Our passion for driving goes into every car that we create. Every Mitsubishi is built to ignite passion for the road, and designed to excite the imagination. Our technology has won us some of the world’s most competitive races. This section highlights some of the breakthroughs in automobile technology research, bringing you the best in automobile technology for more driving pleasure.
Mitsubishi Motors has continually focused on technologies to better control valve timing and amount of lift - all in the name of achieving high power output, low fuel consumption, and low exhaust emissions. First used in 1992 in the Mirage, the MIVEC engine has since tremendously improved with added enhancements and now produces even better performance. In 2005, Mitsubishi Motors adopted a mechanism in the Outlander that continuously and optimally controls the intake and exhaust valve timing.
The all-new MIVEC engine not just performs better, but is also environmentally friendly. Besides reduces pumping losses, and improving fuel efficiency by variating different valve movements, the MIVEC engine improves fuel consumption and combustion stability through optimisation of various structures in the internal combustion system. The all-new MIVEC engine also adopts a simple SOHC structure, yet retains equal engine performance to the previous MIVEC engine.
The Plug-in Hybrid EV System provides energy conservation and driving that is comfortable, safe and reliable. When driving at medium-to low-speeds, the system stays in EV Mode, and drives the vehicle using electricity from the drive battery. When the drive battery gets low on energy, the system switches to Series Hybrid Mode where its gasoline engine automatically starts and generates power for the electric motors.
When driving at high speeds, the system switches to Parallel Hybrid Mode which uses the power of the gasoline engine to drive the vehicle with more efficiency than its electric motors.
The Mitsubishi Plug-in Hybrid EV System switches to the Regenerative Mode when decelerating to recharge the drive battery. The system controls the driving modes and provides the versatility to drive as a 100% electric vehicle, use the engine to charge the drive battery, or drive using the motors and the engine at the same time.
The Attrage is powered by a lightweight and compact 1.2-litre engine which uses Mitsubishi Motors' MIVEC variable valve timing system. Fuel economy is improved through thorough reduction of weight, engine friction and engine load to offer the best fuel economy at 20.8km/litre.
The engine produces maximum output of 57 kW (78 PS) at 6000 rpm and generates maximum torque of 100 N-m (10.2 kgf-m) at 4000 rpm. Combine this with a vehicle weight that is among the lightest in its class, this gives the Attrage effortless acceleration from rest and when overtaking. Whether driving around the town or on the expressway, the engine gives the Attrage pleasant and comfortable driving performance.
Applicable in the Outlander PHEV, Super All Wheel Control is an integration of several advanced technologies that together take full advantage of the engine's power. The Active Front Differential (AFD) distributes engine power between left and right on the front axle. Active Stability Control (ASC) helps keep the vehicle on its intended path when cornering and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) improves control and stability under hard braking. Applicable in the Outlander PHEV, this integrated control system delivers incredible traction, solid stability and intuitive, linear handling. This ensures the optimal driving experience even on challenging terrain by optimally combining Active Stability and Traction Control (ASC) with electronically controlled Twin Motor 4WD and AYC (Active Yaw Control).
Mitsubishi Motors brings the same quality to all of its 4WD vehicles, including the Mitsubishi Outlander. They now possess the same level of startability and handling as full-blown 4WDs such as the jeep - the first Mitsubishi 4WD. Mitsubishi takes into consideration the size and use of each vehicle in order to implement the most appropriate 4WD system.
The electronically controlled 4WD system comes in three modes, chosen according to the driver's preferences and the driving conditions. The front and rear torque distribution mechanism uses electronically controlled coupling to distribute the torque between the front and rear wheels appropriately at all times with feedforward control, based on the accelerator pedal position, vehicle speed, vehicle driving conditions and the operation by the driver. Furthermore, it ensures outstanding traction performance while at the same time and eliminates the tight corner braking phenomenon characteristic of 4WDs.
Drivers can switch between 4WD auto mode, 4WD lock mode and 2WD mode instantly and while driving the vehicle. All that is required is a single touch of the drive mode selector dial on the console.
Mitsubishi's innovative INVECS (Intelligent and Innovative Vehicle Electronic Control System) Adaptive Shift Control software adapts transmission behavior to most driving conditions. Through advanced electronic programming, INVECS learns your driving habits and responds accordingly by altering shift points. The result is a car that knows how you like to drive and optimises your experience behind the wheel.
A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) operates on a pulley system, allowing infinite variables between the highest and lowest available ratios. A CVT smoothly adapts to changing vehicle speeds and allows the engine to remain at its level of peak efficiency. This improves both fuel economy and exhaust emissions. Since a CVT does not "shift" gears, the driver benefits from smoother performance and acceleration. Both the Mitsubishi Outlander and Lancer's 4-cylinder MIVEC engines utilise CVT technology to provide one of the smoothest, most efficient drive trains available.
Benefits of CVT include smoother acceleration, lower fuel consumption and engine power curve optimisation. The Attrage's engine is mated to the newest version of the INVECS-III CVT wide-ratio transmission which now uses a sub-geartrain to deliver a better acceleration and fuel economy. Extending the engine speed range over which the lockup clutch engages and optimisation of transmission control has contributed to a further reduction in fuel consumption without affecting acceleration performance.
Mounted within easy reach, the paddle shifters allow you to enjoy sporty control while keeping both hands safely on the wheel. Shifting is quick and easy, with 'up' and 'down' shifts requiring just a simple press once in 'D' mode. For added convenience, the current gear position is clearly displayed on the multi-information display. Paddle shifters are also equipped with cruise control on the Outlander and ASX for greater performance on the road.
Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) is an engineering philosophy that has led to the design of a unit-body chassis that is extra-fortified to withstand longitudinal impact. The Unibody chassis also includes integrated energy absorbing crumple zones – reinforcements strategically applied at key body points and steel side-impact door beams. This range of passive safety features helps protect occupants in extreme circumstances, all adding up to a vehicle that provides both peace of mind and a solid drive.
Both the Mitsubishi Outlander and ASX are equipped with a 7 airbag system to provide increased safety to every seat. The front seat occupants are protected by front airbags, plus an additional knee airbag for added protection in a forward collision. In a side collision, the front occupants are protected by side airbags and occupants in both rows are protected by curtain airbags extending along the sides.
Available in the ASX, the Emergency Stop Signal System (ESS) reduces possibility of a rear end collision by automatically switching on the hazard lights upon sudden braking or operation of the ABS to warn following drivers.
Hill Start Assist uses front and rear gravity sensors to detect steep hills or gradients and applies brake pressure to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards making for easier starts.
ETACS is Mitsubishi’s proprietary intelligent control system that controls an array of electronic devices to enhance comfort, safety and security of driver and passengers. ETACS turns the headlights on when it gets dark; opens and closes windows externally at a touch of the master power window; unlocks all doors at the pull of the driver’s inner door; unfolds mirrors automatically at 30km/h; adjusts the wipers according to moving speed; and an automatically lit ignition switch so drivers don’t have to search in the dark to insert the key.