Mitsubishi Motors bids goodbye to the iconic Lancer Evolution with a limited-production, 2015 model aptly-called the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. There have been ten generations of the performance-tuned Lancer in total, three of which were sold in the U.S. and Canada.
Based on the Mitsubishi Lancer GSR, the 2015 Lancer Evolution features a dark chrome front grille surround, a black-painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet, and a Final Edition badge at the rear. Four exterior colors are offered: Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray and Octane Blue.
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The interior is distinguished by a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, as well as red accent stitching on the steering wheel, sport seats, shift knob, console lid, e-brake handle and floormats.
Under the hood of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition is a turbocharged and intercooled 2.0L four cylinder engine that produces 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft. (413 Nm) of torque, while the long list of safety features include seven airbags, active stability control (with traction control logic), ABS with EBD and a tire pressure monitoring system. There is even an engine immobilizer anti-theft security alarm system.
Other performance highlights include Mitsubishi’s proprietary Super All Wheel control, Brembo two-piece front rotors, Eibach springs and Bilstein shock absorbers.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition has a starting price of $37,995. Are you sad to see the Lancer Evolution go? Let us know in the comments below.
Renault-Nissan Unseats VW Group As World’s Largest Automaker
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has unseated Volkswagen Group to become the world’s biggest automaker in 2017.
The French-Japanese automotive alliance received a big boost in overall global sales after Nissan acquired a controlling stake in struggling Mitsubishi Motors in 2016.
According to , Nissan’s achieved a record 5.82 million for the year, while Renault contributed 3.76 million and Mitsubishi accounted for 1.03 million for a combined group total of 10.61 million vehicles sold worldwide.
Despite being nudged to second place, the VW Group set a new personal record of 10.53 million vehicles, while a once preeminent Toyota dropped from second to third position with global sales of 10.2 million units (excluding sales of its Hino Motors heavy trucks).
2017 mark the first whole-year sales tally for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi brands. Carlos Ghosn, head of Renault-Nissan, has promised to achieve around $12 billion in cost savings between all alliance members by 2022 and expects to raise combined annual sales volumes to 14 million units.
Tesla Model S Emits More CO2 Than Mitsubishi Mirage
The common belief that electric cars are more eco-friendly than conventional, gas-powered cars is not entirely founded, with a new study finding that the Telsa Model S actually emits more carbon dioxide (C02) than the Mitsubishi Mirage.
Carried out by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the study looked at the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the Mirage, the Model S, and the BMW 750i xDrive over the course of their respective life cycles, examining the energy required to build each car, keep it fueled up with either gasoline or electricity, and recycle it.
The Mitsubishi Mirage came out on top, emitting 192 grams of CO2 per kilometer compared to the Model S’ 226 grams and the BMW’s 385 grams.
According to British magazine , the Model S had an upper hand because the study placed it in the American Midwest, a region where electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind and solar energy, undoubtedly lowering its CO2 emissions. That still wasn’t enough to beat the Mirage.
Yes, electric cars emit virtually zero CO2; however, the mining and processing of lithium to use in their battery packs is a “high-impact undertaking’ that pollutes. Considering that the bigger the car, the more minerals it needs, the small Nissan Leaf might have fared better than the Mirage had it been included in the study, while the Model X would have performed even worse than the Model S.
The researchers careful to point out that the study doesn’t mean electric cars are bad for the environment, stating “Both hybrid and electric vehicles are better than conventional cars in… emissions-intensive locations.”
Even so, so much for the “clean car” theory tossed around by automakers and government officials…
New, 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is Not the Eclipse You Expected
Remember that once-hot sports car that Mitsubishi made during the 90s and early 2000s? Well, it’s back, but don’t get too excited.
Some of you would call it an abomination, but the new 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is a reflection of an age when crossovers and SUVs rule the roost at the determent of sedans, minivans and sports coupes.
In other words, you’ll have to live with the fact that the Eclipse is now a compact crossover and not the hot coupe you expected, one aimed at the likes of the new Nissan Rogue Sport and Jeep Compass.
Stylistically inspired by the XR-PHEV II concept that was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Eclipse Cross tries to capture some of the youthful essence of its predecessors with an aggressive X-shaped front fascia, a rakish C-pillar that gives it a coupe-like profile, and a large roof-mounted spoiler.
It looks different, to say the least, and you can expect future Mitsubishi vehicles to borrow many of its polarizing styling cues.
In North America, the Eclipse Cross will be offered with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and an all-wheel drive system that comes standard. Sales begin in the second half of 2017.
Are you happy with the direction Mitsubishi took with the Eclipse? Would you consider buying the Eclipse Cross? Share your thoughts in the comments below.