Mitsubishi Lancer | St. Cloud, MN
The out-of-production Mitsubishi Lancer EVO was famous in the 1990s and 2000s as an iconic rally legend—until it retired from production. Now, performance enthusiasts have reason to get excited, as a new report indicates that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is set to make a comeback.
The Lancer EVO first took the rally world by storm when it launched in 1992. Featuring a bold exterior, a light body, and plenty of spirit under the hood, the Lancer EVO was an instant classic that still holds a special place in the hearts of drivers worldwide.
The decision to focus more on efficient and versatile SUVs led Mitsubishi to end production of the Lancer EVO in 2016. And while the choice was sound from a business standpoint, it disappointed everyone, nonetheless.
Now, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO seems to be poised for a triumphant return, according to a new report. Made possible by the alliance between Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Renault, the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO would be a welcome return to the Mitsubishi lineup. Reports indicate that the all-new Lancer would share the same platform as the next-generation Renault Megane RS and would feature a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
While we don’t have a clear idea of when the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO return would be, it gives us plenty to get excited about in the meantime. Check out our selection of other New Mitsubishi models here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in the meantime.
Dendo Drive House | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN
Mitsubishi recently released the Engelberg Tourer and an innovative Dendo Drive House system at Europe’s Geneva International Motor Show this spring. Highlighting the next-generation of crossover design as well as state-of-the-art eco-friendly automotive technology, Mitsubishi wowed crowds with their latest designs.
According to Mitsubishi, the Dendo Drive House (DDH) system allows drivers to use energy generated from stopping and other driving activities to power their homes. As part of the latest wave of V2H technology (vehicle-to-home), DDH uses high-tech battery storage technology and electric powertrains to help you make the most of your driving.
“DDH is a new energy ecosystem which allows owners of electric vehicles to generate, store and share energy automatically between their car and home, further enhancing the value of electric vehicles,” reads the Mitsubishi press release.
Mitsubishi also showcased the Engelberg Tourer concept vehicle, named for a ski resort in the central region of Switzerland, that uses a Twin Motor 4WD plug-in hybrid EV powertrain system. This new vehicle allows you to drive in all-weather conditions without leaving a large carbon footprint. Plus, this new concept is well-suited for the DDH technology, connecting the Engelberg to your home.
While we don’t have the Engelberg Tourer and Dendo Drive House Technology on sale at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we do have an impressive lineup of vehicles for you to test drive. Contact us for more information.
Updated Outlander Sport | Don Robinson Mitsubishi | St. Cloud, MN
The Outlander Sport is Mitsubishi’s best-selling model here in the United States. It was first introduced in 2011 and has been popular ever since. Now, we are going to get an updated Outlander Sport for the 2020 model year.
With this refreshed model, the Outlander Sport picks up new styling on the front and back that will more closely resemble the Dynamic Shield design on the larger Outlander and Eclipse Cross models. The back end will come with a faux rear skid plate to give it more athletic styling along with new LED lighting. Buyers may also get a few new exterior paint colors to choose from.
Inside, the Outlander Sport will come with a larger infotainment screen. It will be 8 inches, compared to the current model with a 7-inch screen. Mitsubishi also says it will boast better smartphone connectivity, but it hasn’t released details on what that will be. Buyers may also notice a few additional details inside like bits of chrome and piano black accents.
Mitsubishi hasn’t officially released pricing information or a release date. However, pricing isn’t expected to vary much from the MSRP on the current 2018 model. The updated Outlander Sport is expected to arrive on dealership showroom floors in September.
Contact us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi for more information, or take a look at the 2019 model year if you need a vehicle sooner rather than later.
Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety | Don Robinson Mitsubishi Blog | St Cloud, MN
We all want safe vehicles, and we shouldn’t settle for less. Mitsubishi doesn’t sacrifice safety for anything, which is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently recognized the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander’s safety with a Top Safety Pick accolade.
The Outlander achieved the top “good” rating in all crash tests, a “superior” for its optional front crash prevention technology, and “acceptable” rating for its available headlights. Don’t let the acceptable headlight rating fool you: The IIHS started rating headlights in 2016 with infamously strict guidelines, so an “acceptable” in headlights amounts to great quality.
“Earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick is a key reason for customers to place the Outlander at the top of their shopping list, proving it one of the most competitive vehicles in the incredibly popular compact SUV segment” said Mark Chaffin, chief operating officer for Mitsubishi Motors North America.
The Outlander utilizes Mitsubishi’s RISE body structure, which strategically places crumple zones and a high tensile strength steel cage to mitigate the damage in a collision and direct it away from the cabin and any passengers.
All Outlander models come standard with numerous safety features including a rearview camera, seven airbags, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Active Stability Control with Traction Control Logic, Hill Start Assist, and an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution.
If you’d like to see the 2019 Outlander’s safety systems and have additional questions, call or visit us at Don Robinson Mitsubishi to schedule a test drive.
It’s no secret that Mitsubishi has joined forces with Nissan, which can only be described as a major event in both brands’ history. Although it’s still early in the two brand’s relationship, speculation is already flying. In fact, Mitsubishi Australia seems fairly confident that the merger could bring a new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to the road.
The joint efforts of Nissan and Mitsubishi will ultimately aim to create a stronger passenger car lineup. The next-generation cars could ride on Nissan-Renault’s modular CFM architecture, a system which could save money and make a new Lancer Evo a possibility too.
The two brands will also share technology, which will make introducing new technologies into vehicles a more cost-effective process. By joining forces with Nissan, Mitsubishi lands among the top three automotive groups in the world, based on sales.
That gives the brand a lot more capital and flexibility. Considering the Lancer Evo was cut from the lineup for cost reasons, it isn’t out of the question that we could see a return in the future.
Mitsubishi confirmed that it is set to work on a new Lancer and Triton truck. Reviving a famed performance car could be a great way to set the tone for the company’s future.
We here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope that we’ll see a new Lancer Evo sooner rather than later!
We at Don Robinson Mitsubishi are excited and intrigued by the announcement that Mitsubishi has formed an alliance with Renault-Nissan. Renault-Nissan has purchased a 34% controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors, which makes the partnership mirror the decision in 1999 which created Renault-Nissan.
The two automakers have created and signed a Basic Agreement which is an outline of the parameters of the partnership. Budgets may now have a stronger bottom line, since costs will now be lowered. This is due to the fact that both brands are now going to be making joint purchases and joint plant utilization.
In addition to benefiting the budget for both Mitsubishi and Nissan, Mitsubishi and Nissan will share technological and engineering developments. This will help to create even better automobiles and allow for common vehicle platforms.
Nissan and Mitsubishi have partnered together in the past, so the new arrangement is not a drastic change. There may be a few changes in company leadership, but in the near future there may be a more binding Alliance Agreement to solidify the new arrangement. Only time will tell how close the two companies become and what new technologies and vehicles may be products of the new partnership.
We hope this new relationship is the beginning of great things to come for both Mitsubishi and Nissan, and that both brands can help create better vehicles.