Mitsubishi was one of the first adopters of turbocharging on commercial vehicles in the 1980s and 1990s. Although the brand hasn’t used turbocharging in a few years, it has decided that now is the time to consider going back to this innovative technology.
According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi turbocharged engines have become rare, largely because turbochargers tend to slow acceleration. However, the brand has developed some innovative solutions and is planning on releasing a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine for a new crossover starting in 2018.
“They know we’re their best chance,” said Ryan Gremore, chairman of Mitsubishi’s dealer council. “You put your resources where you get your best results. Everybody in the industry is going to be going even further in this direction”
Mitsubishi executives also suggested adding a 1.1-liter turbocharged engine on Mirage and G4 subcompact models, giving these cars added power and fuel economy. Turbocharging works by recycling exhaust to add power to the engine. This increases fuel economy and tends to up horsepower. Although typically found on performance models, more and more commercial models are appearing with this technology.