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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

Posted by Stephen On Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Yesterday we got the great news that Mitsubishi has definite plans to revive the Evo nameplate. They didn’t say when, but high-level execs have all but guaranteed that the next Evo will be a high-performance hybrid crossover. That means it’s the end of an era for Mitsubishi’s budget-friendly sports sedan. Today we’re paying homage to the old Evo with a pristine auction find from just a few years back – a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR Premium package.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

As a 2010 model year, this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would have been manufactured in the prime of the car’s 10th generation of production. Otherwise known as the Lancer Evolution X, these models were built on a newly designed lightweight 2.0L turbocharged inline-four GEMA engine. The engine is made entirely from aluminum, but still offers a great kick with 296 horsepower available under the hood. With the lightweight design, this Lancer Evo is one of the few sub-300 hp cars that can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

As an Evo with the GSR Premium package, this Lancer’s engine would’ve been mated to a 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission system with magnesium paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. This car also would’ve been the first car to use Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, with stopping power provided by Brembo ventilated brake discs.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR rear

The exterior is iconic – exactly what most people associate with the Lancer Evo name. It’s got that wide-open trapezoidal maw, a trio of hood vents, a blood red paintjob and a huge rear spoiler to define this car as a performance model. And those stylish treads you see in the pictures above are 245/40R18 Yokohama ADCAN A13C tires mounted with Enkie 12-spoke alloys with extra-high rigidity.

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR interior

Moving inside the car, this 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has a surprisingly robust interior for being manufactured during the automotive recession. In the image here, it’s easy to make out the sculpted leather bucket seats with white stitching and the chrome accents around the cabin that match the magnesium paddle shifters. You also can’t miss that beautiful 7-inch LCD with built-in navigation through the Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) and a sizeable 30Gb on-board hard drive. And you can rock out with a booming Rockford Fosgate audio system for your favorite tunes.

At the time of this writing, there are less than 10 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions up for auction in Japan. The one you see here is the best-looking one of the bunch with an overall rating of 4.5. To learn more about this Japanese car auction find, you can get a full translation of the auction spec sheet below:

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered May 2010, GSR Premium, FAT, AAC, service book, original AWs, power steering, power windows, leather, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, original BBS 18 inch AWs, Ralliart adjustable suspension, Fujitsubo muffler, Monster CPU and piping, AM rear diffuser, original HDD navigation system, Recaro black leather seats, optional lip spoiler, optional trunk lid spoiler, HID lights, smart key, Rockford Fosgate sound system, seats worn, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, lower left side step cover A3, scraped under front bumper, front windscreen stone scratches, marks as per map”


Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to Return as a Hot Hybrid Crossover

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Touring

Most of us already know that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is on the way out the door. Mitsubishi has already released a final limited edition of the vehicle to commemorate its exit from their lineup. However, as expected, they do in fact have plans to bring the Evo back to their lineup in the future. What we didn’t expect is the type of car they’re going to do it with.

According to a recent interview with Autocar, Mitsubishi boss Testsuro Aikawa says that the revived Evo would most likely be a performance-oriented hybrid crossover.

Pretty big jump, right?

Aikawa’s justification is simple. He envisions the Evo tagline coming to mean something entirely new for the automaker. He explained it like this: “In Japanese, when you pronounce ‘Oh’ [in Evo], it means ‘king’. So we would like to launch this type of [performance] car, featuring EV and PHEV technology, which is the ultimate of its kind. ‘EV’ for electric vehicle, ‘O’ for king – Evo.”

See how that works? It’s a clever bit of wordplay, and a good way to market the next Evo as the king of electric vehicles.

But what car would receive the Evo treatment?

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept

When you consider that Mitsubishi’s been building up the release of their next-gen Outlander Sport / ASX PHEV for almost a year now with their XR-PHEV II Concept, it seems reasonable to expect that this would be the next Evo vehicle. In other words, instead of the Lancer Evo, it will be the ASX Evo (or the Outlander Sport Evo, depending on your market).

Keep in mind, the next Evo will definitely not come anytime soon. It won’t be in 2016, and there’s actually no guarantee that it’ll come before 2020. Aikawa was very careful to not give a hard and fast ETA. Instead he simply said, “to develop these kind of vehicles, we have to sell a lot of the base models so we can cover the research and development costs.” In other words, they’re not going to force the next Evo into their lineup; they want it to be a natural evolution of a well-established model.

That being said, Autocar claims that Aikawa isn’t the only Mitsubishi rep. envisioning the ASX as the next Evo. Kaneroi Okamato – the guy who’s in charge of product development – is also on record saying the Evo will eventually be “replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”

Together, they make a pretty compelling case, right? Regardless of how you feel about the EV king wordplay, it’s good to hear that Mitsubishi (A) has a plan for future performance models and (B) that they’re being prudent enough to make sure it pays off.


Mitsubishi Dynamic Shield Coming to ASX, Lancer & Mirage

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, April 25th, 2015

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

We’ve learned this week that Mitsubishi plans to make some big design changes to their lineup to help improve their brand’s recognizability in both the US and international markets.

Remember the ‘Dynamic Shield’ front grille design showcased on the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander from earlier this month at the 2015 New York Auto Show? It’s pictured above if you need a reference. Mitsubishi apparently plans to make this Dynamic Shield design into their official corporate grille, similar to what Lexus has done with their pinched spindle grille and what Nissan has done with their V-motion design.

According to an interview between Mitsubishi’s US VP, Don Swearingen, and CarAdvice.com.au, they will first adopt the new grille on the 2016 Outlander Sport, otherwise known as the Mitsubishi ASX. He said, “The new brand identity that you see on this [2016 Outlander] will carry over. In the US, after this vehicle we’re going to first go with the Outlander Sport (ASX).” He went on to say that the re-designed Outlander Sport would be here by October or November of this year as a 2016MY.

But it doesn’t stop there… Mitsubishi plans to release a Dynamic Shield-styled Mirage sometime in the first quarter of next year. This is extra-big news because it also means that Mitsubishi plans to bring the re-styled Mirage sedan to the US next year too. We’re sure the addition of a stylish family sedan to their US portfolio will bolster sales.

Mitsubishi also plans to update their relatively stagnant Lancer with the Dynamic Shield design language, but Swearingen said it’s the lowest priority of the three. He said the changes may not be as drastic as what they have planned for the ASX and Mirage, but that they too should be here within the next 12 months.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage

This Japanese car auction find should give you a pretty good idea of where Mitsubishi is coming from with their Dynamic Shield design. Looking at a car like the 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage, it’s hard to argue with the efficiency of their vehicles.

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage rear

2012 would’ve been the first model year in the sixth-generation of the Mirage’s production, and while the lime-green hatch you see here is a bit quirky in design, it makes up for it by being the lightest four-door in any segment except for the two-passenger Smart ForTwo, which is hardly even a fair comparison. It also boasts the lowest drag coefficient in its class, which combines with the 1.0L petrol to offer an astounding 63 mpg on the Japanese JCO8 cycle without using an electric motor. Truly impressive.

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage interior

To learn more about this 2012 Mitsubishi Mirage auction find, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2012 Mitsubishi Mirage auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition C, first registered October 2012, G model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, gasoline engine, Auto Stop and Go, electrical retraction mechanism on mirrors, rear wiper, smoked glass windows, original navigation system and TV, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, original navigation system, original TV, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, scratches and dimples and scrapes, wheel caps scratches, marks as per map”


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Impresses in New York

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

We were hesitant to get excited when Mitsubishi said they were bringing a new Outlander to the 2015 New York Auto Show. Mitsubishi had yet to really impress us this year at any of the major automotive events, and we just couldn’t let ourselves get too invested after the “return of a legend” debacle earlier this year. However, now that we are here, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander that the underdog automaker showed off in New York is actually very well done.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

The new Outlander is an extremely important model for Mitsubishi. They’ve reported a 20% increase in US sales growth the first quarter of 2015, and the new Outlander is how they plan to keep that snowball rolling. They’ve made over 100 changes to the model from 2015 to 2016, and it’s the first car to showcase a design language that will eventually extend across the entirety of Mitsubishi’s lineup.

So far, we like what we see.

There is no denying that the current Outlander that you’d find on dealership floors today is rather bland. Mitsubishi themselves admit it – the current version of the crossover was launched during trying times for the automaker, and they over-hyped the SUV during its 2013 launch. At the time, they simply didn’t have the budget to manufacture a truly excellent offering and so instead they promised a great car that in reality came nowhere near the competition.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander rear

Now, with 13 consecutive months of the year-over-year sales growth and a US dollar that’s worth 60% more Japanese yen than in 2012, Mitsubishi can afford to go all-out on their seven-seat crossover. And that’s exactly what they did.

First, the exterior styling is bold and aggressive. The black and chrome “Dynamic Shield” front grille is eye-catching, and plays perfectly into the SUV’s new, modern design. We love the new LED headlight array, as well as the new 18-inch alloys and re-sculpted rear bumper.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander interior

Inside, Mitsubishi has made the Outlander feel several times better than the outgoing model. Passengers will now enjoy soft, plush leather seats with a leather wrapped steering wheel, great-looking accents trim, rear folding seats, a new infotainment audio system and even an auto-dimming rearview mirror. On top of all that, you’ll enjoy a substantially quieter ride with new sound deadening materials incorporated throughout the cabin.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander will keep the same 166 horsepower, 2.4L MIVEC four-cylinder engine from the 2015MY. However, the driving dynamics should be substantially better… Mitsubishi says they’ve completely overhauled the chassis and suspension with improved structural rigidity, a more responsive Electric Power Steering system and a totally new CVT. Sounds good to us!

All in all, the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander looks like a definite step in the right direction for the slow-climbing automaker. If this is what we can expect from their renewed focus on crossover and SUV offerings, and we’re more than happy to keep an open mind. Pricing and a specific launch date are still TBA, but we expect to see this car in late Fall of this year.

You can read the full press release here.


New Japanese Cars to Look for at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

As one of the last large automotive events of the spring season, the 2015 New York Auto Show is most automakers’ last chance to show off their innovations to a huge international audience for several months. As you can imagine, there are will be quite a few new cars to see. So, we’ve narrowed down the list for you to the top Japanese cars to look out for when doors open later this week:

2016 Lexus RX & 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Unsurprisingly, Toyota and its sub-brands have the most new cars they plan to unveil later this week in New York. To save space, we’ve condensed these two crossovers into one slot.

2016 Lexus RX Teaser

The Lexus RX is undoubtedly the more exciting of the two… We’ve only seen a single teaser image of the new compact crossover, and it’s sporty, almost sedan-like profile has us itching to see the full body revealed in New York. As the current best-selling premium car in the US, all eyes are on the next-generation RX to see what Lexus has come up with.

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid teaser

That being said, you can’t gloss over the importance of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid. Even if you’re not a green car enthusiast, the new RAV4 Hybrid’s design will carry over to the rest of the RAV4 lineup in 2016.

Scion iA Sedan and iM Hatch

For the first time in years, Scion is expanding their lineup with not one, but two new youthful automobiles that will be on display in New York.

In case you missed our original preview, the Scion iM hatchback is based on the Scion iM Concept from about a year ago. The Scion iA sedan is the one we’re really excited about though – it’s a sedan based on the all-new Mazda2, and we can’t wait to see what it looks like in-the-metal.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teaser 2

We’re not exactly sure what to expect from the new Mitsubishi Outlander that’s coming to the 2015 New York Auto Show.

You can read our detailed preview if you’d like more information on what exactly Mitsubishi has in store, but the short version is that we’re HOPING to see an Outlander PHEV. Other options include a new Outlander Sport or a redesigned regular Outlander. You can see the latest teaser image Mitsubishi’s released for us above.

2016 Nissan Maxima

2016 Nissan Maxima

Finally, the last major Japanese car to be revealed at the 2015 New York Auto Show is the 2016 Nissan Maxima. We’ve put this last on the list because we’ve technically already seen the new Maxima. It originally aired in Nissan’s Super Bowl ad spot, and since then Nissan has released perfectly clear images to show what the car will look like, such as the one above.

Still, nothing replaces an in-the-metal reveal, and the Nissan Maxima is one of the most important vehicles in the second largest Japanese automaker’s lineup… Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Either way, the NY Auto Show is set to be a ton of fun with a floor full of sweet new cars, Japan-made or otherwise. Come back later this week to start seeing some reveals!


Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, March 21st, 2015

A few days back we looked at a teaser for a new Mitsubishi Outlander that will make its appearance at the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. Since we showcased a Mitsubishi Outlander auction find not too long ago, today we’re going to showcase one of the Outlander’s primary competitors from another underdog Japanese automaker. And that brings us to today’s auction find – a 2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT

This is a fourth-generation Forester, so basically the exact model that any new Mitsubishi Outlander will be competing against. Even though it’s technically a 2013MY, it’s still a worthy comparison to make today. Let’s start with the exterior, which is Crystal Black Silica for this model.

The Forester has a surprisingly distinguished aesthetic. Where other automakers home in on a flowing, fluid body style, which is in turn accompanied by excessively large grilles, the 2015 Subaru Forrester we see here is rugged and edgy. It doesn’t have the swooping body lines you’d find on a Mazda CX-5 or, to a lesser degree, one of the new Toyota RAV4s. This is a car that really looks like an SUV.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT rear view

We’ll also point out that even though it’s not overbearingly large and looks nothing like a swoop or a smile, the grille on the Forester here is actually quite stylish. It has a bold chrome outline over a simple trapezoidal spindle grille. It stands out because there’s not much chrome throughout the rest of the body; the fog lights are the only other element to make use of that material.

Any research at all into the redesigned fourth-generation Subaru Forrester will reveal a host of positive reviews. Consumers at Kelley Blue Book rated the fourth-generation Subaru Forester (which would’ve hit Japanese dealerships as a 2013MY) at 8.1 out of 10 for its reliability, good fuel economy (without sacrificing all-wheel drive) and a well-appointed interior. The Forester is generally regarded as an SUV with great all-around value.

Since this is a Forrester 2.0XT, you will find a powerful 2.0L turbocharged engine paired with a Lineartronic CVT transmission. System output is rated at 280PS or 276 horsepower. This model also comes with EyeSight Driver Assist System, which was newly integrated in the refreshed 2013MY.

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT interior

Since this is an XT model, you’ll enjoy a sport-tuned suspension with 18-inch alloy wheels (see pictures above) and chassis bracing to better handle the extra output from the turbocharged engine. This means flatter cornering and better overall handling, without having any effect on ride comfort. And, you get all that with an EPA rated 32 mpg highway.

To learn more about this 2013 Subaru Forrester Japanese car auction find, just keep reading below the auction sheet for a full translation of its specs:

2013 Subaru Forester 2.0XT auction sheet

“Grade 5, interior A, first registered June 2013, 12,424KM, 2.0 XT i-Sight model, 2WD, FAT, AAC, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, original navigation system, airbag, one owner, digital TV, reversing rearview camera, cruise control, half-leather seats, seat heater, push button starter, smart key, HID, power seat, original 18 inch AWs, 1 x spare smart key, scratches and dents, marks as per map”


2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Teased for New York Reveal

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Save the Date for NYIAS Press Conference

With the Geneva Motor Show officially behind us, we’re finally starting to get previews for the upcoming 2015 New York Auto Show. Doors open in almost exactly 2 weeks, and the first Japanese car we have to look forward to (at least officially) is a new 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander.

The Mitsubishi Outlander has struggled to stay competitive in the US in recent years. Not because it’s a bad car, but because all things being equal, most drivers will choose a model they’re more familiar with like the Toyota Highlander.

Under a bigger brand, today’s budget-friendly Outlander would do just fine. After all, everyone agrees it’s a reliable model and it has excellent fuel economy for its class… Plus, pricing is right on point with a starting price of just $23,195 for a full-sized 7-seat SUV.

Still, this teaser tells us that Mitsubishi is planning something different for 2016. This fits right in line with our expectations, since we already knew Mitsubishi would be showcasing some sort of new Outlander in New York. With this teaser, we have three options for what exactly that car will be.

Option 1. Plain 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander

Most other automotive blogs on the web are convinced that Mitsubishi is bringing a standard facelifted Outlander SUV to the 2015 NY Auto Show. Even though Mitsubishi did a similar refresh in 2013 for the 2014MY just a couple years ago (pictured above), many people believe they’re giving it another shot for 2016.

This option makes sense… Even after the update, the Outlander feels a little dated, especially inside the cabin. But, there are other options.

Option 2. Facelifted 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2015 Outlander Sport SE

Another option would be for Mitsubishi to skip the normal Outlander entirely and showcase a facelifted version of their slightly more popular Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, aka. the Mitsubishi ASX or Mitsubishi RVR.

This option would make slightly more sense because the car hasn’t seen any major updates since the third-generation debuted in 2010. Plus, a mid-cycle facelift would be a great time to finally homogenize the Outlander Sport lineup, since the car has substantially varied specs and names across the different markets.

The only problem here is that the grille we see in the teaser image looks nothing like the grille from the current Outlander Sport. The horizontal bars tell us we’re looking at a standard Outlander, which leaves us with Option 3…

Option 3. US-Spec Outlander PHEV

2014 Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S

We’ve been patiently waiting for a plug-in hybrid version of the Outlander for several years now. It was originally supposed to launch in 2012. Then it was definitely going to hit the US by 2014. The latest estimate is April 2016, and this one could finally be on the money.

If Mitsubishi really is ready to bring their Outlander PHEV to the US, then a New York debut makes perfect sense. And, it’s possible that they could still do Option 1 here, since execs have said that they’d facelift the normal Outlander before sending dealers the PHEV model. It’s expected to look a lot like the 2014 Paris Motor Show’s Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S, which is pictured above.

Notice those horizontal bars on the grille… Could this be the car we’re seeing in New York? Stay tuned to find out!


Sporty Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept Coming to Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 27th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept preview

Earlier this month, we were disappointed when Mitsubishi hyped up “the return of a legend” ahead of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, only to bring us an outdated and unrealistic GC-PHEV Concept… A car which they’d already shown in the exact same form a full year-and-a-half prior, albeit not in the US.

Fortunately, it looks like they’ve learned their lesson. Mitsubishi is promising to showcase an all-new concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month, and we’re actually excited. It’s called the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept, and you can see it for yourself below.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept

The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II is a follow-up to the original XR-PHEV Concept shown all the way back at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, while the crossover coming to Geneva is officially being billed as a concept, the car in these teasers looks much closer to production than any crossover concept we’ve seen from Mitsubishi in recent memory.

So, if the XR-PHEV II is, in fact, close to production, what model will it be?

All current rumors are pointing to the new Mitsubishi Outlander Sport PHEV, expected to hit the market as a 2016 model, either later this year or at the beginning of next. This would be a fitting two-yearish follow-up to the standard Outlander PHEV that went on sale in the UK last April.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept rear

Mitsubishi says that the “concept XR-PHEV II is an urban crossover employing a lightweight, compact and high-efficiency front-engine/from-wheel drive pH EV system to achieve superior environmental and road performance.” They go on to say that the PHEV system is estimated to yield CO2 emissions below 40 g/km without sacrificing an engaging, sporty ride.

How?

From what we know right now, that “high-efficiency” PHEV system Mitsubishi references in the press release is an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Mitsubishi tells us that it will use a 12 kWh battery to power an astonishingly powerful 160 hp electric motor. They didn’t say anything about the horsepower of the actual engine, probably because “the PHEV system is designed to operate primarily in all-electric mode with the engine … supplying additional motive power when needed.”

That being said, the original XR-PHEV Concept used a 1.1L turbocharged three-cylinder with 134 bhp, which probably isn’t too far off from the new concept given Mitsubishi’s explanation of the powertrain’s duties.

2015 Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept interior design

In addition to the new PHEV system and exterior design we’ll see when the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept hits the floor in Geneva, we’re also keeping an eye out for the interior. Mitsubishi says that the interior expresses fortitude with a minimalist, high-contrast design. It’s intended to functionally enhance the drivers focus on the road with convenient, intuitive controls.

We have to say, this is the most excited we’ve been to see a Mitsubishi concept so far in 2015. Stay tuned next month to see the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show!


Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Makes US Debut in Chicago

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept 2

Remember a couple weeks ago when Mitsubishi gave us that neat little teaser for the 2015 Chicago Auto Show with the tagline, “The Return of a Legend”?

At the time, we and the rest of the Internet speculated that this meant some sort of preview for a revived Mitsubishi Montero. Turns out, the “Legend” that they were referring to is the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept, that overly futuristic SUV concept you’ve probably forgotten about by now, since it was first shown all the way back from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

2015 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept rear

But surely they made some cool new changes to the GC-PHEV Concept, right? After all, it has been a full year and a half since the crossover’s debut.

Unfortunately, no. The car Mitsubishi chose to show off in Chicago – the “Return of a Legend” they were referring to – was literally the exact same model they brought to Tokyo in 2013. No changes. No technology updates. No nothing new. Talk about unsubstantiated hype; we’re actually kind of miffed.

2015 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept profile

In case you don’t remember, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept runs on a supercharged 3.0L V6 that outputs 335 hp on its own, paired up with a 94 hp electric motor and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The futuristic crossover can reportedly run a full 25 miles on electric-only power thanks to a hyper efficient 12-kWh lithium-ion battery.

Talking about the design or the interior is a fruitless endeavor, since Mitsubishi has added so much unrealistic fluff that identifying key themes is nearly impossible.

2015 Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

Fortunately, it’s not all bad news. Why would Mitsubishi want to remind us about their GC-PHEV Concept?

For three reasons:

  1. To build hype for their upcoming Outlander PHEV, which is expected to finally make it into the US as a 2016 model year.
  2. To showcase key design themes Mitsubishi plans to integrate into the refreshed Outlander and Outlander Sport, which are also expected to hit showroom floors later this year.
  3. The GC-PHEV Concept really does in fact herald a return of the Mitsubishi Montero – that part still stands true.

Plus, among the more realistic technologies shown inside the GC-PHEV are a bevy of new safety features that we expect will soon come standard in most of the Japanese automaker’s lineup. These include blind-spot warning, anti-collision braking, and ACC (adaptive cruise control), as well as new additions to the field with a senior-friendly “unintentional vehicle move-off” monitor, which basically prevents accidental acceleration or braking.

Want to learn more about the Mitsubishi GV-PHEV Concept? You can read Mitsubishi’s official press release for the Chicago Auto Show here.


Mitsubishi Teases Sporty New Hybrid SUV for Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 30th, 2015

Mitsubishi is on an SUV spree so far this year. We already know to expect the “return of a legend” at next month’s Chicago Auto Show – a car expected to herald a return of the Montero to the US. Now, the Japanese automaker has given us this preview of a new hybrid SUV model coming to Geneva:

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV geneva preview

Look familiar? It should – the teaser image of the grille is highly reminiscent of the XR-PHEV Concept we first saw over a year ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Fittingly, we’re expecting to see a production-ready evolution of the year-old Mitsubishi XR-PHEV SUV (pictured below) in Geneva, or at the very least a prototype.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

You may remember that we’d already re-looked at the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept when we covered the return of the Montero last week. However, we didn’t really discuss what our original thoughts were when the concept first hit the showroom back in 2013. At the time, we projected that the XR-PHEV previewed a new Mitsubishi Outlander.

Today, we got a second teaser for the hybrid SUV that will take a bow in Geneva.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV sport hybrid preview 2

With this second teaser, we now have both front and profile views of the car, with a few noteworthy visual features that Mitsubishi clearly wants us to notice.

First, the blue LED headlights probably won’t be blue in real-life, but the slanted design definitely will, along with the horizontal grille with X-shaped chrome accents. We also notice the swooping silhouette of the new crossover, complete with the X-shaped taillights that outline the rear of the vehicle. You can also make out massive lips around the wheel wells, and a striking body line extending from the back of the front wheel to the tip of the taillights.

Interestingly enough, there’s a slight chance that this isn’t the new Outlander or Outlander Sport -or- Outlander Plug-In Hybrid. Some sources believe that instead, Mitsubishi will be introducing us to the successor to the outgoing Lancer Evolution in Geneva. While it’s unlikely it would hold the Lancer Evo name, apparently Mitsubishi at one point claimed that IF they replaced the Lancer Evo’s slot in their lineup, it would definitely be with a sports SUV, although we’d heard it would come from a partnership with Renault-Nissan.

So, with that we have a mystery, folks. In the end, our bet’s on a new Outlander Sport hybrid which we’ve been told to expect sometime this year.  Either way, you’ll be able to prove us wrong when the 2015 Geneva Motor Show opens in March!