The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Isn’t Being Revived Because The Company Is Broke
The automotive industry is fast-paced and not everyone manages to adapt. Mitsubishi is a perfect example as the once glorious carmaker has gradually been reduced to making cheap and boring vehicles. Mitsubishi is not in a good place financially and axing their pride and joy – the Lancer Evolution – speaks louder than any words about Mitsubishi’s declining situation. Given the recent developments, it seems Mitsubishi’s future will involve a bland vehicle lineup and the obligatory electrification, probably with help from Nissan.
1997 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution - An Unappreciated Dakar Raider
It’s no secret that Mitsubishi is a pale shadow of its former self. Having numerous successes in rallying, the brand has switched to making bland, cheaply-made crossovers and compact cars. Although Mitsubishi currently finds itself in a state of survival (they put the Eclipse name on a crossover), things were quite different in the 1990s. Not long ago, we talked about the 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse Ralliart, which was essentially the two-door “EVO” everyone wanted but never got. But long before it, there was this – the short-wheelbase-only Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution. And there’s a lot to say about it.
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.
A New Mitsubishi Lancer EVO Isn’t Happening, But In Another Dimension, This Is What It Looks Like
Looking at the recent industry trends, the Lancer nameplate has more chances of being brought back as a crossover/SUV than in a continuation of a legendary lineage of cars. For the time being, the Mitsubishi Lancer is not making a comeback in any form, but we’d love it if it looked like this.
2022 Mitsubishi Outlander
Mitsubishi revealed the 2022 Outlander which marks its fourth-generation in the U.S. It comes with a whole lot of changes on the outside and under the skin. The flagship vehicle rides on a new platform, is powered by a new engine, and is redesigned on the outside and inside. While there is only one engine and transmission option, you can have it with either a two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive layout. The 2022 Outlander will arrive at the dealerships in April 2021.
This Mitsubishi Galant Is The Epitome of Sleeper Cars
Owning a supercar is cool and all, but driving a really powerful sleeper can be just as satisfying if you’re not into wild looks. Take this Mitsubishi Galant for instance. It looks like a really mundane four-door sedan from the early 1990s, but it’s actually a full-blown supercar under the hood. With an output of around 800 horsepower, it can outgun any production sedan available right now. And their drivers won’t even know what hit them.
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.
Everything about the Tesla Model Y looks like the car of the future. From its pod shape, to its silent but explosive acceleration, to its all-encompassing infotainment screen with no physical buttons, the electric-car maker’s new entry-level crossover is more about sensibly reducing gasoline usage. It gives you a peek into the decades to come, and it gives you a rollicking good time while you do it. It’s not just an electric car, but a special vehicle that triggers a powerful emotional response. This is one way to electrify an SUV.
Then there’s Mitsubishi’s way: the 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport PHEV. All-electric cars eventually run out of charge, even long-range models like Teslas. So Mitsubishi made a plug-in hybrid whose gasoline engine can help out when you use up the battery or need more power. To keep costs down, the battery isn’t huge and the motors aren’t wildly powerful. And Mitsubishi already makes many gas-powered crossovers, so rather than wasting resources to develop a new one, it retrofitted electric components into its flagship model, the compact Outlander.
The result is a left-brain approach to the segment — the Outlander PHEV makes perfect sense, but it’s an improved present rather than the future. At best, you’ll feel something between mildly impressed and grudgingly accepting. It’s hard to imagine falling in love.
This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter
The jury’s still out on the future of the Nissan GT-R but that’s not of utter importance right now. We’re here to talk about a nameplate and a digital successor to that nameplate that haven’t been yet twisted to denote a crossover or an SUV. That’s right, we’re talking about the Mitsubishi 3000GT and an artist’s vision of a would-be 4000GT.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
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.
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.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Mitsubishi published that weird teaser of a new EV SUV concept for the 2019 Tokyo Motor show. You know, the teaser with four weird fans (we assume) on the rear? Now, Mitsubishi has released another teaser that was pretty dark, but we managed to light it up with a little bit of photoshop work. What we’ve found, however, leaves us wondering just what point Mitsubishi is trying to make here – this thing is clearly not set for production, and we’re not sure if it serves a real purpose at all outside of just being weird. Here’s a closer look at the brightened photo….
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).