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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Outlander PHEV has made is U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show, and goes on sale this fall

At the 2015 Paris Auto Show, Mitsubishi had a funky looking concept known as the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Concept-S. We knew the current Outlander was getting pretty outdated, and as it turned out, this concept actually previewed what the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander would look like after the SUV went through a facelift. As expected, the 2016 Outlander is now on sale, sporting a similar design to what we saw on the PHEV Concept-S. Now, with the doors to the New York Auto Show wide open, we’ve gotten a look at the Outlander PHEV in production form for the U.S. market.

While the production form does look similar to the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, the PHEV actually took more cues from the front end of the concept than the regular Outlander. This means it will be easy to spot the PHEV in a crowd if you know what to look for. For now, some details about the Outlander PHEV are still top secret, but at least we have some official images and info to go on.

Don Swearingen, the Executive Vice President of MMNA, said, “What makes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV so special is that it offers the best of both worlds with a balance of electric efficiency and long-range practicality” He continued, “Mitsubishi put its engineering prowess and knowledge to work to create a vehicle that meets the demand of a growing number of consumers who need a car that is capable and environmentally friendly. The Outlander PHEV will offer a high electric range and combined miles per gallon.”

According to Mitsubishi, the PHEV is already the top-selling PHEV in Europe and is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. It’s said to “deliver SUV capabilities and EV fuel economy.” The Outlander is scheduled to hit showrooms and go on sale here in the U.S. by fall of this year. Before that happens, let’s take a look at the information and pictures we already have.

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2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

Four doors and a trunk on the cheap

Since 1978, Mitsubishi has put the Mirage name on a huge variety of cars, from coupes to hatchbacks, wagons to sedans. While the Mirage’s body style may have shifted depending on the model year and market, you can trace at least two common threads throughout the car’s history – small exterior dimensions, and an affordable price point. These days, stateside consumers know the Mirage as a subcompact five-door, while Mitsubishi’s corporate brass probably knows it better as the second biggest seller in the U.S. and an integral factor in keeping the brand afloat. To help bolster the Mirage’s success, Mitsubishi has announced a new sedan variant that promises the same value for money and interior tech as the hatch, plus a slightly revamped exterior appearance.

It’s called the G4, which stands for “global four-door.” Already on sale overseas, Mitsubishi hopes the G4 will attract customers looking for an affordable small car, but are left uninspired by the hatchback body style. In a press release, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Don Swearingen, called the dual Mirage offerings a “formidable one-two punch in the subcompact segment.” Read on to learn if it’s a knockout, or just a glancing blow.

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

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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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teased Ahead of New York Debut

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teased Ahead of New York Debut

Mitsubishi has just released a teaser photo and an invitation to "come see the new face of Mitsubishi Motors" ahead of the 2015 New York Auto Show, scheduled to begin on April 1st. Although Mitsubishi doesn’t give any details as to what vehicle it will unveil in New York, the teaser suggests it’s a crossover. And since Mitsubishi has been spotted testing a facelifted Outlander recently, it can only be the updated version of the brand’s three-row SUV.

The facelift comes to improve a crossover that has been Mitsubishi’s most successful model in the U.S. since its introduction in 2013. The SUV already received a mild update for the 2015 model year, but the 2016 version will bring many more improvements inside and out, including a front fascia inspired by concept cars such as the GC-PHEV and the Outlander PHEV Concept S. The 2016 facelift could also mark the introduction of the long-awaited plug-in hybrid model in the U.S., which has been previously reported to hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2016.

The teaser also tells us that the Outlander’s styling will trickle onto other Mitsubishi products, but I’m not getting my hopes up seeing it beyond the Outlander and Outlander Sport range. Stay tuned for the full details from New York next month.

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2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

2014 Mitsubishi Mirage

The 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage debuted at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. And while its power may not impress, its mpg may start making hybrid cars start shaking in their low-rolling-resistance tires.

Let’s face it the Mirage isn’t the sexiest car to roll out of Mitsu’s factory; in fact, it’s just another econo-hatch that easily blends into the scenery as you head down the highway. Mitsubishi is hoping to change that with the new model and this time around, the Mirage will try to make its way back into the hearts of Americans for the first time since 2002.

The car has been redesigned with all new styling that Mitsu hopes will attract new buyers, which is something the floundering company needs to help keep it in the American market. Unfortunately, it is heading into a market – the sub-compact hatchback market – that is quickly becoming overfull.

Perhaps its practicality and relatively large amount of storage space will help push it over the other motorized roller-skates on the market.

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2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been out for just three years and has already scored impressive results including the coveted "Top Safety Pick" designation by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the 2012 model year. And now, Mitsubishi has prepared a facelift version for the company’s best-selling vehicle, which it unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show.

Changes for the 2013 model year include a host of design and equipment improvements: new-look front and rear fascias and side sills; interior design upgrades; revamped rear suspension; and Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT), plus much more.

No changes have been made under the hood, which means the new model will keep its 2.0 liter inline-4 engine that delivers a total of 148 HP and a peak torque of 145 lbs-ft. The engine is combined with an Enhanced Continuously-Variable Transmission (CVT) calibration for improved acceleration performance and smoother shift feeling.

UPDATE 07/17/2012: Mitsubishi USA announced prices for the new Outlander Sport which is now available at dealers across the country. The model comes in both 2WD and AWC versions, with prices ranging from $19,170 to $23,695. Hit the jump for the full pricing list.

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2009 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype

2009 Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype

Mitsubishi’s Outlander is already based on the Lancer sedan, and now Mitsubishi has gone one step further to make an Outlander that looks like an Evo X.

The Outlander GT Prototype made its at the New York Auto Show. The transformation into an Evo tall wagon includes the Evo’s "jet fighter" grille as well as reshaped front bumper, side mirrors, fenders and hood. To help keep it on the road, the Outlander GT will also use the Evo’s Super-All-Wheel-Control System.

Where the comparison the the Evo ends is the engine. The Evo X has a 2.0-liter four cylinder with a huge turbo that makes 291 hp. The Outlander GT features the 3.0-liter V6 already in use in the Outlander XLS. In the GT it has 10 more hp for a total of 230, which is more in line with the Lancer Ralliart.

Press release after the jump.

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Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype to debut in NY

Mitsubishi Outlander GT Prototype to debut in NY

Mitsubishi wants to give it’s Outlander mini-SUV some street cred and is going to debuit what will likely look a Evo X wagon on steroids. The Outlander GT Prototype will make its debut later this week at the New York Auto Show. Mitsu says the styling will iclude plenty of elements from the Evo including the “Jet-Fighter” grille and Super-All-Wheel-Control System.

Unlike the Evo, the Outlander GT will not get a 291 hp four cylinder engine turborcharged within an inch of its life. Instead the GT is going for more fuel efficient diggs. It will get a version of the 3.0-liter SOHC MIVEC V6 already in use on the Outlander, but this one will have added gas saving technology.

Press release after the jump.

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Rockford Fosgate PUNCH to come with Mitsubishi Outlander

Rockford Fosgate PUNCH to come with Mitsubishi Outlander

Rockford Corporation today announced that Mitsubishi Motors North America will offer the legendary Rockford Fosgate PUNCH in a premium, high-output audio system as an optional upgrade for both the LS and XLS models for U.S. customers of Mitsubishi’s all-new 2007 Outlander. Mitsubishi introduced the Rockford Fosgate 650-watt sound system in the U.S. Outlander at the New York Auto Show, which begins today. The Rockford Fosgate 650-watt sound system was originally launched in the global (...)

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2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

2007 Mitsubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) unveils the U.S. version of its next-generation Outlander compact sport-utility vehicle at the 2006 New York International Auto Show. The all-new, larger Outlander, which will reach Mitsubishi dealerships in November, offers a compelling blend of driven-to-thrill dynamics, bold styling, five- or seven-passenger versatility, plus numerous user-technology firsts for the compact SUV segment.

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2006 Mitsubishi Concept-X

2006 Mitsubishi Concept-X

Mitsubishi’s Concept-X previews the 2007 Lancer Evolution X, to be built on the all-new Lancer/Dodge Caliber platform.

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