Monthly Archives: May 2015

Rumor Has It

There is a rumor going around that we want to see come to life! There is talk that Mitsubishi is closer to developing an EVO crossover! We know! We were just as excited! Mitsubishi has hinted in the past that the EVO name will continue on, just in the form of a high performance crossover.

Despite switching to a high-ride platform, the EVOs successor is promising to keep it “light and fast”. Tetsuro Aikawa, “Mitsubishi boss” has suggested it also may be an electric vehicle or possibly even a plug in hybrid, likely an all-wheel drive system that borrows the S-AWC technology found in the electric MiEV Evolution racer.

Mitsubishi Evo Crossover

Ultimately, it does boil down to finances and whether or not Mitsubishi has the resources to do it. The fact that Mitsubishi has had record sales in the year 2014 makes it easier to do these sort of things. Although for now the future of the Mitsubishi EVO Crossover is still in the building block phase, you never know what the future may hold!

 

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Another One for the Books

Recently, we received a letter from Mitsubishi Motors Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. Don wrote to us to inform us that the Mitsubishi brand is yet again making historic news.

Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander North HuntingdonMitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) announced that the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander has been named by Kelly Blue Book’s KBB.com as one of its “10 Most Affordable 3-Row Vehicles.” While in review, KBB.com noted that the Outlander is “loaded with value”. Not only does the Outlander come standard with three rows of seating, it also “comes standard with micron air filtration, hill-start assist, traction and stability control, seven air bags and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the industry’s best.”mitsusbishi outlander sport, mitsubishi outlander sport north huntingdon

This is the second year that KBB.com has recognized the Outlander. The crossover received this same award in 2014 and was also recognized in 2014 with the website’s “5-Year Cost to Own Award: Best Mid-Sized SUV/Crossover” award. And thanks to the availability of Forward Collision Mitigation, the Mitsubishi Outlander is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IHHS) “Top Safety Pick+”.

For shoppers that are looking for an CUV packed with features, value and safety, the Mitsubishi Outlander seems to be the clear decision. Browse our inventory here, and find your Mitsubishi Outlander today!

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Will the Mitsubishi Evo Return as a Plug-In Hybrid SUV?

Ecomento.com recently posed this question on their website, so it got us at Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi thinking—could the beloved Evo return as a plug-in hybrid SUV? Our answer? Quite possibly. Check out what ecomento.com has to say below. Let us know what you think? Would you drive a reimagined Evo as an SUV?

Mitsubishi has hinted at the possibility of using the Evolution badge on a plug-in hybrid SUV before, and now one of the executives is offering a few more details.

Mitsubishi is interested in launching a version of the Outlander Sport (known as the ASX outside the U.S.) with “Evo characteristics,” boss Tetsuro Aikawa said in a recent interview with Autocar.

Aikawa noted that an electrified Evo sets up a bit of wordplay in Japanese. In that language “Oh” pronounced the way it is in “Evo” means king. Then there are the letters “EV,” the acknowledged shorthand for “electric vehicle.” Put the two together and you get… the king of electric vehicles?

The plug-in hybrid Evo would be based on the next-generation Outlander Sport, which was previewed by the Concept XR-PHEV II Mitsubishi unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The concept’s powertrain consists of a gasoline engine of indeterminate size and a 120-kilowatt electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery pack. Unlike the outgoing Evo and the majority of crossovers and traditional SUVs, it’s front-wheel drive.

Clearly, Mitsubishi will have to do some work to make its next plug-in hybrid worthy of the Evo name, but it appears to have plenty of time.

While the new Outlander Sport could debut as early as next year, the Evolution model won’t appear until “far into the future,” if it gets built at all.

Mitsubishi will sell a non-ego plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander Sport for buyers looking solely for efficiency, but it’s probably a bit too early to put down a deposit for that performance version.

Still, the idea of a crossover that’s both efficient and sporty is intriguing. If plug-in hybrids are ever going to become truly mainstream, they’ll have to take on more than safe and sensible roles.

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