Mitsubishi Announces New Outlander Sport Powertrain Option

Mitsubishi wants to make sure that they have a vehicle for everyone, so the Japanese carmaker has announced a new Outlander Sport powertrain option that will provide owners with more power than ever before. This new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 168 horsepower, which is an increase of 20 horsepower over the standard 2.0-liter engine.

The 2.4-liter engine is offered in two different trim levels—the 2.4 ES and the 2.4 GT. As the base trim level, the 2.4 ES offers similar features to the 2.0-liter’s ES model with a black center bumper that sets it apart, all for an MSRP of $21,295. The Sport 2.4 GT has a price tag of $23,595, adding features like power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped parking brake handle, and aluminum pedals.

If you are interested in learning more about the new Outlander Sport powertrain option or if you would like to give this top-notch vehicle a test drive, make sure you stop in to Pantili Mitsubishi today!

New Outlander Sport Powertrain Option

Mitsubishi Montero Is Making a Comeback

Recently, Mitsubishi dropped a somewhat cryptic hint about a vehicle set to make its debut at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show. Mitsubishi released an image showing a tall SUV sitting on the top of a hill with the words, “The Return of a Legend” printed on the page.

Based on the shadowy image of the SUV and what we know about Mitsubishi, it would seem the Montero is making a comeback. The Montero was sold here in the United States from 1983 through 2005. It is still sold in other markets around the world as the Pajero, so resurrecting it here wouldn’t be too big of an issue.

The Montero was loved by off-road enthusiasts and would surely be welcomed back with open arms. It may not keep the traditional body-on-frame design of most large SUVs, but we would expect it would still maintain its off-road nature.

Montero or not, Mitsubishi will take this SUV out of the shadows on February 12. Would you like the Mitsubishi Montero to come back to the lineup?

Montero is making a comeback


Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Could Mark “The Return of a Legend”

Mitsubishi has released a teaser poster that flaunts “The Return of a Legend” ahead of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

The poster displays an indistinguishable crossover sitting on top of a sand dune, which doesn’t give us a lot to work with as far as figuring out which of their past legends might make a comeback.

Though now that we mention it, we do remember the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept that made its debut at the Tokyo Auto Show back in 2013, which seemed to hint at a future Pajero or Montero design, and the latter would certainly fit the bill as a potential “legend” to return.

Back when it was first sold in the U.S. in 1982, the Montero was an instant classic thanks to its body-on-frame construction and rugged four-wheel-drive capabilities. At just the right size and with lots of new tech, the Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept is just right vehicle to renew its legacy with a modern touch.

If the concept is indeed the “legend” the automaker has been hinting at, we look forward to seeing what it can do at Pantili Mitsubishi!

Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept

Make Mom Happy: Safety Tips For Snow Sledding

With the snow comes a lot of undesirables, like having to scrape your windshield on those dark, below-zero mornings; shoveling snow; driving in those dangerously slick conditions. But we can’t forget snowball fights and ice skating and just how simply beautiful the snow can look on the West Virginia landscape!

Then there’s the best of all: snow sledding. With sledding, the tendency is to push it until you are breaking Olympic bobsled records. To ensure that your sledding excursion ends well, we’ve amassed a few safety tips for snow sledding.

Got a bicycle helmet lying around? Throw it on! This is especially necessary if you are sledding in a wooded area.

Try to get a sled with runners and a steering mechanism. While racing down a hill on a snow disc, spinning out of control, may seem thrilling, you really need to be able steer in case there are obstacles.

You might think that placing a spotter at the bottom of a hill justifies sledding down a hill with a street at the bottom. Don’t trust it! Try to find a hill that both offers a thrilling grade but also offers few obstacles and a safe landing area.

safety tips for snow sledding

How to Protect Your Car from Burglars

Although car thefts are on the decline, there are always those out there who are on the hunt for vehicles that would be easy to break into and steal. Whether those people are looking for a new ride for themselves or just  want to make a quick buck by selling its parts, it is important that you stay alert to this ever-lurking danger. Here at Pantili Mitsubishi, we’ve got some tips on how to protect your car from burglars.

  1. Lock up – No matter how long you anticipate being away from your vehicle, be sure to roll the windows up all the way and lock all the doors, every time.
  2. Park well – It is wise to park in a well-lit area. Find a spot under or near a street light whenever possible and avoid parking behind a large van or truck that obscures your vehicle from view, giving burglars easier access.
  3. Hide belongings – Before you leave the parking lot for your next destination, be sure to hide your belongings. Bags, boxes, etc., will only tempt robbers, as will placing bags in the trunk just before walking into a store. We recommend that you place your belongings in the trunk or conceal them in the back seat before you drive from one parking lot to your next destination.

Be sure to hide electronics out of sight as well. If your GPS leaves a ring on your window, use an alcohol wipe to clean the glass and keep prowling thieves from guessing there is a GPS system somewhere inside the vehicle.

While we don’t like to think about there being people in the world with such cruel intentions, we can’t pretend they don’t exist. Make it a habit to exercise safe habits every time you leave your vehicle, so that your car becomes less of a temptation to thieves. The best way to avoid having your vehicle stolen is not to stay home, but to be a smart driver.

Protect your car from burglars

Lancer Evo X Final Concept Debuts at Tokyo Auto Salon

When we learned the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would be the last of its kind, we were understandably bummed. One of the most iconic high-performance sports cars in a generation—gone. But recent developments have somewhat changed our outlook on the situation.

First, Mitsubishi executive Don Swearingen told us we would get a special “going away edition” Lancer Evo X in June or July—a GSR five-speed with “more horsepower, some suspension tuning, and more bits [and] pieces that are being finalized.”

That was enough to mute our disappointment, but now we’ve just learned that the upcoming Lancer Evo X Final Edition would be quite a lot more impressive than we’d originally thought. We expected small tweaks, but a newly-revealed Lancer Evo X Final Edition Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show has uncovered so much more.

The special edition gets a new HKS turbo, larger intakes and intercoolers, an upgraded cooling system and exhaust, adjustable HKS suspension, and 19-inch Rays forged wheels. More than just simple “bits and pieces.” Its horsepower output from the 2.0-liter engine has exploded from 290 to 473!

We were sad to learn there would be no more Lancer Evos, but now we can’t wait for the final Evo X to arrive at Pantili Mitsubishi this summer!

Tokyo Auto Salon

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Safety Features Win Top Safety Pick+ Award

Mitsubishi was recently awarded two Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This prestigious award only goes to the safest vehicles on the market, those which can pass a series of crash tests and simulations. It’s no wonder the 2015 Lancer and Outlander won.

Both the Lancer and the Outlander were given the Top Safety Pick+ designation, according to Mitsubishi. The Outlander was specially recognized by the IIHS for its innovative use of new safety technologies. The best of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features are the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system and advanced RISE safety engineering.

“The Mitsubishi RISE safety body construction system is the perfect example of this kind of technology. In the event of an accident, energy is absorbed and deflected away from the occupant cell, which enhances passenger protection,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of MMNA.

Want to know more about these award winning safety features? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi to preview the new 2015 Lancer and Outlander today.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander safety features

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck Announced

When it comes to pickup trucks, it’s likely that the first carmaker that comes to mind isn’t Mitsubishi—but that is about to change. The Japanese carmaker recently announced a brand-new version of its Triton pickup truck. While the truck has sold over 1.2 million trucks since its introduction in 2005, the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck will be the first Mitsubishi pickup model to receive a significant overhaul.

The newest Triton will draw from the Mitsubishi GR-HEV concept that debuted at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, combining a comfortable interior with the functionality of a pickup. Consumers can choose from a Single, Double, or Club Cab variant with three different engine options that change depending on the market it is being sold in. These engines include a 2.4-liter gasoline, a 2.5-liter turbodiesel, and a new 2.4-liter turbodiesel with electronic valve timing.

For more information on the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck, make sure you stop in to Pantili Mitsubishi today and see what this pickup has to offer!

2015 Mitsubishi Triton Pickup Truck
*First generation pictured

Mitsubishi’s November Sales Show Outstanding 27.4 Percent Improvement

Mitsubishi is reporting yet another outstanding sales month with November sales of 6,534 units, a 27.4 percent improvement over November 2013 that marked the ninth consecutive month of increasing sales and the brand’s best November in the last seven years.

The highlight of the month’s performance was the Outlander Sport crossover, whose unparalleled ability to take on the unknown while making it look easy helped it cinch its best November ever, with sales of 2,679 units.

The month was also kind to the exceptionally fuel-efficient Mirage, which sold upward of 1,300 units for the ninth month in a row. At Pantili Mitsubishi, the Mirage’s ability to get 44 mpg on the highway without resorting to hybrid technology has made it a favorite among customers.

The Lancer compact sports sedan wasn’t far behind. It helped bump up Mitsubishi’s November sales by almost reaching the 1,300 mark as well, marking an 8.9 percent increaser and its best November in the last seven years.

Mitsubishi’s November sales

Last Minute Gift Guide for the Mitsubishi Enthusiast

Buying gifts for others can be daunting. What do they actually want? How much should you spend? What will they use, and what will get tossed to the back of the closet? These are the internal battles we face every year around this time. Today, we can offer some hope to you, fellow weary shopper. If your loved one loves Mitsubishi, we have a few pretty cool ideas we’re willing to bet they’ll enjoy.

Here is our gift guide for the Mitsubishi enthusiast.

JDM Mitsubishi Evo X T-Shirt. This t-shirt is seriously cool. Its simple design is sure to win over the guy in your life, and the message is clear. Don’t we all love Evo?

Mitsubishi GTO Silver iPhone 4 4S 5 5S 5C Hard Back Protective Case. This iPhone case features a photo of a Mitsubishi GTO. What’s not to like?

GillTees “Mitsubishi Puzzle” T-Shirt. People will do a double take at the design of the Mitsubishi logo on this t-shirt.

Mitsubishi Parking Only Sign. Now that special someone can reserve their spot – anywhere.

Looking for something a bit… bigger? Stop by Pantili Mitsubishi and get them the Mitsubishi they’ve been dreaming about!

Gift Guide for the Mitsubishi Enthusiast