Mitsubishi has brought its e-Evolution concept to the U.S. for the first time at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show after its last showing at the 2018 Geneva motor show. It’s a study for a sporty, all-electric performance crossover with an iconic name, but one that we don’t see reaching production any time soon, at least in a form as extreme as this.
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?
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.
2019 Mitsubishi Triton L200
It is quite a shame that we won’t get a new one-ton truck - the 2019 Mitsubishi L200, otherwise known as the Triton. The new Mitsubishi L200 truck enters a competitive segment with the Nissan Navara, the Ford Ranger, the Toyota Hilux, and the Volkswagen Amarok. Yet, this isn’t an all-new truck. Revealed all the way back in 2014, the Mitsubishi L200 received quite a substantial redesign (a facelift if you will) for the new model year. Mitsubishi is keen to introduce it to 150 markets worldwide and aims to sell 180,000 units per year. Obviously, it is a strategic product, meaning that Mitsubishi went out of their way to make it good. Sustainable growth is one of the main aims for the company that recently almost bankrupted, and this is, along with the Eclipse crossover, a key product for it.
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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Rendering Shows Off the Rebooted Mitsubishi Lancer as a Rally-Bred Crossover Coupe
Back in 2015, Mitsubishi brought the axe down on one its most beloved high-performance models - the Lancer Evolution, a turbo superstar from the rough-and-tumble world of rally racing. While certainly enough to cause more than a few tears among enthusiasts, the Lancer name will continue on, and word has it Mitsu is turning it into a crossover - much like it did with the Eclipse. Salt in the wound? Maybe. But fear not, because there’s still a possible silver lining to all of this, and it’s once again inspired by the world of rally racing.
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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?
2018 Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian SVP II
Introduced all the way back in 1978, the Mitsubishi L200 is now in its fifth-generation, having been redesigned most recently in 2015. Although anonymous in the U.S. beyond the Ram models based on it back in the 1980s, the L200 is a popular truck in emerging markets from Asia and posts good sales in some European markets too. The current L200 is also the basis of the Fiat Fullback, Italy’s first big truck in years. The L200’s increasing success in Europe prompted Mitsubishi to create a limited-edition version through its Special Vehicle Project (SVP) division.
Based on the Barbarian Double Cab trim and dubbed SVP II, this limited-edition truck builds on the success of the first SVP version, launched in 2017. Much like its predecessor, it gains extra standard features in the tech department, but it also stands out from the crowd thanks to special color schemes with striking accents. The bad news, beyond the fact that the L200 is not available in the United States, is that the SVP II can’t be purchased outside the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, let’s find out more about this truck.
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Don’t Look Now, But Mitsubishi’s Got Its Own Personalization Division
Ferrari, McLaren, Lamborghini, and Mitsubishi. These automakers and a whole bunch of others have something in common that extend beyond building products with four wheels on them. These companies have their own personalization departments. In the case of Mitsubishi, its back-room variety division is called the Special Vehicle Projects (SVP). It’s responsible for a number of custom Mitsubishis, including its newest creation, the Barbarian SVP II. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know Mitsubishi had a personalization division. Most of us were none the wiser.
Mitsubishi to Showcase New Outlander PHEV in Geneva with Better Tech, Revised Looks
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.
What is the Cheapest Mitsubishi?
The cheapest Mitsubishi is the Mirage ES, the hatchback version of the Mirage G4 subcompact sedan. The Mirage ES costs only $13,795 before you add taxes (when you do the price will jump to somewhere around $14,700). The ES is a whole $1,000 cheaper than the G4 and this makes it one of the most affordable new cars you can buy in the United States in 2019. Other cars that are cheaper are the Chevrolet Spark LS with a sticker price of $13,220 before taxes ($14,095 with taxes) and the $12,460 Nissan Versa S Sedan ($13,255 with taxes). As you’d expect, the only thing going for the Mirage is its low price tag but, in fairness, it also gets good mileage compared to its subcompact rivals.
What is the Sportiest Mitsubishi?
The sportiest Mitsubishi is, actually, the Outlander Sport, a subcompact SUV that, in its most expensive trim level, comes with the 2.4-liter, DOHC, 16-valve four-pot MIVEC engine that cranks out 168 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 167 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. While 168 ponies may seem like a slap in the face of any enthusiast given that even the most basic Lancer Evolution X put out 276 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque, Mitsubishi is now focusing on building vehicles with mass appeal and has no interest to start building fast sedans or coupés any time soon. Remember, the Eclipse badge is now slapped to a crossover too.
What is the Most Popular Mitsubishi?
The most popular Mitsubishi Stateside is the Mirage. At the beginning of August 2019, Mitsubishi published new figures that revealed its status as the fastest-growing Asian brand in the U.S. for the second year in a row, selling over 8,000 cars in July alone. Out of these, 3,256 were Mirages (both the G4 sedan and the ES hatchback), pushing the total Mirage sales figure for 2019 all the way to 16,157, which already surpasses the 15,559-unit total of 2018. The Outlander, however, remains the best-selling Mitsubishi model in the U.S. having been sold in 27,245 units as of July 2019, beating the Outlander Sport by almost 6,000 units.
The Outlander is also popular in Europe. For instance, in Britain, the best-selling hybrid vehicle is the Outlander PHEV with 32,048 units sold in 2017 alone, over 11,000 units more than the all-electric Nissan Leaf, for instance.
What is the Most Expensive Mitsubishi?
The most expensive Mitsubishi is the $35,795 Outlander PHEV. As the only plug-in hybrid available from Mitsubishi, it’s over $10,000 more expensive than the standard gas-powered Outlander that starts from $24,695 - over $3,000 more than the Eclipse Cross, the third most expensive Mitsubishi. Having said all that, you could save up to $5,836 when buying an Outlander PHEV with the federal and state-offered refunds that apply to EVs and PHEVs. In its most expensive trim level, GT S-AWC, the Outlander PHEV comes with an MSRP of $41,495.
What is the Fastest Mitsubishi?
The fastest Mitsubishi is the Outlander Sport 2.4 GT that can go from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds (as measured by Edmunds, Mitsubishi’s official number is 7.9 seconds). However, the Outlander Sport doesn’t feel in any way fast due to the lackluster CVT transmission. Its top speed is also unimpressive, Mitsubishi saying it’s just 123 mph (197 km/h).
Are Mitsubishi Cars Reliable?
Mitsubishi models have been known, historically, for being reliable, albeit rather costly to maintain. Nowadays, Mitsubishi offers one of the best warranty packages in the U.S. with 100,000 miles or 10 years of limited drivetrain warranty - Toyota or Chevy only offer limited warranty for five years or 60,000 miles. Having said that, in 2017, Mitsubishi came seventh from the bottom, with 182 problems per 100 vehicles in the J.D. Power Dependability survey (the average stands at 150 problems per 100 vehicles, so Mitsubishi is above average).