Mitsubishi is one of the smallest automakers in the industry, but it holds the largest potential. Featuring a line of high-value vehicles, the manufacturer is looking toward increasing its offerings over the next few years, and with the launch of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Outlander PHEV this December, it looks like the Japanese brand is returning to its roots.
“Our core strength is SUVs,” said Osamu Masuko, Mitsubishi CEO. “Mitsubishi offered them long before the term was coined.”
The first step in strengthening the line comes in the form of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Sleek, upscale styling and a powerful 1.5-liter turbocharged engine live up to the crossover’s namesake.
After its hard-hitting debut at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross made the fast track to the production line. It marks one of the first crossovers to bear the brand’s new design language.
The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be followed by the launch of the Outlander PHEV in December 2017 and early 2018. The long-awaited model has been available in Japan for several years now, but it looks like it will finally make its way to American roadways.
The Outlander PHEV is back and better than ever. The 2016 model will feature a new facelift, adding sporty contours and an aggressive new fascia. Plus, the model will be getting some mechanical upgrades as well.
According to World Car Fans, the Outlander PHEV design will feature the iconic Mitsubishi “dynamic shield” fascia, using extensive chrome. In addition to a new front end, the PHEV will get two-ton 18-inch gloss black wheels, interior cabin upgrades, redesigned seats, and a four-spoke steering wheel.
Under the hood, the 2016 Outlander PHEV, which stands for “Plug-in electric hybrid,” will also get some upgrades. This includes a new hybrid setup to lower friction, an 8% increase in electric range, and better throttle response. A Multi-around view monitor provides added safety as well.
The new model is set to be released sometime in July, although it will only be available in Japan for some time. Mitsubishi has stated that it should hit the US market sometime later this year, although no specific date has been given.
The Paris Motor Show just got underway, after weeks and weeks of anticipation. The reveal we’re most excited for at Biggers Mitsubishi is that of the Outlander plug-in, which has already been rumored to come to the United States next fall as a 2016 model.
The Outlander PHEV is expected to stand out with massively improved styling and material quality, which Mitsubishi claims will fit within a new “Sporty and Sophisticated” design theme.
From what we know of its appearance already, the new PHEV has hit the mark. An updated horizontal grille leads to reshaped headlights, on top of a better integrated air dam in sexy black and chrome accents. The overall result is a much sleeker, attractive look that’ll have people turning heads at the Motor Show and, we suspect, in the streets next year.
Inside, Mitsubishi says passengers will find black wood grain trim and silver accents throughout the cabin, hand-stitched leather seats, and a new center console inspired by Japanese black lacquer boxes.