Did you think you had seen all Mitsubishi has to offer? Think again. The automaker is switching it up, with its new design language being featured for the first time on a production vehicle. The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander made its grand entrance at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month, and we like what we see.
“The 2016 Outlander has an eye-catching design aesthetic inside and out, and with its long list of engineering upgrades the new Outlander literally looks, drives and feels like an entirely new vehicle, making it an even more compelling value than before,” said Mitsubishi Motors North America executive vice president, Don Swearingen.
Mitsubishi designers and engineers left no panel unturned and no surface uncovered when it came to enhancing the vehicle. In fact, more than 100 modifications and improvements were made.
The front design of the new Outlander bears the name “Dynamic Shield.” More than an aesthetic, it is designed to better protect the vehicle and its passengers. Inside, even the steering wheel has been redesigned and rear seating reconfigured. Advanced technology is used throughout to make the vehicle safer and more comfortable.
We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi will, of course, be sure to keep you posted on the model’s arrival in our showroom. We can’t wait to get a closer look at the new Mitsubishi.
There are so many things to look forward to with the advent of spring. Warmer weather and family road trips may be high on the list, but did you know that April is also National Car Care Month?
So in honor of the spring season, here is a checklist to ensure your vehicle is ready to usher in this new season.
- Check all of the fluids. There’s something to be said about a well-oiled machine—it runs smoothly. So be sure to check your engine oil, power steering, brake, and transmission fluids to ensure the longevity of your vehicle.
- Check the hoses and belts for cracks, frays, or signs of excessive wear.
- Check the battery to ensure that the connection is free of debris, secure, and corrosion free.
- Check the pressure and tread of your tires as uneven wear may indicate the need for a wheel alignment.
- Check the wipers. Worn wiper blades should be replaced to ensure one can see clearly during the spring rains.
We at Mountaineer Mitsubishi wish our readers a safe and happy spring, and if you’d like a little help ushering your car into the season, don’t hesitate to contact our service department to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape.
Mitsubishi offers drivers an array of innovative technologies which make driving easier, safer, and in some cases, more fun. With all of these new technologies, it’s easy to get confused about what’s out there. Among the best features offered on many new Mitsubishis include Super All-Wheel Control (SAWC) and Active Stability and Traction Control (ASC).
According to Mitsubishi, the SAWC system was developed in 2014 and is the latest in dynamic vehicle control. It gives drivers a choice between four driving modes: Normal, Snow, Lock, and AWC Eco. By switching to the ideal mode, drivers get the most out of their car. Normal is for everyday, Snow is for icy roads and loose gravel, Lock is for pure off-road madness, and the Eco mode is the ultimate in efficiency.
“Mitsubishi takes pride in being at the forefront of technological innovation,” said Mitsubishi about its engineering milestones. “Explore the engineering milestones that have set us apart from the competition and continue to keep us on the cutting edge.”
ASC works by helping drivers maintain control in adverse conditions. Using an array of sensors, this system removes power if you start sliding and works with the anti-lock braking system to keep you on the road and pointed in the right direction. Both ASC and SAWC are just two examples of Mitsubishi Advanced Features.
Get ready: Mitsubishi has announced it will unveil the refreshed 2016 Outlander at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show!
The reveal is expected to be a big one for multiple reasons. First, the Outlander consistently performs as the brand’s best-selling vehicle, and it’s a favorite here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi, so there’s no doubt a lot of people are anticipating the next one.
Second, the 2016 model comes with a new design that will represent “the new face of Mitsubishi Motors.” Early spy shots have hinted at changes for both the front and rear fascia, possibly in the vein of the Outlander PHEV Concept-S previously shown at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.
There are also rumors that the restyled Outlander’s launch will coincide with the US debut of its plug-in hybrid counterpart. We guess we’ll just have to see about that! Remember to tune in to the New York Auto Show on April 2nd at 11:30 am ET!
Automakers don’t get to have all the fun when it comes to advancements in car technology. Goodyear is getting in on the action, and at this year’s Geneva Motor Show they introduced their concept for tires that can charge an electric vehicle.
The tire, called the BH-03, uses two different advanced technologies to generate electricity using the friction between the road and the tire. The tire could then send that energy to an electric vehicle’s battery, helping the car go longer distances between charges.
According to autos.yahoo.com, “A weave of thermoelectric fibers transforms the heat generated by the tire’s friction with the road into energy, while piezioelectric material does the same using changes in the tire’s shape as it moves.” Though Goodyear didn’t comment on how much electricity the tire could generate, they did point out that this kind of technology could help offset an owner’s anxiety associated with short-range EVs.
Goodyear also debuted a different technology, appropriately called Triple Tube, which uses three tubes inside the tire instead of one to automatically adjust to environmental and road conditions. Pumps would automatically inflate or deflate each tube as needed to provide optimal driving conditions. The tires offer three different modes, including the ability to offer more grip for maneuvers at high speeds, inflate across all tubes for less rolling resistance and improved fuel economy, and higher inflation of the center tube to reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
Neither tire is anywhere near ready for production, but that hasn’t stopped those of us here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi from daydreaming about the potential of these tires being paired with Mitsubishi vehicles!
Mitsubishi recently announced that the Outlander Sport will be getting a new engine option. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s new engine will provide even more power than the original 2.0-liter engine, and provides another alternative to those seeking that little something extra.
The new engine is a 2.4-liter MIVEC 4 cylinder that produces 168 horsepower. There will also be a few additional upgrades to the new Outlander Sport 2.4. The ES trim will come equipped with a black center bumper; the GT adds aluminum pedals, power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, new exterior upgrades, black roof rails, and LED turn signal indicators.
The 2015 Outlander Sport 2.4 ES will start with a base price of $21,295 and the GT will start at $23,595. Mitsubishi is committed to providing customers with the best cars, trucks, and SUVs at a great value you simply cannot beat. If you’re interested in checking out the all-new 2015 Outlander Sport, visit us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!
Despite selling less than 2,000 units in the past three years, Mitsubishi isn’t giving up on its electric minicar. Deliveries for the new 2016 i-MiEV will start in March. The newest model since 2014, the minicar comes with an array of options to fit buyer preferences better than ever.
The 2014 model is still on sale with a $6,000 price cut and rounds out to a little less than $23,000 before taxes. Keep in mind a federal tax credit drops that number down to below $16,000, too. Don’t forget that since this is an all-around electric minicar, it’s completely green. There’s no emissions and, best of all, there’s no reason to stop at a gas station for anything other than snacks.
Don’t fret about the battery either. Mitsubishi warranties the battery for up to eight years or 100,000 miles. If you don’t like the minicar, it’s even transferable, a selling point to most buyers. Charging is simple and convenient too. A portable charging cable plugs into a standard home outlet and charges from 0 to 100 in around 22 hours.
For faster charging, an Eaton home charging dock will reach full capacity in six hours. Out in public, CHAdeMO level three public chargers hit 80 in a half hour. So while it may be true that the electric minicar has its work cut out for it, everyone loves an underdog story, right? With Mitsubishi’s commitment, there’s hope yet for a comeback.
If you’re looking for a sporty ride that has just the right amount of power, look no further—we here at Mountaineer Mitsubishi have just the vehicle for you. The 2015 Outlander Sport crossover now has two different engine options, including a brand-new 2.4-liter MIVEC four-cylinder that gives the crossover a significant power boost.
This new 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport powertrain offers a 20-horsepower increase over the current 2.0-liter engine, churning out a healthy 168 horsepower. The engine is offered in the 2.4 ES and 2.4 GT trim levels, offering a range of features, including a black center bumper that differentiates the model from the 2.0-liter models. For the Sport 2.4 GT models, an MSRP of $23,595 gets you features like a power driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped parking brake handle, aluminum pedals, and exterior enhancements. The 2.4 ES model goes for a lower price of $21,295.
For more information about the new Outlander Sport powertrain—or to test-drive it yourself—stop in to Mountaineer Mitsubishi today!
The Mitsubishi brand is diving further into the EV pool, the definite wave of the future. They’ve created a new plug-in hybrid crossover vehicle, which will make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. And soon after that, we’ll see this new (and as yet unnamed) plug-in hybrid crossover hit the US market, as well.
Mitsubishi already has the Outlander PHEV out on the roads in Europe, so they’ll be expanding their lineup of EV crossovers very soon. We know very little about the new plug-in hybrid so far, but we’re giving it the benefit of the doubt based on all of our great years of experience with Mitsubishi vehicles. The brand calls the new concept “a powerful embodiment of its next generation 2WD plug-in hybrid electric (‘PHEV’) technology as well as its bold design renaissance, all contained in Mitsubishi Motors’ favorite format of the SUV crossover.”
There’s even more good news for US Mitsubishi drivers, though. The Outlander PHEV will be making its US debut in the second quarter of 2016, which we are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of. The Outlander will arrive as a 2017 model, and hopefully this new concept will follow as a production model soon after. Come see us at Mountaineer Mitsubishi today to learn more.