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  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 129

    The current Samsung SM5/Renault Latitude are based on the previous generation Nissan Altima/Teana platform.The next gen SM5/Latitude will more than likely be based on the current generation Altima platform and the Galant will simply be a re-badge of the SM5/Latitude.

  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 129
    edited April 2014

    It would appear that this article posted a while back by edmunds.com didn't get a lot of attention (sarcasm gee... wonder why...? end sarcasm)
    http://www.edmunds.com/car-news/mitsubishis-future-plans-include-hybrids-major-model-overhaul.html

    Below is a listing of future Mitsubishi launches for simplified viewing:

    2014 (2015 model year)

    Mirage hatch - minor exterior and interior changes

    Mirage sedan - unconfirmed, all new to U.S. line-up

    Outlander Sport - 2.4l engine added to line-up, new CVT

    Lancer - outside mirror turn signal indicators

    Outlander - exterior freshening with new grille/front air dam and new combination taillights with LED

    2015 (2016 model year)

    Mirage hatch - exterior freshening

    Outlander Sport - All New

    Lancer - New CVT and new telematics system

    Outlander - PHEV model added, mid-cycle re-fresh (incorporating Mitsubishi's new design language)

    Galant - All New (based on next gen Renault Samsung SM5/Latitude)

    2016 (2017 model year)

    Mirage sedan - turbo engine model added or initial U.S. launch, to be confirmed

    Outlander - new telematics system

    Montero - All New

    In other markets Mitsubishi will be launching the following. Depending on market conditions, R&D costs, and consumer interest these may eventually make it to the U.S. The following is purely speculative:

    Triton/L200 compact pick-up truck - All New, to be launched fall of 2014. May come to U.S. if U.S./Thai free trade agreement will allow circumvention of Chicken Tax

    Montero Sport/Challenger/Nativa - All New, to be launched in 2015. May come to U.S. if there is consumer interest.

    Delica crossover minivan - All New, to be launched in 2015 or 2016. Currently unknown if even intended for markets other than Japan. Current generation was under study for U.S. launch but rising Yen killed the plan.

  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 129

    Also for 2016 (as a 2017 model)

    Lancer - Unconfirmed, may simply be a rebadge of next gen Renault Samsung SM3, or may be a co-developed C-segment model with Renault-Nissan based on the Franco-Japanese firms modular platform

    http://www.caradvice.com.au/280886/mitsubishi-lancers-future-remains-unclear/

  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Dodge City, KSPosts: 6,367

    Nice find, psychogun, I've been looking for new material, even on Mitsubishi's worldwide website, about what they're going to do with the Lancer, and haven't found too much.

    All we know from the article link from your post above is that they're talking with Renault about it but are more focused on the midsize sedan first, for now anyway. After getting a new Galant design they'll start focusing on what kind of platform and design they'll build the new world order Mitsubishi Lancer on. And what it would look like.

    So I bet we're looking at something like 2016 before we get a new Lancer design. I know Mitsubishi builds a good SUV but I love the Lancer too much to go SUV, I'm thinking.

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953

    New Montero sounds very interesting. Wife still wants to keep the '07 Outlander, but my daughter needs a car, used Lancer or Galant are on the list.

    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318

    Thanks, psychogun. I look forward to the return of a Galant sedan but am not sure if the Montero, pickup, and minivan make sense in the current US market. I honestly believe that doing a rebadge for the Galant is a good solution given Mitsu's size & the R&D costs for developing something new ground-up. It just needs to be a rebadge of a good car; if it's barely passable it can do more harm than good to their reputation.

    I'm still happy with my '10 Outlander GT but will give strong consideration to the PHEV Outlander when it debuts. I probably don't drive enough miles to justify it from a cost perspective (only 35K miles after 4.5 years) but few hybrids recoup their increased upfront costs anyway.

    I do wonder if Mitsu will drop the V6 from their lineup as so many others have done. They have a well-respected history with turbos so a turbo 4 would be a fine replacement. The 3L V6 is a good engine but it still recommends premium fuel and torque at low RPMs could be improved. Now, with that said, if you look at the carmakers who have replaced their V6s with turbo 4s, fuel economy has not really improved (at least in current iterations).

  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318

    Navigation updates are free for owners of 2014 & newer Mitsus. Those of us with pre-'14 vehicles w/Navi are hit with a $199 charge (not too different from other automakers from what I've heard).

    The latest update is from 2013. As my system hadn't seen any updates since I bought it in Dec '09 I decided to get the upgrade. I figure I can stomach the cost once every few years.

    I should have it in a few days and get in installed perhaps next week. I'll report back if the software was upgraded along with the maps & POI database.

    I've got over 100 CDs ripped to the hard drive but I presume space for Navi updates is reserved.

  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318

    Nav update is in place. Went from software version H / map version 2008-A / CDDB (Gracenote) 1626-2963 to software v. N / map 2013-A / CDDB 1626-4525. It was nice of them to include the CDDB update (though they are available free from Mitsu's owner's site).

    Map detail is better. Haven't really noticed any different yet in nav software functionality or performance.

    Address book, nav preferences, etc. were preserved.

    The upgrade is painless and like the CD rip capability it will pause/resume if you shut the car off while it's updating. Which is good as the nav update took about 90 minutes. CDDB took another 20+.

    Included directions are sufficient.

    In other news I picked up a 2-bike trailer hitch rack for $36 at Harbor Freight. $45 - their usual 20% coupon. Perhaps not as nice as the $150-200 racks but perfectly usable and still offers a tilt-down to allow the hatch to open.

  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318

    2014 MODs (Mitsubishi Owners Day) have been announced.

    https://www.mitsubishicars.com/owners/events

    July 12 - West Coast (California)
    Sept. 20 - Factory (Illinois)
    Oct. 11 - East Coast (New Jersey)

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 49,683

    "The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be discontinued in the U.S. after the 2015 model year, the automaker told Edmunds.

    "I can confirm that 2015 will be the last year for Evo," wrote Alex Fedorak, a Mitsubishi Motors North America spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query."

    2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Marks End of an Era

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  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    Factory MOD (Mitsubishi Owner's Day) is tomorrow in Bloomington-Normal Illinois. Featured will be the electric car they use for the Pikes Peak challenge and the PHEV Outlander.

    https://www.mitsubishicars.com/owners/events.
  • psychogunpsychogun Posts: 129
    edited September 2014
    Mitsubishi press release regarding the Outlander PHEV Concept-S:
    http://www.mitsubishi-motors.com/publish/pressrelease_en/motorshow/2014/news/detail0943.html

    Presumably this is what the entire Outlander range will look like for the 2016 model year.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    I like the front better than the current Outlander.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    No visible tailpipe is fine but I also don't see a charge port.

    I think I could grow to like the interior easily. Has an upscale look to it; I hope the materials match that.

    Exterior styling looks good. The slight downward slope of the roofline makes me wonder on overall cargo capacity.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 49,683
    "Just two years ago, once-proud Mitsubishi essentially was begging Americans to believe the car company wasn't on the verge of decamping from the USA.

    "Mitsubishi's recent success can be attributed to the sales of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, which are capitalizing on the fact that small SUVs are the hottest segment in the market right now," says Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst for car-shopping website Edmunds.com.

    Compact SUVs were the most-researched category on Edmunds.com in January."

    Mitsubishi goes from near-death to vibrancy (ISA Today)

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  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    Nothing really new to those that follow the brand but it's nice to see a press article with a positive spin for a change. Folks have been predicting Mitsu's departure from the US market for well over a decade; it hasn't happened yet and as long as they can keep improving what they've got and address the gaps (midsize sedan) they'll remain a (small but) contender in the market.

    I like my Outlander and would easily buy another if I were in the market today. But my hopes are for a PHEV Outlander or, now, Montero. When I'm in the market again, which probably won't be for a while, I'll see what they're offering and how well it stacks up against the competition.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    http://media.mitsubishicars.com/releases/mitsubishi-motors-concept-gc-phev-makes-north-american-debut-at-the-2015-chicago-auto-show

    GC-PHEV is supposedly going to be the Montero if it, or a variant, come to market.

    The styling is still concept but as it stands is pretty edgy. Not quite sure if I like it or not. Interior would probably not survive the transition to production but I really like the ceiling shot (last of the pics).

    Wife & I are still trying to make it work to see the Chicago Auto Show which starts this weekend but schedules are busy. The GC-PHEV will be there for anyone in the area.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 49,683
    Looks like a fun show this gear, going by the press days coverage on Twitter.


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  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    We're going to the Chicago show on Thursday. Not sure if we're taking the Amtrak down from Racine or driving the Outlander.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    Good idea to go on a weeknight. The new just reported that this weekend's attendance was up over 20% so it was likely jam packed.

    Thursday will be pretty cold; forecast high is around 6 degrees. So not the greatest weather to be waiting on a train and shuttle bus. So I'd vote for driving in. Not sure which way winds up being cheaper.
  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    About $90 for my wife and I to take the Amtrak down. Plus transportation from Union Station and back. We definitely will be driving.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    At the NY Auto Show Mitsu announced two vehicles (http://media.mitsubishicars.com/):
    1. A Mirage sedan. Not my thing so I didn't read about it.
    2. The PHEV Outlander that I've been wanting them to release for the past couple of years.

    Details are slim but the Outlander will supposedly come this fall as a 2017 model. Powered by a battery + a 2L ICE. No specs announced other than it will have a PHEV version of S-AWC standard and feature a plethora of gadgets. While I'm not surprised no pricing info was revealed I was hoping to have some preliminary data on fuel economy / battery range.

    I had checked out the regular 2016 Outlander at the Chicago Auto Show and found it to be a worthwhile upgrade to my '10 GT. I hope the PHEV is priced such that it makes a compelling case to get it.

    Currently I've been thinking of moving upmarket (Infiniti QX60 for instance) but the QX only bumps economy by 2 MPG over my GT and there are complaint that people aren't even getting that. Infiniti's material quality is definitely better than Mitsu's but of course there's a price to pay for that (like about $20K more for a well-equipped model). I was looking to buy in June or so but will now defer until Fall to see if the PHEV makes economic & ecologic sense.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Dodge City, KSPosts: 6,367
    edited March 28
    fushigi, hello, long time no talk to! Our '08 Lancer GTS engine blew up (seized timing chain - then broken serpentine belt - no repair possible that's financially within reason) and we traded the hulk of the car in on a '11 Kia Soul 5-speed stick. This trade-in happened on 07/02/14.

    It is a great car but I do miss our '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS. Such a beautiful rig! Sort of interested in the 2017 Mitsubishi G4 sedan in 5-speed form, but I'm not sure a 1.2L 3-cyl. engine would work for us for power. The gas savings would work just fine, however. I'll look forward to your new posts out ahead on this thread...need to stay up-to-date with Mitsubishi and the rest of all you Mitsubishi fans on Edmund's (all what...4 of us!!).

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    Wow, iluv, surprised to hear that. I thought newer Mitsubishi drive trains were pretty trouble free. Our Outlander is still plugging along at about 95k, our daughter is using it to commute to college, Only repair has been tie rod ends. Fushigi, my wife was ready for something a little more luxurious also, we picked up a cpo 2013 Lincoln MKX, she loves it.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • fushigifushigi Posts: 1,318
    iluv - I assume you were outside of warranty when it blew. That's a tough break. I agree about being concerned about the 1.2's power. Perhaps I'll keep an eye on it to see how it does in the reviews & testing.

    fumes - A CPO would be possible to avoid the first 12-24 months of semi-luxury depreciation. The Infiniti dealer also has a few 2015s still on the lot & they've knocked about 10% off the MSRP to try & move them. Not much diff between the 2015 & 16 so that would be another way to save a few grand (well equipped a new QX60 will run in the mid-$50K zone).

    I haven't done any major repairs to my '10 Outlander GT. I put tires on it Nov 14 but otherwise just do the basic mandated maintenance. It'll roll 52K before long. Yeah, I drive less than the average # of miles, enough so that when estimating the value of my GT as a trade I get about $1200 bonus for low miles.

    I turn 50 this year so I guess my next vehicle will be my mid-life spoil myself car. Tempered by logic & practicality so no Corvette or last-year EVO for me. So we focused on premium CUVs at the auto show & I was able to create a very short list of contenders. Thought I'd like the MDX but could not get comfortable. Tried the Caddy but banged my head getting in - that thing is tight - and I'm of average height. Can't bring myself to do a Lexus (and see far too many already). The Enclave was pleasant but didn't really stand out for anything. The QX60 seemed like a natural fit. Comfortable and way more luxury than I'm used to. Only concerns are a lack of Android Auto and the power seems a little light for the weight.

    No PHEV Outlander at the Chicago show so while I like the '16 Outlander I was ready for a change. And now this. My daily commute is about 14 miles round trip tot he train station; a PHEV should do that while using zero gas. Mighty tempting.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Dodge City, KSPosts: 6,367
    edited March 30
    Good point about getting the Outlander PHEV, fushigi. No ghastly used is very tempting.

    Yeah, regarding the '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS and the broken belt - Mitsubishi knew about it and was "preparing" a recall of the belt. It was made of an "inferior material" of some sort and gave up the ghost early. We called Mitsubishi America Customer Support and they said but you should have called us while you were having the issue! You didn't and you traded in for a competitor's car, so, we won't help you. We weren't very happy but I still respect the Mitsubishi build team and don't need a car now, just love to always look around at different cars.

    toomanyfumes - congratulations on the "new ta you" '13 Lincoln MKX. Bet it's nice and quiet. Enjoy!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    That reminds me, I'm gonna need to get the timing belt done on the Outlander, I think Mitsubishi recommends 105k, won't be too long and I'll be there. Fushigi I turned 50 last year, and treated myself to a new motorcycle. I bought the Mustang new in 2012, I really like it but I wouldn't get another one. I miss having 4 doors and a decent trunk. Depreciation would kill me now if I traded it, so I'm keeping it a while.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Dodge City, KSPosts: 6,367
    Does your Stang have a V8, toomanyfumes?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • toomanyfumestoomanyfumes S.E. Wisconsin Posts: 953
    It has the 3.7 V6. 305 horsepower, with the 6-speed manual is plenty for me. And I get over 23 mpg in mostly suburban driving.
    2012 Mustang Premium, 2013 Lincoln MKX Elite, 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander.
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