The Next-Generation Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been Spotted, Looks Great

The much-beloved Mitsubishi Outlander is due for an overhaul, and spy shots from September suggest that it’s right around the corner. A heavily camouflaged version of the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander has been spotted testing in the wild, and we’ve gotta say: It looks mighty good.

Car & Driver posted photos of a new Outlander prototype that was seen around Michigan last month. Though it’s wrapped in camo, the proportions tell us a couple of things: It will likely borrow some style notes from the handsome-looking Engelberg Tourer concept, and it’s gaining the size needed to move up to the midsize crossover segment. Like the Engelber Tourer, the new design speaks to the quality of “Mitsubishiness” with dramatic body lines and a bold face that even camo can’t cover up.

As for what will engines the next-generation Mitsubishi Outlander will offer, Car & Driver speculates a 1-2-3 punch of a 1.5-liter turbo-four found in the Eclipse Cross, an available V6, and a twin-motor PHEV powertrain from the Engelberg Tourer. The latter leverages a 2.4-liter gas engine and a twin-motor system for high power output and exceptional efficiency while using the full-time four-wheel drive of Super All-Wheel Control for superior off-roading capability. Likely to hit the Hampton Mitsubishi showroom by the end of next year, we’ll probably see the uncloaked next-gen Outlander next year at the New York Auto Show or at Geneva. Speculation about the 2021 Outlander aside, the new 2020 Outlander has arrived at Hampton Mitsubishi and is an excellent choice if you are looking for a stylish, capable SUV.

A Look into the Past: The History of the Mitsubishi Eclipse

2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse | Lafayette, LA
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The Mitsubishi Eclipse is no longer in production, but it’s still a beloved model for fans like us at Hampton Mitsubishi. Let’s look back through the history of the Mitsubishi Eclipse and how it became one of our favorite Mitsubishi models.

The first-generation Eclipse arrived in the United States in 1990. It was designed at the Mitsubishi Motors North American Design Studio and manufactured at the brand’s plant in Normal, Illinois – but was anything but normal.

This first Eclipse established the model’s performance-ready power with an available turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produced 195 horsepower and had a zero-to-60-mph time of just under seven seconds. Named after an 18th century English racehorse, this sportscar had precise handling, a smooth ride, and spirited acceleration, making it a fun-to-drive option.

As the years passed, the Eclipse’s popularity continued to increase. It combined function, technology, and beauty to make it a true driver’s car. Mitsubishi eventually decided, though, to focus toward meeting environmental targets around the world, and announced the discontinuation of the Eclipse to focus on investing more in developing battery technology.

2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder | Lafayette, LA
2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder

With this announcement, Mitsubishi gave it one last hurrah, creating a final special-edition Eclipse. The 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse Special Edition had distinctive badging, a leather interior with contrasting stitching, and a choice of two engines – a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 162 horsepower or a 3.8-liter V6 that pumped out 265 horsepower.

Even though it’s no longer produced, you can find pre-owned versions of the Eclipse or new inventory of the more updated crossover version of this model, the Eclipse Cross, here at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Innovative Milestones Over The Years

Mitsubishi has built a reputation for delivering cutting-edge technology, and it’s the result of years of Mitsubishi innovation in engineering. At Hampton Mitsubishi, we’re proud of the groundbreaking work Mitsubishi has done over the years. Here are some of the brand’s most innovative developments.

All-Wheel Control

All-Wheel Control continuously reads road conditions to automatically transfer power where it is needed most. The result is enhanced traction and handling even when driving in tough conditions, like snow or ice.

Super All-Wheel Control

In 2014, Mitsubishi updated its advanced drivetrain technology, calling it Super All-Wheel Control. S-AWC features four distinct driving modes: Normal, Snow, Lock (for off-road conditions), and Eco.

MIVEC Engine Technology

While the fundamentals of gasoline engines have remained the same for years, Mitsubishi proved that there is plenty of room for improvement with the development of MIVEC engine technology. This advanced valve timing electronic control system ensures optimal valve timing at all speeds for an exceptional balance of power and fuel efficiency.

INVECS Adaptive Shift Control Technology

Unlike traditional shifting systems, Mitsubishi INVECS Adaptive Shift Control learns your driving habits and responds accordingly by altering shifting points for optimal performance.

Active Stability and Traction Control

ASC technology employs a system of sensors to constantly monitor road conditions to optimize stability and traction by automatically applying braking power to specific wheels.

MIEV Technology

After four decades of research and development, Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle technology automatically monitors energy flow through the vehicle to create smooth acceleration and ensures optimal performance of all electrical systems. 

These innovative systems are featured in the Mitsubishi vehicles available at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Automotive Science Group Named Mitsubishi Motors the Best Brand of 2019

Recently, the Automotive Science Group named Mitsubishi Motors the “Best All-Around Performance Brand” and “Best Economic Performance Brand” for 2019. Mitsubishi is deservingly receiving these honors for the second consecutive year.

ASG conducted the 2019 Automotive Performance Index Study to determine the real market value of 1,640 vehicles for the 2019 model year. In particular, ASG examined environmental, life-cycle and social and economic performance indicators for each vehicle.

When looking at operating and purchase costs over the first 6.5 years that drivers own the vehicles, the Mitsubishi lineup was found to provide the best value, beating the industry average by an astounding 27%. The brand’s fuel efficiency and light-weight design were some of the key features that helped Mitsubishi outrank other brands.

ASG also recognized individual Mitsubishi models in the API study. Specifically, the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage had the best performance of any other 2019 vehicle in the Study. Accordingly, the Mirage earned the 2019 “Best Economic Performance Award” and “Best All-Around Performance Award.”

Both the 2019 Outlander PHEV and Outlander Sport were considered to be part of the Crossover segment’s “Best 5 All-Around Performance” vehicles. Plus, the 2019 Outlander won the “Best All-Around Performance SUV” award.

We at Hampton Mitsubishi are proud to offer Mitsubishi models on our lot. Take a test drive in the 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage or one of the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander models at our dealership.

Mitsubishi Signs United Nations Global Compact

Mitsubishi has taken another big step in corporate responsibility and accountability. Already committed to producing more sustainable vehicles and products, Mitsubishi recently signed the new United Nations Global Compact. This initiative brings together companies from around the world and allows them to pledge to exercise corporate responsibility.

Under the 10 principles set forth by the Global Compact, businesses should

  1. support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights
  2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  3. uphold the freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining
  4. eliminate all forms of forced or compulsory labor
  5. abolish child labor
  6. eliminate discrimination in terms of employment and occupation
  7. support and precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  9. encourage development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  10. work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery

These 10 principles are further broken down into four categories: human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

When Mitsubishi signed the United Nations Global Compact, the automaker joined the Global Compact Network Japan, a collective of Japanese companies that all signed the pledge. Mitsubishi is already working to create more eco-friendly vehicles and a better workplace for employees, so the company is already on its way to fulfilling the principles.

Hampton Mitsubishi is proud to be part of a company that supports global progress and ethical business practices.

Sales Milestone for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is one of the most innovative and versatile crossovers available today. It gives you the functionality of a spacious, all-wheel-drive crossover and the added efficiency of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Recently, Mitsubishi celebrated a big sales milestone for the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Since its launch in 2013, Mitsubishi has sold over 200,000 Outlander PHEV models. In fact, it has been Europe’s best-selling plug-in hybrid model for four years in a row and became the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid in December 2018.1

Since 2013, the Outlander PHEV has won a continual stream of awards and recognition. Some of these include the 2019 Green SUV of the Year award from Green Car Journal in the United States, 2019 Best Plug-in Vehicle from Company Car and Van Magazine in the UK, and Best 5 All-Around Performance award from the Automotive Science Group.

Here in the U.S., the Outlander PHEV boats an all-electric driving range of 22 miles. This is enough to cover at least part of many drivers’ commutes and daily errand schedules. Imagine being able to spend less time and money putting gas into your car. The 2019 Outlander PHEV also features updated exterior styling and improved driving dynamics.

Test-drive the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at Hampton Mitsubishi.

*1…Source: JATO Dynamics Limited

Mitsubishi Motors Ranks Among Best Mass Market Brands

Mitsubishi Motors goes above and beyond to provide drivers with true value and quality vehicles. This year’s J. D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index Study proves just how dedicated the Japanese automaker really is. Mitsubishi ranked third among the best mass market brands in the automotive industry.

The study’s results show that Mitsubishi Motors is the fastest-growing Asian brand in the United States for the second year in a row. Mitsubishi saw a jump from 21st to 12th place in the overall automotive industry rankings. The Japanese manufacturer improved by 27 points.

When high-end luxury brands were removed from the running, Mitsubishi soared from 10th place in 2018 to third place in 2019. Notably, Mitsubishi surpassed larger brands to take home the top non-premium Asian brand title.

“Customer satisfaction is a core value at Mitsubishi Motors, and our performance in the JD Power CSI Study over the last two years is testament to our focus on it. We do this for one reason only: to give our customers the very best experience we can at every touch point with our company,” said Mark Chaffin, COO for MMNA.

The latest jump in rankings marks Mitsubishi’s continued dedication to the average customer. Since 2016, Mitsubishi has jumped by 61 points, effectively leading non-premium brands during that time.

Check out the incredible lineup of Mitsubishi models at Hampton Mitsubishi.

Fun Summer Events in the Lafayette area

The summer season is approaching, and you want to be prepared — for fun! These fun summer events in the Lafayette area provide live entertainment, great food, outdoor activities, one-of-kind treasures and incredible performances for you and your family to enjoy.

Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival – Lake Charles (June 21- 23)

Just an hour outside Lafayette, Lake Charles is home to the Gulf Coast Shrimp & Jazz Festival, which, as suggested, has plenty of shrimp and plenty of jazz! It kicks off with the “Jazz After Dark: An Evening to Remember” concert. There is also a shrimp dish cook-off that will put the best shrimp chefs to the test and a free Jazz workshop where you can learn about the groove of jazz.

Avoyelles Arts & Music Festival – Marksville (July 4)

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Independence Day, this is it. Take the trip to Marksville to attend this free event, which opens at 10 a.m. There will be musical acts, arts and crafts vendors, contests, and plenty of food. The day kicks off with a patriotic parade, which is Louisiana’s longest-running Fourth of July parade.

Make sure your car is ready for summer travels — schedule a maintenance check at Hampton Mitsubishi. If it’s time for a new ride, stop by to check out our incredible inventory of new and pre-owned vehicles.

Have Fun with the Whole Family This Season: Eight Spring Activities for the Family

Spring has sprung! Ring in the warming weather with the ones you love the most by checking out these eight spring activities for the family:

  1. Fly a Kite – When’s the last time you actually flew a kite? Teach your young ones how to have fun the old-fashioned way.
  2. Make a Bird Feeder – Show those birdies some love for singing you their pretty songs. All you need to do is cut a hole in a milk jug, fill it with feed, and hang it somewhere safe from cats.
  3. Ride a Bike – If your kids know how to ride, take a nice long bike ride together. If they don’t know how, now’s a great time to teach them a life skill.
  4. Go Backyard Camping – You don’t need to stray far to feel outdoorsy. If you have a tent, just set it up in your own backyard and have a close-to-home adventure.
  5. Shop at a Farmer’s Market – Teach your kiddos healthy eating habits and find the some fresh fruits, veggies, and baked goods to fill your kitchen.
  6. Garden – Remember how fun it used to be to get a little muddy? Pick up some perennials and plant them around your property. This is a great educational moment for kids too!
  7. Collect and Paint Rocks – Visit your favorite river or beach and collect some nice smooth rocks. Then, take them home and paint them to your heart’s content!
  8. Wash Your Car – Disguise chore time as fun time and get your beloved Mitsubishi looking fresh for the balmy weather.

Are you ready to get out and explore the spring weather? Contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi to find a suitable ride.

Explore the History of Lafayette, LA

Whether you’re a life-long resident or just passing through for a visit, one thing is certain: there is no shortage of fun things to do and interesting things to learn in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Today Lafayette is a bustling cultural center that mixes urban life with rich cajun and creole traditions. But like most cities of its kind, Lafayette has an interesting history that accounts for the regions contemporary diversity.

Diverse heritage

Before any European or Canadian settlements reached the area that is today called Lafayette, a diverse population of Choctaw, Chitimacha, Atakapa-Ishak, and Opelousa Native Americans populated the region. By the early 1820’s, the first European settlement was officially established on the Vermilion River—Vermilionville.

Official beginnings

Of course, the name Vermilionville didn’t quite stick. In 1869, Vermilionville attempted to change its name to Lafayette, but there was already another suburb of New Orleans so named. In 1884, however, New Orleans officially incorporated the former Lafayette into its boundaries, finally allowing Vermilionville to make its name-change.

Modern revitalization

Today, Lafayette is a hub of Cajun and Creole culture with a thriving downtown that saw a huge revitalization that started in the 1980s and continues to this day. Home to a number of large museums, festivals, and an endless variety of local businesses, Lafayette is today an important destination in the American South.

If you need help with your car while you’re in Lafayette, or you might want to buy a new one, contact us at Hampton Mitsubishi.