The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is a Top Safety Pick Plus for Good Reason

Safety is a big deal when it comes to SUVs and crossovers. That’s why most families tend to pick out the vehicles that are named the safest in their respective categories. According to the IIHS (International Institute for Highway Safety) one of the top picks in 2017 is likely to be the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, because the vehicle received the Top Safety Pick+ designation for the fourth year in a row.

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What does Top Safety Pick+ Mean?

When the IIHS tests out vehicles they get one of two designations if they are deemed leaders in safety. They can either be named Top Safety Picks, which is a good rating, or they can be named Top Safety Pick+ models, which is like an excellent designation.

For the Outlander to receive the highest designation for four years in a row, that really says something positive about the crossover that’s chosen regularly by families around the country. That means that the car was able to earn top marks in five different crash tests that all try out different aspects of the vehicle to make sure it excels at preventing accidents and holding up when they do occur.

Noteworthy Safety Features

The 2o17 Mitsubishi Outlander is known for being built with a durable shell that holds up well in crashes, but it comes with several other noteworthy safety features as well, especially if you spring for one of the higher-end safety models.

The SUV comes equipped with a anti-lock brakes as well as an electronic brake-force distribution system that helps ensure that braking is smooth and reliable during intense stopping. The crossover comes with hill-start assist to prevent backward rolling, and it features active stability control and traction control logic to keep it stable in less than ideal driving conditions.

Finally the Outlander comes with a bunch of crash mitigation systems if you’re willing to pick up the SEL model. It features a lane departure system and pedestrian detection system that help you remain aware of your surroundings. The car also comes with a forward collision mitigation system that can reduce forward impacts or prevent them entirely even when you don’t notice that car slow down up ahead.

Overall the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the safest crossovers out on the road today. It’s a good solid option if you are looking for a vehicle to keep your family safe in a range of driving conditions. It also happens to be a good value and pretty nice to look at, making it a solid all-around vehicle for most families.

 

Mitsubishi Leads the 3D Mapping Effort for Self Driving Cars in Japan

Mitsubishi is currently heading up a project to make much more effective autonomous vehicles around the world. The automaker is working to create an improved mapping system that will generate high definition maps for different areas of the world. In order to make this goal a reality, the automaker is teamed up with 14 other companies as well as the Japanese government.

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Building High Quality Maps

Mitsubishi has a powerful tool designed to gather road data as a vehicle drives around. This little module captures valuable data about the road as it is traversed by a car or SUV. The little module can be outfitted to any type of vehicle available today, and it’s an exciting piece of technology that should help while developing a more effective system of maps.

The mapping module is capable of capturing road data down to an accuracy of 10 centimeters. It can be used at up to 40 KMH and is an effective way to build high quality maps of any location. To cover the most ground, many of the automakers are going to rely on the module to map different sections of Japan and create effective self-driving vehicles by 2020.

Mapping Out Japan for the Olympics

One of the major goals that Japan has for the 2020 Olympics is to have self-driving cars out on the road by the time that visitors begin to show up. Achieving this goal will make the country look technologically advanced and will give all the visitors something exciting to talk about. In an effort to ensure that the goal is met, the Japanese government have partnered up with 15 different automakers to work at advancing the goal. All the efforts by Mitsubishi is just a part of making that goal come true and creating more effective self-driving vehicles overall.

Mitsubishi has big plans to help create some of the very best 3D maps in the world. By capturing these high quality maps the automaker can help vehicles become autonomous and likely offer high quality self-driving vehicles to their customers at the same time. It’s an exciting idea and something that we can’t help but root for.

Mitsubishi Long Range eX EV Concept

Mitsubishi recently showed of its eX concept vehicle at LA, and it’s an exciting project with a lot of promise. Not only does the electric vehicle offer an impressive driving range, but it also comes packed with artificial intelligence features and a system that’s designed to accommodate automated driving. Together, these features combine to create an enticing package that would surely appeal to buyers if it was released.

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Long Range Cruising

The eX concept comes packed with a total cruising range of 248.5 miles, making it one of the most capable EVs to date, and an exciting project that hopefully culminates in an actual EV for sale from Mitsubishi in the future. If Mitsubishi is able to maintain that kind of range on a product sold to consumers, it would be a big hit and likely sell quite a few models. That’s far enough for most commuters to get to and from work comfortably, and it’s probably enough for quite a few family trips as well.

Powerful Launch

The full 140kW system delivers 94 HP to both the front and back wheels, creating a total of 188 HP of instant electric propulsion. The system offers near-instant power delivery, and some exciting acceleration figures that are sure to please any SUV enthusiast looking for a performance vehicle that knows how to deliver the power.

Included AI

Not only is the SUV powerful and designed for long-range performance, but it also comes with built-in artificial intelligence and advanced safety and convenience features. The advanced AI system built into the eX concept can look through your search history, and your general movements in the house and out in public and determine what your interests are. The system will then take that interests profile and use it to make recommendations about places to visit, and to send coupons to your smartphone as they are available.

The vehicle also includes a whole range of automated systems designed to help it drive on its own using cameras and sensors. This is to help prepare it for self-driving, whenever that is made possible.

While the Mitsubishi eX concept is just a concept, it’s an exciting possibility and something that the automaker is working toward. It will still be quite some time before a similar vehicle is sold to the public by the company, but it’s a big step in the right direction for enthusiasts looking for more capable electric vehicles and self-driving features.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Continues to be a Cutting Edge Crossover

Mitsubishi is known for quite a few quality vehicles to date, but there is one that stands out above all the rest, the Outlander. The Outlander is responsible for more than 1.5 million sales over its 3 generations, and it’s clearly the favorite among all the Mitsubishi offerings to date. There’s a few reasons for that, but the main one is that Mitsubishi continues to innovate with the crossover, and it offers all the right features in America’s most popular segment at the moment.

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The First Outlander

The very first Outlander stood out because it was dubbed a “crossover”. It’s essentially the first compact sport utility vehicle that was called a crossover and could even be considered the founder of the crossover term. This vehicle stood out in a fledgling segment and really turned heads. It was known as an Active Sport concept vehicle from the very beginning, and drivers looking for a rugged, sporty vehicle that’s still compact enough to be practical, were more than happy to hop behind the wheel of the first Mitsubishi Outlander.

The 2nd Outlander

When the 2nd Outlander was released it kept that crossover heritage and aggressive tendencies, but it did so on a global architecture platform known as the Project Global C/D. It was a platform project supported by a range of auto manufacturers, which helped Mitsubishi come up with an even better base for the Outlander and to save some money doing it. All the new features and improvements offered by this global architecture helped to push the crossover to new heights of popularity.

The 3rd Outlander

We’re in the third generation of the Mitsubishi Outlander and it’s going just as strong as the original. This model is gaining in popularity because of the plug-in hybrid electric variant that’s set to be offered. It’s not going to be the first crossover to come with a plug and a hybrid setup, but it will be one of the most sporty options. It’s designed for buyers that want to cut down on fuel consumption and do something good for the environment, while still enjoying a sporty and fun driving experience.

Mitsubishi is pushing green technology just like many other top automakers today, but the Outlander continues to stand out amongst all the other crossovers, thanks to careful design decisions and features added to the vehicle to appeal to all the Mitsubishi fans out there.

Dodge Relies on a Rebranded Mitsubishi Truck

The Mitsubishi L200, a mid-sized truck sold throughout the Middle East, is such a well built vehicle that Dodge is going to make use of it as well througout the country with a Ram rebadge. That’s right, if you happen to purchase a Ram 1200 out in the Middle East, it’s actually a Mitsubishi L200.

Mitsubishi L200
Mitsubishi L200

What the Truck Offers

This compact truck is designed for utility more than anything else and it comes with a capable engine that can be relied upon to get the job done. It’s fitted with either a 2.4 liter or 2.5 liter four-cylinder engines and offers between 126 and 134 HP. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of power for a truck, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s enough for most standard truck tasks.

Meeting a Good Price Point

This Middle East-destined truck offers performance at a good price, and it’s something that buyers should pay attention to out there. That’s because the truck is pretty capable, and it’s designed with long-term performance in mind.

Will it Come Stateside?

Mitsubishi hasn’t offered a truck in the states in quite some time, and it’s not likely that the L200 is going to come to the US either. This is mostly due to the lower power output that the vehicle provides. Perhaps if Mitsubishi switched out the engine for something more potent before moving to the US it could stand a chance for success. It’s not a bad looking truck, and it’s just the no-frills reliable tool that we need in the United States.

Dodge is known for creating good quality trucks, and it’s impressive that the automaker would rely on a truck produced by Mitsubishi to offer to its customers. That’s a testament to Mitsubishi quality, and shows that you can rely on Mitsubishi SUVs like the Outlander, and Mitsubishi engineering in general.

It will be interesting to see if Mitsubishi bring a mid-sized truck to the United States in the near future. With demand for mid-sized trucks slowly climbing back up, it’s a move that would make sense, and something that truck enthusiasts could get excited about.

 

 

 

Mitsubishi Electrified the Audience with the GT-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi showed off one of the most attractive plug-in SUV hybrids at the Paris Motor Show this month. The vehicle is styled like a coupe, and outfitted with lavish red leather. It’s capable of travelling up to 75 miles on a charge, and offers capable all-wheel drive handling. Not only that, but it’s capable of driving well after that 75 mile range, and will do so with hybrid-like fuel efficiency.

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The Look

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV is a luxurious SUV, and is styled as such. It comes with a low-lying roofline and a sharp windshield that gives it an almost coupe-like appearance. The SUV has wide sleek taillights, massive vertical driving lights an interesting grill that curves inwards from a large flair up at the top right at the edge of the hood, and sleek headlights that are positioned at either side of the grill.

On the inside of the vehicle it’s clear that this is a luxury SUV. The carefully contoured seats are adorned with a red leather that’s spread throughout the rest of the interior, including on the steering wheel and dash. The center console has a cockpit-style control panel with a large knob and some pretty sophisticated looking controls.

The Power Source

The concept vehicle comes with three different electric motors and a 2.5 liter gasoline engine. One of the electric engines assists the gas-powered engine to drive both of the front wheels, and the other two electric motors work to drive the rear wheels exclusively. This provides an all-wheel drive functionality to the vehicle, which should offer it excellent stability while out on the road.

There is a 25-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery powering the electric motors in the vehicle ,and it comes with enough power to allow the vehicle to cover a distance of 75 miles before using a single drop of fuel.

It’s unclear whether this concept vehicle is ever going to become an actual vehicle in the Mitsubishi lineup, but it could have some very real promise. Of course it wouldn’t be cheap, with such a luxurious setup, but if Mitsubishi could offer the advertised range on the vehicle, it could serve as an excellent commuter vehicle for workers that enjoy luxury and comfort. It’s designed to seat five comfortably, and is truly stunning to look at.

The Last Mitsubishi Lancer Just Sold and You Won’t Believe for How Much

We already mentioned that there were just a few Mitsubishi Lancer EVO vehicles still in circulation, and to commemorate the ending of an era for Mitsubishi, the automaker produced a set of Final Edition Lancer EVO vehicles to be sold off. The very first vehicle in the set went for a cool $46,200, which all went straight to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Well, the time has come for the very last of the Final Edition EVOs to sell off, and it went for quite a sum.

2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition
2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The Final Price

The last of the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution vehicles sold at an online auction for a total price of $76,400. The lucky owner has the very last Lancer Evolution to ever sell, and will likely cherish the vehicle for many years.

The proceeds from that auction will go to aid two different charities, showing just how much Mitsubishi cares about community activism.

Donating to Charity

The proceeds from the auction of the last Lancer EVO Final Edition car will go to benefit two different charities. Half the money is going to the Feeding America Riverside/ San Bernardino food bank, and the other half will go to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. The donations should help to feed a lot of people throughout California, and that’s something to be thankful for.

The Lancer EVO Final Edition

The Lancer EVO Final Edition is a more potent version of the standard Lancer Evolution. This vehicle has a total of 291 HP and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s more aggressively tuned and offers a lot of fun performance to drivers interested in going fast and having fun. A small selection of these vehicles were produced for fans of the Mitsubishi Lancer, and they’re now all sold off. It’s possible that you can pick up a used one today, but don’t expect to pay the retail price for the vehicle. Instead it will go for a handsome fee above the original price.

The Mitsubishi Lancer was a cool car for sure, but clearing it out of the way will just make space for the automaker to produce new vehicles for buyers to ooh and aww over.