Mitsubishi has sponsored a miniseries that showcases one woman’s cross-country journey in an Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle while towing her tiny house trailer.
A new miniseries sponsored by Mitsubishi tracks altruist and documentary filmmaker Erika Gilsdorf’s year-long trek across America. During the trip, Ms. Gilsdorf stops to meet with and learn from hard-working, change-making small business owners. The series also showcases how versatile the Outlander plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) can be for green vehicle advocates and owners who need to travel long distances while towing.
Mitsubishi Motors applauds those who aren’t afraid to pursue their own path,” said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer, MMNA. “Erika Gilsdorf is one of those people. Her mission to find and document the stories of other change-makers really resonated with us, and the Outlander PHEV, which blends quiet, efficient EV technology with the capability of an SUV, is the perfect companion for her epic eco-tour. Through our partnership with Emergent Media, we’ve created a meaningful documentary series that is as inspiring and hopeful as it is unscripted and authentic.”
You can watch the first “Soul Pursuits” episode with Dylan Gordon below and learn more about Ms. Gilsdorf’s journey, the people she meets, and the Outlander PHEV. The second episode, which follows Trevor and Maddie Gordon, highlights the topic of our carbon footprint and launches on Earth Day.
Ahead of its reveal next month, Mitsubishi has released a short teaser video showing the next-generation Outlander undergoing testing. The new model replaces one that has been in production since 2012 with the flagship having received a number of updates since, including a PHEV version.
The 2022 model is expected to be styled after the Engelberg concept, effectively confirmed in a leak late last year that showed the new design with intricate surface features and plenty of rhombus-shaped elements. The next-gen Outlander is also expected to share a platform with the Nissan Rogue — a benefit of Nissan having bailed out Mitsubishi a few years ago after an unexpected fuel economy ratings crisis.
What can we expect in the new Outlander?
For starters, three rows of seats as the model is expected to grow a bit with this redesign, after the outgoing Outlander only made a token effort to offer accessible third-row seating. The larger size is also intended to set the Outlander further apart from the Eclipse Cross and make it more of a competitor with larger SUVs because the outgoing model always felt like it had been battling larger and smaller models simultaneously. The flat, boxy roof is expected to buy third-row passengers some extra headroom as well, with Mitsubishi declining to adopt a trendy, rakish profile at the expense of passenger and cargo space.
Sharper styling is also expected on the new model, following the example recently set by the Eclipse Cross and its techno design, creating a contrast to the more fluid shapes the company offered a decade ago. The Engelberg concept was seen as a preview of the next-gen Outlander, and other Mitsubishi models, if not its small Mirage hatch and sedan duo. The sharper styling should set Mitsubishi apart from the outgoing model, which was seen as being a little anonymous during its long tenure.
Mitsubishi has stayed tight-lipped about the new car’s powertrain, so it remains to be seen whether it keeps the 2.4-liter inline-four and 3.0-liter V6, or ditches them both in favor of a single engine option from Nissan, in addition to a hybrid version. A switch to a single gas engine is perhaps likely, because inline-fours have evolved to a point where the V6 is a little redundant in this model.
We’ll see the new Outlander in the metal on February 16, when Mitsubishi officially takes the wraps off its flagship model. Sales start later this year.
The number of super-small cars available on the Canadian market continues to dwindle, but the Mirage from Mitsubishi soldiers on. The Japanese automaker, which had announced interior and exterior tweaks for the model at the beginning of the year, has now shared the pricing structure for Canada for the 2021 edition.
We’d already seen the revised Mirage at the beginning of the year, but the changes can be summed up thusly: both the exterior and interior receive some styling updates, notably Mitsubishi’s Dynamic Shield design front and rear that comprises changes to the front grille and windshield outside, and higher-grade materials and cosmetic tweaks like carbon-fibre inlays inside.
As well, buyers will get a boosted offer of safety features and enjoy automatic climate control. The Mirage also marks 2021 with new interior seat fabric and new colours (Diamond White and Sand Yellow).
Those safety functions include forward collision mitigation, lane departure and automatic high beams.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage will be available in three versions, with the base-model ES getting an MSRP of $13,858. This version comes with a manual transmission, though customers can opt for a CVT (which brings the starting price to $15,058.
Stuff included with this starter kit of a car? The aforementioned automatic climate control, as well as body-colour power side-view mirrors and door handles, LED rear combination lamps, Bluetooth, power front windows and brake-assist system.
Next up is the SE (with CVT, no manual offered), priced starting at $17,158. It adds new upgrades including 14-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch” (up from 6-inch previously) smartphone-link display audio system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and an integrated driver’s seat armrest.
Mitsubishi says this is the most popular trim of a model that is most popular in the province of Quebec, by far. In fact, some 40 percent of the model’s Canadian sales last year were in La Belle Province.
Those who want more than the SE offers can go for the GT (also with CVT only), which sells at an MSRP of $20,158. For this, buyers get more drive-assist features like lane departure warning, forward collision mitigation and automatic high beams. Fast-Key keyless entry provides push-button start and panic alarm. Also exclusive to this trim are LED headlamps and wide-spoke 15-inch machine-cut alloy wheels, heated front seats, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated side mirrors.
Same powertrain The wee Mirage continues to rely on the wee 1.2L 3-cylinder DOHC engine good for 78 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque as before. With the CVT in place, the 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage gets a combined city/highway fuel-consumption rating of 6.2L/100 km.
One other factor to keep in mind as well with Mitsubishi products is the warranty, one of the most comprehensive in the industry at 10 years or 160,00 km (limited powertrain) and 5 years or 100,000 km (limited new-vehicle). That warranty applies to all Mitsubishi vehicles, and so it does to the little Mirage.
The 2021 Mitsubishi Mirage will be in dealerships starting in January 2021.
A couple in Minnesota just traded in their 414,000-mile 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage, which is notable for any car, topping many of the Junkyard Gems we’ve featured. Dubbed the “Purple Won” in a nod to Prince, the subcompact endured six upper Midwest winters as an all-purpose utility and delivery vehicle.
“I always loved the comments at gas stations and grocery stores and waves from people as I’d drive by,” Jerry said. “Kids would always stop and point. Everybody seemed to love that car; it would make everyone smile whenever they saw it.”
The Huots were repeat Mitsubishi buyers in search of something with better fuel efficiency than their Cadillac. While Mitsubishi didn’t specify which model the Huots traded in, it’s safe to say that whatever it was, the 2014 Mirage would have been a significant upgrade in that respect, as it was rated at 37 mpg in the city, 44 on the highway and 40 combined when it was sold new; the EPA has since re-rated it at 36/42/39.
“Right in the middle of the showroom was this little purple Mirage that got 44 mpg,” Janice told Mitsubishi. “I’d had an Outlander Sport and Montero Sport before and loved them, so it seemed like a good choice. We drove the Mirage home that day, right off the showroom floor.”
“Janice drove it mostly for the first 7,000 miles or so, but when winter came, she wanted all-wheel-drive, so she got a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport,” Jerry says. “But then I started using the Mirage for my business. I am a courier. I deliver samples from various doctors’ offices to labs, so I drive up and down the state and around town in Minneapolis all the time. The Mirage never missed a beat. It got me up and out of our gravel driveway, even in the middle of winter, when others got stuck in the snow.”
According to the Huots, the Mirage only needed two noteworthy repairs on its way to 414,000 miles: a replacement starter motor between 200,000 and 300,000 miles and a new set of wheel bearings some time after 150k, both of which they say were addressed under warranty.
We reached out to Mitsubishi for clarification on the owners’ warranty claim, as even the automaker acknowledges that its coverage would have expired well before the owners claim those repairs were necessary; an aftermarket long-term warranty package sold by the dealer (or another third party) is the most likely explanation. Apart from that, the Huots say it has needed only regularly scheduled maintenance.
What replaced it? Another Mirage, predictably. Though the Huots have also added a new Outlander Sport to their driveway since the Mirage came home, they had no intention of replacing the Purple Won. The principal at their servicing dealer offered to buy it after learning how many miles it had accumulated, and he plans to use it for advertising.
Mississauga, Ontario — The Mitsubishi Mirage ES has earned the Vincentric Best Fleet Value in Canada award in the subcompact hatchback category for the fourth consecutive year.
The study measured 24 scenarios and Mirage ES outperformed its competitors in a number of areas including depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, insurance, fuel costs, maintenance and repairs.
The starting MSRP for the 2020 Mirage ES is $12,298 including standard automatic climate control. The 2020 Mirage ES has four price lines to choose from including the fuel-sipping Mirage ES 5MT and Mirage ES with Continuously Variable Transmission. Key safety features come standard on the Mirage including standard rearview camera, brake assist system, active stability control, anti-lock braking system and seven airbags. The 2020 Mirage ES CVT has a combined city/highway rating of 6.2L /100 km fuel efficiency.
Vincentric used a detailed cost of ownership analysis to determine its award winners. Ownership costs measured included depreciation, fees & taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. Each vehicle was evaluated in all ten provinces plus the Northwest Territories using a range of annual kilometre intervals and insurance profiles.
Mitsubishi Mirage’s warranty is backed with a 10-year or 160,000-km limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 100,000-km limited new vehicle warranty along with five years, unlimited kilometres roadside assistance.
Long-time readers of the Base Camp series (thanks, both of you) will know this series puts a focus on the entry-level trims of vehicles that are popular in Canada. One segment on which we haven’t spent much time, oddly, is the entry-level market itself, primarily populated by small hatchbacks.
There used to be several players in this niche, but many companies have abandoned their efforts in a bid to chase profits higher up the food chain. Mitsubishi remains entrenched, planting both feet firmly in this end of the pool by giving its littlest car, the Mirage, a fresh new face for launch in the first quarter of the 2021 calendar year.
Under the hood is a 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine making 78 horsepower and roughly a like amount of torque. While that doesn’t sound like a lot – and it isn’t – it’s worth recalling the Mirage seems to weigh about the same as your author’s pet cat. This contributes to stellar fuel economy, better than 6.0-litre / 100 km on the highway and good enough for Mitsu to claim the car as Canada’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid gasoline-fueled vehicle.
For the 2020 model year, the company introduced automatic climate control to each trim, meaning the base ES, with its $12,298 price tag, has a feature absent in vehicles costing thousands more. Power front windows, audio controls on a height adjustable steering wheel, and a Bluetooth-enabled infotainment system with USB inputs prove that base model entry-level cars are no longer the bare bones penalty boxes of yore.
Spying a base model Mirage is simple as spotting its 14-inch steel wheels, though their P165/65/R14 size certainly keeps a lid on costs come replacement time. Those are colour-keyed door handles and power side mirrors, meaning the days of unlovely black plastic bumpers and other exterior trim advertising your penny-pinching purchase decisions are long gone. Mirage is also offered in a trio of no charge bright shades of paint, including the Infrared shown here.
What We’d Choose
At this price point, it’s never a bad idea to consider options from the lightly-used side of a dealer’s lot, since vehicles in this category that are a year or two old may offer a strong value proposition in terms of size and feature count. However, there is something to be said for being a car’s first owner – you know exactly how it’s been treated, the maintenance history, and one gets to enjoy the effervescent new car smell.
Ask about our great warranty offers, covering major powertrain components for up to a decade after you drive one of their cars off the showroom floor. This is no small consideration for a person who simply wants to enjoy their car without having to worry about shelling out for major repairs any time soon
Mitsubishi will enhance design, technology and active safety features on its 2021 and 2022 models.
Mitsubishi Motors Canada (MMCANS) has announced major revamps of their full 2021 model line-up.
The RVR will be available in late 2020 as a 2021 model and has benefited from significant design changes both internally and externally. The RVR is Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicle in Canada and was listed in the top three in the U.S. JD Power IQS study in the Small SUV class.
Following on the heels of the RVR will be the 2021 Mirage that will be released in the first quarter of 2021. Canada’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle will have comprehensive styling and trim changes as well as having active safety features made available.
The 2021 Outlander PHEV will benefit from a new drive train that will include a larger engine that will produce more horsepower. The electric drive system has been upgraded and will increase the range of driving on full electric power. This should ensure that it stays the best-selling plug-in hybrid SUV in Canada and the world.
The Eclipse Cross will appear in early 2021 as a 2022 model with a newly designed front and rear end taken directly from Mitsubishi’s next-generation design language.
The 2022 next-generation Outlander will be introduced in the first quarter of 2021 as a 2022 model year. The all-new Outlander is being touted by Mitsubishi as being “bigger, bolder and better than ever before and will be the quietest and best-equipped Mitsubishi ever sold in Canada” The Outlander will arrive with extensive technology and interior upgrades that will complement the new bold exterior styling.
More information will be made available on the new Outlander will be made available after the global launch in early 2021.
Mitsubishi Motors was ranked sixth overall in the recent J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS). Mitsubishi was the top-ranked Japanese brand in the industry, and the Mitsubishi RVR (Outlander Sport in the U.S.) tied for third in the Small SUV category.
As one of 33 brands evaluated across the industry, Mitsubishi experienced the greatest year-over-year improvement in ranking, moving from 30th in 2019 to sixth in 2020, as J.D. Power redesigned the IQS study to focus more on in-vehicle technology.
“The 2020 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study results recognize our focus on quality, reliability and value in all Mitsubishi vehicles, which is particularly important because our customers also tell us these are key purchase reasons here in Canada,” said Juyu Jeon, president and CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Canada.
In addition to Mitsubishi’s improvement in the IQS brand ranking, the Mitsubishi RVR (Outlander Sport), which underwent a significant redesign for the 2020 model year, ascended to the top-three rankings in the Small SUV category, placing third alongside the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax.
Mitsubishi’s IQS results follow a similarly strong performance in the J.D. Power 2020 Customer Service Index (CSI) study released in March, and are the latest in series of successes for Mitsubishi Motors Canada as it reinvents its brand and business ahead of a new product initiative that will help strengthen sales in Canada. For calendar year 2019, Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada achieved its third record sales year in a row.
The annual J.D. Power IQS Study, now in its 34th year, examines problems experienced by owners of new 2020 model-year vehicles during the first 90 days of ownership.