Older drivers will likely remember the stylish Eclipse sports coupe that ruled the road before leaving the market for good in 2012. Mitsubishi is reviving the name for a new vehicle, but it isn’t a sports coupe. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be a small, value-oriented crossover designed to offer drivers the best the industry has to offer.
The Eclipse Cross fits nicely between the existing Outlander Sport and Outlander with a similar wheelbase and 173.4-inch length. The next Outlander Sport is likely to shrink while the standard Outlander will grow, according to Mitsubishi.
The upcoming model features a sleek, attractive design and upscale interior designed to offer a new level of comfort. The standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine comes mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission and produces more than the Outlander’s 166 hp. The crossover will also feature the driver’s choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations.
As for technology, the 2018 Eclipse Cross features available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a head-up display, and much more. The crossover will officially go on sale early next year; European markets will see the new vehicle sooner.
In just a few days, at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland, Mitsubishi is going to show off the latest addition to its lineup, a new Mitsubishi SUV, which will be called the Eclipse Cross.
The Eclipse name is borrowed from the popular, sporty coupe model that Mitsubishi sold from 1989 through 2011; the Cross part of the name is short for crossover. With this name, Mitsubishi aims to merge the two segments together into a dynamic form that drivers of all types can truly appreciate.
In the image Mitsubishi released when it announced the name, the Eclipse Cross is shown in a vivid high-saturation red, which Mitsubishi says is meant to evoke the brilliant color seen during a total solar eclipse.
Mitsubishi will officially unveil the new Eclipse Cross on March 7th at 11:15am, which is 3:15am here in Tucson. So, when we wake up that day, we’ll get the full details for this all-new Mitsubishi model. Size-wise, it will fit in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport. We also know that it will be powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is a top competitor in the small crossover segment and now it’s getting a boost. The new Limited Edition trim officially debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, sporting new design enhancements and plenty of technology. The new Outlander Sport maintains its surprisingly affordable price despite the new high-end features.
Thus far, the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has done a spectacular job at bringing all the features drivers want without the ridiculously high prices. Plenty of standard equipment and technologies come loaded into the new Limited Edition trim, continuing the value-oriented offering from the Japanese automaker.
“We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and COO of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Starting at just $21,995, the new Limited Edition trim boasts styling cues like black 18-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, exclusive badging, and more. Inside, drivers can expect a sport-inspired design completed with aluminum pedals. Comfort features include heated front seats while tech-savvy drivers will love the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Mitsubishi is teaming up with Nissan to develop some cutting edge green technologies. Now that Nissan has a controlling stake in the Mitsubishi Corporation, the company will be using some of the innovative platforms found in Nissan-Renault electric vehicles. This could be the breakthrough many green advocates have been waiting for.
According to CNET, Mitsubishi EV technologies are set to get a boost from some innovative Nissan and Renault designs, including the LEAF and Zoe platforms. These two models come with next-generation technologies, including lithium-ion battery-storage systems, electric motors, and more. When paired with existing Mitsubishi technologies, including the innovative i-MiEV system, the new partnership between Nissan and Mitsubishi is especially promising.
“We welcomed Mitsubishi Motors into the Nissan family, and they already have the Outlander PHEV,” said Takashi Shirawa, head of Nissan European R&D. “The next-generation product range may be shared with that, but this is just the beginning of the discussion as nothing has been decided yet.”
In other words, little is official when it comes to new vehicles and designs. However, we do know that the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid is the best-selling PHEV model in Europe, and it’s likely to appear in the US as an exciting new alternative in the crossover segment. We can’t wait to see what happens over the course of the next year or so, especially in terms of green technologies.
The majority of car buyers opt to pay for their cars using a car loan. Buyers have lots of choices when it comes to choosing their loan and most financing experts recommend getting pre-approved for a loan before starting the car shopping process.
However, even if you have already secured a loan through your bank, you still have another option: dealership financing. The benefits of dealership financing can actually save buyers hundreds or thousands of dollars over the life of the loan.
Dealership financing departments, like the one here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, have access to a wide network of lenders. This means we may be able to secure better loan terms than you were able to find yourself.
Another benefit is simply convenience. When you choose dealership financing, you can pick out your car, settle on the price, and sign all the paperwork in the same place. You won’t have to drive to a bank to complete the loan process.
Dealerships also have access to exclusive financing offers from the manufacturer. These offers can include things such as low or no interest, or a percentage of “cash back.” However, these offers are usually only available for buyers with excellent credit.
The next time you’re shopping for a car, be sure to see what financing the dealership can offer you.
The Mitsubishi Outlander has been making a bit of a ruckus in the crossover segment, quickly becoming one of the best-selling options in the market and one of Mitsubishi’s most successful nameplates ever. The success has even caused the brand to rethink their strategy and shift into a more SUV and crossover-focused game plan. Now, to add to the company’s growing list of reasons why the Outlander is one of their best products ever, Outlander PHEV sales have surpassed yet another milestone—100,000 units sold.
The Outlander PHEV’s competitors are some big names in the plug-in hybrid segment. The Nissan LEAF leads the class with over 218,000 sales worldwide, while the Tesla Model S and Chevy Volt come in second and third place, respectively. However, the Outlander PHEV is quickly catching up to them; that 100,000-unit milestone puts the Outlander in fourth place among some pretty successful and celebrated names.
Most of the Outlander PHEV’s sales have come from Europe, where Mitsubishi’s cars are a viable and, most importantly, affordable alternative to plug-in hybrid offerings from high-end names like BMW, Porsche, and Volvo. Mitsubishi hasn’t yet launched the Outlander PHEV in the American market, but considering the U.S. has one of the largest automobile industries in the world, sales can only go up when the Outlander finally hits American shores.
The Outlander PHEV is due out in the States sometime this November under a 2017 model year. Delays in its American launch were caused by changes to the vehicle’s styling and battery pack. After it’s released stateside, Outlander PHEV sales could skyrocket even further.
Mitsubishi has a line of pickup trucks but none are available in the United States. That’s too bad considering the Japanese automaker recently revealed the latest special edition model. The 2016 Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ packs more safety and convenience features compared to the current line.
The Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ builds on the existing GLX model. Under the hood is a 2.4L turbo diesel engine that produces 178 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a five-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode, that engine certainly packs some capability. With a maximum towing capacity around 6,800 lbs (3,100 kg), this truck is more than capable for fulfilling the needs of most drivers.
Safety and driver assist features include seven airbags, emergency stop signal, a speed limited, trailer stability assist, and hill start assist as standard. That builds the GLX’s existing rear camera, 6.1-inch color touchscreen, rear step bumper, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
As for price, the Mitsubishi Triton GLX+ goes for AU$39,490 with an automatic transmission. Opting for the six-speed manual transmission runs in a good deal cheaper with a price tag of AU$36,990. Having undergone a redesign for the 2015 model year, this is a truck we’d be happy to see enter the United States market.
The all-new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has premiered at the 2016 New York International Auto Show, and its debut was very anticipated.
The Outlander PHEV features a highly efficient 2.0-liter gas engine and two high-performance electric motors. Mitsubishi’s superior Super All-Wheel Control system makes the Outlander PHEV more capable than ever.
Three drive modes provide ultimate versatility, with EV (full electric mode), series hybrid (electric power with generator operation), and parallel hybrid (engine power and electric motor assistance). The Outlander PHEV will provide excellent efficiency by selecting the most efficient drive mode for the road conditions.
Advanced safety and convenience features will help to keep you safe and secure, too. The Multi-Around view Camera Monitor will increase your visibility and features like pedestrian detection capability will keep you and others safe. Technology doesn’t lack, either, with Apply CarPlay and Android Auto.
“Mitsubishi’s future is crossover utility vehicles and electrified vehicles. Today we are showing the first piece of that plan,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, MMNA.
If you want to be a part of that future, you can see the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV in fall 2016.