2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart - What Mitsubishi’s Sports Car Should Have Been
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most praised compact Japanese sports coupes. Sadly, the third generation of the car (2000-2005) was a letdown, compared to the success of the previous two. The fourth-generation was significantly better, but shared too many similarities with the previous model, like the lazy transversely-mounted V-6, which at least had power this time and the front-wheel-drive layout.
Although the 3.8-liter 24-valve SOHC V-6 had a decent output, everyone wanted it to be the sleeker two-door equivalent of the Lancer Evolution. This meant a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four and all-wheel-drive. Apparently, the specialists from Mitsubishi’s Ralliart department thought the same, which is why they got to work on making the Eclipse we all wanted. This resulted in the, introduced at the 2005 NAIAS, Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart Concept.
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.
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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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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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 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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The current Mitsubishi Outlander is on its last leg, which explains why Mitsubishi is giving it a fresh look before an entirely new model arrives in 2017. There’s still little information about this ‘new model’ but as it turns out, Mitsubishi is giving us a little preview at the Paris Motor Show with the debut of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S.
It’s unlikely that the successor will be called the Outlander because that would go against the premise of the new model taking the Outlander’s place in Mitsubishi’s lineup. Instead, Mitsubishi is promoting the Outlander PHEV Concept-S as a preview of the Outlander PHEV production model, complete with refined design aesthetics that combines the technology of the company’s twin-motor PHEV system with the spirit of a tried and true 4x4 SUV.
We’ll know more about the Outlander PHEV Concept-S at the Paris Motor Show in October. For now, indulge yourselves with these two teaser photos that Mitsubishi graciously sent to our inbox.
Updated 09/22/2014: Mitsubishi unveiled the first official details on the Outlander PHEV Concept-S - a concept model based on the Outlander PHEV 4WD SUV plug-in hybrid vehicle. Details after the jump.
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It wasn’t long ago that Mitsubishi was known for producing some of the most desirable performance vehicles in the U.S. Lately, however, Mitsubishi has let that performance mantle slip, mostly selling not-that-bad crossover SUVs and a less-than-inspiring economy car. There’s been the promise of a next generation Evo for a while, but at least for now, it would seem then that Mitsubishi has lost its way, and the prevailing opinion seems to be that it’s only a matter of time before they fade away into obscurity.
While the fate of Mitsubishi may be uncertain, gamers may be getting a peek into the future with the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo, a car available exclusively in Vision Gran Turismo. Instead of just being a visual exercise though, Mitsubishi claims that this car was developed for the game by their actual design teams just like they would design a real life vehicle.
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A few weeks ago, Mitsubishi announced it will come to the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show with three concept cars that preview the company’s future SUV lineup. The first of these three concepts is the Concept Cross Runner Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, or simply the XR-PHEV. It previews a new crossover with coupe-like styling cues that will be placed under the current Outlander and will be put into production in the coming years.
According to the first details on we have this concept, it looks like it will use a hybrid powertrain that combines a 1.1-liter, turbocharged MIVEC engine, which is a lightweight, compact and highly efficient engine with a high-capacity battery.
The concept will be equipped with the latest "e-Assist" active safety technologies and the advanced "connected car" technology that utilizes next-generation information systems that includes a danger detection system which activates the corresponding safety functions and a failure/malfunction early-detection system.
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This fall’s second Mitsubishi lifestyle concept car looks good enough to cause a double take. The 2014 Outlander H360 Winter Edition adds rich white paint and 20-inch wheels outside, plus a gorgeous quilted leather and suede cabin, to create a very cozy and fashionable way to hit the slopes.
In partnership with lifestyle brand H360 and professional snowboarder Bryan "Guch" Iguchi, Mitsubishi has transformed their popular seven-seat crossover into the ultimate winter shuttle. The styling outside is refined and classy, with those giant wheels really transforming the regular Outlander’s lines into something much sleeker and sportier than the standard model.
The beauty of these H360 makeovers is that they can inspire other Mitsubishi owners to personalize their own cars, and draw people into the brands by reinforcing their outdoor credentials.
Looking like a mix between a Range Rover Evoque and an Audi RS4 Avant, the Outlander H360 Winter Edition is powered by a smooth V-6 engine with S-AWC traction and a very quick sprint pace versus some four-cylinder crossover competitors.
More importantly, the H360 Winter Edition will look at home in Beaver Creek Ski Resort’s valet parking line. A host of interior and exterior additions make up this concept car, which will do the rounds at major auto shows this year.
These H360 concepts are just design exercises, and are not for sale themselves. Even so, they show the scope of accessories and versatility of one of the only value-priced crossovers to offer a third row of seats.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander H360 Winter Edition, with high-res images of this beauty’s quilted leather interior and trunk-mounted coffee maker.
Mitsubishi just revealed a pair of fitness and adventure-themed concepts, based on the best-selling Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Summer Edition is a thorough personalization effort, on par with the high-dollar luxury car makeovers from Kahn Design.
The custom Outlander Sport shows off: unique burnt orange metallic paintwork and 20-inch Vossen wheels, with matching satin graphite accents all around and sticky track tires. The wheel size jumps a full 2 inches over the 18-inch rims that are otherwise standard on all the Outlander Sport trims, which start from just $19,170 in manual front-drive configuration.
This H360 Summer Edition is based on the higher-range model, with a SportTronic paddle shift automatic and Mitsubishi’s AWC four-wheel-drive system. Thule roof bars and matching Trek bikes are only a preview of the inside of this fitness machine.
Created with the help of celebrity fitness coach Jay Cardiello, the Outlander Sport Summer Edition is packing some bold color accents and numerous fitness and outdoor adventure gear. Hard-wired chargers are awesome details for the built-in GoPro and iPad mini in the grey suede headlining.
Click past the jump to get a closer look at those semi-slick Nitto 420S tires of the 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport H360 Summer Edition.