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Mitsubishi's Reasons For Not Building a Sports Car Will Leave You Longing For the Days of the Eclipse and Evolution

Mitsubishi’s Reasons For Not Building a Sports Car Will Leave You Longing For the Days of the Eclipse and Evolution

It makes sense in some ways, but we still want to see those sports cars make a comeback

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.

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Mitsubishi Introduces Us To A Funny-Named Yet Smart Crossover At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi Introduces Us To A Funny-Named Yet Smart Crossover At The 2019 Geneva Motor Show

Don’t judge the Engelberg Tourer by its name

For some weird reason, Mitsubishi decided to name its latest plug-in crossover after a ski resort in Switzerland. Mooching off the Swiss, eh? I would have preferred naming it Roger, or Federer. Anyway, Mitsubishi unveiled the Engelberg Tourer at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It seems to have drawn a lot of inspiration from the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept that was revealed in 2016. Could it be the next Outlander?

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2019 Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

2019 Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer Concept

A new SUV concept from Mitsubishi further strengthens the company’s electrification efforts

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.

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The Redesigned 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is Here to Cosplay As The Eclipse Cross

The Redesigned 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is Here to Cosplay As The Eclipse Cross

With Four Redesigns, Is The Outlander Sport The Most Redesigned Mass-produced Crossover?

Don’t get confused by the ASX nameplate on this newly released 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossover. The ASX is a name stashed on the back of the European Outlander Sport, and as the new one will be released at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, it is only logical. What seems less logical is yet another facelift for the Outlander Sport. The car has been around since February 2010, and for the past nine years, it received exactly three facelifts (this being fourth). This means that the third generation of the Outlander Sport has exactly five different looks. While previous redesigns haven’t been, what one would call...ahem... exhaustive, the new redesign is. The new 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport received a full visual makeover with the styling cues reminiscent of all new Mitsubishi cars. So, it looks a lot like the Eclipse Cross then.

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Mitsubishi to Showcase New Outlander PHEV in Geneva with Better Tech, Revised Looks

Mitsubishi to Showcase New Outlander PHEV in Geneva with Better Tech, Revised Looks

Best-selling PHEV SUV gets a good amount of updates

The revised 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to make its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, and It’s about time. The SUV has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle since 2015, an achievement it earned after selling more than 100,000 units in the continent in the last three years. Globally, over 140,000 units of the Outlander PHEV have been sold since the model arrived back in 2013.

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2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Powertrain updates make this crossover more palatable

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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2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi kills off the EVO program and the Lancer just to build another SUV that bears the Eclipse name... sigh

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.

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2016 Mitsubishi ASX Geoseek Concept

2016 Mitsubishi ASX Geoseek Concept

Mitsubishi aims for outdoor enthusiasts with a concept based on the ASX crossover

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mitsubishi ASX Geoseek Concept.

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2016 Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek Concept

2016 Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek Concept

A slick paintjob & roof rack define this 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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mitsubishi L200 Geoseek Concept.

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2015 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II

2015 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 215 Mitsubishi XR PHEV II Concept.

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Mitsubishi Teases New Concept for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Mitsubishi Teases New Concept for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Over the last two years, Mitsubishi has revealed as many concept vehicles (a hatchback, three crossovers and a pickup truck) as it has production models in its U.S. lineup, and it looks like we’ll be seeing two more concepts over the next two months. Less than a month after Mitsubishi brings back a “legend” at the Chicago Auto Show, the Japanese automaker will show off another new vehicle in Geneva. However, judging by the pair of shadowy images, this new concept will obviously be an evolution of the 2013 XR-PHEV Concept crossover.

Mitsubishi is keeping most aspects of this Geneva-bound vehicle under wraps with the exception being that this concept is a “declaration of intent” for Mitsubishi’s “next-generation 2WD plug-in hybrid electric (“PHEV”) technology.” One crucial key about this announcement might be the fact that its naming remains a mystery, which could indicate that Mitsubishi is ready to give this vehicle a real name. It is widely expected that the XR-PHEV is a preview for the Outlander Sport.

The importance here, of course, is that this concept also spawned the 2014 Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution Vision Gran Turismo, which may have been a glimpse at what Mitsubishi has planned as a successor for the dearly departing Lancer Evolution.

As a refresher, that wide-bodied concept was designed for the video game world, but it could have production implications as Mitsubishi was keen to point out that it was conceived in the same process and through the same design and engineering teams that the automaker would normally use to develop a real motorsports vehicle.

Fortunately, we don’t have to wait much longer to see Mitsubishi’s future as the vehicle will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show press days, which run from March 3 through 4, 2015.

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2013 Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept

2013 Mitsubishi GR-HEV Concept

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.

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2013 Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept

2013 Mitsubishi CA-MiEV Concept

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.

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