Mitsubishi’s First Production Model Remade

There aren’t many automakers that can claim to be a whopping 100 years old, but Mitsubishi certainly can. The Japanese automaker started operations in 1917, with a car that saw a very short production run. Now, a century later, Mitsubishi’s first production model is getting a new powertrain and modern technology as a celebration of the anniversary.

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The 1917 Model A saw a production run of just 22 units and marked the Mitsubishi brand’s entrance into the automotive industry. As the first model on the Japanese automaker’s lineup, it only makes sense to recreate it in time for the 100th anniversary celebration.

The custom Model A will be built by West Coast Customs and will feature original looks with a definitive technology upgrade.

The original 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine produced just 35 hp and wouldn’t keep pace with even the slowest competitors on the modern road. The new Model A will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to two electric motors, otherwise known as a hybrid powertrain.

The new Mitsubishi Model A will most certainly be a top attraction for the brand’s centennial. While just 22 units wasn’t much, it was enough to launch the Mitsubishi brand into becoming one of the most value-oriented automakers of the modern age.

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross First Look

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi pulled out all the stops with the unveiling of the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross at the Geneva Motor Show. A revival of the old sports car’s name, the Eclipse Cross comes to the market as a four-door crossover, but the Japanese automaker clearly has much more planned. Even so, the all-new Eclipse Cross has the makings of a hit vehicle all on its own.

 

The new crossover will land between the Outlander Sport and standard Outlander, when it comes to size. The stylish model boasts a refined roofline that can easily compete with premium coupe SUVs that are currently on the market. Drivers will experience Mitsubishi’s advanced all-wheel drive system to the fullest.

 

The new Eclipse Cross lands with a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While there’s no word on if we’ll see it here in the United States, there’s also an optional 2.2-liter diesel engine.

A sporty engine beneath the hood of such a stylish crossover is just the beginning. If the vehicle is a hit, Mitsubishi is considering adding a two-door model to the lineup. High sales could also lead to a revival of the Ralliart nameplate.

 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is scheduled for a global launch sometime in early 2018. Here at Coronet Mitsubishi, we’re pumped for the arrival of the new vehicle from Mitsubishi!

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A Look Into the Past: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Wagon vs. Subaru Forester STI Wagon

What happens when you compare two Japanese wagons in the automaker industry? The website carthrottle.com recently took a close look at the Subaru Forester STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Wagon.

 

The Subaru Forester STI is a fast, sporty and practical wagon that offers a nimble, exhilarating ride. It’s out of production, but was for some time a practical family vehicle that offered a fun, fast-paced side as well. However, the Subaru Forester STI sacrificed fuel economy for capability, which isn’t always a good thing in a family wagon.

Subaru Forester STI Wagon

 

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was a speedy sports sedan that is no longer being manufactured today. But for a short, brief period, the manufacturer offered the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in wagon form. When carthrottle.com tested the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Wagon, they discovered that this option offers even sharper handling, a better grip on the road, and firmer, better suspension. The Lancer Evolution Wagon sits lower to the ground and provides a lively, fast, and exhilarating driving experience.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Wagon

At Coronet Mitsubishi, we like to look back at some of the great Mitsubishi options that had their spotlight in the past. It’s not always about the latest and greatest. Sometimes it’s also about those little, individual, innovative moments that make up a brand’s identity.

The Outlander Sport Limited Edition: Premium Design and Features

Outlander Sport Limited Edition

The new Outlander Sport Limited Edition trim level was recently revealed for the 2017 model year. This trim is one step above the ES base, offering a distinct style and added technologies. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the new Limited Edition.

 

According to Mitsubishi, this model comes with tons of new features. This includes alloy trim and wheels, added fog lamps, HID lighting, and a rearview camera. You’ll also find Limited Edition badging to showcase this model’s exceptional design. The interior has renewed styling as well, with black fabric, red stitching, and aluminum trim.

 

“As the brand sales leader, Outlander Sport does an exemplary job of offering consumers unmatched value at an attractive price,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. “We’ve now taken that approach one step further by integrating additional standard equipment and technology into the Limited Edition at a price point that is unprecedented within the broader CUV segment.”

 

This model should be available through this model year, offering premium quality and design. Plus, the new Limited Edition has added prestige since only a few will be made, making the new Outlander Sport truly unique. We can’t wait to see this model in action.

Make Eco-Friendly Driving Your Resolution: 2017 Lancer Efficiency

2017 Lancer efficiency

If you’re still looking for a New Year’s resolution, there’s still time. Consider getting the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. This model comes with excellent fuel economy and lower emissions—which is great for the environment—and it’s also affordable and sporty. Treat yourself while also reducing your carbon footprint. What could be a better New Year’s resolution?

 

According to Mitsubishi, the 2017 Lancer efficiency is 27/34 mpg city/highway. Under the hood is a powerful 2.0-liter MIVEC engine that generates up to 148 horsepower. You can also opt for the 2.4-liter engine, though it doesn’t get the same fuel economy as the 2.0-liter. In addition to MIVEC engine technology, you can also get a continuously variable transmission to save on gas.

 

The new Mitsubishi Lancer also comes with an electronically controlled All-Wheel Control (AWC) system that monitors your driving and actively transfers power to wheels as needed. This means you can drive more effectively on slippery surfaces like gravel, dirt, and snow.

 

The 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer is great for virtually any driver. If you were thinking about getting a new car, now is the time to buy. The Lancer comes with the latest features, an eco-friendly design, and a truly enjoyable ride. Test drive this model today.

Nissan Takes Control of Mitsubishi for $2.3 Billion

Mitsubishi hasn’t been doing too hot in recent years with sales relatively stagnant and a fuel economy problem in Japan. While many enthusiasts didn’t have much hope for the future of the small Japanese underdog, Mitsubishi’s faults could lead to its growth. Nissan finalized its acquisition of a majority stake in the company in October and it seems to be going well so far.

Nissan Takes Control of MitsubishiRenault-Nissan added Mitsubishi to its list of partners to become the third largest auto group in the world, falling behind Toyota and Volkswagen. In total, Nissan spent a whopping $2.3 billion for a 34% stake in Mitsubishi.

Nissan plans to use the expertise of both companies to create a driving force in automotive markets around the world. Mitsubishi boasts a strong truck segment outside of the United States and Nissan could very well use that expertise to increase its offering in the truck-happy country.

In the same way, Nissan’s development of self-driving technology and Mitsubishi’s popular hybrid systems could lead to good things as well.

“We are going to show that Mitsubishi Motors has more potential than has been shown so far,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault-Nissan.

When Nissan takes control of Mitsubishi, it can only lead to good things for the automotive industry as a whole.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi are pumped to see what incredible things the future holds for Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept Hints at the Outlander’s Future

Mitsubishi GT-PHEV Concept

Mitsubishi hasn’t exactly kept quiet about the future of the Outlander, one of its most popular vehicles. The fast-selling crossover is bound to have an interesting future, especially with the reveal of the latest concept at the Paris Motor Show. The Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept is the latest design to roll under the spotlights.

Mitsubishi already showed up two previous concepts of what the future of the Outlander could look like. The XR PHEV II at the Geneva Motor Show put an interesting spin on things. The EX concept took the stage at the Toyota Motor Show as well.

Now it’s the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept’s turn.

The crossover’s shiny grill leads into a sleek, flowing design characterized by chiseled lines that lead the eye along the sides of the vehicle. The GT-PHEV concept reportedly uses three electric motors and a conventional 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. The manufacturer-supplied battery is capable of reaching 75 miles on electricity alone.

The latest concept boasts a whole host of advanced technologies as well. That technology includes navigational-planning systems as well as all-wheel drive control to optimize performance.

Only time will tell which concept Mitsubishi will choose for the future of the Outlander crossover.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi can’t wait to see what becomes of the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept

New 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer Earns Four-Star Safety Rating

new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer

The new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer offers drivers top safety features and now it has the backing of the federal government. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rates vehicles based on their standard equipment and crash test results. This year, the Mitsubishi Lancer brings more safety equipment to the compact sedan segment.

The NHTSA awarded the new Lancer with a four-star safety rating, just one star shy of the highest available five-star safety rating. In all, the Lancer earned a consistent four stars in the front, rollover, and side crash tests.

This year, the Mitsubishi Lancer comes stocked with standard safety equipment like seven airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control. A rearview camera comes standard on all trim levels, a new feature for the 2017 model year. The Lancer also comes with a standard drive-side knee airbag as part of its seven-airbag system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, another federal government agency, has yet to rate the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2016 model earned an Acceptable rating in the small-overlap crash test and a Good rating for all other tests.

Here at Coronet Mitsubishi, we’re pumped to see the new Lancer offering improved safety in the compact sedan segment!

Final Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Goes to Auction on eBay

Final Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Well, folks, the final Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, one of the most loved compact cars is officially off the market. The Japanese automaker brought the legendary model’s legacy to a close via an eBay auction on September 15th. All proceeds from the auction benefited Feeding America Riverside and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

The final Mitsubishi Evo came in the form of the Lancer Evo X Final Edition. Only 1,600 units left the production line with the final model heading to eBay. It eventually sold for a whopping $76,400, an amount that will surely help those in need.

The Final Edition Evo was the best form of the compact car. It boasted 12 hp over the standard model as well as a five-speed manual transmission. Other standard features included Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, and Eibach springs.

The Final Edition model is largely considered a collectible due to the limited production run and upgraded performance features. The car itself boasts a sleek sporty design that makes this model one to remember.

As the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo drives off into the sunset, it’s good to know that the final model will help feed those in need.

We here at Coronet Mitsubishi are sad to see such an amazing car leave the production line for good.

2017 Mirage Test Drive: Sporty Feel, High-Tech Features

2017 Mirage test drive

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most popular cars on the market thanks to its compact design, affordable pricing, and quality materials. This model comes with several improvements from the last model year, including upgraded technologies, a refreshed look, and an extensive new warranty.

According to the Portland Tribute, the vehicle is a breeze to drive. After a 2017 Mirage test drive, auto writer Jim Redden notes that, “in truth, the 2017 Mirage is better than most of those cars, if only because it has more standard safety equipment. But it’s also more environmentally sensitive, getting much better mileage than its predecessors, and even more than some hybrids.”

Under the hood of the Mirage is a small yet powerful 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that is paired with a continuously variable transmission. This fuel-sipping powertrain isn’t designed for the racetrack, but it’s still great for city and highway driving. Best of all, its lightweight design gives the Mirage an added kick and better handling.

There are even some high-tech features and premium materials available on the new 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. This includes 15-inch wheels, fog lights, color-keyed mirrors, heated seating, and a 6.5-inch display screen. You can even get Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and more.

What’s not to like about the new Mitsubishi Mirage? Get yours today before they’re gone

 

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