Introducing the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept: A New Eco-Friendly Crossover

Mitsubishi made quite a stir during the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. With new models such as the XR-PHEV II and the L200, Mitsubishi dominated the event. Showcasing the latest in fuel-efficient technology and off-road design, both models are sure to be a success.

According to Mitsubishi, the XR-PHEV II has been in the works since 2013, allowing engineers to fine-tune the plug-in hybrid technology. The Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II Concept is a small SUV/Crossover that features a lightweight and compact body and very low emissions. It also features Battery Save, Battery Charge, and All-Electric modes giving drivers a variety of choices.

The L200 is an all-new pickup, initially launched in Thailand. This new sport utility truck has been a smash hit, perfect for functionality and reliability. Unfortunately, the L200 is only being offered in Europe and parts of Asia at the moment, but depending on its success, it may make its way to the US sooner or later.

Both of these models represent the future of Mitsubishi, emphasizing eco-friendly design. The XR-PHEV is an SUV and the L200 is a pickup, two segments associated with bad fuel economy and harmful emissions—something Mitsubishi is looking to change.

Updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV Adds Extra Convenience and Technology

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV is going on sale later this month.

The new and updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will be here soon.

The next evolution of the little Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the smallest four-seat electric car sold in North America, will start to go on sale at Biggers Mitsubishi later this month.

The automaker is skipping the 2015 model and going straight to 2016, which will be identical to the 2014 model in many ways, but with several upgrades to take into consideration.

Just like the current i-MiEV, the minicar coming this month will have 66 horsepower, a single-charge range of 62 miles, and an MSRP of $22,995 before a potential $7,500 federal tax break.

The updated Mitsubishi i-MiEV will also include an optional navigation package that comes with a seven-inch touchscreen display, real-time traffic data, and 3D mapping. In addition, the automaker will offer Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

For such a small and efficient car, that’s actually quite a lot of technology. Let’s see if it gets more customers interested!

Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV Debuts in Chicago

It’s about time. After teasing us about “The Return of a Legend” a few weeks ago, Biggers Mitsubishi could not wait a moment longer to find out what Mitsubishi had come up with.

Under the hood, the Concept GC-PHEV has a supercharged V6 and plug-in hybrid powertrain that makes 335 horsepower, all hooked up to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a four-wheel-drive system.

More interestingly, the Concept GC-PHEV is the first vehicle to give us a preview of the automaker’s brand-new design language. According to Don Swearingen, Mitsubishi North America Executive VP, “All of our 2016 model year vehicles will be refreshed with our new brand identity, starting with the 2016 Outlander.”

When it comes to design, the Mitsubishi Concept GC-PHEV is a mix of chunky style and sci-fi influences. It has an augmented reality windshield, collision mitigating braking, and something called the Tactical Table. Though that sounds like something that would let you call in an airstrike against your enemies, what it actually does is let you place a smartphone on top of the table and automatically share information with the vehicle and other passengers—kinda like those computer tables that we thought would be the future before tablets came along. Less dramatic than an airstrike, but arguably more useful!

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-Liter Engine Offers More Power

In an effort to kick things up a notch for the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, the automaker is offering a more powerful engine option for some 2015 models. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 168 horsepower—a full 20 horsepower more than the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine puts out.

According to autoblog.com, Mitsubishi will offer the more powerful engine in two trims: the 2.4 ES or the 2.4 GT. The 2.4 ES is the lower level trim, starting at $21,295, it comes with a black center bumper to differentiate it from the standard (2.0-liter engine) ES.

The 2.4 GT starts at $23,595, and is differentiated from the standard GT by the same black center bumper along with outside mirrors that feature LED turn indicators and black roof rails. Additionally, the 2.4 GT gets a power driver’s seat, aluminum pedals, and a leather-wrapped parking brake handle.

A GT Premium Package adds an upgraded stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and moonroof. But if you’re looking for true luxury, choose the GT Touring Package, which comes with leather seats and a seven-inch navigation system.

Stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to learn more about the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport’s 2.4-liter engine!

Elgin, Illinois Economy Sees Vast Improvement

The Elgin, Illinois economy has seen substantial growth compared to surrounding cities. Much of this growth is in the improving housing market. In housing, Elgin ranked third behind Chicago and Naperville. The number is impressive to say the least, and things are only looking to improve further with over 50% of the city’s total population working locally. That’s a total of over 60,000 people working within the city each and every day.

“Elgin’s 350 housing starts are even more impressive when compared to other communities: Joliet 131, Aurora 107, St. Charles 21, Algoquin 16, Libertyville 12 and Rockford 1,” former president Rick Jakle said. The city increased commercial and industrial space by 395,000 square feet, up from 2011 and 2012. In 2013 the city increased space by 459,000 square feet. Much thanks is owed to Elgin Development Group (EDG).

EDG is paid by the city government to persuade new businesses to move to Elgin. In 2015, the group will work with nonprofit program Hope Fair Housing. By working with companies to encourage employees to buy homes (via incentives), Elgin hopes to see new residents. The annual awards luncheon in honor of businesses will be held at Elgin Community College on March 18th at 11:30 am.

New Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept Shines at Chicago Auto Show

On Thursday morning, the Chicago Auto Show introduced the new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in front of the world. The “Grand Cruiser” crossover raises the stakes for a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle.

With its massive size, this concept promises to save a lot of fuel and even in a time where gas prices have magically fallen to lows we haven’t seen in years, this model, along with other PHEVs, will attract a wide audience. Our General Sales Manager, Emal Noor, says that the future warrants an appeal for rides such as this one.

“Even though fuel prices have come down a little bit, I still think everybody has a little anxiety and has the knowledge they might go back up,” Noor said in a Daily Herald interview. “So I think the small sport utes, CUVs, crossovers are still what’s going to be mostly in demand.”

This crossover runs on an eight-speed automatic transmission and supercharged V6 engine that pumps out 335 horsepower. Mitsubishi claims that this aggressively-styled crossover concept will go 25 miles on electric power only and get 35 miles per gallon.

Don Swearingen of Mitsubishi Motors called it “economical and environmental-friendly yet rugged and powerful and full of advanced technology.”

You can take a closer look of the big new Mitsubishi GC-PHEV Concept in the video below, as well as our Mitsubishi inventory here, and tell us what you think in the comments section below!

New Mitsubishi Hybrid Crossover Concept Headed to Geneva Motor Show

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV may not have made its way over here to the United States yet, but it’s already enjoying some great sales success over in Europe. Now, a new plug-in hybrid crossover is on its way to America. The new, as-yet-unnamed concept will make its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show, showing off the future of the Mitsubishi brand, in terms of both design and performance.

We don’t really know much about the planned Mitsubishi hybrid crossover concept, but we’ve gotten a couple teaser images of it, plus we know it will be a plug-in vehicle. Mitsubishi will thus continue to push deeper into the PHEV territory, a segment that the brand obviously finds to be the wave of the future. It looks like the new concept owes some of its roots and design to the XR-PHEV, which is just fine with us.

The Outlander PHEV, for its part, will also be making its way over to the United States pretty soon. Right now, we expect it to arrive on our shores by the second quarter of 2016, and then we’ll get to share the plug-in goodness with you. Come see us at Biggers Mitsubishi to learn more today.

Mitsubishi Mirage Customer Loyalty Recognized by IHS Automotive

we here at Bigger Mitsubishi are excited to announce that IHS Automotive has recognized Mitsubishi Mirage customer loyalty!

Customer loyalty is important to carmakers of all shapes and sizes, but it is especially so to those who are trying to break into the competitive American market. This is why we here at Bigger Mitsubishi are excited to announce that IHS Automotive has recognized Mitsubishi Mirage customer loyalty! The Mirage was rated as having the highest Model Loyalty in the Non-Luxury Traditional Sub-Compact Car Segment for the 2014 model year, making it a top choice for people who are looking for a smaller vehicle.

“We are delighted to receive this Model Loyalty recognition by IHS Automotive,” said Don Swearingen, Executive Vice President of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Mitsubishi Motors has experienced growing customer loyalty across our entire model lineup through the years, and this award demonstrates that we are successfully retaining our current customers while simultaneously introducing new consumers to the brand.”

The winner of each customer loyalty segment is determined when a household that owns a certain car returns to the market and purchases another vehicle of the same make and model. With a starting MSRP of $12,995 and an EPA-estimated fuel rating of 37 mpg highway, it’s easy to see why the Mirage is such a popular choice for customers.

To see why the Mitsubishi Mirage has such loyal customers, stop in to Biggers Mitsubishi today!

New Illinois Leasing Law Paves the Way for More

On January 1, 2015, leasing a vehicle in Illinois became quite a bit more attractive (by 50%, if you look at the numbers). The new Illinois Leasing Law reduces the amount of tax that a customer would pay while leasing a car.

Prior to 2015, a customer would pay tax on the purchase price of the car, even though a lease acts as a long-term rental. This made leasing a car unappealing. Nationally the lease rate is right around 26%, but in Illinois it has been only 14%. Chicago is even lower than that, at only 8% of all vehicle sales being leases. New York, for example, has a nearly 50% lease rate. The new law states that a customer only has to pay taxes on the down payment and subsequent monthly payments.

The new leasing law makes leasing a car in Illinois like most other states. One change that also came into effect is trade-ins no longer influence the amount of taxes on a lease vehicle. Previously, a lease would reduce the value of the purchase price of the vehicle, thus reducing taxes.

Texas is the only remaining state where leasing is based upon the purchase price of the vehicle.

2014 Mitsubishi Sales Raise Nearly 25 percent

Mitsubishi saw an enormous sales increase in 2014, selling more than 77,000 units and increasing its yearly vehicle sales compared to 2013 by an astonishing 24.8%. The year was highly successful for the automotive industry in general, with many automakers breaking records.

The Outlander Sport was the biggest seller for Mitsubishi, with 2,755 units sold in December. The Lancer also played a huge role in the company’s success, selling 185 more cars in December of 2014 than the same month in 2013.

Executive vice president of Mitsubishi North America, Don Swearingen, summed up the numbers well in a recent statement, saying, “December marked the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases … with an increase of nearly 25 percent over the previous year.”

Visit us at Biggers Mitsubishi to explore our models or maybe to take one on a test drive, and you’ll realize exactly why 2014 Mitsubishi sales were so high.