Geneva Motor Show Hints At New Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander | Charleston, SC

Mitsubishi made a big splash all over the world with the Outlander nameplate. The Outlander Sport is the brand’s best-selling model, and the Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in hybrid of its class and price point to make it to U.S. shores. Now, we might have a sneak peek at the new  Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and it came in the form of the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Mitsubishi ASX isn’t a new model. It’s the name of Europe’s equivalent to the Outlander Sport. That’s why, when the ASX debuted onstage at the Geneva Motor Show, it was obvious to guests that the model was also a preview of the upcoming refreshed American vehicle. A quick glimpse of the outside shows off a sleeker profile and a sharper front fascia more in line with the design philosophy of the standard Outlander and Eclipse Cross, as well as revised taillights and a rear bumper.

There are no known power train options for the new Mitsubishi Outlander so far, but more information may be available on the U.S. model as it draws closer to the Outlander Sport’s fall 2019 launch date.The European model had a 2.0-liter I-4 under the hood in Geneva.

If you want to see the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and take it on a test drive, contact us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

5 Tips for Buying a Used Mitsubishi Car

Used Mitsubishi | Princeton, WV

If you’re considering a used Mitsubishi as your next vehicle, we applaud you for your wise choice. Buying a used Mitsubishi is easy and rewarding in both the present and the long term, as long as you go into the process prepared with these tips.

Budget

As with any major purchase, new or used, you should start by figuring out your personal budget. This helps you narrow down options, and stick to a price right for your budget.

Figure Out Your Needs

In order to get the perfect car for your lifestyle, you’ll want to make a list of your needs. This way you can narrow down your search based on your preferences, like vehicles with extra cargo space, or vehicles with in-cabin connectivity.

Research Models

Before you head to the dealership, do a little research on your own first. Look at the different Mitsubishi models from recent years and compare them with both your budget and your list of wants and needs.

Find Your Dealership

When you have a sense for what models you want to look at, search for a certified Mitsubishi dealership. If you live near Princeton, West Virginia, we invite you to visit us at Pantili Mitsubishi where we will be happy to help you find your ideal used Mitsubishi.

Take a Test Drive

When buying a used Mitsubishi, you’ll want to be sure to take it for a careful, attentive test drive before you commit. Make sure you enjoy the way it drives, but also listen for any unusual sounds or look for any unusual feels. When you’re sure that the car is the quality you are looking for, you will feel much better about making the purchase.

Take a look at the used car inventory at Pantili Mitsubishi and contact us to take a test drive.

Mitsubishi’s Next-Generation Infotainment System Comes from Partnership with Google

Mitsubishi’s next-generation infotainment

Technology is always moving forward. Mitsubishi’s next-generation infotainment system will be powered by Android. Last month, Mitsubishi announced it was partnering with Google to embed new Android operating systems into its future vehicles.

These new systems are set to make their debut starting in 2021. The next-generation technology will feature turn-by-turn navigation through Google Maps, the ability to answer calls and respond to messages, have access to automotive apps in the Google Play Store, find information, and manage vehicle function with voice controls with the Google Assistant.

Kal Mos, Global Vice President of Alliance Connected Vehicles at Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said, “With the integration of the Android platform into our infotainment systems, we are adding a new level of intelligence to our connected vehicles. In the future, the Google Assistant, which employs Google’s leading AI technology, can become the main way customers interact with their vehicles, hands-free.”

The new technology will also allow Mitsubishi to add unique customer interfaces and features specific to its brand that will work with the Android platform. Users will also have access to more connectivity and cloud-based services. The system will also utilize over-the-air upgrades, remote diagnostics, and secure data management. With these features, future Mitsubishi models will have one of the most intelligent in-car infotainment systems available.

To learn more about the infotainment options in current Mitsubishi vehicles,  contact us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Extends a Helping Hand to The Asher House to Support Shelter Dogs

Asher House

A simple evaluation of a company’s ethics can be performed by looking at its philanthropic endeavors, and Mitsubishi excels across the board. This August, Mitsubishi announced that it will be extending a helping hand to Lee Asher and The Asher House, which is an organization that strives to help shelter dogs find the loving, forever homes they deserve.

To support The Asher House’s work and mission, Mitsubishi has given the organization an all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, the brand’s smart new crossover.

In recognition of The Asher House’s remarkable work, Mark Chaffin (chief operating officer, MMNA), said, “Lee started with a passion when he created The Asher House and it has become a movement to help raise awareness for rescue animals and shelters across the country; Asher’s bold decision to take action on his ambition is admirable and we’re privileged to be able to help support his mission.”

Lee founded The Asher House in 2017, quitting his job to devote all his time to raising awareness, de-stigmatizing shelter dogs, and helping them find homes. So far, Lee has helped 146 dogs find forever homes.

The 2018 Eclipse Cross will give Lee and his team an invaluable amount of support for years to come, helping him travel across the country and continue carrying out The Asher House’s work. Our team at Pantili Mitsubishi wishes Lee and all the pups the best of luck!

Best First Cars for Teen Drivers

first cars for teen drivers

If you have a young driver in your family, he or she has probably asked for their own car at least once. We can all remember the freedom and excitement that came with our first cars. If you are considering helping your teen get a car, here are some of the best first cars for teen drivers. These models are great choices, whether you are buying new or used.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The Outlander will give your teen plenty of growing room. It comes standard with two rows of seats, which leaves lots of cargo space behind the second row. This is ideal for when he or she heads off to college and has lots of stuff to pack.

Outlander Sport

For a crossover that is a bit smaller, go with the Outlander Sport. It still offers lots of space, sophisticated styling, and great technology features.

Mitsubishi Mirage

If you are concerned about the cost of fuel, the Mirage hatchback will help your teen save money. It is one of the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicles on the road today. And, it is one of the most affordable, too.

Mitsubishi Lancer

The Lancer sedan is no longer in production, so you will only find used models, but it is affordable, versatile, and offers great performance that is sure to excite your teen.

If you want to see examples of these models, contact us at Pantili Mitsubishi or check our online inventory for more information.

New Mitsubishi SUV Could Join the Lineup

New Mitsubishi SUV

Rumors surrounding a new Mitsubishi SUV have been sparking for the past few months, and now it appears the Japanese automaker is feeding the flames. Enthusiasts are clamoring about the addition of an off-road SUV to the manufacturer’s lineup, a gap that has remained vacant since 2006.

Mitsubishi’s sales are going strong in North America, China, and Europe, making this the ideal time to introduce a new SUV. The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross recently joined the SUV lineup, bringing the total number of available utility vehicles to four. An interview with the vice president of Mitsubishi design reveals that there may be more SUVs yet to come.

“Yes, that is one thing we are looking at. A new SUV,” said Tsuneshiro Kunimoto, vice president and general manager of Mitsubishi design. “The SUV is still growing, also in China and Europe, so it [an SUV] would be a good decision for Mitsubishi.”

Although it’s still available as the Mitsubishi Pajero in most of the world, the Montero officially left the United States market in 2006. The absence has left a hole in the North American Mitsubishi lineup. With a new Mitsubishi SUV looking likely, who’s to say that the next model won’t fill the off-road gap that the Montero left vacant?

To see the current lineup of Mitsubishi vehicles, visit Pantili Mitsubishi.

Give the Gift of New Mitsubishi Accessories

2015 Outlander Sport

Even if you don’t have a Valentine this year, you can still give presents to what you love – including your favorite Mitsubishi. New Mitsubishi accessories are a great way to indulge and give your vehicle a little bit of extra TLC.

 

Roof Rack Kit

Do you like to travel often or enjoy recreational, outdoorsy activities? Pick up a Roof Rack Kit to add some extra functionality to your favorite ride.

 

Chrome Door Handle or Side Mirror Covers

Add an edge of style to your Mitsubishi with chrome covers for your door handles or side mirrors. Some door-handle covers even come with a FAST Key system to make your life more convenient.

 

LED Fog Light Upgrade Kit

Show your vehicle some love with this upgrade to more modern, striking LED fog lights. They will boost visibility and look good, too.

 

Sunroof Wind Deflector

Love having a sun roof, but hate the wind noise? Improve the aerodynamics of your car for a quieter ride with a sunroof wind deflector.

 

Rear Spoiler

Add a sporty-cool vibe to your Mitsubishi by throwing in an athletic rear spoiler.

 

These new Mitsubishi accessories will give your vehicle a whole new look and feel for the road. If you’re interested in any of these parts, or adding a new Mitsubishi to your garage, visit us at Pantili Mitsubishi.

The History of Mitsubishi

100 Years of Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi produced its first car in 1917, but its history goes back even further than that, as one of the premier shipbuilding companies in Japan in the early 20th century. Mitsubishi’s very first car, the Model A, was designed as a luxury car for government officials, and only 22 were made.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries was temporarily a major producer of military aircraft and ships during the first and second World Wars, but after the wars ended, it immediately began making vehicles again. The company split and merged multiple times over the next couple of decades, finally branching off into Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in 1970.

Mitsubishi established itself early on as a versatile brand, winning the Macau Grand Prix and setting a track record in 1962, starting some of the earliest electric vehicle research in the early 1970s, and selling a family vehicle as its first American-sold car. Mitsubishi continued to innovate throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, introducing Silent Shaft technology, the world’s first Turbo Diesel engine, and the first Active Electronically Controlled Suspension.

Mitsubishi won a wide range of awards throughout the decades, like the Car of the Year Award in Japan in 1987 and the Motor Trend Import Car of the Year Award in 1989 for the Galant VR-4. The 1990s saw such innovations as the industry-first Traction Control System, iconic sports cars like the Eclipse and the 3000GT, and direct-injection technology.

Considering its winning racing history, decades upon decades of innovation, and commitment to eco-friendly design, Mitsubishi has always been one of the most forward-thinking automakers in the industry. To find out more about the history of Mitsubishi, give us a call at Pantili Mitsubishi.

Introducing the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

You may have known the Mitsubishi Eclipse as a peppy sports car—and so have we. But that admirable vehicle has been out of production in the states since 2012. However, Mitsubishi is bringing the Eclipse name back, now in the form of a crossover utility vehicle. The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will carry over the same standard of peppy driving dynamics and intelligent technology that were set in the original Eclipse.

 

The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross starts at a very affordable price, especially considering all that this crossover has to offer. Its sporty styling is reminiscent of a coupe, accented with things like LED brake lights and stunning color options. The cabin is crafted with premium materials and filled with smart technology. A 7-inch touchscreen audio display can sync to a passenger’s smartphone with the help of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross updates also include a color head-up display which projects performance-relevant information behind the steering wheel where it’s easy to see.

 

This new crossover version of the Eclipse is just as peppy, if not more so, thanks to the standard 152-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. It’s also equipped with Mitsubishi’s unique Super All-Wheel Control system, which provides exceptional handling in any situation.

 

We expect to see the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross on the lot at Pantilli Mitsubishi in March 2018. Be sure to stop by for one of the first test drives in this exciting new crossover!

Tips for Avoiding Deer on the Road During Peak Season in West Virginia

Deer

Fall is the perfect time to take a scenic drive. The colors are stunning and wildlife is abundant. But, according to the Division of Natural Recourses, October and November also present the highest risk to West Virginia drivers of colliding with deer.  So, you can safely enjoy all the beautiful fall drives West Virginia has to offer, here are some tips from Pantili Mitsubishi for avoiding deer on the road this fall.

Be Aware of your surroundings

 Scan your peripherals for deer. If you see a deer, immediately reduce your speed and sound your horn several times in short blasts.

Use your headlights

 Keep your headlights on even during the day. This will often help you spot deer because their eyes are reflective. At night, use your high beams when possible to increase your field of view.

Brake, don’t swerve

 If you encounter one or more deer on the road, don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid it. Instead, apply your brakes and wait until the deer clear out of the way before proceeding.

One deer usually means more deer

 If you see one deer, proceed with extreme caution and keep an eye out for more, as deer typically travel in groups.

This fall, make a habit of driving defensively. Colliding with a deer is very dangerous and can do massive damage to your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and drive safely!