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Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Debuts in Paris

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept

A Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV shown here at a charging station.

After the success of the Outlander earlier this year, Mitsubishi announced plans to reevaluate their lineup, phasing out some of their less popular nameplates and refocusing their efforts on the crossover and SUV segment. It seems one of the first results of that new strategy will be making an appearance at the Paris Motor Show in the form of the new Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept. This plug-in hybrid SUV offers a more aggressive, stylish look than your typical Mitsubishi nameplate, and its capabilities are strides ahead of most current members of the PHEV segment, too.

According to Mitsubishi representatives, the GT-PHEV will combine a traditional gasoline engine powering the front wheels with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. As a result, the SUV will be able to run up to 75 miles on electricity alone without ever tapping into the fuel tank, about double that of most plug-in hybrids currently in mass-market production. The SUV also features a sleeker, futuristic style, designed with thinner elements and a low-sloped windshield that ends in a sharp rear bumper.

We haven’t been given a peek yet at the interior of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept, though that’s sure to change when the vehicle makes it appearance in Paris. We hear whisperings of burgundy leather that matches the SUV’s roof color, plus a spacious horizontal dashboard.

Take a Virtual Test Drive of the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4

virtual test drive
virtual test drive

Share with your friends your virtual test drive of the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4!

 

With the launch of the new MirageG4NightDrive.com experience, people can take a virtual test drive of the all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage G4. Users can use both a laptop and smartphone simultaneously for a unique dual-screen experience.

“The Mirage G4 offers consumers a package that is unmatched in the industry – with up to 42 highway MPG, best-in-class legroom, and of course our 10-year, 100,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty – all starting under $14,000,” said Francine Harsini, senior director, Marketing, MMNA.

With the Night Drive Experience, users can take control of the Mirage G4 with their smartphone and steer through a course of challenges and around a racing track. Users will get to try out the rearview camera, turning radius, Hill Start Assist, and more.

At the end of the test, the drivers earn a Mirage personality type, such as “Wallet Watcher,” “Learner’s Permit,” or “Mirage Master.” They also get a highlight reel of their driving experience as a shareable GIF.

The Mirage G4 is the first vehicle in its class to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This all-new, sporty sedan is available now at Randall Mitsubishi. Stop by and take it out for a real life test drive today.

2016 Outlander Sport Awarded NEMPA Yankee Value Award

2016 Outlander Sport

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is now known for its Yankee spirit!

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has once again been acknowledged for its quality. The 2016 Outlander Sport has been recognized by the New England Motor Press Association.

The Outlander Sport earned the Yankee Value Award for the second year in a row. The Outlander was presented an award at NEMPA’s annual awards dinner.

To earn the Yankee Value Award, a vehicle must exemplify the “New England spirit of understated perseverance” and has to offer a good value to the customer.

The 2016 Outlander Sport does just that. It embodies the Yankee spirit which the New England Motor Press Association looks for when handing out awards.

“Outlander Sport continues to prove why it’s our sales leader,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Mitsubishi North America. “Reliability, quality, competitive pricing and cost of ownership are at the core of Outlander Sport.”

The Outlander earned its Yankee Value Award by making it affordable and accessible. The 2016 Outlander Sport can do just about anything you want it to, all for a low price!

Check out the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup today at Randall Mitsubishi!

2016 Outlander Earns KBB Award for Affordability

2016 Outlander Earns KBB Award

The 2016 Outlander is exactly what your family needs at the right price.

 

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is one impressive model, but don’t just take our word for it. This crossover recently received an award from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) for being one of the Most Affordable Three-Row Vehicles of 2016. Not only does the Outlander come with a great price tag, but it also comes with tons of great features.

According to Mitsubishi, the Outlander was chosen as one of the top crossovers thanks to its pricing and its great features. This model comes with seating for up to seven, a rugged exterior, and off-road capabilities. What’s not to like?

“We set a new value standard for the brand when we launched the 2016 Outlander last year, and to see it is recognized by such an informative and trusted source in the automotive industry confirms that Mitsubishi is making a name for itself in the SUV/CUV segment,” said Don Swearingen, Chief Operating Officer for MMNA.

2016 Outlander features include over 100 improvements for this model year, including things like a chrome accent front grille, a tuned suspension, a next-generation continuously variable transmission, and more. If you want one of the most-awarded SUVs on the market, check out the new Outlander.

Visit the experts at Randall Mitsubishi to learn more about the Outlander and the rest of Mitsubishi’s 2016 lineup!

Off-Road Driving Tips: Enjoying the Outdoors

Off-road driving tips

Off-roading in your Mitsubishi can be very exciting over rough terrain!

 

Going off-road can be a blast, especially if you are driving a well-equipped Mitsubishi model. Each vehicle you buy from Mitsubishi comes with a range of features that make it great for hitting trails, from MIVEC engines, rigid suspensions, or intelligent all-wheel control. Aside from a great car, you should also pay attention to these off-road driving tips to ensure you have a good time on the trails.

According to Popular Mechanics, you should always read the terrain when driving off-road. Although it might be fun to plunge into the unknown, it is also incredibly dangerous. Always understand where you are going, and what the terrain is like. Unexpected dips, holes, and rocks can cause a breakdown in a moment.

Start in the proper gear. Though this might sound like a no-brainer for some, you should shift into 4×4 mode as soon as you hit the dirt. Once you get going, it can be easy to forget to switch to the proper gear. By the time you get stuck, it could be too late.

Always bring recovery gear. This includes things like a frame-mounted tow hook, rope, and a winch if needed. This will help you get out of any tough situations should you find yourself in a rut.

Bring your Mitsubishi into Randall Mitsubishi to get a routine check before you go off-roading.

Mitsubishi Aims to Conquer the US Market with the 2017 Outlander PHEV

2017 Outlander PHEV

The new Outlander PHEV has everything the Outlander has and more!

 

After countless delays, Mitsubishi finally revealed the 2017 Outlander PHEV at last month’s New York International Auto Show.

The Outlander PHEV doesn’t look much different from the normal Outlander model, except it wears different badges and also comes equipped with a charging port, but the PHEV version is actually much different when it comes to the vehicle’s mechanics.

While the regular Outlander model offers the choice between either a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or V6 engine, the PHEV SUV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, as well as two additional electric motors, with one located on each axle. The 2017 Outlander PHEV also features a regenerative braking system that brings more power to its 12-kWh lithium-ion battery.

The new Outlander PHEV also features a unique version of the company’s Super All-Wheel Control system, and there are three distinct drive systems that the SUV can automatically switch between, depending on road and weather conditions: EV, which only uses electric power; series hybrid, which uses electric power with generator operation; and parallel hybrid, which uses power from the gasoline engine and the two electric motors.

Other noteworthy features available for the 2017 Outlander PHEV include blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and a multi-around view camera monitor, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

“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,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA. “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 (MPG).”

While Mitsubishi stopped short of providing exact fuel economy numbers, the Japanese automaker did say the new Outlander PHEV will reach US dealerships later this fall.

Mitsubishi Sales Reach New Milestone

Mitsubishi Sales

2015 was the best year for Mitsubishi sales since 2008 and it looks like that momentum will continue in 2016!

 

Last year proved to be an exceptional one for Mitsubishi in the United States. From nearly every angle, the automaker showed a growing presence and even reached a major milestone.

Mitsubishi arrived in the United States 34 years ago. Back then, the automaker offered three different models: the Starion, Tredia, and Cordia. It’s been quite a ride since then but late in 2015, in December, US vehicle sales reached five million.

Mitsubishi’s success in 2015 went a long way in helping to achieve that particular milestone. In 2015, Mitsubishi sales were up 22.8% from the year before. That registers as Mitsubishi’s most successful year since 2008. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Mitsubishi CUVs in general are responsible for much of the recent sales success.

Will they keep it up? Don Swearingen, executive VP, Mitsubishi Motors North America, thinks so. He said, “Our current sales momentum combined with a technologically innovative product pipeline primes Mitsubishi for great success in the U.S. for many years to come.”

We’re looking forward to a successful 2016 for Mitsubishi. Stop by Randall Mitsubishi today to learn more about Mitsubishi’s full 2016 lineup of vehicles!

Mitsubishi’s Crossover Lineup Takes the Stage

Mitsubishi's Crossover Lineup

Mitsubishi plans to improve their crossover lineup over the next few years to help reach more customers in North America!

 

Mitsubishi was one of many automakers to feel the wrath of the 2008 recession, but the Japanese automaker is expecting to turn it all around this year. 2007 marked the last year the automaker sold over 100,000 vehicles in the United States. The automaker expects to hit that milestone in 2016 and mark the second year of profit in North America in a row.  To do so, it’s setting most of its focus on a single segment: crossovers.

“We’ve got a laser-like focus on CUVs right now, and we’re certainly committed to this direction,” MMNA vice president of sales Ken Konieczka told The Detroit News. He declined to predict sales up to 2020.

Over the next five years, Mitsubishi expects to improve its entire lineup, centering on its crossover lineup.

Mitsubishi’s crossover lineup isn’t the largest, but it does feature quality vehicles that undergo serious development and improvement year after year. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, for example, comes in with over 100 changes from the previous model.

As for the automaker’s plans, allow us here at Randall Mitsubishi to lay them out for you.

  • 2016: MirageG4 sedan (early summer), redesigned Outlander PHEV (late summer/early fall)
  • 2018: New crossover based off the 2015 eX concept.
  • 2019: Entirely new Outlander
  • 2020: Smaller Outlander Sport

All in all, there will be an addition or extra improvement to the brand’s crossover lineup for four of the next five years. That’s sure to draw eyes and increase sales from around the world, let alone North America!

Mitsubishi Will Showcase Its New Mitsubishi eX Concept in Tokyo

new Mitsubishi eX Concept

Mitsubishi has plans to show off an all-electric crossover in Tokyo! Ecofriendly is here to stay with Mitsubishi!

At the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October, Mitsubishi will show case its new Mitsubishi eX concept, an all-electric compact crossover utility vehicle that Mitsubishi is calling a “next-generation EV system.”

Very little has been revealed about the eX concept so far, but it has been confirmed that it will have an electric powertrain, active safety systems, all-wheel drive, and even an automated driving system. The previews of the eX so far suggest that Mitsubishi will reveal the final version of the eX at the Tokyo Motor Show instead of a pre-production prototype.

Mitsubishi says the Tokyo Motor Show will feature a panel display telling the story of Mitsubishi’s fifty years of research in developing electric vehicles. Ecofriendly is the theme for Mitsubishi this year, as their other displays at the Tokyo Motor Show will revolve around new eco technologies, mini cars, and models powered by engines using clean diesel fuel.

Additionally, a driverless test vehicle will be featured at Smart Mobility City to show off Mitsubishi’s automated driving technology. It’s an exciting time for EV fans!

To learn more about Mitsubishi’s current lineup of vehicles, visit Randall Mitsubishi in San Angelo, TX today!

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept on its Way to Tokyo Auto Salon

Lancer Evolution X Final Concept

While we are sad that Mitsubishi is walking away from the Evo X, we’re glad they’re making a Lancer Evolution X Final Concept.

Mitsubishi has officially announced that the Tokyo Auto Salon later this month will house the premiere of the last model of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept, a limited edition send-off model, which will have a mostly black exterior.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept


This model will be the last Evo X ever produced, and as such, there will only be a limited number of units available for purchase. These cars are sure to be a hot commodity on the collectors’ market as commemorative vehicles to the Evo X legacy.

The Final Concept vehicle will come standard with a five-speed manual though there will be a six-speed twin-clutch option. Additionally, the Final Concept model will have a 2.0-liter engine with a turbocharger, as well as new intake and exhaust systems.

These cars are likely to sell fast once they hit the market, which likely will not happen until much later this year. Until then, come visit us at Randall Mitsubishi to check out the Mitsubishi models we have in store.