The Mitsubishi Vision Ralliart Concept Is Not The Evo Revival We Hoped For
Prepare to be disappointed yet again with Mitsubishi’s latest concept car which will make its public debut at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon. Just a few weeks after teasing its upcoming high-performance future Ralliart vehicle, the Japanese automaker has pulled the wraps off yet another future crossover SUV concept.
11 Cool Cars You Will Be Able To Import To The US, In 2022
Those looking to import a car into the US are probably familiar with the 25-year rule, according to which, a car that wasn’t originally sold on the US market needs to be 25 years or older, in order for it to be legally imported and driven. To be more precise, the VIN number of the vehicles needs to be 25 years old, so if a car was produced in September 1997, you will need to wait until September 2022, in order to legally import it. With this in mind, here are 10 awesome cars that will be eligible for import, in 2022.
Mitsubishi Ralliart’s Comeback Is All Show And No Go
As part of their updated "Small but Beautiful" midterm plan, Mitsubishi Motors is doing a lot of things to bring back the brand’s "Mitsubishi Motors-ness". The revival of Ralliart is one of them, but oh boy you’ll be disappointed on how this famed motorsport sub-brand made its comeback.
The Airtrek Is The Mitsubishi’s First-Ever EV With Up To 323 Miles Of Range
The Sheriff is back at the Drag Strip, challenging an unlikely contender
Sometimes, the strangest of vehicles show up at the drag strip to see how they fare in a ¼ mile run. This time around, the Wheels YouTube Channel put out a video of a Quad bike taking on the local Jefferson County Sheriff’s Ford Explorer Police car, at the Bandimere Speedway in Morrisson, Colorado. But it didn’t stop there as the Quad bike also went up against a Mitsubishi EVO X and another Quad. Let’s see how things pan out.
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JDM Drag Race: 495 HP Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 Versus 488 HP Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Whether it’s between stock or modified cars, drag racing is always a good way to pit two (or more) machines against each other. It’s even more epic when said machines are some of the biggest rivals in rallying history. Today’s dose of drag racing comes from the YouTube channel Officially Gassed and is between a modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI with about the same power.
2021 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - Driven
Mitsubishi revealed the fourth-generation Outlander back in February 2021 with a lot of styling influenced by the Engelberg Concept, but if you’re hoping to get all that new goodness in an Outlander PHEV, you’re out of luck. Why? Well, because while the rest of the Outlander lineup transitioned into a new generation, here we have the forgotten Outlander PHEV that’s still stuck in the past, flaunting styling and tech that’s beyond dated. So, is it still worth it to buy an Outlander PHEV in 2021 or should you look for alternatives? Our tester had a final price of $39,835 and its generation went into production in 2012, so you should probably read on if you really want the answer to that question.
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.
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).