Will Mitsubishi Outlander Go Rogue in 2021?

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander

An automotive alliance could have a major impact on an upcoming model of the Mitsubishi Outlander.

 

Automotive giants Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have had an alliance since 1999, and now Renault and Nissan — which controls Mitsubishi — are talking about a merger. The companies, however, aren’t waiting for a merger to make a big move.

 

As part of the alliance’s attempt to make further inroads in the American crossover market, the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander will reportedly be based on the wider, longer frame of the Nissan Rogue. That would make the Outlander noticeably different in size from Mitsubishi’s other crossover vehicles, the Outlander Sport and the Eclipse Cross. The 2021 Outlander may also have a plug-in, hybrid model.

 

While the Outlander and Rogue will share the same base, they’ll be different enough to have their own design and marketing strategies.

 

The Outlander will be the first Mitsubishi to benefit from sharing a Nissan platform, but others could follow. The Outlander Sport will reportedly be built on the same frame used by the Nissan Versa, Kicks, and Juke.  There are also rumors that Mitsubishi might build a mid-sized truck on an alliance platform. That’s a move that would make customers hungry for such a vehicle very happy. Until then, come to Biggers Mitsubishi and take a test drive of a new 2018 Outlander!

The Most Exciting Upcoming Events in Elgin

Cinco De Mayo, Elgin, IL

Whether you live in the area or are just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there’s no shortage of fun things to do in or around Elgin this spring. Read on to discover some of the Elgin area’s most exciting upcoming events.

 

Cinco de Mayo in Elgin

 

Come to downtown Elgin on May 4 to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. This festive event will feature authentic Mexican cuisine, traditional Mexican music and plenty of local food trucks and eclectic vendors. Admission is free, so we hope to see you there!

 

Elgin iFest

 

On May 5, you can experience the sixth annual Elgin International Festival (iFest). This event will feature tons of music, entertainment, cuisine, and art displays from cultures all over the world. Admission is free and there will be plenty of sights and activities for people of all ages to discover and enjoy.

 

Barrington Art Festival

 

Just a short drive away from Elgin, the Barrington Art Festival in downtown Barrington will highlight paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry and other works from more than 130 artists around the world over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-27). There will also be plenty of food, live music, and activities for the whole family. Best of all, admission is free.

Biggers Mitsubishi Welcomes Back the Eclipse with a New Crossover

2018 Mitsubishi

2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

The Eclipse Coupe was discontinued in 2011, but the Eclipse is back in a bigger and better way as the all-new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

The Eclipse Cross slots in perfectly with the competitive and ever-growing compact crossover segment, adding some boldness and style to the mix. It comes with a standard 1.5-liter direct-injection turbo engine with admirable horsepower and efficiency. It also offers an advanced All-Wheel Control system as standard above the base model, increasing your confidence and control while behind the wheel.

Safety and Technology

Whether you are traveling the daily commute in rain and snow or setting out on an off-road weekend adventure, the Eclipse Cross has you covered. All the while, you can sit back comfortably and enjoy the incredible technology at your fingertips, including a 7-inch infotainment system with smartphone connectivity features. You will also be put at ease by the remarkable standard and available advanced safety features that the Eclipse Cross has to offer.

Not only does the 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross boast admirable performance and power, but it also features a daring design and fun technology to further increase its appeal. At Biggers Mitsubishi, we gladly welcome back the Eclipse in the form of this new compact crossover.

The Future of Mitsubishi Is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Here in the United States, we have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. This all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid crossover is one of only a few of its kind, and it represents the future of Mitsubishi.

According to Mitsubishi, the Outlander PHEV should begin arriving at dealerships in February or March — just in time for spring driving. This model has already been on sale in Europe for a few years now and is one of the most popular hybrid models there.

When it goes on sale, Mitsubishi has said we should expect to see around a 22-mile all-electric driving range. This should be long enough to cover some drivers’ daily commutes, meaning they won’t have to use the gasoline engine very much. In addition, it will be one of the few hybrids available that come with all-wheel drive.

As the popularity of hybrids and electric cars continue to grow, it is clear that this is what the world, and Americans, want to drive. We want to be able to drive past the gas station and rely more on alternative fuel sources.

If you have been waiting for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and would like more information about it, give us a call at Biggers Mitsubishi.

5 Reasons Why Your Check Engine Light is On

Biggers Mitsubishi Check Engine Light

Few things in life are as cryptic as the dreaded “check engine light,” the glowing warning sign that pops up on our vehicle’s dashboard and could be any number of terrifying ailments – or just an issue with the car’s computer. Here are a few reasons why your car may be displaying its check engine light.

Oxygen Sensor

Your engine will use extra fuel and potentially damage your catalytic converter and spark plugs if you don’t replace a faulty O2 sensor, which measures the oxygen in your vehicle’s exhaust system.

Mass Airflow Sensor

This sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine and determines how much fuel to use. If this needs to be replaced, it could damage the oxygen sensor and catalytic converter.

Catalytic Converter

A malfunctioning catalytic converter can cause the check engine light to come on. Usually caused by neglected maintenance, damage to your catalytic converter results in more carbon monoxide emissions and poor fuel economy.

Spark Plugs

Your spark plugs may need to be replaced, or there could be an issue with your plug wires. This can cause reduced performance or clog your catalytic converter.

Gas Cap

If broken, missing, or loose, the check engine light may come on for a simple gas cap.

These are the top five most common reasons why your check engine light may flip on. Thankfully, most of them are an easy fix. If you need help servicing your vehicle, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi.

Should You Get Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?
If you’ve never put much thought into your tires, you probably have all-season tires. But you may have heard people talk about swapping their tires out for different seasons. The reason for this is because winter road conditions are different and often more hazardous than road conditions the rest of the year. You may not have heard the term “summer tires,” but the name “three-season tires” is likely more accurate, as you’re supposed to have summer tires the rest of the year that you’re not using winter tires. But should you have summer tires or all-season tires? What’s the difference?

All-season tires rose to prominence in the 70s as a marketing ploy to attract buyers who didn’t want to spend extra time and money getting their tires swapped twice a year. However, how all-season tires are made can be concerning; manufacturers reduce the tire’s ability to grip wet roads in order to improve its traction in snow. As a result, you get a tire that’s kind of good at handling in all road conditions, but may slip up in extreme weather.

Overall, swapping your all-season tires out for summer and winter tires is the safer option. However, all-season tires can save you some cash if you live in a milder area without extreme weather. If you have more questions about whether you should choose summer tires or all-season tires, don’t hesitate to call our service department here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

All About the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Sometimes less is more, and such is proving to be the case as Mitsubishi narrows their focus onto their Outlander lineup. These sophisticated SUVs have quite a bold presence in their class, and are proving to be worth the time and attention that the Mitsubishi name is putting towards them.

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in particular is proving to be a best-selling choice for small families and those looking for a versatile performance. As the smaller version of the Outlander, the 2017 Outlander Sport is more compact and thus easier to maneuver in crowded city driving or tight parking spaces, and is also exceptionally efficient at 30 mpg highway*. Even so, the Outlander Sport still gives a powerful performance.

Mitsubishi’s 2017 Outlander lineup gets updates across the board, with improvements in handling, design, and technologies. The Outlander Sport now features elegant details like LED taillights, a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and 18-inch alloy wheels, all of which help this vehicle to both stand apart from its competitors and its earlier iterations.

If you’re ready to take a closer look at one of the best compact SUVs on the market, and a favorite among Mitsubishi fans everywhere, stop by Biggers Mitsubishi today to set up a test drive in the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

*EPA mileage estimate. Actual mileage may vary.

The Mitsubishi Eclipse: Top 5 Models for Mitsubishi’s Lost Car

Mitsubishi Eclipse through the years

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

Over the course of its production, the Mitsubishi Eclipse was one of the most popular sport coupes in the industry. With its sleek styling, powerful engine options, and an affordable price tag, the Eclipse was perfect for the American market. While it is no longer sold by the Japanese carmaker, who is focusing more on producing crossovers and SUV models, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is still worthy of remembering. Here is an overview of each Eclipse generation and what makes each model year so special.

1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse

When the Eclipse first debuted back in the 1990 model year, it was part of a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler called Diamond Star Motors. It quickly became one of the best affordable sport coupes available with its turbocharged engines and pop-up headlights. The high-end trim even came with an available four-wheel-drive option, which made it especially appealing.

1995-1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The second-generation Mitsubishi Eclipse took the previous generation’s popularity and built upon it, coming back with a sleeker, more elongated style. This more athletic body style was a hit, as was the newly diversified trim lineup, which offered consumers more options than ever before.

2000-2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse

For the third generation, Mitsubishi decided to give the Eclipse an overhaul. The 2000 model was released as a completely new car based on the Mitsubishi Galant platform. It came with the choice of four gasoline-powered engines and the all-wheel-drive option was dropped from the available features.

2005-2009 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Based on the popularity of the second-generation’s sporty style, Mitsubishi decided to make the fourth-generation Eclipse even more athletic. It gave the sports coupe a hatchback body style and only two engine options to choose from—a 2.4-liter that put out 162 horsepower and a 3.8-liter V6 that generates 263 hp. With three trim levels, this model gave consumers better standard equipment, which included air conditioning, power windows, and a CD player.

2009-2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse

The last and final generation of the Mitsubishi Eclipse started with an October 2009 facelift. This update gave the GT trim a larger rear spoiler, HID headlamps, and Active Stability Control. It also gave the Eclipse a new GST Sport trim level, which offered sportier styling, too.

To learn more about the Mitsubishi Eclipse;s history, head on over to our website at biggersmitsubishi.com.

Breakthrough Mind & Body: Dreaming Big to Move Forward

Breakthrough Mind & Body is the business of Lori Streator.

When you dream big, you can also drive big dreams on four wheels.

Last month, we had the privilege of assisting a customer on her car search. Her car search was like many others. She wisely browsed several car dealerships in the area and spoke with salesmen about her automotive needs. Her journey for a new vehicle though lead to the purchase of an Outlander Sport here at Biggers Mitsubishi. While we were glad to give her a pleasant, helpful car purchase experience, what was even more important to us was getting to know our customer, Lori Streator, a Chicago health and wellness professional.

Lori is a positive-thinking person, which only qualifies her even more for the business and practice she owns and runs – Breakthrough Mind & Body – as a way to provide effective tools and principles for people to help them let go of fear, inspire to be the person they always wanted to be, and live a healthy life mentally and physically.

Streator was a licensed clinical professional counselor for many years before she gave birth to her son at the beginning of 2011. It was then she realized that there was more to health than just diving and kickboxing.

In an interview with Holistic Entrepreneur Association International, Streator mentioned that health is not just physical, but it is emotional as well. “What we eat, how we move and how we think all play a significant role in our health & well-being, which is why I don’t discount any of them when creating programs or working with clients,” she said.

On her website, Lori states that she believes “in dreaming big, thinking bigger and helping you lead the happy, healthy life you deserve!” That happy, healthy life starts in the here and now.

Here at Biggers Mitsubishi, we encourage you to sign up for a free Mind Body Guide and weekly updates from Lori via email by visiting here website at the second link above.

Make sure you follow her business on Facebook as well!

Fall Service Tips: Keep Up with Your Car’s Maintenance

Here are some Fall Service Tips for you when checking your car.

Check your tires. Test your brakes.

As the crisp breeze begins to roll off the shores of Lake Michigan, the leaves aren’t the only thing changing—your vehicle’s maintenance needs are changing, too. Lower temperatures bring about a variety of new routine maintenance that should be done before the snow begins to fall. To ensure your vehicle runs smoothly throughout the seasons, here are some fall service tips to keep in mind.

Check your tires. The low temperatures can cause a big dip in tire pressure, since cold temperatures condense air. To ensure your vehicle is running well, check your tire pressure monthly. Also, check the condition of your tires. Look for tears, holes, and tread wear. Getting a tire rotation and wheel alignment is a good idea before cold winter weather sets in.

Top off your fluids. Look into your records to see if it’s time for your car’s routine oil change. Get this done and top off any fluids that may need to be filled after a hot summer, including coolant levels.

Test your brakes. Worn-down brake pads, clogs in the brake line, and low brake fluid are all common problems as the seasons change. It’s important to keep an eye on your brakes, since they are literally a life-saving component of your vehicle.

Replace your battery. Like your tires, the performance of your battery can be affected by low temperatures. If your battery is older than five years, it’s likely time to replace it. After all, no one wants to be stranded due to a dead battery when it’s freezing out.

For any service questions—or to schedule your routine maintenance appointment—don’t forget to contact Biggers Mitsubishi’s Service Center today.