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New for 2011-Mitsubishi

New for 2011-Mitsubishi

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2010

Mitsubishi welcomes an all-new Outlander Sport to the lineup for 2011

All other models receive new standard equipment packages and fuel economy improvements

2011 Mitsubishi ModelsHistory
Mitsubishi Motors is a Japanese automaker that was founded in 1970 after breaking off from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. While Mitsubishi Motors has been in business for 40 years, the parent company has been manufacturing automobiles since 1917. In its early years, the company built cars (it assembled Japan's first all-wheel-drive vehicle in 1937), aircraft, trains, and ships, but it began to increase its focus on vehicle production after the end of the Second World War.

In the 1970s, Chrysler purchased a 15 percent share in the company. Shortly thereafter, the American automaker began importing Mitsubishi Galant models rebadged as Dodge Colts. In 1982, the Mitsubishi brand was finally introduced to the North American market (the lineup included the Tredia, Cordia and Starion), with all sales credited to Chrysler for government trade agreements. The relationship with Chrysler ended in 1991, when the automaker sold its equity stake (though the companies continue to work closely together).

Today, Mitsubishi manufactures a range of passenger automobiles and sport utility vehicles. These include coupes, 4-door sedans, convertibles, and SUVs with up-to-5-passenger seating capacities. Models include both front- and all-wheel drive. Mitsubishi vehicles are manufactured in Japan, Netherlands, Philippines, Thailand, and the United States and sold around the world.

2011 Mitsubishi Models at a Glance:


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2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse/2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

2011 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Introduced in 1989, the Mitsubishi Eclipse is a compact, sporty 2-door coupe or convertible ("Spyder"). Early Eclipse models were offered with naturally aspirated or turbocharged engines and front- or all-wheel-drive powertrains. (Interestingly enough, the Eclipse was also sold as the Eagle Talon and Plymouth Laser, due to the automaker's relationship with Chrysler).

Now in its fourth generation, last redesigned for 2006, the 4-passenger Eclipse is only offered in front-wheel drive (the Spyder joined the lineup in 1996), sharing platforms with the Galant and Endeavor. The current model is offered with a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder power, and both engines are mated to a standard automatic transmission. The Eclipse Spyder is fitted with a power-operated folding multi-layer cloth top, with a heated rear window (a hard shell tonneau cover hides it when retracted). For 2011, Mitsubishi has made several changes to the coupe and Spyder models. The coupe receives a standard black roof. All models feature a lowered ride height and accessory outlet. Both GS Sport models now have more equipment, including leather upholstery, as a standard feature.

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Five Eclipse models: GS (Coupe only), GS Sport (Coupe and Spyder), and GT (Coupe and Spyder)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 162 horsepower (GS, GS Sport and GS Spyder models)
  • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 265 horsepower (GT and GT Spyder models)
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission (GS, GS Sport and GS Spyder models)
  • Standard 5-speed automatic transmission (GT and GT Spyder models)
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 4-passenger seating
  • NEW Lowered ride height
  • NEW 12-volt accessory outlet
  • NEW Black-painted roof
  • NEW Standard leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and side-view mirrors, power driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, and aluminum pedals and entrance sills (GS Sport and GS Sport Spyder models)

2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor

2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor

The Mitsubishi Endeavor is a midsize crossover sport utility vehicle that was introduced in 2004. While it shares platforms with the Mitsubishi Eclipse and Galant, the Endeavor is much larger than its siblings. All models of the SUV share the same 3.8-liter V-6 engine, with front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain options. Mitsubishi did not make a 2009 model of the Endeavor. Last year, the automaker reintroduced the Endeavor with a revised exterior and added standard Bluetooth phone connectivity across the model range. There were two new exterior colors and revised equipment packages. For the 2011 model year, Mitsubishi is adding equipment to the Endeavor. All SE models receive a standard navigation package (bundled with a DVD-based touch-screen navigation system, rearview back-up camera, power sunroof, and a cargo cover for the rear area).

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Three Endeavor models: LS FWD, SE FWD and SE AWD
  • Standard 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 225 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive (LS FWD and SE FWD models)
  • All-wheel drive (SE AWD model)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Standard Navigation & Sunroof package that includes: DVD-based touch-screen navigation system, rearview back-up camera, power sunroof, and a cargo cover for the rear area (SE FWD and SE AWD models)

2011 Mitsubishi Galant

2011 Mitsubishi Galant

The Mitsubishi Galant is a midsize 4-door sedan. When it was introduced more than four decades ago, the Galant was a compact 2-door coupe. Now in its ninth generation, last redesigned for the 2004 model year, the Galant shares its platform with the Eclipse and Endeavor. This platform-sharing relationship spawned the Galant VR-4 variant, with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive, in the late 1980s (it was essentially a 4-door Eclipse GSX).

Since then, the Galant has become less focused on performance and more on passenger comfort and fuel economy. As a result, Mitsubishi dropped the V-6 model in 2010 but updated the 4-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy, added standard stability control, and revised option packages. The 2011 model year sees the Galant receiving a lowered ride height, chrome belt molding, and more standard equipment (including a power glass sunroof, HomeLink automatic garage door integration, electrochromic interior rearview mirror, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors).

Highlights:

  • Minor changes for 2011
  • Two Galant models: ES and SE
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower
  • Standard 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Lowered ride height
  • NEW Chrome belt molding
  • NEW Standard equipment now includes a power glass sunroof, HomeLink automatic garage door integration, electrochromatic interior rearview mirror, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

The Mitsubishi Lancer is a compact 4-door sedan first introduced in 1973. While the automaker has continued to sell its Lancer as an entry-level economy car, Mitsubishi has built a strong foundation for the model in racing. (The Lancer made its initial claim to fame in rally racing-a competitive event where vehicles are raced over a variety of surfaces, paved and unpaved.) Mitsubishi continues to race the Lancer today. The Lancer is now in its eighth generation (last completely redesigned for the 2008 model year). Mitsubishi has improved the fuel economy for the base models in 2011, and added new electronics across the board. The range-topping GSR Evolution and MR Evolution models feature a retuned exhaust and a new rear spoiler.

Highlights:

  • Minor equipment and cosmetic changes for 2011
  • Six Lancer models: DE, ES, GTS, Ralliart, GSR Evolution, and MR Evolution
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower (DE and ES models)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower (GTS model)
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 237 horsepower (Ralliart model)
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 291 horsepower (GSR and MR models)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (not offered on MR Evolution model)
  • Optional continuously variable transmission (DE, ES and GTS models)
  • Standard 6-speed automated manual gearbox (MR Evolution, optional on the Ralliart model)
  • Front-wheel drive (DE, ES and GTS models)
  • All-wheel drive (Ralliart, GSR Evolution and MR Evolution models)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW Improved fuel economy (all models)
  • NEW Electric-assist power steering (DE and ES models)
  • NEW FUSE Hands-free Link System (not offered on DE, optional on ES models)
  • NEW Real-time traffic (not available on DE and ES models)
  • NEW Retuned exhaust (GSR Evolution and MR Evolution models)
  • NEW Sportier rear spoiler (GSR Evolution and MR Evolution models)
  • NEW USB auxiliary input (optional on Lancer ES)

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback

The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback is a compact 5-door sedan that was first introduced in 2004 as a new model to the Lancer line. It is essentially a Lancer sedan with a rear liftgate. As such, the Lancer Sportback shares all of the sedan's mechanicals and powertrains. The Lancer platform is now in its ninth generation (last completely redesigned for the 2008 model year).

The Lancer Sportback is sold in three trim levels, each with a different engine. The two standard models-ES and GTS-feature naturally aspirated engines and front-wheel drive. The Ralliart model is fitted with a turbocharged engine and standard all-wheel drive. In addition to the new ES model, Mitsubishi improved the fuel economy for the base models in 2011, and added new electronics across the board.

Highlights:

  • Minor equipment changes for 2011
  • Three Lancer Sportback models: ES, GTS and Ralliart
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower (ES model)
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower (GTS model)
  • Standard 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine rated at 237 horsepower (Ralliart model)
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable transmission (not offered on Ralliart model)
  • Front-wheel drive (ES and GTS models)
  • All-wheel drive (Ralliart model)
  • 5-passenger seating
  • NEW ES model
  • NEW Improved fuel economy (all models)
  • NEW Electric-assist power steering (ES model)
  • NEW FUSE Hands-free Link System (GTS and Ralliart models, optional on ES model)
  • NEW USB auxiliary input (GTS and Ralliart models, optional on ES model)

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander

Introduced in 2003, the Mitsubishi Outlander is a compact crossover SUV available with 4- or 6-cylinder power and front- or all-wheel drive. Now in its second generation, last redesigned for our 2007 model year (and sharing platforms with the Lancer), the Outlander received a freshened front facade, several interior cosmetic changes, and an increase in horsepower for the 2010 model year. It was also joined by a new range-topping GT model. The 2011 model year sees only minor changes to the Outlander. It is still offered with a choice between a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.0-liter 6-cylinder, but both engines have been reworked for increased fuel economy, according to the automaker. All models are front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. Mitsubishi has made the third row-for 7-passenger seating-standard on all but the base model.

Highlights:

  • Minor equipment changes for 2011
  • Four Outlander models: ES, SE, XLS, and GT
  • Standard 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 168 horsepower (ES and SE models)
  • Standard 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 230 horsepower (XLS and GT models)
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (ES and SE models)
  • Standard 6-speed automatic transmission (XLS and GT models)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (FWD)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (4WD)
  • 5-passenger seating (ES model)
  • 7-passenger seating (SE, XLS and GT models)
  • NEW Improved EPA fuel-economy ratings
  • NEW XLS received GT model treatment
  • NEW No-cost third-row seating (SE model)
  • NEW Exterior badging (GT model)

2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport may share its name with another model in the lineup, but it is all new for 2011. Smaller than the "other" Outlander, the Outlander Sport is a compact crossover with a rear hatchback. The standard power under the hood is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable transmission and is also available with an all-wheel-drive powertrain. The Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is also sold as the Mitsubishi RVR in Canada, and the Mitsubishi ASX in other markets.

Highlights:

  • All-new model
  • Three Outlander Sport models: Sport ES 2WD, Sport SE 2WD, and Sport SE 4WD
  • Standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower
  • Standard 5-speed manual transmission (ES model)
  • Standard continuously variable transmission (SE, optional on ES model)
  • Standard front-wheel drive (ES model)
  • Optional 4-wheel drive (SE model)
  • 5-passenger seating
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