t call that model “Eclipse”) but that leaves Mitsubishi with nothing special for its time at the Chicago Auto Show. Until now, that is, as the brand has just announced that it will debut a limited-edition variant of the Outlander Sport that is said to bring “striking style and technology enhancements at an affordable price.” In other words, it’ll get a new set of wheels and a few other minor things outside, to go with some unique interior work and smartphone integration.
"As the brand sales leader, Outlander Sport does an exemplary job of offering consumers unmatched value at an attractive price," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. "We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment."
The thing is, the current Outlander Sport (known as the RVR is some markets) has been around since 2010 and has only received a very mild facelift over the last seven years. It’s about time for Mitsubishi to push the Outlander through another generational shift, but it’s hoping this limited-edition model will maintain customer interest through the end of the year. Whether it will be successful in doing so is a completely different story, but let’s take a quick look at it to see what it offers.
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2016 Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept
Unlike other Japanese manufacturers that focus on expanding their lineups, Mitsubishi took the opposite route recently, shrinking its offerings to only a handful of models. With the Lancer set to bow at the end of the year, the Mitsubishi range will include only four nameplates in the U.S., plus three more in other markets around the world. Despite that, the brand’s current focus seems to be on concept cars, with a brand-new one brought into the spotlight at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
Called the GT-PHEV, where GT stands for "ground tourer," the new concept vehicle is described as a high-end next-generation SUV that easily takes many road surface conditions in its stride." This statement sounds as if Mitsubishi is planning to move toward the premium market with a new high-riding, people hauler, but until further information becomes available, the GT-PHEV is just another concept car in a long line of experimental vehicles that the Japanese brand has unveiled in recent years.
You see, Mitsubishi has launched more concepts than production cars since 2013. It all started with the XR-PHEV, which was followed by the more production-ready XR-PHEV II, the eX, and the GC-PHEV. The XR, GC, and GT are all hybrids, while the eX showcased an all-electric drivetrain. Looking at those concepts, Mitsubishi would have a comprehensive crossover lineup should all be approved for production, but that’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, the company has the GT-PHEV to brag about and that’s the model we will analyze below.
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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
At the 2015 Paris Auto Show, Mitsubishi had a funky looking concept known as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S. We knew the current Outlander was getting pretty outdated, and as it turned out, this concept actually previewed what the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would look like after the SUV went through a facelift. As expected, the 2016 Outlander is now on sale, sporting a similar design to what we saw on the PHEV Concept-S. Now, with the doors to the New York Auto Show wide open, we’ve gotten a look at the Outlander PHEV in production form for the U.S. market.
While the production form does look similar to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the PHEV actually took more cues from the front end of the concept than the regular Outlander. This means it will be easy to spot the PHEV in a crowd if you know what to look for. For now, some details about the Outlander PHEV are still top secret, but at least we have some official images and info to go on.
Don Swearingen, the Executive Vice President of MMNA, said, “What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality” He continued, “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon.”
According to Mitsubishi, the PHEV is already the top-selling PHEV in Europe and is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. It’s said to “deliver SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy.” The Outlander is scheduled to hit showrooms and go on sale here in the U.S. by fall of this year. Before that happens, let’s take a look at the information and pictures we already have.
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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4
Since 1978, Mitsubishi has put the Mirage name on a huge variety of cars, from coupes to hatchbacks, wagons to sedans. While the Mirage’s body style may have shifted depending on the model year and market, you can trace at least two common threads throughout the car’s history – small exterior dimensions, and an affordable price point. These days, stateside consumers know the Mirage as a subcompact five-door, while Mitsubishi’s corporate brass probably knows it better as the second biggest seller in the U.S. and an integral factor in keeping the brand afloat. To help bolster the Mirage’s success, Mitsubishi has announced a new sedan variant that promises the same value for money and interior tech as the hatch, plus a slightly revamped exterior appearance.
It’s called the G4, which stands for “global four-door.” Already on sale overseas, Mitsubishi hopes the G4 will attract customers looking for an affordable small car, but are left uninspired by the hatchback body style. In a press release, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Don Swearingen, called the dual Mirage offerings a “formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment.” Read on to learn if it’s a knockout, or just a glancing blow.
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2016 Mitsubishi ASX Geoseek Concept
If the Mitsubishi ASX looks somewhat familiar to you, it should, because here in the U.S. it is marketed as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. This year at the Geneva Auto Show, Mitsubishi decided to take the ASX and put together a concept with an emphasis on adventure and appeal to outdoor enthusiasts. I might be coming on a little strong about the emphasis here because, in all reality, this concept is more about some accenting paint on the outside and some minor interior modifications.
I’m not trying to bash on the concept, it is certainly interesting to look at, and some of the modifications could be offered on the ASX (or the Outlander Sport here in the U.S.) if there is enough public appeal given to the models. Mitsubishi didn’t hint at the possibility at all, but that’s normally the way things go with concepts like this.
So, let’s take a look at this unique concept and see what made it special enough that Mitsubishi wanted to bring it to the Geneva Auto Show.
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2016 Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek Concept
Mitsubishi’s Triton pickup has been around a while, with its last update in 2015. Now the automaker has brought some action to the workhorse pickup thanks to a concept called the Geoseek. Based on the L200 Triton truck, the Geoseek concept sports new looks thanks to a bespoke paint job, a roof rack, and a custom interior.
Mitsubishi didn’t have mush to say in its press release for the L200 Geoseek’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show launch, but there’s still plenty to look at. What the automaker did say was the Geoseek Concept is designed to express the outdoor adventurous side of the truck with tough-looking accessories geared towards outdoor enthusiasts.
Beyond the fancy paintwork and updated grille, the L200 is a standard production truck. The L200 has a total of three engine options, but Mitsubishi didn’t bother to specify which powers this model. Likewise, the truck can be had in either 2WD or 4WD, though we suspect this “adventurous” model is fitted with a transfer case.
It’s unclear if Mitsubishi will release a production version of this concept, making it an option package atop the standard L200. If it did, only the folks in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America would possibly have access to it.
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Mitsubishi mildly updated its Outlander Sport for the 2014 model year to better compete with other compact crossovers like the Jeep Patriot and Nissan Juke. That update brought about things like available LED running lights, LED brake lights, and even leather on the inside. The model didn’t change much for the 2015 model year, but another update has been announced for the 2016 model year.
This year, the front grille and fascia have been changed to provide a new look. There are now several new exterior colors available and new technology that brings the Outlander Sport more in line with its main competitors. The executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors said, "The Outlander Sport is a brand leader for Mitsubishi Motors, and we are excited to unveil this eye-catching 2016 model-year." He continued, "The Outlander Sport has always been a fun vehicle that delivers on its promise of reliability and value, and the 2016 model year continues to do so with a great new family look that unifies the Mitsubishi CUV lineup."
The 2016 Outlander Sport includes a new audio system, new high-quality interior fabrics, and a new interior color option. Furthermore, the Outlander Sport still starts out below 20 grand and includes a transferable limited warranty. That said, let’s take a look at what the 2016 model offers in more detail after the jump.
Updated 11/23/2015: We added a series of new images taken during the crossover’s official debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
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It wasn’t that long ago that the subcompact segment was something of a joke in North America. There wasn’t much interest in them and manufacturers put very little effort into generating interest in a segment with such slim profit margins. But, when gas prices shot up a few years ago, manufacturers realized that they needed to turn out some much better small cars or they would risk being left behind in what has now become a highly competitive segment. Mitsubishi could be said to have been left behind, and the Mirage is consistently the lowest-rated car in this segment by any number of automotive publications.
So Mitsubishi has given the Mirage a facelift, one that is undeniably an improvement. The facelift isn’t a complete redesign though, so a lot of the Mirage’s characteristics, both good and bad, have remained. But enough has changed that it’s worth taking another look at the car, and for some who were on the fence about buying one, this might be just the right amount of encouragement. Of course, those people will have to wait a little while, as the Mirage being shown at the L.A. Auto Show is a 2017 model, and therefore won’t be available for a little while.
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Mitsubishi isn’t doing all that great in the U.S., currently offering only five vehicles in its lineup. Though the Outlander is doing well, the Lancer is on its way out, and both the i-MiEV and the Mirage are far from being big sellers in their respective segments. Meanwhile, the Japanese keep building concept cars that promise to revive the Mitsubishi brand. One such concept is the eX, which is scheduled to make its public debut at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
Featuring a bold design and exterior dimensions that would place it in the same niche as the Nissan Juke, the eX boasts an all-electric drivetrain and semi-autonomous technology, both of which will supposedly find their way into future production cars. Its design language is also said to inspire upcoming models, but there’s no actual schedule as to when that may happen.
Mitsubishi will likely tell us more at the Tokyo Motor Show, but what we do know for a fact is that the eX is a significant improvement over any EV the brand has launched until now. Keep reading to find out why.
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The XR PHEV first hit the show circuit in 2013 as a not-production-ready concept, to gauge the public’s interest in a plug-in hybrid SUV. And now, with the 2015 Geneva Auto Show fast approaching, the Japanese automaker has revealed the first images and details on its newest plug-in hybrid SUV, the XR PHEV II. For now, the details remain limited, but the model will be unveiled on March 3, 2015, during the press days in Geneva.
So why is Mitsubishi pulling an Acura and releasing the same concept multiple times? Apparently it must have received mixed reviews on the initial concept, so it went back to the drawing board to create a more production-ready version with a toned-down look. Whether or not the PHEV II will ever see a showroom is up for debate, but I have a feeling it eventually will.
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Remember the Return of a Legend announcement Mitsubishi made back in January? Well it turns out the skeptics were right and the “legendary” SUV in question was nothing more than the Concept GC-PHEV up for another showing. Sporting the same exterior looks and interior features, the return proved to be just the plug-in hybrid’s official U.S. debut.
Mitsubishi says the Concept Grand Cruiser Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle previews the automaker’s future design language that’s due out for the 2016 model year. Surprisingly Mitsu says all of its models will be refreshed with the new looks for 2016. We’ll be getting our first official look at the production-ready design language at the New York Auto Show in April, as Mitsu says the new 2016 Outlander will break cover there.
Though we are bummed the Montero isn’t making a comeback, it is exiting that Mitsubishi will be revamping its entire lineup within a year’s time.
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