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2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV First Drive Reviews

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Mitsubishi first announced that the plug-in hybrid version of its popular mid-size crossover would be coming to the US in January of last year, and though it hasn’t debuted in the US just yet, first-drive reviews of the 2017 model are rolling in. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is set to go on sale in the States sometime this summer.

The Outlander PHEV has been a smash hit in Europe and Australia, ranking as the best-selling electric car in Europe since its release in 2013. Recently released in Australia, the new Outlander PHEV has received a big styling refresh as well as engineering updates for better fuel economy and performance.

First drive reviews report that the Outlander PHEV comes with plenty of standard features on its base LS trim, including a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry and start, and more. The luxurious Exceed trim offers features like heated seats and a power liftgate.

The 2017 Outlander PHEV adds fast-charging as well as an EV mode, whereas previously it was only available in a hybrid drive mode. The all-electric mode is nearly silent, according to reviewers, and it brings in gasoline power when needed for big bursts of speed or as the battery power gets low.

For more information about the upcoming Outlander PHEV, give us a call at Bell Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Debuts in Paris

Mitsubishi electrified the 2016 Paris Motor Show earlier this month with the most recent of its plug-in electric SUV concept lineup—the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV. Also known as the Grand Tourer concept, this model is a large and luxurious SUV that has an eco-friendly powertrain that is sure to impress with those families looking to go green.

 

The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept styling reflects Mitsubishi’s newest design language. Its Dynamic Shield grille is similar to that of the Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport models, adding a touch of modern sophistication to the model’s silhouette. Its low roofline gives the concept model a couple-lie appearance, while its maroon-colored roof stands out from the rest of its body.

 

Under the hood, Mitsubishi has combined a 2.5-liter gasoline engine with three electric motors. One of these motors helps the gasoline engine power the front wheels, while the other two are used to drive the rear wheels. By doing this, the GT-PHEV concept has an all-wheel-drive system. This combined powertrain also has a 25-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which gives it enough range for 75 electric-only miles.

 

This isn’t the first plug-in hybrid vehicle Mitsubishi has introduced to the public. It currently has an Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) model on sale in Europe, which it is trying to bring to the American market sometime soon.

 

While there’s no word yet as to whether the GT-PHEV will enter production or not, here’s hoping that the Japanese carmaker brings a more eco-friendly vehicle to the United States.

The Perks of Going All-Electric with the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

We’re inching in on an all-electric era. Gas is becoming the way of the past, and there’s never been a better time than now to make the big EV leap. There are quite a few perks of going all-electric with any EV, but the perks of going all-electric with the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV are seemingly endless.

The 2016 i-MiEV is one of America’s favorite electric cars, a title it earned by providing drivers across the country with simply reliable, highly efficient EVs. The i-MiEV gets an estimated 112 MPGe, which blows even the most fuel-efficient hybrid out of the water. If you really care about ultimate efficiency and reducing your emissions, there’s really no choice but the 2016 i-MiEV.

Some people are turned off from EVs because of charging procedure, but the i-MiEV keeps things simple with its Level 3 DC Quick-Charge Port. This lets you connect to the common CHAdeMO Level 3 public charger and charge your motor 80% in just 30 minutes.

Now’s the time to be electric!

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Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In U.S. Launch Date Scheduled for Next Year

We’ve all been patiently (or not-so patiently) awaiting the arrival of the much-anticipated Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In. Now, after earning impressive sales in the UK and Europe, it might finally be our turn to get our hands on the incredibly efficient and capable Outlander Plug-In. Better late than never, right?

According to reports, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In U.S. launch date is scheduled for mid-year, possibly as early as May of 2016.

According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko has made it clear that the automaker will focus its resources on a “more compact” lineup following the closing of its only U.S. assembly plant. Mitsubishi will focus on the U.S. availability of the Outlander Plug-In in 2016, along with several new models, including a new small coupe-styled crossover (late 2017), a redesigned Outlander (after 2017), and a next-generation Outlander Sport (possibly for 2019).

“We are strong in SUVs and four-wheel drives. And that is what we would like to focus on as core models in the U.S. market. We have changed direction,” Masuko said to autonews.com. “We are going to allocate more resources to the areas where we are strong in the U.S.”

Look for the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In to be available at Bell Mitsubishi and dealerships nationwide next year!

Mitsubishi and Others Repurposing Used Lithium-Ion Batteries from Electric-Powered Vehicles

Even the fiercest defenders of electric automotive propulsion won’t tell you that it is a perfect green technology. Reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and relying on domestically-produced energy–these are all great benefits. Yet, there are still kinks to be worked out. Mitsubishi just teamed up with some other companies help make electric technology more renewable.

According to a press release from Mitsubishi, “The purpose of the project is to demonstrate efficient and economically feasible energy management practices based on the optimization of electricity storage, charging and generation technology with respect to existing demand.”

Mitsubishi and its partners will be working to research ways to take used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles and convert them to energy storage systems. They will be exploring this possibility initially for the Japanese and French markets where, at the moment, electric vehicles have become quite prolific. Because as they say, “the utilization of used lithium-ion batteries is an important factor towards the realization of a sustainable society.”

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New Mazda CX-5 to Use Mitsubishi Bioplastic Materials

The new Mazda CX-5 will be making a huge step forward in terms of green technology and renewable resources. It might not actually feature an EV technology under the hood, but the CX-5 will be made out of green materials itself. These materials, called bioplastics, are not only more eco-friendly, but stronger as well, and they will be provided to Mazda by Mitsubishi.

Therefore, the new Mazda CX-5 will also provide a tighter driving experience, thanks to a new material that should prove both stronger and more durable than previous versions. It will use no petroleum, making it a friendly choice for new car buyers as well as the planet itself.

The new bioplastic material will also come in the new MX-5, but the CX-5 will be the focus of the new technology. As the provider of this material, Mitsubishi is proving its commitment to improve the economy and also make its vehicles better all across the board—or even other brand’s vehicles, if that helps the planet. Come see us at Bell Mitsubishi to learn more.

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