2021 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has long been one of the most underrated compact crossovers in the market. It’s not going to win any "best-of" awards anytime soon, but the crossover can hold its own, as long as people notice it. Perhaps the arrival of the new Eclipse Cross will help the crossover earn more credibility than it has received.
This latest batch of spy photos of the model heavily wrapped in camouflage gives us an idea of what to expect visually from the Eclipse Cross. But that’s the extent of it, at least for now. More details should arrive as we get closer to the updated Eclipse Cross’ launch sometime at the end of the year. The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be badged as a 2021 model.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sedan Might Rise From the Dead, But How?
Fall of 2017 was a sad time for fans of Mitsubishi, the Lancer, and the Evolution name as a whole. That season marked the end of an icon in the rally world– the last thing we had to hold onto after Mitsubishi gave up its quest to dominate Rally. SUVs, poor planning, and a dated lineup took a hard toll on the company, and certain cars just couldn’t make the cut. Things got worse when Mitsubishi told us that the Evolution name would return, but it would probably be plastered to an SUV or crossover and not a proper rally sedan as we had all hoped. All of that could change, though, as a new report from Autocar points to the possibility that a new Mitsubishi Lancer – an 11th-generation model, to be precise – is in the works. How this is going to happen, and what makes it possible, however, is something none of us expected.
Mitsubishi’s Reasons For Not Building a Sports Car Will Leave You Longing For the Days of the Eclipse and Evolution
Mitsubishi’s sports car heritage is as rich as it is illustrious. But look at the automaker’s catalog of models these days, and guess how many sports cars you’ll see? Zero. None. Squat. Gone are the days when Mitsubishi could point to performance mavens like the Eclipse, Galant VR4, and the iconic Evolution and proudly call them one of its own. These days, Mitsubishi’s sole focus is on crossovers and SUVs, and that’s going to remain its focus in the foreseeable future. If that doesn’t answer the persistent questions on whether Mitsubishi is looking into a new sports car model, then this short three-word comment should do the trick: it’s not happening.
Mitsubish May Finally Update the Shogun, aka Pajero After 20 Years of the Same
A wise man once said that SUVs don’t need upgrades and facelifts regularly as these beasts age gracefully. I think that man worked at Mitsubishi because, at a time when companies update their monsters every 3-4 years, the Japanese automaker is continuing with same old design on their Shogun that, essentially, dates back to last century. However, Mitsubishi has announced that the SUV could finally get a makeover.
The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton Teaser Shows Off an Outlander-Inspired Face
Mitsubishi has been a silent spectator all this while. It’s almost like the Japanese automaker is happy in its own shell, least bothered about what’s going on around it. However, it decided to make a little sound now. Mitsubishi has released the first teaser image of the facelifted Triton, while at the same time commemorating its 40th anniversary in truck manufacturing.
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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What Will Happen to Mitsubishi Now That the Man Behind VW and Alfa Romeo Design Is On the Team?
Mitsubishi has been struggling as of late, first killing off the beloved Evo, then replacing it with a line of less-than exciting models that left us with a very profound sense of “meh.” However, recent reports indicate a substantial increase in sales over the first half of 2018, and now the company is taking on a new executive design director. Does this herald the dawn of a new day at the beleaguered automaker?
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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?
The Lancer Evo Could Come Back... As a Freaking SUV...
So, here I am reading through automotive headlines for the day, ready to see what this week will bring, and what do I see? “A New Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Could Happen…” After making the most lady-like squeal to come out of a man’s mouth, I clicked on the link with more enthusiasm than Donald Trump has for complaining on Twitter. But, I was let down, because we’re not talking about the rally-bred, dirt-chewing Lancer EVO. No; Mitsubishi is probably going to ruin yet another name and make the next EVO a freaking SUV.
Well, that’s the word anyway, after Motoring had a little conversation with Mitsubishi Global Boss, Trevor Mann. Apparently, he has said that a new performance flagship is one of many considerations on the table, but that the performance concept won’t necessarily be based on a sedan… sigh. Given the nature of the automotive market and the fact that every automaker is too dumb to realize that SUVs will eventually fall off the radar once again, you know that means another SUV. We could have already seen a hint as to what the next “EVO” model will be thanks to the 2015 eX Concept.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo hit the Japanese market back in 1993, but didn’t make it to the U.S. until 2003. In its lifetime, it saw various updates to the drivetrain, chassis, and suspension across a total of 10 generations. Now we prepare to say goodbye to the EVO, but before we do, we’ve been blessed with the EVO X Final Edition.
Since 2011, the rumor mill has been saying that the EVO would eventually be discontinued, and it has finally been confirmed by Mitsubishi. Going forward, the EVO performance brand won’t be used on any saloon models.
Mitsubishi has yet to confirm what will come next from the EVO performance division, but it has said that it is interested in using electric and plug-in hybrid technologies for its future high-performance cars. Some sources have said that the EVO badge may first appear on a performance version of the Mitsubishi ASX that could debut next year, but only time will tell. Join us in remembering the Lancer EVO by reading a brief summary of its history after the jump.
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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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After countless concept cars and teasers, Mitsubishi finally unveiled the 2016 Outlander at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The facelift comes as a last hurrah for the third-generation Outlander, which is scheduled to be replaced by a completely redesigned vehicle in 2017. To keep it fresh in a segment attended by many manufacturers, the Japanese automaker refined the SUV’s exterior looks and upgraded the interior and the chassis. Unfortunately for those of you hoping to get a more powerful Outlander, Mitsubishi decided not to meddle with the two engines offered in last year’s model.
Mitsubishi introduced the Outlander in 2001 as a midsize crossover based on the ASX concept. Initially known as the Mitsubishi Airtrek on the Japanese market, the first-gen Outlander was powered by a range of 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engines mated to four- and five-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The vehicle was launched in the U.S. in 2003 as a replacement for the Montero Sport. The second-gen Outlander arrived in 2005. The redesigned shell came with new engines, new gearboxes and new safety features. For the first time, the crossover gained a 3.0-liter V-6 and a six-speed, twin-clutch transmission. A 2009 facelift added the Lancer’s front end to the Outlander. The second-gen model was replaced altogether for the 2013 model year, when major visual and drivetrain updates were operated. More importantly, the Outlander became available as a plug-in hybrid under the P-HEV moniker.
Updated 06/02/2015: Mitsubishi announced prices for the all-new 2016 Outlander which is now available at dealers. Prices will start from $22,995 - which represents a drop of $200 over the previous year.
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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.
It may not seem like much, but this camo-clad SUV is one of the most important cars for Mitsubishi’s continued success. What we are looking at here is the facelifted Outlander. The Outlander and Outlander Sport are the two most successful models for the brand here in the United States. These crossovers are the only reasons the company’s doors have remained open.
When the model arrives next year, we should see a new bumper, a revised grille and different headlamps to create a whole new nose for the family hauler. The rear end will also be slightly revised, but the profile of the new Outlander will remain identical to today’s model, with the exception of wheel designs.
Sadly, there is no word on the potential of upgraded or improved drivetrains, but it would be nice to see Mitsubishi squeeze just a few more horsepower, or a few more MPGs from the 2015 Outlander’s drivetrain. This model is just a mild refresh that will act as a sales stopgap until the next-generation model arrives in either 2017 or 2018.
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Mitsubishi has languished in the face of stiff competition from automakers that have aggressively updated models, chased new markets and expanded into new technologies. Now Auto Express is reporting that Mitsubishi is busy laying the groundwork for a reinvention of its current model lineup with the adoption of its PHEV technology across the range.
Mitsubishi plans to introduce plug-in hybrid technology to nearly every model it sells in the future. Mitsubishi has been pushing towards PHEV technology in recent years, but it’s still big news to see any automaker move to PHEV for its entire range.
With the rise of ecological responsibility coupled to high fuel prices, Mitsubishi is hoping that PHEV technology is its proverbial ace-in-the-hole. Mitsubishi UK Managing Director Lance Bradley told Auto Express that the company is planning to “trickle [PHEV tech] into other models, with every new model that is launched in the next five years and beyond having either electric or hybrid technology.” By 2020, the company looks dedicate 20 percent of its overall production to hybrid or electric models. Bradley also revealed that Mitsubishi is going to expand its lineup and enter new segments.
These sound like ambitious plans for a company that seems to have been allergic to revenue and sales success. It now seems that Mitsubishi is finally turning the corner with its feet planted to the ground, ready and willing to catch up to the competition.
Note: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S pictured here.
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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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Things are looking rather grim for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, as the automaker says 2015 will be the Evo’s last year in production. Though it is sad to see it go, Mitsubishi is giving the cult-classic rally car a proper send-off, though, with extra horsepower and other performance goodies bundled in a ‘Super Action Model.’
A report from Automotive News says the Evo MR trim will bite the dust in December, followed by the GSR further into 2015. Mitsubishi will also stop carrying the Recaro racing seats, but there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. It’s said that between 2,000 and 2,500 Evos are scheduled for production for the 2015 model year.
Things aren’t all bad new for Evo fans. Mitsubishi is adding a few features to the car for its last year, including a new Premium Package that comes with HID headlights, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, the FAST-key entry system, heated leather seats, sunroof, a new gloss-black front console box, and extra sound deadening. The MR Model is getting that same sound system and keyless entry package, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic windshield wipers, automatic headlights, the gloss-black center console, and a few exterior color-keyed pieces. All Evos get revised side mirrors with integrated turn signals.
The Lancer Evolution’s death makes way for a redesigned Lancer sedan for the 2016 model year. It is possible the rally-ready Evolution trim could make a comeback, but Mitsu is remaining mum on the topic.
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The demise of the Mitsubishi EVO as we currently know it could have been the death knell that pushed Mitsubishi over the edge. But the company is determined not to let the circumstance of the EVO’s fate dictate its own. That’s probably why a lot of people are getting excited with recent reports that a resurrected — and hybrid — 3000GT could replace the current EVO.
According to Auto Express, a hybrid 2+2 coupe that will take its cues from the 3000GT could be in the cards for Mitsubishi. This future model, should it get green lit by Mitsubishi execs, could potential use a modified version of the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid technology that’s currently being used by the Outlander PHEV.
Adding further credence to this rumor are talks that the next hybrid will be offered as a hybrid, something Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, alluded to when he told Auto Express that while no specific plans have been laid about the next EVO, there’s "interest and willingness within [Mitsubishi] to produce one", albeit one that will carry a hybrid powertrain.
"There is demand for a car which performs well and makes problem feel good for themselves in terms of its efficiency," Bradley added. "If we can do an SUV which emits just 44g/km of CO2 then we can do the same with a performance car.”
That’s likely where talks of bringing back the 3000GT, which we haven’t seen since 1999, comes into the picture. Back in its heyday, the 3000GT was Mitsbushi’s resident 2+2 sports car that matched wits with the likes of the Mazda RX-7and the Nissan 300ZX.
Times are changing with more and more companies turning their attention to hybrid technology for their sports cars. The way things are shaping up over at Mitsubishi, it does look like the company is the next to follow in that direction.
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Mitsubishi’s product offensive and commitment to the American market took a very public step recently with comments from top company executives quoted in the Detroit Free Press indicating the 2015 Galant and a possible Montero Sport replacement are in the cards after years of being missing in action.
The latest hints from the secretive company presage what many experts predict to be a surprise reveal of the production-ready Galant sedan concept at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Show starting November 22nd of this year.
The new 2015 Galant is expected to soften some of the sharpest corners of the 2008 Mitsubishi Concept ZT pictured here, as well as insert the Outlander’s sophisticated gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrain choices to ready the car for sale.
Replacing the once-stylish U.S.-market Galant as well as the unloved Diamante that stopped production after the 2012 model year, the new sports sedan is charged with filling the void above the company’s brand-new 2014 Mirage and Outlander Sport. Prices start at a projected $26,000 up to $35,000 for the plug-in hybrid model, with the car’s arrival in U.S. showrooms in summer 2014 expected.
The dimensions of the next Galant are expected to match the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, as the car aims to be Mitsu’s key large sedan model across a variety of markets in Asia, Australia, EMEA and the Americas.
Click past the jump for the speculative preview of the 2015 Mitsubishi Galant, with high-res images of the Concept ZT whose styling forms the template for this hot upcoming model.
We’ve already heard that Mitsubishi is working on a new generation Lancer Evo, but it looks like its actual production may happen earlier than expected. Mitsubishi UK has announced that once the last 10 units left in stock are sold, the current Evo X will officially be discontinued because of the strength of the Japanese yen. According to Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi UK’s Managing Director, the price would have to double for the Evo X to continue being produced: "We used to sell the Evo for £30k; now we would have to charge £60k."
Instead, Mitsubishi UK will focus on the successor for the Evo X because of the Lancer Evo’s importance on the UK market. The problem with that is, while the standard Lancer is set to arrive in 2014, the Evo performance version is still not signed off for production.
Aside from confirming the discontinuation of the EVO X, Bradley also confirmed that the next Lancer Evo will drop the current high-revving turbo petrol engine in favor of a hybrid drivetrain combined with a diesel engine. The model will remain a four-door sedan and not turn into a hatchback as previously rumored.