- All-new Outlander PHEV to debut in Q4 of 2022
- Ralliart performance brand returns to headline special editions across product range
- LED headlights now standard on all SUV models
- Honoring off-road heritage and rallying success, MMNA doubles down on signature S-AWC all-wheel drive
FRANKLIN, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — Following a long-running commitment to deliver high quality, top value, leading-edge technology vehicles in the U.S., Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced updates for the 2023 model year, led by the arrival of the all-new 2023 Outlander PHEV, the much-anticipated plug-in hybrid variant of the brand’s award-winning flagship SUV.
As the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric SUV, and the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)1, the all-new Outlander PHEV boasts the same bold, award-winning styling, advanced vehicle architecture and premium interior finishes of the internal combustion engine (ICE)-powered Outlander, which has set sales record after sales record this year, garnering praise from consumers and accolades from the industry, including the Ward’s Auto 10 Best Interiors Award.
Additional information on each 2023 model year Mitsubishi follows, with detailed specifications and MSRP pricing becoming available closer to the launch of each vehicle.
2023 OUTLANDER PHEV
Combining Mitsubishi Motors’ expertise in electrification, motorsport-derived standard Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive systems and an array of advanced technologies, the all-new 2023 Outlander PHEV shares its bold design, styling and comfortable interior and seven-passenger flexibility with the gasoline-fueled Outlander.
The next-generation Outlander PHEV adds to that award-winning mix confident, quiet, eco-friendly motoring with a new generation of Mitsubishi Motors’ twin-motor 4WD PHEV system, featuring more powerful front and rear motors and a larger drive battery than its predecessor, and seven driver-selectable drive modes. In addition to greater all-electric driving range than its predecessor, the 2023 Outlander PHEV also boasts an extended overall driving range thanks to a larger gas tank.
Mitsubishi Connect is standard (with two-year trial) on all Outlander and Outlander PHEV models starting in model year 2023. Along with other telematic features, this brings standard-equipment remote start to these vehicles, meaning customers can cool down or warm up their vehicles before getting in for a drive.
MSRP pricing for the 2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV will be available later in the year, closer to launch.
Building on the overwhelming success of the 2022 Outlander, which achieved the best four consecutive retail sales quarters for the nameplate since it was introduced in the U.S. more than 20 years ago, the 2023 Outlander looks to continue the model’s award-winning ways and record-setting sales pace. In addition to ES, SE and SEL trims, the Outlander family will expand to include a 40th Anniversary special edition later this year and a Ralliart edition in early 2023. Additionally, the popular Black Edition will continue for MY23, now available based on either the SE and SEL trim.
SE models are now equipped with electric folding mirrors as standard, bringing this desirable near-luxury feature to all Outlander models, and rear-door pull-up sunshades are standard on SEL trim, previously available only on SEL models with the Touring package. Additionally, for the first time ever, Mitsubishi Motors will offer a black-roof factory option, allowing the popular look to carry the brand’s full factory warranty.
With a model year 2022 Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)2, the three-row, seven-passenger 2023 Outlander will see MSRP pricing released later this year.
2023 ECLIPSE CROSS
After recently receiving a substantial mid-model refresh, the 2023 Eclipse Cross retains its predecessor’s chiseled front and rear design enhancements as well as its revised interior and infotainment system, while adding an all-new 18-inch wheel design and color-keyed lower side-trim on all SEL models. Also new for 2023 are standard-equipment head- and fog-lights on all models, regardless of trim level.
Meanwhile, every 2023 Eclipse Cross will be outfitted with Mitsubishi Motors’ signature S-AWC all-wheel drive system as standard equipment, which helps to enhance driving confidence in various weather conditions and types of road surfaces. A Ralliart-branded special edition will be available early in 2023.
In dealerships now, the 2023 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at $25,7953.
2023 OUTLANDER SPORT
Long one of MMNA’s best-selling models, the Outlander Sport combines an adventurous spirit with great value in an award-winning package.
For 2023, Outlander Sport will be even more adventure-ready capable as every trim level comes equipped with Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control (AWC) as standard equipment4. In addition to S, ES, LE, SE and GT trims, the 2023 Outlander Sport will join the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup with a Ralliart limited-edition model early in 2023.
2023 MIRAGE and MIRAGE G4
As America’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid, gasoline-fueled vehicle5, the Mirage offer surprising versatility, huge value and one of the industry’s best warranties, in a compact package that cannot be matched. For 2023, every Mirage and Mirage G4 will feature the effortless convenience of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) as standard equipment. Also, Mirage will add its own Ralliart special edition early in 2023.
The 2023 Mirage and Mirage G4 will have Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices starting at $16,245 (Mirage) and $17,245 (Mirage G4), respectively.
Ralliart is Mitsubishi Motors’s iconic competition sub-brand, with a history in rallying and off-road racing in the world-famous Dakar Rally, where Mitsubishi Motors remains the most successful manufacturer in the history of the event. The legendary Ralliart name returns to the U.S. in early calendar year 2023 with Outlander, Outlander PHEV, Eclipse Cross, Outlander Sport and Mirage receiving unique body effects, graphics and other rally-inspired touches. All models will be built in limited numbers and available in White Diamond paint with a contrasting black roof on Outlander, Outlander PHEV, Eclipse Cross, Outlander Sport and Mirage.
Super All-Wheel Control is Mitsubishi Motors’ unique approach to all-wheel drive. S-AWC uses wheel-speed and yaw sensors to adjust braking and engine torque to each wheel, working to deliver a driving experience in which the vehicle responds exactly as the driver intends it to. Whether driving straight on a dry road or through a winding mountain pass in snow, S-AWC helps to deliver confidence to drivers.6
Every Mitsubishi Motors vehicle is delivered with peace of mind through the brand’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also standard on every model is a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty, seven-year/100,000-mile corrosion/perforation warranty, and five-years of roadside assistance to help with lockout, flat tires and jump-starting.7
To learn more about the full line-up of Mitsubishi vehicles, visit https://www.mitsubishicars.com/.
About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Through a network of approximately 330 dealer partners across the United States, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in the U.S. In its Environmental Targets 2030, MMNA’s parent company Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has set a goal of a 40 percent reduction in the CO2 emissions of its new cars by 2030 through leveraging EVs — with PHEVs as the centerpiece — to help create a sustainable society.
MMNA has its headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as corporate operations in California, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey, Texas, Florida and Virginia.
For more information on Mitsubishi vehicles, please contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at 615-257-2698 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.
- Based on IHS Markit New Registrations of plug in hybrid and all SUV body styles for Jan 2012 – Oct 2021 compiled from governments & other sources (where available). Captures 95% of global new vehicle volumes in more than 80 countries.
- For 2022 model-year vehicles, built after June 2021.
- Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination/handling, tax, title, license etc.. Retailer price, terms and vehicle availability may vary. Vehicle MSRP does not include Destination/Handling Charge of $1,345 (Alaska/Hawaii $1,470). Mirage Destination/Handling Charge is $1,045 (Alaska/Hawaii $1,170). Pricing at the time of this news release. Prices are subject to change without notice. Features, packages and additional equipment are based on the latest information available at the time of this release and are subject to change without notice.
- All-Wheel Control (AWC) is an Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System that manages the driving forces and braking forces of the four wheels to help realize vehicle behavior that is faithful to the operation by the driver under a variety of driving conditions. AWC is not a substitute for safe and careful driving.
- 2023 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 36 City/43 Highway/39 Combined for Mirage ES, LE, CE, SE 2WD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only Based on EPA estimated mileage ratings from www.fueleconomy.gov.
- Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) incorporates Active Yaw Control (AYC) to realize the AWC concept at a very high level. This Integrated Vehicle Dynamics Control System manages the driving forces and braking forces of the four wheels to help realize vehicle behavior that is faithful to the operation by the driver under a variety of driving conditions. S-AWC is not a substitute for safe and careful driving.
- All coverage terms are from the original in-service dates and are applicable only to the original owner of new, retailed models purchased from an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. Subsequent owners receive the balance of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty of 5 years/60,000 miles. See retailer for limited warranty and roadside assistance terms and conditions.
SOURCE Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Alpha Motor Corporation’s Ride-Along Event: Shaping the Future of Electric Vehicles
Alpha Motor Corporation shapes the future of electric vehicles through customer-centric ride-along events. Experience the journey at https://youtu.be/rFkpVdyLqOA.
Alpha Motor Corporation recently celebrated the successful completion of its ride-along event, a pivotal moment in their quest to revolutionize electric vehicles. Guided by valuable feedback from potential customers who experienced the ride, Alpha is dedicated to tailoring electric vehicles to meet consumer needs effectively.
This milestone event, captured in all its glory at https://youtu.be/rFkpVdyLqOA, underscores Alpha’s commitment to customer-centric vehicle development. Following the WOLF truck’s impressive performance in the Southern California desert last summer, this ride-along event solidifies Alpha’s dedication to creating vehicles that resonate with the mainstream market.
Alpha’s ride-along event is available for viewing at https://youtu.be/rFkpVdyLqOA.Tweet
Amidst varying weather conditions and challenging terrains, the WOLF truck effortlessly navigated a designated course, showcasing its prowess in handling, speed, and efficiency. Impressively, the vehicle utilized only 20% of its battery capacity during the eight-hour event, with a speedy total charge time of just 30 minutes.
Alpha Motor Corporation aims to leverage the insights gleaned from these ride-along events to enhance vehicle development continually. By incorporating feedback from participants and analyzing driving experiences, Alpha ensures that their electric vehicles not only meet but exceed consumer expectations.
Looking ahead, Alpha plans to host more ride-along events to gather valuable feedback, further refining the driving performance of its modular EV platform. This platform, shared by various models like the WOLF+, SUPERWOLF, REX SUV, and JAX Crossover, embodies Alpha’s commitment to delivering high-quality electric vehicles with accessible design, performance, and ownership experience.
As a trailblazing American automobile company based in Irvine, California, Alpha Motor Corporation is devoted to crafting sustainable transportation solutions that benefit both people and the environment. Through cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices, Alpha is reshaping the automotive landscape, one electrifying vehicle at a time.
(Source: Alpha Motor Corporation)
Nissan’s Potential Move of Rogue Production Spells Trouble for Tennessee Factory
Nissan’s potential move of Rogue production to Japan spells trouble for its Tennessee factory and US operations.
Nissan’s potential decision to relocate the production of the fourth-generation Rogue to Kyushu, Japan, could have significant implications for its Tennessee-based operations. The Japanese automaker has communicated to suppliers its intention to achieve a “significant reduction” in parts pricing when the next-generation crossover enters production in 2026. This move comes as Nissan seeks to cut costs, with reports indicating that the company has asked suppliers to reduce the cost of parts by an average of 20%, with some suppliers being asked for reductions of up to 30%.
The Smyrna, Tennessee-built Rogue holds a crucial position as Nissan’s best-selling model in the American market. With around 6,700 workers, the Smyrna facility heavily relies on the production of the Rogue, as approximately 40% of the factory’s output comprises this model. The potential relocation of Rogue production to Japan could leave the Tennessee plant in a vulnerable position, especially considering the impending cessation of production for the Nissan Leaf, another key model produced at the facility.
Moreover, the move could be influenced by the company’s efforts to reduce costs amidst potential increases in operational expenses, possibly linked to unionization efforts. Industry analysts have expressed surprise at the magnitude of the price reduction being sought and the potential threat of moving an entire vehicle’s production to another country. This decision could have far-reaching consequences, as it may not only impact the Tennessee factory but also affect Nissan’s broader operations in the United States.
As the automaker evaluates revised quotations for the new Rogue, a decision is expected to be made in February. However, industry experts believe that if Nissan proceeds with moving Rogue production to Japan, it could spell financial trouble for Nissan USA, potentially leading to the closure of a plant. The outcome of this decision is crucial not only for Nissan but also for the future landscape of automotive manufacturing in the United States.
Stay tuned for updates as Nissan executives prepare to make their final decision on the fate of the Rogue’s production.
5 Ways to Protect Your Automotive Investment
(Family Features) Between inventory issues and climbing interest rates, buying a vehicle can be quite an ordeal, making it an investment worth protecting.
Today’s vehicles require less maintenance than ever before. You can go longer between oil changes and many tires are rated for longer travel. However, keeping up with regular maintenance remains part of your vehicle’s upkeep.
Whether you’ve purchased a new vehicle or you’re aiming to keep a car or truck you already own in good working condition, these tips can help you maintain its peak performance and appearance.
Car Wash: At least once a month, make a point of washing your car to remove built up grime. Not only is the dirt unsightly, but the mess can also damage your paint job and even the frame. This is especially true during the winter months when road salt splatters your vehicle’s undercarriage. Once the temperatures climb back above freezing, be sure to wash away the salt.
Covered Parking: When possible, use a garage or other form of covered parking. You’ll protect your paint job from harsh UV rays, and you’ll also limit exposure to bird droppings and other potentially corrosive or damaging elements in the environment, like dust and pollen.
Windshield Wipers: Visibility is one of the most important aspects of safety when you’re driving, and windshield wiper blades play an essential role. Squeaking, streaking and failing to clear precipitation are all signs your blades need to be replaced. Check wipers regularly and plan on replacing them at least every 6-12 months.
Battery: You may not think much about your battery as long as your engine is turning over and your vehicle is running smoothly. However, even a car in good condition can have battery damage. At least once a year, check for signs of battery acid. If you detect the white powdery substance around your battery terminals, disconnect the cables (negative first) and apply a mixture of baking soda and water with a wire brush. Rinse with water and dry before replacing the cables.
Air Filter: The air filter doesn’t just affect the air quality in the cabin of your vehicle. A dirty filter can also cause engine strain because it hinders proper air flow. Over time, you may even notice a decline in gas mileage and acceleration performance. Many factors affect how often you need to replace your filter, but a quick visual inspection should give you a clear idea. Your owner’s manual will help you determine how to access the filter; it’s easier than people often assume.
Find more practical tips for auto care at eLivingtoday.com.
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