Mitsubishi Motors @ 2012 Paris Motor Show New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV World Premiere

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MMC announced today that later this year at the 2012 Paris Motor Show* (“Mondial de l’Automobile*), Mitsubishi Motors will continue its roll out of ambitious, global and green new product generation, with a series of significant premieres.

The highlight of this offensive will be the world introduction of the all-new Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV.

New Frontier

Neither a mere adaptation of an existing Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – powered vehicle, nor a dedicated Plug-in Hybrid technology showcase, the New Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV (or “PHEV”) will share its architecture with the soon-to-be-introduced New Outlander’s ICE versions – an engineering feat in itself.

As such, it will be the first mainstream car from a major manufacturer envisaged from the outset with built-in provisions for either ICE or PHEV powertrains.

Plug-in Hybrid EV

Adding to its credentials, the New Outlander PHEV will further distinguish itself:

  • Mitsubishi Motors’ first Plug-in Hybrid car, it will be an EV-based vehicle, relying on MMC’s extensive EV and electronic know-how, supplemented by a petrol engine when needed – a solution more suited to global markets than Diesel.
  • Making the best use of Mitsubishi’s renowned 4-Wheel-Drive expertise, it will also be the first permanent 4WD electric car in series production.

Long haul

The New Outlander PHEV unique drivetrain combination of front electric motor + rear electric motor + front traction/generator petrol engine will translate into a choice of three driving modes:

    • Pure (Twin Motor 4WD EV)
    • Series (Twin Motor 4WD – EV supported by generator)
    • Parallel (ICE engine supported by Twin Motor 4WD).

When fitted to the New Outlander, the Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid system will allow for a long haul range and very low emissions similar to that of the Concept PX-MiEV II show car, i.e. a driving distance of over 800 km and a CO2 target below 50 g/km.

Whilst the New Outlander ICE will start its commercial career in Western & Easter Europe in the fall of 2012, the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid EV will be retailed in Europe during the course of 2013.

Complementing this New Outlander family, Mitsubishi Motors will stage further premieres at the Paris Motor Show, aimed at a European audience and to be detailed at a later stage.

*Sept. 27th – Oct. 14th (www.mondial-automobile.com)

Mitsubishi Motors’ new Outlander to make Asian debut at 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition

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the old and the new pictured above

 

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will unveil its next-generation Outlander SUV for the first time in Asia at the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition*1 (Auto China 2012) which runs from 23 April to 2 May 2012.

Harmonizing environmental performance and a variety of new safety features with a refined appearance, the new Outlander embodies two major pillars to MMC’s product strategy outlined in its JUMP 2013 mid-term business plan: global strategic models focused on emerging markets and environmental initiatives.

*1: http://www.china-autoshow.com/2010bjx/en/ (English)

Also on display on the Mitsubishi Motors booth will be the upcoming 2013 ASX*2 compact SUV. With demand for SUVs growing fast in China, MMC plans to boost its supply of SUVs through local production of the 2013 ASX, sometime during fiscal 2012.

MMC’s show line-up of ten models (eight on Press Days) will also include the Pajero, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, and the Pajero Sport which was launched in the Chinese market in 2011.

*2: RVR or Outlander Sport in some markets

All-new Outlander

New Outlander: Product Features
The new Outlander to be unveiled for the first time in Asia at Auto China 2012 features outstanding environmental performance, returning fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels which will be among the best in its class. Other features distinguishing the new Outlander include outstanding safety performance, stemming from the adoption of advanced safety technology, and a high-quality and user-friendly interior.

The new Outlander will be launched first in Russia this summer, after which it will be rolled out in Europe, Japan, China, Oceania, North America and other global markets. MMC plans to bring the new model to market in China during fiscal 2012.

(1) Outstanding environmental performance with fuel efficiency and CO2 emission levels among best in class

    • The China-market Outlander will be offered with either the 4J11 2.0-litre in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve SOHC MIVEC*3 or the 4J12 2.4-liter 4-cylinder 16-valve SOHC MIVEC engines which both employ the all-new and improved version of the MIVEC variable valve train.
    • Body structure optimization and more extensive use of high-tensile strength steel panels mean that the new Outlander weighs less than the current model and together with improved aerodynamics this helps it to deliver a level of environmental performance which is among the best in its class.
    • Furthermore, the new Outlander will be equipped with an “eco-friendly driving system” that notifies the driver when he or she is driving at maximum efficiency. With this system, the driver can choose to drive at maximum efficiency to enhance actual fuel efficiency of the vehicle.
      *3: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system

(2) Outstanding safety performance borne from advanced safety technologies

The new Outlander delivers outstanding safety performance through the use of the following advanced safety technologies:

· FCM (Forward Crash Mitigation System): This system detects other vehicles on the road in front of the car and automatically applies the brakes as necessary to reduce the chance of a forward collision or reduce damage from a forward collision.

· ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control System): This radar-based system operates to maintain a safe distance between the vehicle in front even at the very low speeds experienced in heavy traffic congestion.

(3) Refined, user-friendly interior

· The dashboard is covered with soft padding while the high-quality look to the interior has been enhanced with the use of a piano-black centre panel and the effective use of chrome and silver highlights. The new Outlander cockpit is also distinguished by its ergonomic layout of easily-operable controls and switches together with high-resolution and easy-to-read instrument displays.

· The comfortable second- and third-row seats (the latter a first for a China-market Outlander) can be easily configured to provide a number of seating patterns and also a very spacious luggage space with a flat floor.

· A power-operated tailgate facilitates loading and unloading.

New-look ASX
The ASX is a compact SUV which was launched in the China market in September 2010. It enjoys high popularity for its exterior and interior design that express quality and sportiness and for its outstanding motive and environmental performance. The ASX is also known for its high levels of safety, winning high marks for collision safety in North America and Europe.

To further bolster its SUV supply in China Mitsubishi Motors plans to start local production of the ASX at a joint venture company in which MMC will hold a 50 percent stake. The locally-produced ASX will feature minor design changes, mainly to the exterior, which will give it a more dynamic and high-quality appearance.

Peugeot 4007: Just right for hunks in wet-suits, but there’s an elephant in the room

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The Good:

Great engine, Snappy gearbox (DSG auto), switchable 2wd/4wd/lock, neat interior good fuel figures, drives like a car

The Bad:

The looks, front air vents easy to shut by accident, can’t hear the blinker,

Outside:

OK let’s deal with the elephant in the room, the 4007 is not very attractive. It’s just a bit wrong from every angle. There I’ve said it. You might or might not know that the 4007 is a slightly revised Mitsubishi Outlander. Sure the front and rear have been tweaked and the engine is Peugeot’s excellent 2.2 turbo but at some stage you have to look at it!

Now the hard bit is out of the way the rest is all too easy.

This is the mid-range mid-size SUV and is Peugeot’s first attempt in the mega-competitive softroader market. Rather than do all the work themselves Peugeot got a partner for the project. It saves a lot in expensive R and D so all they had to do was shove one of the own engines into it. You can have any engine you like as long as it’s the 2.2 turbo diesel. The gearbox situation offers a little more choice with 6 speeds in either a full manual or a dual clutch auto which was developed by Getrag. The dual clutch was the one fitted to our test car and actually wasn’t too bad. It’s easy to use and very smooth to boot.

There are some clever features like the 2 part rear hatch which is slightly reminiscent the Range Rover tailgate. When you open the main hatch there is a further section that can be folded down. It’s just the thing for a day of huntin or shootin or fishin and quite handy on a picnic too. You could also sit a well-muscled hunk on it while he takes off that nasty old wet suit. You don’t want water on your expensive new upholstery do you? Sorry, did I digress? To move on, the flat rear area has a smallish hatch into which the 3rdrow of seats fit. If you don’t have the 7 seat option then you can stash your secret men’s business safe and sound. You know the kind of thing, stuff you don’t want your other half to find.

Inside:

I admit to slight disappointment at the interior which lacked the Peugeot je ne sais quoi. The knobs aren’t quite nice and the surfaces don’t feel quite the same quality as the current Peugeot range (207 aside). But apart from that it’s all there. The base model still has bluetooth and the audio system is OK but for nearly 40k I’d like something with more oomph. If you’ve been in a Lancer recently you’ll recognise the switchgear as it remains unchanged in the 4007. You don’t need to read the user guide to work the controls either. There are no surprises because what you see is what you get. Some auto makers think it amusing to insist that their buyers have a degree in advanced electronics just to turn the radio on but none of that here. It’s a simple flick of the wrist to do most of the important functions.

The centre console has the auto selector with sports button and a neat little lift out ashtray. As you know no one smokes any more. It took a little while to figure the gear selector out tho. The damned thing wouldn’t shift which could have been from a variety of causes, but in this case it was because the shifter needs to have the brushed aluminium collar lifted to unlock mechanism. The women out there will no doubt be asking why the manual wasn’t consulted, they should ask a man!

My only real criticism, and it is being pernickety, the same sensor used to turn on the head lights is used to tell the air con when the car is in the sunlight. If in auto mode the air cond gets a turbo boost which nearly takes your toupee clean off its tape. After a few days of this you get the pips and switch to manual instead which keeps the fan and temp at whatever you decide it’s going to be. Having said that, the air cond is super-efficient and even on a warmish day pumps out air of a chill sufficient to keep you high beaming all day. You have to watch the vents though because you might find you have shut the vent instead of directing the air away from your face which can be a trifle annoying. It might have been handier to have a knob to turn off the air flow instead of just moving

The (real aluminium) paddles shift the auto fairly quickly and the seats are fairly comfy. There’s nothing to offend in the inside and although I’ve already said the quality isn’t typical Peugeot it’s still ok. It’s neat and tidy and all laid out well. Everything falls to hand nicely and I like that.

The drive:

Surprisingly, the drive is good. It’s fairer to compare it to a another Mitsubishi 4WD than something form the Peugeot. Remember this partnership is designed to deliver a product that would otherwise not be available so snaps to the French car maker for being a bit daring. It sits on the road fairly well but like most SUV’s there is that slightly floaty feeling. In some of the serious off-roaders this feeling is so pronounced as to be decidedly uncomfortable and is like steering a bus.

I’ve already mentioned my blonde moment trying to find the release lever but once that was sorted out the DSG shifted smoothly. The steering was nicely weighted so that, at least on the road, there is lots of feel. It’s not a sports car but it isn’t meant to be, there is the delicious RCZ for that. Now, once you favourite hunk has his wetsuit stowed round back, he’ll appreciate grip (of the tyres on the road) especially in 4WD. Sure he’ll find the cornering in 2WD a bit lively, but he’ll to switch to 4WD while on the move to drive straight off the road and onto a grassy slope yesserreebob. Although there is also a lock, it would be churlish of me to suggest your recently wet-suited hunk could climb the side of Mt Everest. He might instead have more luck managing a small trailer for the Sea-Doo or a couple or dirt bikes. He would no doubt like the roomy boot for a shedload of camping gear. However this camping of which we speak is something he would be doing with someone else. My idea of camping is 3 to a bathroom at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas not a 2 man tent in the middle of a forest with a bog roll and shovel passing for a convenience.

It’s worth noting the road was a bit greasy during out week with the 4007, and in 2WD the tyres frequently scrambled for grip. Switching to 4WD made the electronic nannies cut in less frequently but all in all it was still a very smooth experience.

The diesel can be a bit raucous especially under hard acceleration but mostly it’s very well behaved. I like this engine quite a lot. I mention this every time I drive a Peugeot diesel so bear with me, but I have quite a bit of experience personally with Pug diesels of old. I’m not mentioning names but Ryan X owned a 505 GTd that wouldn’t pull the skin of a custard which certainly isn’t the case with the 2.2

At cruise, unless you give that little “go” pedal a shove, there is scarcely a peep from up front. It’s quite eerie considering as are at the bottom of the SUV market.

At parking speed the 4007 is amazingly easy to manoeuvre. The driving position is high so the parking is a simple affair, unless you are one of those Paris-Hilton-Sunglass wearing soccer-mums enormous Paris-Hilton-Sunglasses. I’ll admit I probably wouldn’t have had such an easy time without the reverse sensors and were I to buy a 4007, I’d ask Messrs’ Peugeot, Peugeot and Peugeot to shove a camera in the package gratis. As my old dad says, if you don’t ask you don’t get.

Verdict:

Looks aside, it’s a good package for someone in the market for a compact to midsized SUV. The drive is fairly comfy and the economy is reasonably good so what’s not to like, especially if your wet-suited hunk says the 4007 is butch and sexy. It takes all kinds….

ST 5 Door Manual 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel ST 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel ST 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel 7 Seat SV 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel 7 Seat
5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV
2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl
Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5
D D D D
7.0 7.2 7.2 7.2
185 189 189 189
4-Stars* 4-Stars* 4-Stars* 4-Stars*
115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000
380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000
M6 A6 DCS A6 DCS A6 DCS
1790kgs 1805kgs 1805kgs 1840kgs
AWD AWD AWD AWD
3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms
un-tested un-tested un-tested un-tested
ST 5 Door Manual 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel ST 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel ST 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel 7 Seat SV 5 Door Automatic 2.2L HDi Turbo Diesel 7 Seat
5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV 5-Door SUV
2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl 2.2L 4-cyl
Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5
D D D D
7.0 7.2 7.2 7.2
185 189 189 189
4-Stars* 4-Stars* 4-Stars* 4-Stars*
115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000 115 @ 4000
380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000 380 @ 2000
M6 A6 DCS A6 DCS A6 DCS
1790kgs 1805kgs 1805kgs 1840kgs
AWD AWD AWD AWD
3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms 3-years/100,000kms
un-tested un-tested un-tested un-tested
       

 

4007 ST M   4WD ST 2.2L HDi Manual $34,990.00
4007 ST A   4WD ST 2.2l HDi Automatic $37,490.00
4007 ST A 7   4WD ST 2.2L HDi Automatic (seven seats) $38,690.00
4007 SV A 7   4WD SV 2.2L HDi Automatic (seven seats) $43,690.00
       
4007 Options   Metallic Paint $800.00
    Premium Paint $1,300.00
    18″ Alloy Wheels (All models except 4007SVA) $500.00