Since 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has shown the world that a car doesn’t have to be expensive to be impressive. The Evo delivers high-speed thrills and expert handling without completely emptying your bank account. Unfortunately, Mitsubishi has decided to end the Evo with the 10th generation (EVO X) and 2016 model to focus on more environmentally-friendly cars.
But that doesn’t mean people can’t dream. A Filipino man named Enoch Gabriel Gonzales put his auto design skills to use and created a what-if Lancer Evo concept.
He based his design on the next-generation 2018 Mitsubishi Lancer with sharp edges and killer styling. Then he added Evo characteristics like a large rear wing, hood vents, Brembo brake calipers, and more to create an Evo XI we can all dream about.
Our favorite part of the design is the large honeycomb-patterned grille that features a large XI that appears when looking at the Evo head on.
What we loved the most about the real life Evo was the fact that it could take on cars that cost a lot more money without giving up anything.
While we may never see a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI in real life, it is a lot of fun to dream about what it could have been.
Mitsubishi enthusiasts may want to sit down before hearing this: there may be a new high-end SUV on the way. Mitsubishi has been teasing a shadowy photo of a sporty SUV and the brand recently announced a new concept to appear in Paris later in the year. Best of all, the new model will have a plug-in hybrid powertrain, unique for its segment.
According to Automotive News, the Mitsubishi Ground Tourer Concept will have a low-riding body, a coupe style, and athletic fenders. The lighting is sharp and modern on both the front and the rear, while a stunning silhouette has an aura of power. Although there is nothing official yet, Mitsubishi may be releasing the new Ground Tourer in a year or so as part of a larger initiative to develop more green cars by 2020.
“Mitsubishi touts the concept as the latest expression of its push to become a pure SUV player, as the Japanese carmaker tries to build a comeback around its traditional strength in utility vehicles such as the Pajero and Outlander,” said the editors at Automotive News.
This is especially good news since the Galant and Eclipse Coupe have been dropped, leaving many to wonder what would take their place. With a high-power and off-road capable plug-in hybrid SUV on the way, this could just redefine the industry. Instead of gas-guzzling sports cars and SUVs that look more like tanks than cars, Mitsubishi is striving to give customers what they want—all wrapped in an eco-friendly package.
If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s both electric and big enough for your whole family – you may be out of luck. Fortunately, that’s exactly what Mitsubishi is trying to change, as evidenced by the electric Mitsubishi eX concept model, which is officially going into production.
Mitsubishi has been showing off the model at various auto shows, as recently as the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, and the SUV is not one to be forgotten. While it carries signature Mitsubishi style elements, the eX has a look all its own.
According to an interview conducted by Autocar, the model will hit dealerships by the end of the decade. We also know that the Mitsubishi eX will utilize an electric powertrain, come available in all-wheel drive, and is likely to have the very latest safety systems.
SUVs are immensely popular for good reason, as they are diverse vehicles that can really make the lives of families much easier. With the Mitsubishi eX, they can make your family greener, too.
To learn more, visit us anytime at Bell Mitsubishi.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution may be sadly coming to the end of its days, but the Evolution name might live on, according to new reports. The president of the auto company, Tetsuro Aikawa, is allegedly interested in moving the “Evo” title to a future vehicle – one with EV and PHEV technology.
In an interview with Autocar, Aikawa explains that the “oh” portion of the pronunciation of “Evo” means “king” in Japanese, so combined with “EV,” “Evo” is pretty close to “electric vehicle king.” That’s no title to be disregarded for future use.
This upcoming vehicle would likely be based on the next-gen ASX crossover concept that was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show. Likely getting the very latest in Mitsubishi EV and PHEV tech, the vehicle should certainly do the late Lancer name justice.
Aikawa calls this potential car the “ultimate of its kind.” What do you think of the new Mitsubishi Evo? Let us know in the comments.
We’ve all been (no-so) patiently waiting for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV’s US arrival, and now we might have a better idea when the plug-in hybrid SUV could arrive on American soil. According to a recent report by Green Car Reports, we will be getting the Outlander PHEV, but it’s going to be the newest version after it’s released in 2016.
Though the Outlander PHEV has seen record sales since it became available in Japan and the UK in 2013, here in the US we’ve seen its delivery delayed time and time again. Complicated US vehicle regulations and battery shortages have kept the Outlander PHEV just out of reach for those of us Americans who are drooling over it.
Mitsubishi promises that the 2016 Outlander PHEV will be well worth the wait. Although the 2016 facelift will only be a mid-cycle refresh, it will boast all-new design features. In fact, the new Outlander will adopt the new styling first unveiled on the PHEV Concept-S at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Mitsubishi has revealed a teaser image of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander, leading many to believe it will be officially unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week.
It remains to be seen if the automaker will introduce the plug-in hybrid version alongside the gasoline version. Mitsubishi officials have suggested that the US Outlander PHEV will be available in the second quarter of 2016 as a 2017 model year.
The bad news? We have more waiting ahead of us. The good news? When the Outlander PHEV does arrive, it will have been worth the wait! Check back with Bell Mitsubishi after the New York Auto show for more details!
Mitsubishi continues to push its brand in new directions. The automaker is making more and more SUVs, as well as adding hybrid or plug-in capabilities to most of those SUVs. For instance, an all-new Mitsubishi plug-in concept recently debuted at the Geneva Motor Show. This next concept, the XR-PHEV II, builds on the legacy of the XR-PHEV that debuted at the 2013 Tokyo show.
This second concept looks almost identical to the first one from the outside, but it sees improvements in other areas. The powertrain now features a 12-kWh battery along with a 161-horsepower electric motor. No more specifications on the engine are known just yet, but hopefully we will hear more from Mitsubushi soon.
Of course, this is still just a concept and it’s not destined for production at this time, but the statement is clear: Mitsubishi continues to work hard on this EV technology and knows that it will play a huge role in its future. And the automaker is already finding more advanced ways to do so, with features like “battery save” and “battery charge” modes featured on the second XR-PHEV concept. Come see us at Bell Mitsubishi to learn more today!
Mitsubishi has given us a glimpse into the future, and it wasn’t with a crystal ball. Instead, the Japanese carmaker showed us just what Mitsubishi’s future holds with the brand-new, innovative Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept, which debuted during the Chicago Auto Show.
“We brought the Concept GC-PHEV to Chicago because it showcases into our future technology and design themes,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President for Mitsubishi Motors North America. “The Concept showcases aggressive styling and a level of refinement that will be coming to Mitsubishi vehicles. All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander. The Concept GC-PHEV continues to tell the story we started telling at the LA Auto Show, and we think you’re going to like what is to come.”
The Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept debut brought a focus on the future of Mitsubishi safety, offering a variety of advanced safety systems that are set for future models. This includes “Connected Car” technology, an AR Windshield, and Pedestrian Collision Mitigating Auto-Braking. Along with these safety technologies, the concept vehicle debuts a more muscular stance and harsh, angular lines that are sure to make a lasting impression when they appear in future Mitsubishi models.
This concept car is just one of many innovative models Mitsubishi has to offer. Make sure you stop in to Bell Mitsubishi today and see what our brand has to offer you!
What better time to unveil a highly-anticipated hybrid than springtime? This must have been Mitsubishi’s thinking as the automaker has decided to bring its new hybrid SUV to light in Geneva in March. The birds will be a’singing, the ice will be a’melting and Mitsubishi will be proving to the world that it’s a conscientious automaker doing its best to make environmentally-friendly automobiles.
According to a press release from Mitsubishi, the hybrid SUV will use the automaker’s Earth technology. This technology grows out of Mitsubishi Drive@Earth philosophy. On its website, comprising this philosophy is the commitment that “Mitsubishi stands ready to clear a path to a new era in sustainable partnership” as “the connection between cars, society and the environment becomes clearer.” The automaker concludes with the declaration: “We believe that our technology and our passion for driving will help us lead the way to a new future for motoring.”
The new hybrid SUV due out in March is one flower of this philosophy. Another is the MiEV, the super-compact, all-electric vehicle. Of course, these are only a couple of many to come. We are excited for the new SUVs to hit our lots, but for now you can browse our great selection of vehicles currently on our lot!
At long last, the Lancer Evo X will be making its last laps fairly soon. We might have gotten an early glimpse at the final production model, which will have a limited release of just 2,000 vehicles, thanks to the Lancer Evo X Concept Final, which makes its debut at the Tokyo Auto Salon. If the Concept Final does indeed prefigure the last Lancer Evo X model, we’ve got plenty to look forward to.
The Concept Final boasts 473 horsepower, with 182 horsepower added by powertrain add-ons and variations. The concept adds a new ECU software, new intake and exhaust systems, better fuel management, an HKS turbo, and more to the powertrain of its 2.0-liter engine and a five-speed manual. With extra suspension and handling technology to boot, this is perhaps the best and most performance-ready Evo X ever.
It’s just too bad it will be gone so soon. So, make sure to follow us closely here at Bell Mitsubishi to keep track of the Evo X as we wait for the final production model to be officially released. We certainly hope that much of the stuff we’ve seen on the Concept Final also make their way to the final model, but there’s only one way to find out for sure.
That wasn’t a wrestling mask disguising the sexiest new vehicle shown at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show—actually, it was just the awesome, stylish front end of the new Mitsubishi concept vehicle, the XR-PHEV. The new concept previews a production version, a new plug-in hybrid crossover that is sure to move the brand in a positive direction. However, the new car also previews something else—a whole new brand direction for Mitsubishi.
As Don Swearingen, North America Executive Vice President for Mitsubishi, said, the new concept will be a heavy influence on many new Mitsubishi models going forward. “We also brought it to L.A. to reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the United States,” Swearingen said. “As we regrow the brand, we will introduce new models while updating existing ones, creating a new look and a new value proposition for the brand.”
Come see us at Bell Mitsubishi sometime soon to check out the inventory and imagine your favorite Mitsubishi vehicles with a sexy, stylish new hood and overall design. Plus, you can give yourself a holiday present by buying one of those awesome Mitsubishi vehicles for yourself as well. We can’t wait to see you—hurry in to check out all the end of year deals!