Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Evo Could Possibly Maybe Be Headed Our Way

You’ve likely heard by now that if you want to get your hands on the Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evo models, you should head to Biggers Mitsubishi soon—like, really soon. Production for the models will end at the close of the year. However, according to circulating rumors, it seems the same fate will not befall the Evo badge.

The term “Evo” is short for “Evolution” and is synonymous with Mitsubishi’s brand of high performance. Seeing as the automaker is dedicating its efforts to furthering development of its SUV lineup, it only makes sense that the “Evo” designation would be reassigned to an SUV.

According to Auto Express, an auto publication based in the United Kingdom, Mitsubishi has its sights on the next-gen Outlander Sport (also known as the ASX in Europe) to wear the famed badge.

If that is the case, it still might be a little while before we see “Evo” stamped on a new model. Mitsubishi plans to take its time, introducing the next-generation model with four-wheel drive first and a two-wheel drive with plug-in hybrid technology second. Then, if Mitsu’s leadership chooses to adopt the “Evo” name and characteristics for the model, it “isn’t a huge jump.”

Of course we’ll have to wait and see what the automaker chooses to do, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for an Outlander Sport Evo model to come to the States relatively soon.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport among 10 Most Affordable SUVs

The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has once again made headlines, this time for being named one of the 10 Most Affordable SUVs on the market, according to the experts at Kelley Blue Book (KBB).

The popular model provides owners with a variety of standard and available features as well as reliable performance, all for a very affordable price. However, the Outlander Sport’s exceptional value doesn’t end there. KBB also takes into account the estimated cost of owning the SUV over a five-year period.

Factors used to determine the expected costs of ownership include depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, financing, and maintenance and repairs.

“The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – the brand’s best-selling vehicle – offers distinctive styling like no other vehicle in its class,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. “Because of its extensive list of features, safety technologies and an industry-leading warranty, the Outlander Sport has established itself as an extraordinary value for new car shoppers.”

Not only can we at Biggers Mitsubishi offer you a great value on the 2015 Outlander Sport, we are also confident that you will be able to enjoy that value for years to come.


Biggers Mitsubishi Does It Again — And Even Bigger!

Biggers Mitsubishi is a Diamond Chapter of Excellence Dealer.

Biggers Mitsubishi has been ranked number 1 in the country by the Mitsubishi Diamond Chapter of Excellence.

For the 25th year in a row, Biggers Mitsubishi is a Diamond Chapter of Excellence dealer. This is only the beginning.

Unlike last year, when we were ranked #2 in the country, we finished at the top for 2014-2015, reemphasizing our consistent level of excellence in selling cars, satisfying customers and representing Mitsubishi in grand fashion.

The Diamond Chapter of Excellence Program ran from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015. Since we met the qualifications of this certification, our Mitsubishi dealership will be given the following:

  • A custom DCE showroom crystal museum piece
  • Five DCE Window Static Clings for dealer advertising
  • A commemorative DCE Montblanc StarWalker writing-instrument
  • DCE recognition on the website
  • Personalized DCE business cards for three employees at our dealership

We would like to thank all of our customers and fans for their continued support over these past 25 years.  Our very own General Sales Manager, Emal Noor, couldn’t have put it any better in a story from The Daily Herald:

“Our biggest debt and gratitude goes to our loyal customers. The one thing that we are consistently recognized for by Mitsubishi is our high customer retention percentage. That really is a measure not only for loyalty as a brand, but for the dealership itself. I feel that with our customers we have the best cheerleaders in the world.”

And it’s because of that cheer, we know we can always welcome tomorrow without fear. If you know us very well, you know we are already aiming high for this next year to continue our performance record for excellence. “A Biggers Mitsubishi is a Better Mitsubishi!” We look forward to serving you throughout 2015 and many years to come.

Lancer Evo Final Edition Limited to Japan

Mitsubishi is putting the final nail in the coffin of its one-of-a-kind performance car. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is heading off lots for good. The good news is that the automaker is offering 1,000 of a special Final Edition model. The bad news is that the model isn’t going to see United States shores, not from the automaker at least.

There’s no replacement planned for the Evo, undeniably one of Mitsubishi’s most recognizable cars. After the announcement of the Final Edition model, Mitsubishi followed up by announcing it won’t be offered in the United States. The Evo Final Edition limited to Japan doesn’t have many changes under the hood but the car itself looks and rides better than ever.

The Final Edition will see the normal 291 hp 2L turbocharged inline engine with the only difference being sodium filled exhaust valves. The car rides on Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, and BBS alloys. Upgraded Brembo brakes are also a part of the package. Inside is a plaque with the vehicle’s serial number on it, identifying it as one of a kind.

Oddly enough, Australia will see a few of the Final Edition model heading its way.

While we here at Biggers Mitsubishi aren’t happy to see the Lancer Evo go, we’re sure Mitsubishi will come up with something even better in the future.

New Lancer Final Edition Sends Sports Car out in Style

If you’re like us here at Biggers Mitsubishi, the Lancer EVO X is probably one of your favorite vehicles of all time. Take not that we said “vehicles” and not just simply “sports cars.” The Lancer is nothing short of a classic. But all good things must come to an end, and it’s now time for the Lancer to drive off into the horizon.

However, before it’s all over, though, we’ll get to see a couple limited production runs of the beautiful Lancer Final Edition—Mitsubishi’s love-letter-like goodbye to the popular model. The Final Edition, which will first hit the market in Japan, impresses right from the first glimpse of its amped-up exterior. It has a new black chrome grille, black trim all around, and a wicked rear spoiler.

As far as performance goes, the Final Edition is no 500-horsepower monster, but it does manage to tweak and improve the vehicle’s formula. For example, it has Bilstein shocks, Brembo brakes, special new wheels, and more to give you the best driving experience possible.

Mitsubishi will only make 1,000 of these Final Edition models for Japan, and we expect a similar-sized run here in the States. Check back with us on the blog for more updates on the Lancer’s availability soon. Also, come see us to check out all the excellent vehicles in our inventory—especially the brand-new Outlander—today.

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Tips to Reduce Distracted Driving

Use a few of our handy tips to help you be a better driver!

When you are driving, there can be many distractions pulling your eyes off the road. Regardless of whether your children are fighting in the back seat or you’ve received a text from your best friend, distractions are quickly becoming a prevalent problem when you should be paying attention to where your car is going. Because your safety is a top priority for us here at Biggers Mitsubishi—and because April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—we have put together a few tips to reduce distracted driving significantly, helping you stay safe on the road all year round.

Put your cell phone away. Cell phones are the leading causes of distracted driving. Even with hands-off technology, you can be distracted while driving. The average time your eyes are off the road when you are reading a text is around five seconds. When you are traveling at 55 miles per hour, this means your vehicle has traveled the length of a football field while you have been looking away. Keeping your eyes on the road and your phone out of your hand will help decrease your chances of causing or being in an accident.

Eat and drink only when you are stopped. There’s nothing more tempting than a McDonald’s bag sitting in your passenger seat. The aroma of fresh fries alone makes it easy to sneak a few before you get home. While you’re fumbling to get your savory fix, though, your eyes are off the road, making it more likely you’ll get into an accident. Wait until you are fully stopped or you are at home before digging into your delicious fast food feast to reduce the likelihood of a crash.

Don’t get ready for work on the go. If you find yourself sleeping in and getting ready for work while you’re driving, we suggest you break that habit. Doing your makeup or shaving while driving is even more dangerous than texting. Every second your eyes are off the road while driving increases the danger you pose to yourself and others. A few minutes of lost sleep is worth being safe out on the road.

Do you have any tips to reduce distracted driving you would like to share? Tell them to Biggers Mitsubishi below.

2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Reveal Shows Off Serious Style Ugrades

Last month, Mitsubishi revealed its brand new Outlander SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The updated front-end, modern driving specifications, and the new CVT automatic gearbox were all on display.

The automaker delivered on its promise to improve upon the Outlander’s interior as well, which now features more contemporary, elegant styling to match its futuristic tech specs and functionality.

The overall styling of the 2016 Outlander is based on the same “Dynamic Shield” idea that was behind Mitsubishi’s XR PHEV II concept present at the Geneva Motor Show. Many new Mitsubishi models are getting this treatment, with new bumpers and grilles, alongside halogen headlights to match.

You can check out a gallery of the 2016 Mitsubishi here. Now that we’ve seen the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander reveal in New York, what do you think of the updated model? Get a good look at the images and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Deep Thoughts on How to Enjoy Driving More

Here are some tips on how to enjoy driving.

Drive with a smile because you own a car.

How can you take on the daily commute, which for some is one of the most stressful, unpleasant experiences that our modern world has to offer, and turn it into something enjoyable? People with PhDs call it “reframing.” Here’s how to enjoy driving your daily commute a little more…

First, rethink your route. Is there a route that may take just as much time, even if it’s a greater distance, which features less traffic and congestion? Heck, even if it takes longer, consider a less congested route. It’s not worth the stress.

The Huffington Post recommends using your commute as a time to unplug. As long as your spouse doesn’t mind you disconnecting for a while, enjoy the freedom and space of truly being alone with yourself. Quality alone-time enhances your together-time with others.

Other activities are listening to new music or talking out a difficult problem you might be having in your life. Don’t worry about other people thinking you are crazy for talking to yourself–just assume they think you have your Bluetooth on!

The trick is not see your commute as wasted time, says Dr. Frank Ghinassi, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, but rather as very valuable time that can enhance your life.

Car Shopping 101: How to Budget for Your New Car

Our finance department in Elgin will help you budget for a new car properly.

We make car shopping fun here at Biggers Mitsubishi.

Car shopping can be a fun and exciting time. But let’s face it—there are so many options out there that finding the right car often becomes more of a chore and less of an enjoyable experience. One of the ways to narrow down the playing field and make the task a bit less stressful is to categorize vehicles by starting price. Here is one way to correctly budget for your new car.

You likely began shopping with a number in your head corresponding to the monthly payments you are able to afford. Don’t stop with that number! Calculate the starting price of a vehicle in your price range.

Starting with your monthly payments, multiply that number by 36, 48, and 60 to represent the length in months of three standard auto loans. Add to that number the down payment you plan to make for the vehicle plus the value of your old vehicle if you plan on trading it.

From there, calculate between 12 and 20% for sales tax and other finance fees. Subtract that number from your previous balance to arrive at the approximate starting price you should consider for your new vehicle.

Here’s an example: Let’s pretend you planned to spend $250 each month on car payments. Multiply that by the months you’ll spend paying off the auto loan and you get $9,000, $12,000, and $15,000. Say your down payment is $2,500 and the value of your trade-in is $6,500; add both numbers to the monthly budget amount for a subtotal of $18,000, $21,000, and $24,000. Subtract 15% for estimated sales tax and financing ($2,700; $3,150; $3,600, respectively) and you are looking for a vehicle wearing a sticker price around $15,300, $17,850, or $20,400 depending on the length of your auto loan.

On a side note: That puts you in the perfect price range for Mitsubishi’s 2015 Mirage with a 60-month loan.

Of course, there are websites like that will calculate the starting price of a vehicle within your budget for you, but we at Biggers Mitsubishi hope this gives insight into from where that number comes.

Mitsubishi L200 Revealed at Geneva Motor Show

Announcing the fifth generation Mitsubishi L200 revealed to the automotive world at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show in early March. Guaranteeing quality upgrades and refinements, the company still assures its “functionality and reliability as a work vehicle.”

The European pickup, which has been a presence in its market for almost a decade, asserts a redesigned front and rear fascia, a more spacious interior, and higher-quality materials. The truck features improved body mounting and a retuned suspension, which partner to reduce noise vibrations of its Super Select 4WD-II drivetrain. The L200 is available with either two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive, and a potential hybrid option could become available to consumers in the near future. The updated mini-truck also includes a Trailer Stability Assist and Lane Departure Warning for added safety features.

While the L200 is unfortunately not yet released to the North American market, it remains a beacon to the company’s ingenuity while its creature comforts cross over to the US market. So be sure to come visit Biggers Mitsubishi to drive the company’s innovative and top rated IIHS vehicles today.