The new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross will be released as a 2018 model year vehicle in Europe this fall, with plans for it to be released in other countries including the US later. The Eclipse Cross, a new compact crossover, was made possible but the huge investment gain Mitsubishi made when Nissan purchased a controlling stake in the company.
The Eclipse Cross will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission and will have standard Super All-Wheel Control all-wheel drive. The sporty design of the Eclipse Cross and its aggressive front fascia echoes the rest of Mitsubishi’s SUV lineup, the Outlander and Outlander Sport. The Cross falls between the Outlander and the Outlander Sport in size, with the Outlander Sport due to get smaller and fill the growing subcompact SUV market.
The Cross also features Mitsubishi’s new “Dynamic and Characteristic” rear design language, which includes high-mounted taillights and fastback rear glass which Mitsubishi calls “cubist.” Inside the Eclipse Cross is tasteful and clean, with a free-standing infotainment system and potential available features like heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof.
Though we won’t get the Eclipse Cross in the States for a while, we’re happy to keep you informed! Just let us know at Heritage Mitsubishi.
Disclaimer: Vehicle pictured is not 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
It’s no mystery why Mitsubishi has turned their sights to the SUV and crossover segment for the future of their brand. Following the wild success of the Outlander and Outlander Sport, the company announced plans to strengthen their crossover lineup with a plug-in hybrid option and other new nameplates that had, up until now, remained shrouded in secrecy. However, word says that we could be expecting a new Mitsubishi crossover to show up at the upcoming auto show in Geneva.
The auto show isn’t until March, but we already know a few things about this new crossover: it’s coming to dealerships next spring in 2018, will slot in between the Outlander and Outlander Sport (which are growing and shrinking in upcoming years, respectively, to fit into more concrete segments), and will have a brand-new turbocharged engine under the hood that Mitsubishi claims will pack a bit more punch than the brand’s current powertrain offerings.
Experts in the industry suspect the new Mitsubishi crossover will take some design cues from vehicles such as the eX Concept and Grand Tourer, two concepts that Mitsubishi designer Kazuo Yano stated would inspire future directions for the brand’s lineup. Until March, however, we won’t see exactly how that design philosophy will be implemented for a mass-market vehicle.
Baby on Board
You’re all set for the big arrival. The baby’s room is done and you bought that family-friendly SUV (maybe a Mitsubishi Outlander?). But what else goes into preparing your vehicle to have a baby on board? Here are some quick tips.
Buy an Approved Car Seat
There are lots of rules and regulations about having a baby ride in the car. All infants and toddlers should ride facing the rear until they are at least two years old.
Get a Window Shade
You don’t want that hot, burning sun to beat down on your baby’s sensitive skin! Get a window shade or, if you haven’t bought that new family hauler yet, consider investing in privacy glass.
De-Clutter and Invest in a Cargo Blind
If you don’t have a separate trunk, having a mess sitting around in your cargo area can be a hazard. Clean it up and look into options for separating the rear seat from the cargo area for more safety.
Get Up to Date on Service
You should be doing this anything to keep your vehicle safe and to help it last longer, but it’s even more important when you have a baby on the way.
Pack Baby Essentials in the Car
Wipes, diapers, bottles—anything you can think of that the baby might need on the road. Having a baby on board makes getting from Point A to Point B slightly more complicated.
Driving Tips for Safety
Fall means that the school year is in full swing, and drivers will be sharing the road with school buses, children crossing the road at intersections, and parents carpooling neighborhood kids. It’s important to follow these crucial back-to-school driving tips to preserve the safety of everyone involved and make sure that our students get to class easily and safely. Here are four essential tips for driving during the school year.
There is a reason why there are mandated school speed limits. That’s because slowing down can mean life or death in the event of a collision with a child. Slowing down also gives you more time to slow down if someone runs out into the middle of the street or if an accident occurs.
Be cautious during drop-off and pick-up times
When school is about to start or end are the two most perilous times for traffic around schools. Remember to drive defensively and don’t allow yourself to be distracted around these times.
Be mindful of school buses
Never pass a stopped bus, and remember to leave several car lengths between a school bus and your front bumper.
Watch for bikes and pedestrians
Children may be walking or riding bikes to school, so watch out for sidewalks and bike lanes.
Keeping these back-to-school driving tips in mind during the school year will help keep you and children safe during the fall months!
Impact of Electric Vehicles
The long list of cars you can choose from in 2016 when it comes to affordability and efficiency is endless, but there is one type of car that stands above the rest: the electric car (EV). Driving an EV is not just an excellent way to save money; it is also a convenient way to lower your personal impact on the environment.
Good for Your Wallet
Depending on the EV you get, there’s no telling how much you can save. But one thing is for sure: you will no longer be wasting money on gasoline. It’s difficult to discuss “miles per gallon” when talking about EVs, since they don’t use gallons of gas to begin with, but the 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV gets a MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) of 112.
Good for the Environment
EVs are remarkably better for the environment than traditional gas-fueled cars, as they produce fewer greenhouse gases, reduce the amount of pollutants in the air we breathe, and are generally more environmentally friendly to produce. Opting to drive an EV is a great way to make a change.
If you would like to learn more about the impact of electric vehicles – or check out the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV – contact us or visit us anytime at Heritage Mitsubishi.
Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain
Labor Day weekend is drawing nearer and Stone Mountain Park is looking to offer visitors and locals alike an experience they’ll never forget. With attractions and events spanning the entire weekend, there’s plenty to do and even more to see! From adventure courses to the Lasershow Spectacular, there’s plenty of reasons to come by Stone Mountain Park this Labor Day.
Stone Mountain Park is open from 10:30 am to 8 pm Saturday through Monday. Take on SkyHike, the largest adventure course in the United States. Chill in the summer sun at Geyser Towers. Experience a breathtaking view from the top of the mountain on the Summit Skyride.
Once all the daily activities are closed down, the real fun begins. For attendees who plan on staying after dark, Stone Mountain Park is putting on a Lasershow Spectacular with new effects. Three flame cannons send pillars of flames nearly 100 feet into the air. New multi-colored fireworks burst into the air and play across the water. Taking place Labor Day weekend at 9 p.m., it’s an event you’ll never forget!
We here at Heritage Mitsubishi hope to see you at the Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park this Labor Day!
Preview of the Paris Auto Show
The Paris Auto Show is approaching fast and Mitsubishi is one of the first attendees to unveil its plans. The Japanese automaker decided to tease fans with a silhouette image of what looks like an SUV, something the Mitsubishi lineup is lacking. While sales are increasing in the crossover and SUV markets, the time is ripe for Mitsubishi to blow the automotive market away.
The teaser image features a futuristic-looking concept powered by a hybrid drive train. Currently going by the name Grand Tourer, Mitsubishi is billing the concept vehicle as an upscale SUV. While the image doesn’t show much in terms of design, Mitsubishi was a little more forthcoming with the details.
The concept SUV will boast the Dynamic Shield design language, namely a thin, high-mounted grille and slim, long headlights. Mitsubishi claims that the design is made up of four important elements: Japanese craftsmanship, solid thrust, augmented possibilities, and functional beauty.
Other than that, Mitsubishi is keeping the intricate details to themselves until the Paris Auto Show officially kicks off. The Grand Tourer concept will feature four-wheel drive and will have the capability to drive on electricity for short treks.
While it’s possible the Grand Tourer could share parts with the Outlander plug-in hybrid, Mitsubishi isn’t saying anything just yet.
Here at Heritage Mitsubishi, we can’t wait for the Paris Auto Show to finally begin!
If you have a special person in your life who’s addicted to all things cars, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to give them something auto-themed they’ll love. Whether your loved one is a fan of car knickknacks or they’re into fixing cars, there’s a wide world of car-themed gifts they’re sure to love.
Add a little whimsy to your significant other’s home with an engine block coffee table or this cool gas pump liquor dispenser—it’s sure to be a hit at parties. You can also give them a new car audio system or a subscription to satellite radio to make their driving experience better.
On the more practical side of things, try out a nice new tool set, a high-end washing kit with sponges and cloths for a perfect waxed finish, or an expensive piece of auto equipment they’ve been putting off buying.
If your significant other loves racing and fast cars, splurge a little to send them to racing school to get some hands on experience in a real racecar, or just get tickets to a race. No matter what you get, they’re sure to love it!
Most cars come with anti-lock brake systems; however, few people actually understand how these innovative safety systems work. Helping to stop you in a hurry without locking your brakes up, ABS is one of the most important developments in recent automotive history.
According to How Stuff Works, anti-lock brakes are composed of speed sensors, a pump, valves, and a controller. Although locking your brakes might sound good at first, this causes your wheels to stop spinning, forcing your car to slide forward. By pulsing the brakes at an incredible rate, you can actually slow down faster.
Here’s how it works:
- Speed Sensors determine when your wheels are about to lock.
- Valves open pressure from the master cylinder, causing the brake to work.
- A pump reduces and reapplies pressure to the brakes, causing them to pulse.
- A controller is the computer component, carefully measuring each aspect of the process.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed several tests to prove that anti-lock brakes, when used properly, do reduce the stopping distance. That’s why most modern cars come with ABS – if your car doesn’t, think twice about buying.
The Mitsubishi Motors USA Foundation recently partnered with a local dealer in Normal, Illinois to help develop a scholarship. This scholarship is designed to benefit graduates of students in the area, encouraging them to attend the Heartland Community College.
This scholarship is just one more way Mitsubishi aims at giving back. Although it’s not as large as some of Mitsubishi’s other philanthropic efforts, the Mitsubishi Community College scholarship will enable 15 students to attend the local college, an award of over $52,000 dollars total.
“Mitsubishi holds family and citizenship as core values and has a longstanding history of supporting the local community,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president, Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. “MMNA believes charitable giving to organizations is important to the health and well-being of the community and is part of our obligation as good corporate citizens.”
Five students at three local high schools will be awarded the scholarships for Heartland Community College. There will be three $500 and two $1000 scholarships each year, leading to a total of 75 over five years.