12V Socket - Front and Rear 18in Alloy Wheels 3-Point Front Seatbelts 4WD Drivetrain Mode Indicator ABS - Anti-Lock Braking System with EBD - Electronic Brakeforce Distribution Adjustable Speed Limiter Aerial - Shark Fin Airbags - Front - Side and Knee Airbags - Front Passenger Deactivation…
Mitsubishi Motors have developed a reputation for strong, dependable vehicles. There’s no hype with this company and they have developed a niche category for themselves with buyers who put reliability first, especially as Mitsubishi are known for their long vehicle warranties.
Mitsubishi Design & Future Plans
‘Robust and Ingenious’ is the catchphrase of this Japanese brand. They eschew trendy gimmicks, instead building upon the brand’s core value of dynamic strength, robustness and practicality. For the future they plan to introduce more evolved design based on plug-in hybrid and full battery-electric vehicles. There are two concepts involved: GT-PHEV and e-Evolution and some existing models will be further developed; in particular the Eclipse Cross and the Outlander.
Consistently popular and a Mitsubishi best-seller, the Outlander is a large, family-sized sport utility vehicle (SUV) with plenty of useful features, plus a choice of petrol or diesel engines, that make it an attractive purchase. It’s offered with four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Five and seven seat versions are available. Buyers have been particularly keen on the Outlander PHEV, a plug-in hybrid version. This model has a large battery pack and an electric motor on each axle, all backed up by a robust 2.4-litre petrol engine. It is possible to drive this car on electric power only for twenty-eight miles, ideal for local trips.
For out and out off-road ability and good on-road driving dynamics, it is to the large and venerable Shogun model that buyers turn. Many of today’s SUV-like cars are great on the highways but not designed really for tough off-road use. This is where the Shogun comes into its own. It is a rugged, utilitarian seven-seat SUV designed to offer a combination off excellent off-road ability and very usable on-road driving dynamics.
All models feature the company’s sophisticated Super Select II four-wheel drive that can be switched on the fly at speeds of up to 62mph. There’s also a rear differential lock for better wheel traction off-road. As standard, Shogun also has Hill Descent Control (which works very well for tricky descents. This car comes with a 2.4L diesel engine; not fast but with bags of torque.
More recent additions to the range include the well-featured ASX and, more recently, the Eclipse Cross models which fit neatly in between the above mentioned SUV’s. The latter is noted for strong reliability and great build quality. With two- or four-wheel drive models, this car is powered by a refined 1.5 litre petrol engine
and has excellent levels of equipment as standard.
The ASX meanwhile is a good-sized crossover, powered by a 2.0L petrol engine with 150bhp, driving through either a five-speed manual or an automatic CVT gearbox. Only the range-topping model has all-wheel drive. Mitsubishi also offer a five door hatchback in the form of the Mirage. It has a 1.5L petrol engine and is the least expensive of the range, but of course, is strictly for the road.
Buying A Mitsubishi
The ever popular Outlander and Outlander plug-in hybrid are available to import from the UK to Kenya, New Zealand and other global destinations through the comprehensive MHH International service. Please ask for details about these and other Mitsubishi models.