Crossovers keep getting bigger in the United States—and we don’t mean in terms of size—and since the Outlander and Outlander Sport are already Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicles, the automaker figured it might as well throw a new one into the mix.
CEO Osamu Masuko told Automotive News that Mitsubishi would present a new CUV that would go on sale in the United States and Europe. Production wouldn’t occur until about two years from now, but we already know that it’ll slot right between the aforementioned Outlander and Outlander Sport and compete with crossovers like the Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson.
But there’s something else, too. “The Outlander is growing in size, while the Outlander Sport is getting smaller, so it opens a space for the new SUV,” said Masuko. This would ensure the new Mitsubishi crossover doesn’t also compete with its own siblings in the lineup.
It’s a long way off for now, but we look forward to the new crossover at Biggers Mitsubishi!
Mitsubishi made quite a stir during the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. With new models such as the XR-PHEV II and the L200, Mitsubishi dominated the event. Showcasing the latest in fuel-efficient technology and off-road design, both models are sure to be a success.
According to Mitsubishi, the XR-PHEV II has been in the works since 2013, allowing engineers to fine-tune the plug-in hybrid technology. The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept is a small SUV/Crossover that features a lightweight and compact body and very low emissions. It also features Battery Save, Battery Charge, and All-Electric modes giving drivers a variety of choices.
The L200 is an all-new pickup, initially launched in Thailand. This new sport utility truck has been a smash hit, perfect for functionality and reliability. Unfortunately, the L200 is only being offered in Europe and parts of Asia at the moment, but depending on its success, it may make its way to the US sooner or later.
Both of these models represent the future of Mitsubishi, emphasizing eco-friendly design. The XR-PHEV is an SUV and the L200 is a pickup, two segments associated with bad fuel economy and harmful emissions—something Mitsubishi is looking to change.
It’s about time. After teasing us about “The Return of a Legend” a few weeks ago, Biggers Mitsubishi could not wait a moment longer to find out what Mitsubishi had come up with.
Under the hood, the Concept GC-PHEV has a supercharged V6 and plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes 335 horsepower, all hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system.
More interestingly, the Concept GC-PHEV is the first vehicle to give us a preview of the automaker’s brand-new design language. According to Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi North America Executive VP, “All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander.”
When it comes to design, the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a mix of chunky style and sci-fi influences. It has an augmented reality windshield, collision mitigating braking, and something called the Tactical Table. Though that sounds like something that would let you call in an airstrike against your enemies, what it actually does is let you place a smartphone on top of the table and automatically share information with the vehicle and other passengers—kinda like those computer tables that we thought would be the future before tablets came along. Less dramatic than an airstrike, but arguably more useful!