2021 Mitsubishi Outlander Redesign Coming Your Way

2021 Mitsubishi Outlander | Hollywood, MD

One of Mitsubishi’s most popular models is about to get a major redesign. The next-gen 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander SUV is expected to boast a new design, a roomier interior, and perhaps even an eco-friendly hybrid option.

Mitsubishi has kept a tight lid on any details regarding the 2021 Mitsubishi Outlander redesign, but we do have some clues about what it might look like. Recent spy photos indicate that the front end and lighting will share similarities with the Engelberg Tourer concept, an advanced plug-in hybrid SUV introduced earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show.

The 2021 Outlander is also likely to increase in size and interior space, making its three-row layout even more comfortable. Under the hood, the Outlander could get a more powerful version of the engine carried by the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. A plug-in hybrid version based on the Engelberg Tourer — and featuring 43 miles of electric-only range — is a possibility as well.

All our questions should be answered by next spring, as Mitsubishi is expected to unveil the 2021 Outlander at either the Geneva Auto Show or the New York International Auto Show. And by next fall, you should be able to test-drive the new Outlander right here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi. In the meantime, check out the current Outlander we have in stock.

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Tips for Researching Cars for Your Next Purchase

Tips for Researching Cars for Your Next Purchase | Hollywood, MD

With so many different brands and models on the market these days, it’s hard to figure out which one is right for you. We’ve made this list of easy tips for researching cars to figure out what you can afford, what you need, and where you can find it.

1: Figure out your budget

Before you start researching cars and get your heart set on something outside your price range, figure out how much you can afford to spend on a car.

Do you have money for a down payment? How much can you put toward the monthly payment and insurance each month, and what about the cost of maintenance and annual registration fees? Know exactly what your budget looks like before you start researching.

2: Figure out what you need

Do you need a three-row SUV for your big family, or do you need a compact, fuel-efficient sedan for your daily commute to the city? If you’re buying a used car, consider how often you’ll need to drive it, and whether it will last long enough to be worth buying.

3: Browse online

Get a feel for what’s available at dealerships like Tom Hodges Mitsubishi by looking at online inventories. Compare the specs and prices of cars that fit your lifestyle and make a list of ones that work with your budget. Look at new and pre-owned cars to see the price difference.

4: Check the history

Before you buy a used car, ask for a vehicle history report or run a history check yourself to check for warning signs such as whether it’s been in any accidents or the odometer has been reset to show a lower mileage. Tom Hodges Mitsubishi is glad to provide this information on the pre-owned cars we sell.

If you have questions about the car-buying process, Tom Hodges Mitsubishi would be glad to answer them. Call or email us anytime.

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Coolest Mitsubishi Concept Cars from Over the Years

Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II | Hollywood, MD

Mitsubishi prides itself on making affordable, useful vehicles and for developing a revolutionary line of concept cars. From electric SUVs to trucks to race cars, Mitsubishi has created an exciting and innovative array of concept cars that could lead to the new normal in only a few decades. These are some of the coolest Mitsubishi concept cars.

Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept

This all-electric crossover SUV gives a glimpse into the future Mitsubishi is imagining. Electrical power, all-wheel drive, and artificial intelligence combine to make the e-Evolution smart, safe, and efficient.

Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV

This Sport Utility Truck merges the features of the reputable Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck with the spaciousness and ride experience of an SUV. From the front, it appears as if it’s an aerodynamic and handsome crossover SUV. But, keep going past the rear passenger seats, and you see how the GR-HEV seamlessly shifts to a smoothly-contoured, multi-functional pickup.

MiEV Evolution II

Mitsubishi went outside the box with this all-new, completely original electric racing prototype. A four-motor drivetrain, Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control and clean-sheet aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodywork hold the stellar lithium-ion batteries which power the MiEV Evolution II.

While we don’t sell these prototype models at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, the new cars we do have feature the same great technology Mitsubishi has developed.

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Tips for Maintaining Your Car if You Live by an Ocean

Tips for Maintaining Your Car if You Live by an Ocean | Hollywood, MDLiving by the ocean can be easier on your spirit but tougher on your car. Salt air is corrosive and will rust your car faster than in other environments. The humidity can further corrode parts of your car, and the hot sun will heavily impact your car’s paint job.

Following these tips will help prevent ocean-caused damage to your vehicle.

Prime and Paint
Years of driving in humid, hot, and salty air will eventually chip away at the paint job. The sheen will disappear and rust will set in. Touch up areas that are missing paint, and consider taking your vehicle in for a full fresh paint to provide another layer of protection.

Wash and Wax
Just like you need to consistently brush your teeth to avoid corrosive build-up, the same is true with your vehicle. Regular washing and waxing will make your car look great, and it will take care of the salty, wet build-up that accumulates on your vehicle in ocean climates.

Immediately Repair
If an incident occurs, and your car is even slightly damaged, take it in for repairs immediately. Chipped paint leaves metal exposed, which will expedite the rusting process.

Great Garages
Garages shield your car from the harmful ocean air. If you don’t have a garage, consider renting one.

If your car needs maintenance to keep it clean and rust-free, talk to the service experts at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi to see what we can do for you.

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Could the Lancer Evo Return? We Hope So!

Mitsubishi Lancer | Hollywood, MD

If your level of enthusiasm for Mitsubishi vehicles is anywhere near ours here at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, you shed tears back in 2016 when the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was retired from the United States market.

But, some rumors have us holding in hopeful breaths: A Lancer Evo return may be imminent.

First launched in 1992, the Lancer Evo swiftly became a rally superstar. It might have been a no-frills performance sedan, but that didn’t prevent it from being all thrills for thousands of drivers across the States. Mitsubishi is looking back to its sporty roots after solidifying a platform-sharing partnership with Renault.

Autocar is reporting that the new iteration of the Lancer Evo will share a platform with the Renault Megane RS and will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. They speculate that the new Lancer Evo could achieve outputs of as much as 296 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, if it is anything like its cousin on the Renault side of the family.

According to some whispers, the next-gen Lancer Evo will be available as a five-door hatchback or four-door sedan. It will likely offer a manual gearbox and the Mitsubishi Super All-Wheel Control four-wheel drive system.

We’re excited at the prospect of a Lancer Evo return, and hope we’ll have it back in our inventory alongside the current Mitsubishi cars and SUVs.

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The Best Ways to Learn About Recalls for Your Used Car

Servicing your Mitsubishi | Hollywood, MDMany vehicles have recalls for various reasons; however, it can be difficult to know for sure if you’ve received all the important safety notices about your vehicle. Luckily, there are several ways to learn about recalls that have been issued for your car.

According to Consumer Reports, one of the best ways to get the latest recalls is to update your registration. Make sure your mailing address and the vehicle’s location are up to date. That way, the automaker can send you all the latest information. Wade Newton at the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers trade group notes that “automakers use state registration data to send out notifications by mail, as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.”

You can also subscribe to email alerts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Simply enter your email and vehicle information, and the organization will send you all the information you need.

Another way to learn about any recalls is by registering through Carfax. While you may have to pay for some services (such as a vehicle history report), the brand will provide a free recall alert service that’s unique to your specific vehicle.

If you do discover a recall on your Mitsubishi, you can bring it to the Tom Hodges Mitsubishi service center to be fixed.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Makes 200,000 Worldwide Sales

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Hollywood, MDThe Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the first-ever plug-in hybrid SUV, hit a big milestone this spring when it reached the 200,000 global sales mark. The Outlander PHEV first debuted in 2013, and has served as a flagship model for the company. Its success shows that plug-in hybrids are in high demand across the globe.

The 200,000 global sales of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are made up from sales in over 50 countries that have sold the plug-in hybrid SUV since its debut. Sales of the Outlander PHEV started in Japan, and by the end of 2018, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was considered the best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the world. This proves that the Outlander PHEV stands out not just as an SUV, but as a hybrid vehicle in general as it gets picked over other hybrid cars and SUVs alike.

The continual success of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV demonstrates the company’s commitment to developing and evolving the vehicle as it ages, always keeping it one step ahead in innovation and engineering. The Outlander PHEV had earned numerous awards since its debut, and will surely continue to garner attention and be a top seller in the world of plug-in hybrid vehicles.

To learn more about this eco-friendly vehicle and the rest of the Mitsubishi lineup, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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Mitsubishi Unveils Dendo Drive House System

Dendo Drive House | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi | Hollywood, MD

Earlier this year at the 89th annual Geneva International Motor Show, Mitsubishi pulled the covers off its new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, a next-generation SUV concept. But that wasn’t the only big innovation to come out of Mitsubishi at the show. The automaker also unveiled its Dendo Drive House system, which could revolutionize the way we power our cars—and our homes.

The Dendo Drive House (DDH) system will initially be offered in Japan and then Europe this year, but we will hopefully get our own version in the States here soon. DDH is a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system that allows drivers to charge their Mitsubishi EV or PHEV vehicle using their home’s solar power during the day. This saves on electricity costs and makes Mitsubishi vehicles even cleaner. Then, at night, using the bi-directional charger, the Mitsubishi EV or PHEV can power the home with its stored energy, saving owners from having to rack up expenses on their electric bill and reducing carbon usage.

According to Mitsubishi, any driver purchasing a battery-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be offered the system at all dealerships in Japan and later Europe.

You can learn more about the Dendo Drive House system and the new Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept here. While you can’t buy it from Tom Hodges Mitsubishi, contact us to learn more about the Mitsubishi PHEV and its clean energy solutions.

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Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Reaches New Sales Milestone

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog | Hollywood, MD

Mitsubishi was ahead of the game when it launched the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, in 2013. The vehicle has been a solid performer in the move towards a greener future, which is reflected in its latest sales milestone. In mid-April, Mitsubishi announced that it has sold 200,000 Outlander PHEV vehicles around the world.

When the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV first rolled out, it started in Japan. Now it has sales in more than 50 countries. Its 200,000 milestone is especially impressive when you consider that it was the bestselling plug-in hybrid in the world at the end of last year. It has a large following in Europe, where it was named the best plug-in vehicle for 2019 by the UK’s COMPANY CAR AND VAN magazine and a 2018 OFF ROAD Award in Germany.

Here in the United States, Green Car Journal named the Outlander PHEV the 2019 Green SUV of the Year and the New England Motor Press Association gave it the award for Best Green Winter Vehicle. Its updates for the 2019 model year lowered its CO2 emissions levels. Besides being even better for the planet, the 2019 Outlander PHEV has an updated drivetrain for a quieter ride and reduce vibration.

If you want to drive an SUV but still help the planet, come talk to us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi about the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

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2020 Mitsubishi ASX Hints at Future Outlander Sport

2020 Mitsubishi ASX | Tom Hodges Mitsubishi Blog | Hollywood, MD

Earlier this month, Mitsubishi unveiled the 2020 Mitsubishi ASX. Known as the Outlander Sport in the American market, this new ASX is giving us something we’ve been waiting for a while now – a look at what the next-generation Outlander Sport will entail.

For the 2020 model year, the ASX has undergone a design change, modeling itself after the new design language that has been seen recently in the Eclipse Cross and the new Outlander. It has a sleeker front end that features more sculpted lines, helping the vehicle stand out on the road. Mitsubishi has also added a new line to the sides of the ASX, which adds a touch of sportiness that the vehicle was missing before.

Inside, the vehicle has only seen some slight changes, including a new eight-inch touchscreen for its infotainment system and a slightly more rectangular design. The ASX can also now store USB drives when it’s stationary, which is an added benefit for many.

While we don’t know what the powertrain will be when the ASX becomes the Outlander Sport here in the United States, we do know that the ASX model will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is mated to either a five-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission.

Mitsubishi is expected to release more information about the US-based Outlander Sport soon, so make sure you keep an eye out. For more information about the current Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, contact us at Tom Hodges Mitsubishi.

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