Possible Return of the Lancer Evolution

When the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was discontinued in 2008 after a ten-year run, Mitsubishi enthusiasts were disappointed to see the beloved sports car come off the market. The Evo X took its place until it was discontinued internationally in 2017. Now, there are rumors of the possible return of the Lancer Evolution — an idea that has thrilled sports car fans around the globe.

There is speculation that a new Mitsubishi vehicle will be named the Lancer Evolution XI, in the spirit of the Evo X. Rumors are swirling that the new Lancer will be built upon the CMF-C/D F4 platform, a creation of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

Its drivetrain options are purported to be similar to the Renault Megane RS. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch gearbox for seamless shifting are likely options for the new Lancer, along with an S-AWC four-wheel-drive setup.

Mitsubishi chairman and former CEO Osamu Masuko is behind a push to revive the automaker’s powerful, high-performance cars, marking him as the person most likely behind the possible return of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

While the Lancer has been internationally discontinued since 2017, the saloon version of the car is still popular in Chinese-speaking markets, proving that the car still has wide appeal.

Want to check out the latest Mitsubishi models? Visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi in Elgin, IL.

Updates Coming to the 2020 Outlander Sport

The new 2020 Outlander Sport is debuting with lots of appealing changes to its list of standard features, available amenities, and exterior design. With a fresh look, new colors, and advanced technology, this crossover is leading the pack with new levels of sophistication.

Those who are familiar with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport will notice the desirable updates right away. The new Outlander Sport sets itself apart with an angular, athletic design. Changes start with the exterior, where almost everything has been refreshed, including the front bumper, the engine hood, and the fender. The front end of the 2020 Outlander Sport now wears a DYNAMIC SHIELD grille surrounded by LED headlights and LED daytime running lamps. Plus, LED taillights are now standard on the Outlander Sport.

The updated exterior is finished off with a new bumper fascia and 18-inch alloy wheels. Drivers now have three new exterior colors to choose from, as well: Sunshine Orange, Red Diamond, and Oak Brown.

On the inside, new fabrics and improved knobs and switches demonstrate the modern and thoughtful design of the Outlander Sport. Individual trims get new standard features, like the 8-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio, which is now standard on the ES trim, and driver-assist features like Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, and Forward Collision Mitigation, which are all included in the SE trim.

See the new and improved 2020 Outlander Sport for yourself — schedule a test drive at Biggers Mitsubishi.

The Updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Boasts Greater Efficiency

The updated Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is on its way to UK dealerships, and it’s sporting a powertrain with better all-electric mileage, faster charging, and more performance options, making it even more fun to drive.

The Outlander PHEV has always been one of the most diverse SUVs on the road, bringing together unbeatable efficiency and eco-consciousness with sporty, powerful performance and tons of features.

The new model still delivers luxurious cabin materials, convenient technologies like the 360-degree rearview camera, and smartphone integration, along with an improved powertrain.

Its battery power has increased by 15 percent and 10kw, improving its horsepower, torque, and fuel economy. The updated Outlander PHEV boasts an electric range of up to 28 miles, and the battery can charge to 80 percent in just 25 minutes, so it’s easy to commute to work or the grocery store without ever switching to fuel.

And that’s not all — the gas engine also received an upgrade, going from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder to a 2.4-liter. The new Outlander PHEV can tow up to 1,500 pounds. With muscle like that, you can haul a small trailer, bring a boat for family vacations, or help your family and friends move.

You can test-drive the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Outlander PHEV Becomes Best-Selling Mitsubishi Model in Europe

Mitsubishi has been enjoying a new level of success thanks to the popularity of the Outlander family of crossovers. In the U.S., the Outlander Sport continues to be the best-selling Mitsubishi model in the United States, but over in Europe, an unexpected contender has taken the number-one spot – the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The plug-in hybrid variant of the Outlander name has become a top pick for European drivers.

Since its 2013 debut in Japan, the Outlander PHEV has reached cumulative sales of 200,000 units sold around the world, a new record for members of the plug-in hybrid segment. Europe is responsible for over 130,000 of those sales over the course of the four years it has been available to the European market. Its efficient engine, innovative hybrid powertrain, and crossover versatility make it an appealing pick for buyers who don’t want to compromise space or capability for a fuel-efficient vehicle.

Will the U.S. catch up to Europe? The American Outlander PHEV is a far cry from being the country’s best-selling Mitsubishi model, but it also debuted late stateside, coming to the American market several years later than other global markets. Hybrids and EVs are also more popular in Europe than here. However, increasing interest in the green car market could spell even more future success for the Outlander PHEV.

Come test drive the Outlander at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Finally Releases the Eclipse Cross in South Africa

Here in the United States, we have gotten to enjoy the sophisticated Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross for over a year. However, in other places in the world, it’s just getting started. In fact, Mitsubishi just released the Eclipse Cross in South Africa.

The South African model will be similar to the model available in North America, except it will only come with two trims choices: one with front-wheel drive and the other with Super All-Wheel Control. Here in the U.S., it has five trim levels. Another difference that South Africa has left-hand traffic, so the driver and front passenger seat are switched.

South Africans will find the Eclipse Cross comes well-equipped with features like leather upholstery, a head-up display, Bluetooth, voice controls, keyless entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen display. Buyers can also add on a built-in navigation system. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, hill start assist, and anti-lock brakes.

In the United States, the Eclipse Cross comes with a beefier warranty. In South Africa, it will only come with a 3-year/100,000-kilometer warranty and a 5-year/90,000-kilometer service plan. In the U.S., we get to enjoy a 10-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile New Vehicle Warranty.

See what South Africa has been missing — test drive an Eclipse Cross at Biggers Mitsubishi.

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

One of the Mitsubishi Outlander model’s key strengths is its impeccable safety record. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently awarded the 2019 Outlander with the Top Safety Pick title for the sixth consecutive year.

The Outlander earned “good” ratings across the board in all crash tests and a “superior” rating in front-crash prevention. It also earned an “acceptable” rating in the headlights assessment.

Per The News Wheel, the model’s available Touring Package largely contributed to its performance during these tests. The package includes advanced driver assist features such as Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam headlights.

Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America, expressed pride at the model’s latest achievement. “Earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key reason for customers to place the Outlander at the top of their shopping list, proving it one of the most competitive vehicles in the incredibly popular compact SUV segment.”

So, in short, 2019 promises to be another successful year for Outlander sales. Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi to experience this model’s superior safety technologies firsthand. You can also test-drive one of our other shiny new 2019 Mitsubishi models.

Four Useful Items For Your Winter Car Survival Kit

Don’t let a breakdown incident catch you unprepared. Stock your vehicle with useful winter car survival items now to help ensure that you and your passengers stay as safe and comfortable as possible if you get stranded on the side of the road. Here are four items you should include in the kit.

  1. LED Flashlight – The worst problems always seem to happen at night. If your vehicle breaks down due to an issue with the battery, you’ll need a source of light to help illuminate the area under the hood. LED flashlights last a long time and are bright and effective. It’s a better option than relying on a smartphone’s flashlight, since if you’re stranded, you’ll want to conserve your phone’s battery power.
  2. Smartphone Car Charger – Roadside assistance is an invaluable tool in a winter emergency, but it might be a while before help arrives. Make sure to include a portable phone charger in your survival kit, which will help ensure that you can connect first responders until they appear on the scene.
  3. Portable Air Compressor – Drops in the temperature are notorious for rapidly deflating the tires. With a portable air compressor powered by your car’s battery, you can take care of the issue yourself. This will spare you the trouble of calling assistance, and help you avoid the safety hazard of driving on underinflated tires to a gas station nearby.
  4. Jumper Cables – Cold weather also takes a toll on car batteries. Make sure to include jumper cables in your survival kit, so you can get back on the road more quickly.

For more tips on assembling your winter car kit, contact us at Biggers Mitsubishi. We can also set you up with a maintenance appointment to help ensure that your vehicle functions smoothly this winter.

Biggers Mitsubishi Welcomes Back the Eclipse with a New Crossover

2018 Mitsubishi

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Coupe was discontinued in 2011, but the Eclipse is back in a bigger and better way as the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Eclipse Cross slots in perfectly with the competitive and ever-growing compact crossover segment, adding some boldness and style to the mix. It comes with a standard 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine with admirable horsepower and efficiency. It also offers an advanced All-Wheel Control system as standard above the base model, increasing your confidence and control while behind the wheel.

Safety and Technology

Whether you are traveling the daily commute in rain and snow or setting out on an off-road weekend adventure, the Eclipse Cross has you covered. All the while, you can sit back comfortably and enjoy the incredible technology at your fingertips, including a 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity features. You will also be put at ease by the remarkable standard and available advanced safety features that the Eclipse Cross has to offer.

Not only does the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boast admirable performance and power, but it also features a daring design and fun technology to further increase its appeal. At Biggers Mitsubishi, we gladly welcome back the Eclipse in the form of this new compact crossover.

Should You Get Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?
If you’ve never put much thought into your tires, you probably have all-season tires. But you may have heard people talk about swapping their tires out for different seasons. The reason for this is because winter road conditions are different and often more hazardous than road conditions the rest of the year. You may not have heard the term “summer tires,” but the name “three-season tires” is likely more accurate, as you’re supposed to have summer tires the rest of the year that you’re not using winter tires. But should you have summer tires or all-season tires? What’s the difference?

All-season tires rose to prominence in the 70s as a marketing ploy to attract buyers who didn’t want to spend extra time and money getting their tires swapped twice a year. However, how all-season tires are made can be concerning; manufacturers reduce the tire’s ability to grip wet roads in order to improve its traction in snow. As a result, you get a tire that’s kind of good at handling in all road conditions, but may slip up in extreme weather.

Overall, swapping your all-season tires out for summer and winter tires is the safer option. However, all-season tires can save you some cash if you live in a milder area without extreme weather. If you have more questions about whether you should choose summer tires or all-season tires, don’t hesitate to call our service department here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Things to Do Near Chicago

Things to do near Chicago

Explore the Elgin, IL Area

With a new Outlander Sport, you can explore the Elgin and Chicago areas. Whether you are looking for some fine dining, special events, or other activities, there are always things to do near Chicago. Check out the events listed below.

According to the City of Elgin website, you can spend the Fourth of July at the local parade beginning at 9:00am at Slade and Douglas. This patriotic event will last roughly two hours, and the theme for this year is “Go for the Gold.” Whether you are sitting along the route for the day or simply stopping by for a moment, this event is fun for both adults and kids.

For those who love beer and wine, the Downtown Elgin Pub Crawl is held on September 23 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. However, be sure to get a designated driver, then come downtown to enjoy some of the best drinks around. This is a great way to support local businesses and to see what’s new in the area.

Though not until October 29 to November 12, the Chicago Humanities Festival is one event you don’t want to miss. Special guests include renowned feminist theorist Gloria Steinem, TV host Trevor Noah, author Yaa Gyasi, architect Marshall Brown, and New York Times writer Thomas Friedman.

These are just some of the many events this summer and fall. So get out and explore the Elgin and Chicago areas in your new Outlander Sport.