Mitsubishi is Lining Up to Lead the EV Charge
With no pun intended, Mitsubishi is readying itself to be strong in the world of electrically powered vehicles which may be a huge surprise. Because Mitsubishi offers a lineup that is similar to what Suzuki had to offer many may have thought the company would pull out of the US market and focus on its other markets due to declining sales, but instead Mitsubishi has found a way to soldier on and offer some great vehicles for us to enjoy in the States as it poises itself for its next great charge into the EV marketplace.
The 2015 lineup of Mitsubishi vehicles offers several great choices to ensure we can have some amazing vehicles to enjoy and take full advantage of which includes:
The i-MiEV showed up in 2014 with a 66-horsepower electric motor and a range of 98 miles on a full charge as the first all-electric vehicle offered by Mitsubishi. This car is expected to expand due to 2014 success and will now be a four door, four passenger rear-wheel drive vehicle that is a small but sassy hatchback to enjoy the short driving in town and ability to ignore every gas station in the area.
If you are considering a Honda Civic or Ford Focus, you might really want to head to your Mitsubishi dealer and check out the Lancer. Offered as a similar vehicle to those two but with a much lower price tag, the Lancer makes a great choice for a daily driver. This car does up the driving and excitement factor by adding standard heated turn signal rearview mirrors, AWD on the SE, GT and Ralliart which is also turbocharged. The Lander now adds an ES Value package that adds redesigned 16-inche alloy wheels, a voice-controlled infotainment system, soft touch interior surfaces and four wheel disc brakes. The Sun and Sound package also shows up this year to give the car a power sunroof, HID headlights, and a 710-watt premium audio system. The Ralliart does up the quotient to bring in rain-sensing wipers, 18-inch wheels and automatic headlights to highlight the top of the line for the Lancer. Add the fact this is the last year for the fan favorite Lancer Evolution and this is great year to buy a Mitsubishi Lancer.
How can you argue with the benefits of driving the Mirage? Mitsubishi claims this is the “most fuel efficient gasoline powered non-hybrid vehicle in America” and they just might be right about that. With a fuel mileage of 44 mpg on the highway and the function of the continuously variable transmission, this car shows up with a 74 horsepower three-cylinder engine that helps those on a budget save at the gas pump. The low price and hatchback style give the Mirage a versatility that makes this a great car for those who are getting ready to head off to college or those who are just starting out in the working world.
This SUV has been a fantastic offering from Mitsubishi since it was first introduced and the 2015 model only makes it better. As a seven-passenger crossover SUV the Outlander gives those aboard a great ride in comfort and quiet with a host of noise reduction technologies. The standard leather interior and infotainment system offer excellent features for those inside to enjoy along with a choice between the FWD and AWD systems to be offered, help make the Outlander a great SUV. With two engines offered, owners can receive either a four-cylinder engine in the ES and SE or the V6 in the GT model.
Although the favorite Lancer Evo is about to go to the grave, the Outlander Sport is just being born. This great offering for an already awesome SUV comes in the form of a new 2.4-liter four cylinder engine that is mated to a CVT that offers power to all four-wheels. This engine will be offered on the ES and GT trim levels along with the base engine still being offered. Adding this additional power will give an expanded lineup. Add the available LED taillights and special interior accents and the Outlander Sport is a very exciting offering from Mitsubishi.
By increasing the offering of the SUV and reducing the sedan, Mitsubishi is putting their success in the sales of one of the most popular SUVs on the market today. Along with the fact Mitsubishi is planning to launch several concept models that will help bring the company into the forefront of the EV world, it appears there is no reason for this car company to leave the US and focus elsewhere, especially since the US market is one of the most successful when it comes to selling SUVs to those who prefer them over a minivan.