Someone Finally Talked Some Sense Into Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross’ Designers
Meet the restyled 2020 Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi’s attempt to make amends for its confusingly-styled crossover that also wears a legendary moniker of a car that is no more.
The Japanese carmaker says it’s been tweaking a lot of stuff inside and out, so let’s see what does that mean exactly.
Doug DeMuro’s Latest Video Will Make You Miss the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
In a way, we can say that the memory of the Lancer Evo is still clean, because Mitsubishi didn’t use the name on a crossover…yet. But with the Eclipse Cross out and about, God knows what might be in store for the Lancer and the Evo nameplate.
Now, if we made you angry, we’re sorry. Here, there’s a 23-minute video of Doug DeMuro dissecting the Lance Evo. It should make you feel better.
2020 Mitsubishi ASX
The current-generation Mitsubishi ASX keeps on chugging along. First introduced in 2010, Mitsubishi’s never-say-die crossover is back for another go at a segment that, on the surface, has passed it by a long time ago. But give credit to Mitsubishi. As dated as the ASX is — it received a facelift in 2015 — Mitsubishi believes that it can still print money, and as long as that’s the case, who are we to argue? And so, the 2020 ASX has arrived with another extensive facelift that, at the very least, gives the crossover a fighting chance at staying relevant in a market that has become increasingly competitive in recent years. It’s not just about staying relevant, though. Mitsubishi needs the 2020 ASX to hold the fort until the automaker launches its wave of new models under the Nissan-Renault banner. Can the 10-year old ASX do it? It better.
Does the 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Look Any Better in Person?
When Mitsubishi announced that it will revive the Eclipse nameplate for a crossover a few years ago, many enthusiasts went berserk. Now that the Eclipse Cross has arrived, things have settled down. However, many still think that the compact SUV isn’t worthy of the "Eclipse" badge. But is the Eclipse Cross really that awful?
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Cross
As the SUV market is growing larger by the year, more and more automakers are giving up on SUVs to make crossovers. Ford has already announced plans to drop almost every nameplate that’s not a crossover in the U.S. soon, and Mitsubishi seems to follow the same path. Having turned the Eclipse sports car into a crossover, the Japanese firm wants to do the same with the Lancer.
In 2017, Mitsubishi launched the Eclipse Cross, a compact crossover that slots between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander. Previewed by the XR-PHEV concept, this new hauler borrowed its name from an iconic sports car that Mitsubishi built between 1989 and 2011 in Illinois. With the iconic Lancer discontinued in 2017 after no fewer than 44 years on the market, the Japanese carmaker is pondering a revival of the name for a new crossover.
Rumors of this radical change have been flying around for a few years now, and Mitsubishi confirmed earlier in 2018, through COO Trevor Mann, that the next-gen Lancer doesn’t have to be "a very conventional hatchback." "We’re thinking quite radically," he added, hinting that the Lancer name may join the Eclipse on the SUV market. It remains unknown when it will happen, but a new rendering Tigran Lalayan, a designed from Pininfarina, gives us a look at what the Lancer Cross might look like.
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Mitsubishi took quite a bit of heat for slapping the Eclipse name on a crossover but, apparently, that heat wasn’t enough as the brand is now looking at slapping the Lancer name – yes, the name that was affiliated with a sporty little sedan with rally DNA – on a damn crossover. The worst part is that the guys behind this abortion of failed thought process believe that a crossover-type vehicle will be able to compete with C-Segment hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Mitsubishi has been successful in improving sales thus far, but is slapping the Lancer name on a crossover that wants to be a hatchback taking things too far?
Mitsubishi Launches One Last Special Edition as the Lancer Heads to the Guillotine
Unfortunately, Mitsubishi quit caring about anything sporty long ago, with the Lancer going a decade without being updated and eventually cancelled. And, let’s not even mention the death of the EVO program a few years back, both of which practically handed business over to Subaru and left the Subaru WRX without a true competitor. Sure, the Lancer will get an extensive facelift and carry on in the Asian market, but it’s discontinued everywhere else with 2017 being the final sales year for what was once an iconic vehicle. Had Mitsubishi cared about the Lancer and gave it a proper update, maybe sales wouldn’t have sucked so bad. Now, just months before it’s discontinued forever here in the U.S., Mitsubishi is dropping one last limited edition in hopes of getting some money from the fanboys that remember what this car was once capable of.
This new “limited edition” model, will slot above the base ES model and includes the usual black accents that every automaker seems to do these days. In other words, you’ll get a gloss black finish on the 16-inch wheels, the roof, the upper grill garnish, fender garnish, and the door mirrors. There is a cool limited edition badge and a sunroof, so there’s that. Inside, it receives black fabric upholstery and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, brake lever, central armrest, door trim panels, and shift knob. There’s also aluminum pedals and gloss black finishing on some interior trim pieces. A black headliner and a 6.5-inch infotainment display round out the whole interior package. Pricing for the limited edition starts out at $19,795 and will be available through the end of this model year.
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.
Last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Auctioned For $76k
The very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution produced in North America was auctioned for $76,000, the Japanese automaker revealed today. The car in question is a Final Edition version, which was launched for the 2015 model year with unique badging, a limited color palette, and a numbered plaque for each of the 1,600 examples. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, both of which are part of Feeding America, a non-profit, hunger-relief and food-rescue organization.
This was the second Lancer Evolution Final Edition auction for charity, with the previous one being the first example of the 1,600-unit production. The No. 1 car was used to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was sold off for $46,200. Together, the two performance sedans have raised a total of $122,600 for charity.
Introduced in 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been discontinued in 2016 after 10 generations. The latest model featured a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The cars came equipped with all-wheel-drive, Bilstein and Eibach suspension components, and Brembo brakes.
Although there have been rumors of a successor in recent years, Mitsubishi said that the nameplate will not return anytime soon. However, the Japanese brand did say that it is exploring the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric motors. Most likely, Mitsubishi’s next performance sedan will be a hybrid.
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Mitsubishi Using Military Technology To Develop Self-Driving Cars
About two decades ago, most automakers were investing their money and energy into hybrid and all-electric technology. Now that nearly all important automakers offer at least one vehicle that can be labeled as green, autonomous driving has surfaced as the new trend and probably the next big thing in the automotive industry. Several companies have announced plans to develop self-driving cars, including General Motors, Nissan, Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and even Google. Now, Mitsubishi is now looking to join in on the (costly) fun.
And, needless to say, the Japanese brand is taking a slightly different route compared to it competitors.
According to Bloomberg, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, one of the core companies of Mitsubishi and a supplier of air-to-air missiles to Japan’s armed forces, is adapting technologies it developed for military use to help self-driving cars detect obstacles and avoid collisions.
Speaking at a Mitsubishi test course for autonomous vehicles in Ako city, Katsumi Adachi, the Senior Chief Engineer at Mitsubishi’s automotive equipment division, said that the company is working to adapt systems such as millimeter-wave radars, sonars, sensors, and cameras developed to guide missiles.
"All we have to do is to put together the components that we already have. None of our competitors have such a wide array of capabilities, said Adachi, adding that he is confident Mitsubishi will be able to offer a system superior to those developed by Continental, Denso Corp, and Hitach Automotive, which have a head start in the business.
Details as to what Mitsubishi is planning to bring to the market are scant, but Adachi said Mitsubishi’s system will arrive next year and will benefit from the company’s expertise in high-precision sensors and electric power steering technology.
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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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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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When the announcement was first made back in 2001 that the Lancer would be sold in North America, it was greeted with cheers from enthusiasts for upwards of 30 seconds before they learned that there were no immediate plans to bring over the EVO. We do have the EVO now, but the regular mainstream version of the Lancer never did catch on with enthusiasts. In fact it didn’t really catch on with anyone, and Honda has averaged about 10 Civics sold in North America for every Lancer sold here since it was first introduced in 2001 for the 2002 model year.
Mitsubishi has now brought out a facelifted version of the current generation to try to win back some customers and undo the sales side that the model has been in for about a decade at this point. The facelift has more riding on it that just sales though, Mitsubishi has been said to be debating whether or not to kill off the model altogether, and the success of the model over the next couple of years will no doubt determine its fate once and for all. These kinds of moves do sometimes work, but the Lancer has a long way to go to be a serious competitor in its segment.
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The fate of the current Mitsubishi Lancer has already been sealed, but Mitsubishi will soon find itself in the unenviable position of having no sedans and two slow-selling hatchbacks as the only non-crossover offerings in its lineup. With that bleak news, it sounds like Mitsubishi is still working on a replacement for its compact sedan, but such a model is still at least 18 months away from becoming a reality.
At the launch of the 2016 Outlander – a promising redesign of the mid-size crossover – WardsAuto caught up with Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, who said that the automaker is still looking at a Lancer successor, whether it comes from a partnership or in-house development. Originally, Mitsubishi had looked to team up with Renault to develop a new sedan, but after that deal fell through, it’s now being reported that Nissan could become a viable partner.
Although still actively looking for some sort of partnership, which would likely be the quickest and most cost-effective option, Swearingen stated that Mitsubishi is also working on an “internal design” for a new sedan. If this is the case, Swearingen said that if Mitsubishi has to develop its own car, the automaker would be “another year behind,” meaning that it would be three years away.
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We were all saddened by the death of the Lancer Evolution, but a new report claims that Lance Bradley, head of Mitsubishi U.K., said that the Evo nameplate may see use on a hot SUV in the near future.
According to the report from Auto Express, the head of Mitsubishi’s U.K. arm says that the company is doing quite well financially, and can now afford to take risks. One big risk on the table is using the next-generation ASX crossover as the basis for a new Evolution model.
The new ASX, which will draw its design inspiration from the XR PHEV Concept, is set to debut next year in its standard setup, but a two-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid model will also hit the market shortly after. From the latter is where Bradley feels the Evolution could be born, as the brand can use technology from the i-MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak racecar to make this timid SUV quite the performer.
In regards to taking a risk with an Evolution-badged SUV, Bradley said, “When you’re not making money, there are things you can’t do. When you are making money you can do things that are good for the brand, but won’t necessarily make that much money. We’re not at a point where it’ll definitely happen, but we’ve got a lot of senior management talking about it.”
Reading between the lines of that quote, I feel that we are at a pivotal point for the ASX Evolution. My fingers are crossed that senior management will see the value in keeping the Evo name alive and competing in the niche performance SUV segment.
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Rumors have long been swirling that the replacement for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be based on a compact crossover, but Mitsubishi president Tetsuro Aikawa gave a little more insight about this upcoming performance vehicle. While he didn’t reveal any actual details about the next-gen Evo, Aikawa confirmed that it would get some sort of electrification and stated that it would be the “king” of plug-in vehicles.
Like the Lancer-based Evo, the future high-performance Mitsubishi will retain an all-wheel-drive layout, and it will be both lighter and faster than the production vehicle off which it is based. All signs are pointing to the new Evo being based off the next-generation Mitsubishi ASX, which here in the U.S. is known as the Outlander Sport. As for a timeline, Aikawa said this new performance model will arrive in the “far in the future” in his interview with Autocar. Such a time descriptor can be highly subjective, but this report expects the next-gen ASX/Outlander Sport to debut in 2016.
When it does arrive, this new crossover should resemble the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept that has been touring the auto-show circuit over the last couple of years, and the new Evo model should get a more aggressive design, possibly inspired by the 2014 Evolution Vision Gran Turismo Concept.
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Take a look at the recent concept vehicle introductions revealed by Mitsubishi in the last few years, and it isn’t hard to see that the Japanese automaker has tunnel vision when it comes to crossovers and SUVs. This was confirmed by Mitsubishi Motors president and COO Tetsuro Aikawa when he told Australia’s CarAdvice that Mitsubishi will be focusing more on passenger- and profit-friendly SUVs and less on passenger cars, at least in the near future.
Since 2013, Mitsubishi has debuted the AR Concept, GR-HEV Concept, GC-PHEV Concept and the XR-PHEV (I and II) not to mention the third-generation Outlander and the 2016 Outlander facelift that will debut next week at the New York Auto Show. In this same time period, the Mitsubishi Galant was killed off, as was the recently departed Lancer Evolution, though not the Lancer, and the only major car news was the introduction of the disappointingly bad Mitsubishi Mirage.
The good news here is that Mitsubishi is still expected to eventually introduce a performance hybrid crossover carrying the “Evolution” torch, which could very well be based on the next-gen Outlander Sport – quite possibly previewed by the aforementioned XR-PHEV concepts. In the U.S., the Outlander Sport continues to be the brand’s top-selling model.
Despite not having any plans to update the 7-year-old Lancer, Aikawa said that Mitsubishi doesn’t have any plans to end production of the Lancer either.