The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-Liter Engine Offers More Power

In an effort to kick things up a notch for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the automaker is offering a more powerful engine option for some 2015 models. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 168 horsepower—a full 20 horsepower more than the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out.

According to autoblog.com, Mitsubishi will offer the more powerful engine in two trims: the 2.4 ES or the 2.4 GT. The 2.4 ES is the lower level trim, starting at $21,295, it comes with a black center bumper to differentiate it from the standard (2.0-liter engine) ES.

The 2.4 GT starts at $23,595, and is differentiated from the standard GT by the same black center bumper along with outside mirrors that feature LED turn indicators and black roof rails. Additionally, the 2.4 GT gets a power driver’s seat, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped parking brake handle.

A GT Premium Package adds an upgraded stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and moonroof. But if you’re looking for true luxury, choose the GT Touring Package, which comes with leather seats and a seven-inch navigation system.

Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to learn more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-liter engine!

Elgin, Illinois Economy Sees Vast Improvement

The Elgin, Illinois economy has seen substantial growth compared to surrounding cities. Much of this growth is in the improving housing market. In housing, Elgin ranked third behind Chicago and Naperville. The number is impressive to say the least, and things are only looking to improve further with over 50% of the city’s total population working locally. That’s a total of over 60,000 people working within the city each and every day.

“Elgin’s 350 housing starts are even more impressive when compared to other communities: Joliet 131, Aurora 107, St. Charles 21, Algoquin 16, Libertyville 12 and Rockford 1,” former president Rick Jakle said. The city increased commercial and industrial space by 395,000 square feet, up from 2011 and 2012. In 2013 the city increased space by 459,000 square feet. Much thanks is owed to Elgin Development Group (EDG).

EDG is paid by the city government to persuade new businesses to move to Elgin. In 2015, the group will work with nonprofit program Hope Fair Housing. By working with companies to encourage employees to buy homes (via incentives), Elgin hopes to see new residents. The annual awards luncheon in honor of businesses will be held at Elgin Community College on March 18th at 11:30 am.

New Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Shines at Chicago Auto Show

On Thursday morning, the Chicago Auto Show introduced the new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in front of the world. The “Grand Cruiser” crossover raises the stakes for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

With its massive size, this concept promises to save a lot of fuel and even in a time where gas prices have magically fallen to lows we haven’t seen in years, this model, along with other PHEVs, will attract a wide audience. Our General Sales Manager, Emal Noor, says that the future warrants an appeal for rides such as this one.

“Even though fuel prices have come down a little bit, I still think everybody has a little anxiety and has the knowledge they might go back up,” Noor said in a Daily Herald interview. “So I think the small sport utes, CUVs, crossovers are still what’s going to be mostly in demand.”

This crossover runs on an eight-speed automatic transmission and supercharged V6 engine that pumps out 335 horsepower. Mitsubishi claims that this aggressively-styled crossover concept will go 25 miles on electric power only and get 35 miles per gallon.

Don Swearingen of Mitsubishi Motors called it “economical and environmental-friendly yet rugged and powerful and full of advanced technology.”

You can take a closer look of the big new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in the video below, as well as our Mitsubishi inventory here, and tell us what you think in the comments section below!

New Mitsubishi Hybrid Crossover Concept Headed to Geneva Motor Show

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV may not have made its way over here to the United States yet, but it’s already enjoying some great sales success over in Europe. Now, a new plug-in hybrid crossover is on its way to America. The new, as-yet-unnamed concept will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, showing off the future of the Mitsubishi brand, in terms of both design and performance.

We don’t really know much about the planned Mitsubishi hybrid crossover concept, but we’ve gotten a couple teaser images of it, plus we know it will be a plug-in vehicle. Mitsubishi will thus continue to push deeper into the PHEV territory, a segment that the brand obviously finds to be the wave of the future. It looks like the new concept owes some of its roots and design to the XR-PHEV, which is just fine with us.

The Outlander PHEV, for its part, will also be making its way over to the United States pretty soon. Right now, we expect it to arrive on our shores by the second quarter of 2016, and then we’ll get to share the plug-in goodness with you. Come see us at Biggers Mitsubishi to learn more today.