No New Mitsubishi i-MiEV for 2017—New Hybrids and PHEV Crossovers Instead

new Mitsubishi i-MiEV

There won’t be any new Mitsubishi i-MiEV models added to our lineup at Mountaineer Mitsubishi in the coming years, but that’s because we’ll be getting even better hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles to replace it.

In addition to cutting the i-MiEV, Mitsubishi is expected to launch a coupe-like CUV with a plug-in hybrid option sometime after autumn of 2017, according to Automotive News. After 2017 will come a new Outlander PHEV and, in 2019, a next-gen Outlander Sport with an EV trim will be introduced to the lineup.

“We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the US market,” said Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko.

In all, Mitsubishi will offer gasoline and electrified variants for a lineup of three sizes of crossovers, and we’ve already seen what the next-gen CUV design language will look like with the eX Concept that was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show. Looks promising, if you ask us!

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Crossover Arrives at Dealer Lots

Mitsubishi has achieved success this past year largely due to the release of its wildly popular Outlander nameplate. The Mitsubishi Outlander crossover, particularly the Sport variant, brought in a lot of sales growth for the company in 2015 due to the vehicle’s drastic makeover that featured over 100 improvements, making the Outlander more comfortable, powerful, safe, convenient, and durable than ever before. Now the company continues the trend of quality by rolling out the 2016 Outlander at dealerships, including here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

The new 2016 model is even cheaper than the previous year model, despite offering a larger amount of standard features and new upgrades. At $22,995 for the entry level ES trim in front-wheel drive, not only is the Outlander $200 cheaper than its previous iteration, but it’s also one of the least expensive crossovers in its segment. All-wheel drive and high trim levels are slightly more expensive, with the AWD GT model coming out to $30,995 – still an excellent deal, all things considered.

 

The Mitsubishi Outlander crossover also features Mitsubishi’s new dynamic design language “Dynamic Shield,” giving the new Outlander a fresher look, smoother driving experience, and more advanced safety features. The 2016 Outlander was revealed initially at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, raising anticipation for the new model year.

Mitsubishi Outlander crossover

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Mitsubishi Mirage Preview Shows 2017 Model Sneak Peak

The Mitsubishi Mirage has been a great success for the car company despite skipping a 2016 model year. Now, Mitsubishi is preparing the 2017 Mirage for its release sometime next year after taking a year off to tweak and update the next-generation model to perfection. The recently-released Mitsubishi Mirage preview gives potential buyers insight into the new Mirage’s features.

 

Last year, the 2015 Mirage, despite needing to sell only 7,500 units in order to break even, sold over 16,000 units in the first year to the US market alone. Now, the 2017 Mirage made its debut at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, showcasing the vehicle’s brand new styling, refined interior, and mechanical upgrades. The exterior design changes alone are significant, featuring a more prominent grille as part of the restyled front end in addition to the updated rear bumper, wheels, headlights, and fog lights.

 

The Mitsubishi Mirage preview also revealed the updated vehicle’s retuned suspension and larger brakes in order to appeal to the North American market. The 1.2-L 3-cylinder engine gets a slight increase in power over the preview iteration, now delivering about 78 HP. Updated technology will include a high-quality Rockford Fosgate audio system, as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for ultimate smart phone capability.

Check out the Mitsubishi Mirage inventory at Mountaineer Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi Mirage preview

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2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Named “Best Value on the Road”

Mitsubishi is a company that is all about value. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that one of its vehicles was named the “Best Value on the Road.”

According to a Mitsubishi press release, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was named “Best Value on the Road.”

The prestigious title was granted to the Outlander during the 12th Annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Awards in Chandler, Arizona.

The awards are granted to vehicles based upon their driving capabilities and their economic value. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander combines both of these aspects together to create the perfect vehicle for any active driver.

“It’s exciting to see the 2016 Outlander resonate so well among this group of active people,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “We’ve positioned this vehicle to be both versatile and a good value, so to see the car recognized as such supports our objective to give consumers what they want in a CUV.”

Be sure to discover just how valuable the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander can be for yourself. Check out more information on The Best Value on the Road!

Best Value on the Road

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Winter Weather Driving Tips

It may only be early November, but winter is coming. And snow is coming with it. Therefore, it is important to know what to do when a layer of cold stuff blankets the road. Here are some winter weather driving tips to use.

  1. Accelerate and Decelerate Slowly

Roads become slick when snow enters the picture. So it’s important to take your time when speeding up or coming to a stop.

  1. Turn off Cruise Control

During inclement weather conditions, you need all your wits about you. You are much better off using your own driving abilities than relying on a cruise control computer system.

  1. Give Cars Up Ahead More Room

No one likes a car that follows too closely during nice weather. It’s even worse during snowy weather. Give the driver ahead of you more space, which will in turn give you more space to stop.

By following these winter driving tips, you can handle snow business with no problem.

Winter Weather Driving Tips

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Another 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Reveal in Frankfurt Precedes Release

The updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – though the model had already been revealed elsewhere. Regardless, spectators were able to check out the new vehicle, which has received some serious cosmetic upgrades.  The main exterior difference between the 2016 Outlander and its predecessor is a totally redesigned front fascia, giving the vehicle a bold, aggressive look that counters the rest of its roundness. As for the actual driving, the new Outlander is said to offer significantly better handling, while producing much less noise and fewer vibrations. And of course, the 2016 PHEV model is more fuel-efficient than ever.  The 2016 Outlander PHEV will hit dealerships sometime in the next year, so if you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.  What did you think of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September – though the model had already been revealed elsewhere. Regardless, spectators were able to check out the new vehicle, which has received some serious cosmetic upgrades.

 

The main exterior difference between the 2016 Outlander and its predecessor is a totally redesigned front fascia, giving the vehicle a bold, aggressive look that counters the rest of its roundness. As for the actual driving, the new Outlander is said to offer significantly better handling, while producing much less noise and fewer vibrations. And of course, the 2016 PHEV model is more fuel-efficient than ever.

 

The 2016 Outlander PHEV will hit dealerships sometime in the next year, so if you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of one, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi.

 

What did you think of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

 

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Start Fall Out Right: Visit These Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

Are you looking to create a new family tradition? A long-lasting memory among friends? Consider taking a trip to your local pumpkin patch, where everyone gets to pick out their favorite pumpkin!

 

Whether you carve your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern, roast its seeds for a treat, or simply leave it intact for a festive decoration, there’s nothing else that can get you in the mood for Halloween like a pumpkin.

 

Here are some pumpkin patches near Beckley and spreading further out, where you can begin your journey:

 

  • Okes Family Farms
  • Cooper Family Farms
  • Old McDonald’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Orr’s Farm Market
  • Byrnside Branch Farm
  • Morgan Orchard

 

Wherever you go, be sure to wear sunscreen and wear long sleeves. Even though it’s October, long exposure to sunlight can do damage.

 

What’s your favorite thing to do with a pumpkin? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. And if your trip takes you past Mountaineer Mitsubishi, consider stopping in to check out all the great models we have on the lot—or to show us your pumpkin masterpiece!

Pumpkin Patches Near Beckley

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Mitsubishi Announces Frankfurt Motor Show Display Lineup

Mitsubishi has announced the lineup it will have on display at the upcoming 66th International Motor Show in Frankfurt, featuring a total of 15 vehicles.

These will include the Lancer Sportback, Montero, Mirage, i-MiEV, L200 (also known as the Triton), and more importantly the new Outlander and Outlander PHEV, including the rally car version of the latter participating in the Baja Portalegre 500 this November.

We’re especially looking forward to the Outlander PHEV, which was already presented in Japan and is making its European debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It’ll feature the new Dynamic Shield front fascia and bring quality enhancements to the cabin, including revamped upholstery and materials. The plug-in hybrid system will consist of a Twin Motor four-wheel drive powertrain with separate motors motivating the front and rear wheels and a high-capacity battery under the floor.

Previous models of the Outlander PHEV have been hugely popular in Europe, but Mitsubishi never brought it over to the United States—which is why we’re so happy to say that the new Outlander PHEV will finally be arriving at Mountaineer Mitsubishi in the spring of 2016!

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Mitsubishi L200 Pickup: Bring it to America!

If you ever take a trip to Europe, you’ll find that SUVs and especially pickup trucks are not all that common. By European standards, those kinds of vehicles are too large and unwieldy to really pick up in the market, which makes it truly exceptional that the Mitsubishi L200—also known as the Triton—is actually something of a hit on the other side of the big pond.

According to Carbuyer, the L200 is flat-out the best vehicle in its segment, with best-in-class figures on fuel economy, CO2 emissions, weight, and maneuverability. Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.4-liter diesel engine produces up to 178 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque, and a Super Select 4WD-II system lets you pick up to four different driving modes on the fly.

The only flaw we can find about the Mitsubishi L200 pickup is that it isn’t offered in the United States. Sure, the competition would be fiercer, but we think it would do quite well at Mountaineer Mitsubishi. What do you think? Should Mitsu port the L200 to America? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mitsubishi Sales Increase for 16th Month Year-Over Year

Executives must have sat back and smiled at the end of July as they saw yet another Mitsubishi sales increase in North America – the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. In June, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. reported that it had sold 7,963 units, 32.3% more than the year before.

This puts sales for the first half of the year up by 24.9% over the strong performance last year.

“The first half of last year was pretty incredible for Mitsubishi Motors,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of MMNA. “And this year our January through June sales are even stronger, up 24.9% for the year. We expect this pace to continue as the new 2016 Outlander starts to roll into dealerships.”

The 2016 Outlander, set to appear later this year, has been completely redesigned, filled with upgrades, and, miraculously, will cost less the current generation Outlander. The new Outlander will also be the first vehicle to feature Mitsubishi’s new design language. Be sure to come by Mountaineer Mitsubishi to check it out.

Mitsubishi Sales Increase

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