Posted on 16 Jan 2023 under Mitsubishi Xpander
The Mitsubishi Xpander is well-known and well-loved in South Africa – a versatile 7-seater people carrier that looks and acts like an SUV. It gives you the ability to carry a lot of people, or a lot of stuff, or some people and some stuff, even people sitting next to each other with long cargo next to them.
The Xpander Cross, which hasn’t made it to South Africa, was launched three years ago with the basic Xpander we know, but with even more SUV cred.
The Cross has now received a major facelift both inside and on the exterior.
On the safety side it gets Active Yaw Control that improves handling in corners by applying braking force onto the inside front wheel, based on the steering angle, brake pressure, longitudinal G-forces, yaw rate, and wheel speed.
There is a new electric parking brake, a digital instrument cluster and a larger 8-inch instrument cluster. Controls such as climate control are now on a screen and you can charge your phone wirelessly.
The Xpander Cross comes with a naturally aspirated 1.5-petrol engine that gives you 77kW power and 141 Nm torque, either through a CVT or 5-speed manual. The CVT has 220mm ground clearance, while the MT has 225mm. That power and torque and generous ground clearance, as well as the 17” alloy wheels, give it the ability to go on the roads less travelled.
The Cross has had its front and rear overhang stretched by 95mm, and the wheels have a two-tone look with grey accents to match the front and rear skid plates and door garnishes.
The ‘T’ motif on the front is now more prominent and is reflected on the rear of the car, where updated taillights give it a more modern look and feel.
Road tests overseas are very complimentary to the updated Cross, with the total package seen as a pretty well-balanced seven-seater MPV/Crossover.
The Mitsubishi Xpander has proved to be a hit in South Africa with larger families, people with active outdoor hobbies and as versatile staff transport for businesses. Alas, at the moment it does not look as though Mitsubishi will bring the Cross to South Africa. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how the company continuously push the development envelope in the various markets where it is active.
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Posted on 15 Dec 2022 under Mitsubishi Pajero
Comparing the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Toyota Fortuner can be a difficult task, as both vehicles have a lot to offer. However, there are some key differences between the two that set the one apart from the other in terms of driving requirements, driving style and budget.
The Toyota Fortuner, introduced to the South African market in 2006, has become a staple among locals. Its reputation has strengthened significantly over the years, propelling its sales figures well into the thousands every month, far outweighing the Pajero Sport. The truth is, sales numbers are hardly a deciding factor as it all comes down to performance, reliability and value for money. Let’s take a closer look at some of the recent changes and how they compare.
While the Fortuner and Pajero Sport have both received some small cosmetic changes, South African motorists won’t be able to experience the Toyota’s enhanced front-end design since it is only available in Thailand. The test car included slight updates to the front grille, headlamps and lower bumper. The only noticeable change on the rear was to the taillamp arrays. This VX model featured a chrome beltline, a roof spoiler and the Fortuner badge on the tailgate.
The Pajero Sport’s revised aesthetic is most notably the new and improved Dynamic Shield face, which was seen on the recently revised Triton bakkie. This addition makes quite a statement while changes to the rear are less dramatic with a redesigned faux diffuser and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Although the new 18-inch alloy wheels and repositioned side steps give the Pajero Sport a more dynamic look, the overall silhouette remains largely the same.
The Fortuner’s cabin looks largely the same upon first inspection, even though there have been some subtle changes.
The brown faux-leather upholstery has been replaced with black, and new instrumentation, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system complete with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (as seen in the updated Hilux), have been added. Both the driver and front passenger seats are heated.
Besides this, Toyota improved safety by outfitting the Fortuner with its Safety Sense package. This includes features such as lane departure alerts, adaptive cruise control, and road sign recognition that work together to help avoid collisions.
The cabin on the Pajero Sport has changed as well – boasting more elbow space for those in the front seats, as well as an updated centre console with features such as soft-padded cruise control, lane-departure warning and active emergency braking.
The eight-inch LCD screen displays essential information like your car’s speed and how far you’ve travelled. You can also control key features from the steering wheel, like adaptive cruise control, hands-free voice commands, and audio entertainment for a safer, more convenient ride.
Not only does the new Mitsubishi Pajero have enough head- and legroom for seven people but its third-row seats fold down so it can double as a cargo carrier. A power tailgate makes it easy to load up luggage, groceries, or other bulky items—even a surfboard!
The Toyota Fortuner comes with a 2.8-litre petrol engine that delivers 123 kW and 245 Nm of torque. The diesel variant is powered by the 2.8-litre 4-cylinder common rail inter-cooled turbocharged diesel engine delivering 132 kW and 420 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and comes with an option of 4WD.
On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport features a 2.4-litre MIVEC Intercooled Turbo Diesel engine that churns out 133 kW and 430 Nm of torque. This impressive engine is mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission with an option of 4WD as well. While there is a 2.8-litre petrol version in other markets, it is not available in South Africa.
In terms of performance, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport has better power and torque output than the Toyota Fortuner. The Pajero Sport also has a slight edge, reaching 0-100 km/h in 11.2 seconds compared to the Fortuner’s 11.31 seconds. The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and the Fortuner have a similar top speed of around 190 km/h while the fuel consumption figures vary slightly in favour of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
In real-world conditions, the average fuel economy of the Pajero Sport on a combined cycle is around 8.1-litres/100km* while the Toyota Fortuner is 7.9-litres/100 km*.
In terms of safety, both vehicles are well-equipped, featuring all the technology you’d expect from a luxury SUV. The Toyota Fortuner has safety equipment bundled into its Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This includes the following:
The Pajero Sport also has several advanced safety features. Some of the features include the following:
Both are luxury SUVs in every sense of the term, offering plenty of boot space and a roomy interior with comfortable seating for seven people. While the Pajero Sport outperforms the Fortuner in power output, fuel economy, styling and interior feel, the Fortuner slightly edges the Pajero Sport on safety features. However, these added extras come at a cost and you can expect the Toyota Fortuner to have a bigger price tag than the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
In closing, the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport are both popular, reliable and off-road-capable vehicles. We invite you to test drive the Pajero and ask us anything about the range, before making a decision between the two.
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The MPV segment doesn’t always get the attention it deserves but the seven-seater segment is more competitive than you may think. This brings us to the Mitsubishi Xpander and how it might compare to the Toyota Avanza since both are among the more popular people carriers.
So, if you’re looking for a family car that can seat seven people in relative comfort with space to boot, here’s a closer look at some of the features, driveability and performance of the Mitsubishi Xpander with some comparisons to the Toyota Avanza.
With a family in mind, choosing your next car is not only a matter of personal taste but also the practicality factor. When it comes to the Mitsubishi Xpander, the cabin is just that with various cubbyholes and pockets to help keep your things in order. While the third row of seats might be a little tight for taller adults, the second row offers more room and comfort for three people without any hassle.
As for boot space, the Xpander has a competitive offer of 223 litres with all seven seats in place. However, with the second and third rows of seats folded down, you benefit from up to 1608 litres which is ideal for school bags, groceries, sporting equipment and luggage for those family weekends away. In comparison, the Toyota Avanza offers 128 litres of boot space with all the seats in place and 1,424 litres of boot space with the seats folded down.
Since the focus for MPVs and other people carriers is mostly on practicality rather than design, they aren’t always overly flattering. That said, the front and rear of the Mitsubishi Xpander are easily recognisable, especially if you’ve seen the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport; fielding the automaker’s “Dynamic Shield” to make it stand out from the Avanza and similar vehicles in its class.
While the Avanza follows a more traditional design approach, it still looks good but it’s not as distinctive as the Mitsubishi Xpander. You have to give the Mitsubishi designers credit for continuing with the Dynamic Shield concept which has featured even more in 2022. This, together with the T-shaped LED headlights, gives Mitsubishi Xpander a unique appearance; a rare quality in the MPV segment.
As for the rest of the body, everything is tidy with better-integrated side sills and a sleek tailgate and rear bumpers. Sitting on stylish 16-inch allow wheels with a ground clearance of 225mm, compared to 195mm on the Avanza, it looks more like an SUV than an MPV.
The interior follows Mitsubishi’s principle of “Omotenashi” which roughly translates to giving more attention to detail and anticipating the needs of their customers.
While the interior consists of hard plastic, it looks classy and well put together, unlike the Avanza which lacks the same refinement. The dashboard and door panels get faux stitching which emulates a leather stitching pattern for a more premium feel. The fabric seats are comfortable and the interior is likely to withstand the rigours of everyday use without a hitch.
The combination of analogue dials with a central digital display tells you everything you need to know, while the Bluetooth and voice-controlled infotainment system is easy to operate. There’s also a USB port inside the glovebox which is not the norm in modern cars but it works.
The Mitsubishi Xpander comes standard with several safety features, including dual front airbags, ABS and EBD (electronic brake force distribution) as well as ISOFIX child seat anchors. It also has a front-end impact-absorbing structure further boosted by Mitsubishi’s Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction with side impact bars. The Avanza also gets ABS and EBD but it lacks the same reinforced body construction of the Xpander.
In South Africa, the Mitsubishi Xpander is available in two derivatives, both front-wheel drive with a 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engine delivering 77kW and 141Nm of torque. However, one is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox (with 15-inch wheels) while the other is fitted with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Avanza, on the other hand, has two different petrol engine options in a 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre. Both are equipped with VVT-i pushing out 67kW, 113Nm and 76kW and 136Nm respectively, a slight drop in performance compared to the Xpander.
In terms of driveability, the Xpander offers a somewhat more refined drive with the automatic offering a smoother driving experience. The engine is also quite responsive even when accelerating from low revs, making it relatively easy to get up to speed on highways but where it shines most is on urban roads.
When it comes to fuel economy, both vehicles offer relatively good numbers but the Mitsubishi edges the Avanza with 7.0 l/100km compared to 7.7 l/100km.
Overall the Mitsubishi Xpander is a solid choice as a family car with a distinctive design, a practical and spacious interior and an efficient engine delivering respectable performance and decent fuel economy for an MPV. All new Xpander models come with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 2-year/30 000km Service plan.
If you’d like to find out more about the Mitsubishi Xpander or book a test drive, visit our showroom in Kuilsriver and Stellenbosch or simply give us a call.
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Posted on 11 Oct 2022 under Mitsubishi Pajero
We all love the Mitsubishi Pajero with its seven leather seats and large wheels, its space and luxury features, all bought together by its rugged good looks.
The thing is you have a choice of two 4×2 and three 4×4 models, so which one is for you? They all have the excellent 2.4L DI-DC 8-speed A/T 4X2 engine that gives you 133kW at 3500rpm and 430Nm at 2500rpm, the same smooth 8-speed automatic transmission and so on.
So why would you buy a 4×2 if you can get a 4×4?
It depends on your lifestyle. A big SUV is a wonderful format car, but if you are an urban warrior, you don’t need a 4×4. The 4×2 is perfect for city driving and you can take it on quite rough dirt roads for weekends away.
The big difference is cost and complexity. The most affordable 4×2 is R50k less than the most affordable 4×4 and a lot less than the top-of-range model.
A Pajero is not the kind of car people will replace every couple of years. Pajero drivers tend to hang on to them for a long time. A 4×2 obviously has a simpler drive system and will be cheaper to run over time than a 4×4.
So if you prefer malls to mountains, you don’t need a 4×4 and you get to enjoy the Pajero experience for less.
You have the choice of the D4 MIVEC 4×2 and the Aspire 4×2. These cars are essentially the same, but the Aspire features black detailing which makes it stand out a bit more.
The Mitsubishi Pajero is one of the pioneers of luxury bundu bashing and the 4×4 gives you true off-road capability.
Apart from the 4×4 drive, the first two models – the MIVEC 4×4 and the Aspire 4×4 offer similar features as the 4×2 models, plus off-road essentials such as rear diff lock, hill descent control, electronic off-road assistance and the Super Select II 4WD System.
The top-of-the-range Exceed 4×4 gives you all that, plus a power tilt and sliding sunroof, Mitsubishi remote control connectivity and electronic tailgate with dual kick sensors.
The 4×4 gives you more and therefore costs more than the 4×2. It really is a lifestyle choice.
You can have a look at the full of Mitsubishi Pajero range here and book a test drive on the same page.
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Posted on 16 Sep 2022 under Mitsubishi Triton
Following Mitsubishi’s lengthy absence from the workhorse arena, the new Mitsubishi Triton GL Single Cab bakkie is specially designed for commercial users and fleet owners. This rugged, reliable and hard-working bakkie is the perfect addition to just about any type of business. With a powerful engine, big payload capacity and good overall build quality, no job is too big or too small for the Mitsubishi Triton GL Single Cab.
The Mitsubishi Triton S/C is the beginning of the facelifted Triton range which will be rolled out to the South African market in due time. One of the most notable changes is the exterior design cues as they’ve modernised the single cab Mitsubishi Triton GL.
It comes standard with a black grille, black door handles, mirror, tailgate handle, black rear bumper and black side steps. Other features on the entry-level workhorse include
The interior of the Mitsubishi Triton GLS single cab might be basic by modern standards but it is functional, practical and hard-wearing — exactly the characteristics you want from a workhorse. The seats are comfortable and covered in vinyl to keep the dirt and dust at bay. Although it doesn’t have an infotainment system, it comes standard with air-conditioning and electric windows.
The new entry-level Mitsubishi Triton GL Single Cab offers fleet owners and businesses quality, reliability, durability and fuel efficiency. Considering the rising fuel prices, good fuel economy for a hard-working bakkie is of the utmost importance.
The single cab Mitsubishi Triton GL rides on 16-inch steel wheels suspended by heavy-duty above-the-axle leaf springs at the rear. At the front is a double wishbone system incorporating coil springs and a stabiliser bar for a comfortable ride laden or unladen.
According to Mitsubishi, the Triton GL single cab has a one-ton payload capacity, about 985kg to be specific which makes it ideal for the workload of a small business. It also features integrated cargo hooks to help secure loads with relative ease.
The new Mitsubishi Triton GL single cab is exclusively 4×2 with a six-speed manual gearbox. Driven by the automaker’s tried-and-tested DOHC intercooled 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, it sends power to the rear wheels, generating 100 kW and 324 Nm of peak torque which means there is plenty of power on tap.
The limited-slip differential helps to distribute power to all the wheels and maintains traction when one wheel slips. At the same time, it keeps controllable power flowing to the wheels with the most grip which also improves performance and fuel efficiency.
“In, some situations the limited slip diff will perform as good as a 4WD vehicle with open differentials.” It offers more control over power delivery, explains Jeffrey Allison, General Manager of Marketing at MMSA.
The average fuel consumption is approximately 8,0 l/100 km which is impressive for a bakkie in today’s market. This is further bolstered by a big 75-litre fuel tank to ensure economical long distance-travelling.
The Mitsubishi Triton GL single cab is perfect for anyone looking for a reliable and affordable workhorse. It comes with a 2.4L diesel engine, 6-speed manual transmission and a payload capacity of 985kg.
The price of a new Mitsubishi Triton GL single cab is R409,995*, which is R75,000 cheaper than the double cab. It includes a three-year/100,000km warranty, five-year/90,000km service plan and five-year/unlimited km roadside assistance package.
The Mitsubishi Triton GL single cab is a more versatile commercial vehicle which seems to be a direct result of MMSA’s consumer-centric approach. They listened to their consumers and acted accordingly to deliver what is certainly a no-frills workhorse.
According to Jeffrey Allison: “The launch of the Single Cab is firmly directed at the fleet and small business market and aimed to provide a cost-effective solution in the face of the steadily rising price of fuel and the recent repo rates hike.”
* Pricing is accurate as of September 2022
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Posted on 11 Aug 2022 under Mitsubishi Triton
My grandfather once refused to buy a specific bakkie because the tail lights wrapped around the corners of the load bed, and these would have been knocked out within a week on his farm.
But the days of choosing a bakkie because you are a farmer or a builder are long gone unless you are a farmer or builder.
Thing is, most of us buy bakkies because they represent the lifestyle we want. Your top-range double cab 4×4 offerings today will give you more luxury and safety than a grand sedan ten or twenty years ago, as well as a load bed and major off-road capability.
Most of these bakkies are drive driven in town most of the time and their characteristics reflect this. They accelerate and brake well, are easy to park and comfortable to drive. They have all the aircon, airbags and sound you could want.
For the sake of brevity, let’s look at the Mitsubishi Triton, the Toyota Hilux and the Isuzu D-Max, among the top DC 4×4 models. Let’s be clear: in terms of on-paper spec, there is not much between them. The Triton is the lighter of the three and its shorter wheelbase gives it a nimbler ride, but that is about it.
The Hilux has been the top seller for generations, but recently its sales have slumped. This could be partly because of supply shortages. Apart from chips and other imported components being bedevilled by global logistics, its KZN plant has suffered civil unrest and repeated flooding.
Rather than wait for the stock, buyers would choose one of the other options on the market. This has become easier as the available options have become more competitive.
People now buy these bakkies using the mixture of logic and desire always used to buy passenger cars. Cost, power, speed, luxury features, safety and warranty. To that add beauty (eye of the beholder), style, standing out from the crowd – emotional or perceived values difficult to quantify.
Take the Triton. The top model Triton D/C 2.4L Xtreme 4X4 A/T starts at R748K. For that, you get the engine standard to the range, the MIVEC DOHC Intercooled Turbo Diesel with 133kW@3500rpm and 430 Nm@2500rpm with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The fuel consumption is an incredible 7.6L/100km – not bad for a full-sized 4X4.
In terms of safety and luxury features, the Triton is up there with the best of the competition with seven airbags and leather seats and the rest of it.
So it boils down to personal preference, the subjective factors that make us choose one over the other. Maybe it is the looks, the sporty grille and mean-looking headlights, or the curve where the cab meets the load bed. The handsome 18-inches or the wide range of optional extras.
Whatever it is, the Mitsubishi Triton is worth a look and a test drive when it is time to choose your next double cab.
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Posted on 12 Jul 2022 under Mitsubishi Outlander
Is the 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander a good car? Let’s find out by taking a closer look at the current model in South Africa and by exploring the new Mitsubishi Outlander which has been launched in overseas markets. We will also answer some popular questions about this modern, stylish, robust and award-winning SUV.
While the new Mitsubishi Outlander has a 135kW/245Nm 2.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the South Africa variant is slightly different.
It has a 2.4-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine delivering 123 kW @ 6,000rpm and 222 Nm @ 4,100rpm. There is also talk of launching a new plug-in hybrid variant but there is no confirmation yet whether it will be available locally.
Using Mitsubishi’s “Dynamic Shield” design style, the new Outlander looks tough as nails but without losing any curb appeal. The sleek design lines and modern finishing coupled with good ground clearance and an aggressive front grille give this SUV a muscular appearance.
On the outside, the latest Outlander has horizontal grille bars, a large six-element with LED headlights that you can’t help but admire. At the rear are jet tail fin pillars which took inspiration from the vertical tail of aeroplanes. Apart from adding to the overall look, it’s an expression of the vehicle’s powerful and nimble road performance.
Like many luxury cars today, the new Mitsubishi Outlander does come with a sunroof but only certain variants. Abroad, the Outlander Exceed and the Exceed Tourer models come standard with a sunroof.
Adding to the streamlined exterior is the plush, luxurious and feature-rich interior with great attention to detail. The four-spoke, the multi-function steering wheel is a real hit while the window switches, scroll wheels, and drive mode knob is designed with quality and function in mind.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander has auto-electric windows on all four doors and quilted leather in the top-end model. As you’d expect from a car of this calibre, the start button is in an easy-to-reach position on the dashboard and the gear lever doesn’t wiggle as it often does in many other cars.
For the price, it feels like you are getting more than you bargained for.
“With the powerful, chiselled bodywork and a premium cabin, it is totally reimagined and will be highly competitive in the mid-sized SUV class,” explained Jeffrey Allison, Mitsubishi Motors South Africa’s general manager of marketing.
While the Mitsubishi Outlander does have a third row of seats, it may be a tight fit for adults compared to the previous model. However, there is more than enough head and legroom for the driver, front passenger and those in the second row along with sufficient cargo space for groceries, school bags and other goodies.
The new Mitsubishi Outlander range offers a choice of AWD with 4×4 on demand, or front-wheel drive (FWD). This means that AWD models operate mostly as front-wheel-drive cars to save on fuel, but they can also send torque to the rear wheels when extra traction is needed.
With 4×4 on demand, drivers get the option to keep the car in constant AWD when going off-road or know you will come across difficult driving conditions such as mud, sand or snow. Speaking of snow, the Outlander’s snow mode performs exceptionally well, provided you fit good quality tyres.
The system responds quickly when remapping the throttle, transmission, and stability control responses. This makes the new Mitsubishi Outlander seem more stable and controlled despite inclement weather or rough terrain.
Not only is the new Mitsubishi Outlander a good-looking SUV but it also has a five-star safety rating from independent assessor ANCAP. With dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting curtain airbags, as well as a centre airbag and a driver’s knee airbag, it achieved the following scores:
It’s not surprising that the new Mitsubishi Outlander received such high safety ratings since all of the models in the range have eight airbags and many other standard safety features, including
The most fuel-efficient model in the Outlander range is the five-seater ES FWD. Mitsubishi claims that it uses 7.5 litres/100km on a combined cycle. It is slightly more economical than the current Mitsubishi Outlander in South Africa with 8.2 litres/100km.
For the first time since 1954, Mitsubishi was featured on the awards list, winning the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022. This award recognised the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV for its form, function and differentiation.
The all-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the automaker’s flagship model which combines the best in electrification and all-wheel control technologies. It also utilises a new-generation platform and a wide range of advanced technologies.
That’s not all as the new Outlander has also won the Japan New Car Assessment: Performance (JNCAP) Safety Award.
Considering the new look and luxurious interior with loads of safety and comfort features, the new Outlander is a worthy contender in a tough segment. While several models have already been launched in overseas markets, there is no confirmation yet of what we can expect to see in South Africa.
One thing is certain; we love this creative energy shown by Mitsubishi and will keep you posted on any developments in this space. Until then, contact our experienced sales team in Kuils River or Stellenbosch to find out more about the Mitsubishi Outlander and all the other models in our showroom.
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Posted on 24 Jun 2022 under New Mitsubishi Launches
The world of e-vehicle development is an ever-evolving space featuring the talents of some of the best and brightest engineering minds of our time, and we are very proud to reveal that Mitsubishi has been taking some major strides in this space.
In May of this year, Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Global, jointly introduced two brand-new light electric vehicles that had been developed under the banner of NMKV, a joint venture between these two automotive giants. The Mitsubishi model in question is the all-new eK X EV (pronounced ‘eK cross EV’) – a Kei vehicle that showcases the very best of the companies’ combined electrification prowess.
Kei cars are compact city runabouts that are tailored to the needs of urban commuters in busy Japanese cities. Vehicles that fall in this segment are 63 horsepower and a maximum of 3,400 millimetres of overall length. However, despite their smaller stature, EV-powered Kei vehicles like the eK X are actually somewhat sportier than their gasoline equivalents, since there is there’s no restriction on maximum torque.
In this case, the eK X actually boasts a whopping 144 pound-feet of torque, which means it’s zippy, to say the least. Additionally, this future-proof vehicle also has an impressive 180 km range, comfortable seating for four occupants, as well as a perfectly respectable amount of boot space even when all seats are full.
It’s also wonderful to drive, thanks to a very strategic design. The 20 kWh battery pack was developed using a stacking method for the cells, which are laid out under the floor of the car. The slim roof panel that was used also influences the centre of gravity of the vehicle, making it lower, which aids in efficient cornering; while the 56:44 weight distribution ratio between the front and the rear of the Kei makes ground load balance a cinch. All of this makes for a very relaxed ride.
There are currently three models of the eK X on sale in Japan, including an entry-level, Eco, and Sport.
We are loving all this innovative energy from Mitsubishi and will share more news about developments in this space as soon as it becomes available, so keep an eye out! In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with the seasoned sales personnel at our Group 1 Mitsubishi branches in Kuils River and Stellenbosch to learn more about the wonderful new, used, and demo vehicles currently on our showroom floors.
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Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has had a busy few years albeit somewhat under the radar. In addition to a few new vehicle launches, they are now expanding their local footprint by opening more Mitsubishi dealerships. This comes on the back of a highly successful 2021 with noticeable growth in sales. They saw an increase of 47.5% compared to the same period in 2019 and 71.5% more than in 2020. “Last year will be remembered as one of recovery and consolidation for the local automotive industry,” said Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA).
The addition of 6 new Mitsubishi dealerships is indicative of MMSA bucking the trend and increasing its overall market share as a result. That takes the total number of Mitsubishi dealerships to 101 with 48 sales dealers and 53 aftersales dealers across the country.
According to Nic Campbell, the general manager at MMSA, “With the introduction of the Xpander, Mitsubishi is now competing in a completely different price range and segment than before. As such, our sales volumes have been positively impacted. It also speaks to MMSA’s customer-first focus of bringing out the right product for the market at the right time, with a competitive value proposition.”
The new Mitsubishi dealerships are a continuation of the brand’s approach to the strategic placement of such facilities to capitalise further on the ever-growing popularity of the Mitsubishi brand. Steven Terblans, the general aftersales manager added:“It goes hand in hand with our targeted new model strategy and aims to continue bringing new customers into the Mitsubishi fold. A brand is only as strong as its dealer network, and Mitsubishi is fortunate enough to currently find itself on a very firm footing indeed.”
The new Mitsubishi dealerships all showcase the automaker’s refreshed corporate identity, which they introduced in South Africa in April 2021. Jeff Allison, Marketing Manager at MMSA said: “These facilities communicate our vision, purpose, values, cultures and behaviour by using images, styles, colours and themes that represent the brand. We wanted to create spaces that are attractive and inviting, allowing customers to interact with our products in environments that appeal to the senses.”
The results of the latest National Automobile Dealers’ Association dealer satisfaction index survey clearly reflect the commitment of MMSA’s dealer network. Their dealerships not only achieved gold status but they were also recognised as the most improved overall brand in 2021 (+10.6%).
According to the data, Mitsubishi’s customer service index results improved from 91.5% in 2017. Between then and the end of 2021, it jumped to 95.42%, which is well above the preset target of 93.5%. A big contributor to this incredible performance is the introduction of Mitsubishi’s ‘fix right first-time’ strategy. It seems to be one of the most crucial factors in their overall service experience.
Terblans continued by saying: “We want to ensure that the customer experience is aligned with the expectations of our loyal customer base. Expectations change and evolve, and so do we, and for this reason, we are continuously improving and embracing change. Our aim is to create lifetime customer loyalty and the only way to boost our retention rate is to provide excellent service.”
Over and above the new Mitsubishi dealerships creating some excitement around the brand, more is to come in 2022. It looks like MMSA has plans to expand or upgrade most of its existing model ranges. Among the headlines is the introduction of the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander in the second half of 2022. For more up to date news from the motoring world, please read our blog or visit the website to see the latest and greatest vehicles at Group1 Mitsubishi dealerships.
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The Mitsubishi Triton lives in the high end of the market in terms of what it offers, but its pricing has always been aggressively affordable. Now Mitsubishi has thrown down a very serious gauntlet with the GL M/T 4×2 priced R115K lower than the next trim level.
This new Triton seems to be aimed at fleet owners, SMEs and those looking for a double cab lifestyle at a very good price.
We all know features add to the price, especially in the double cab space. Mitsubishi did some careful cutting to reach this exceptional price, but the GL is by no means a box on wheels.
The most noticeable difference is the engine. While still the familiar 2.4-litre intercooled turbo-diesel, it produces 100kW and 324 Nm versus the 133 kW and 430 Nm of the more expensive models. Power is transmitted via a six-speed manual through a limited-slip differential to the rear wheels.
You get a touchscreen sound system that can be upgraded to Apple/Android connectivity, electric windows and side mirrors. You also get auto air conditioning.
The standard leather upholstery has been replaced with quite good looking dark grey fabric. There is a centre armrest with a cup holder, a four-spoke urethane steering wheel, a USB port and a 12v accessory socket. The GL rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.
On the safety side, it is also full service, with front airbags, ABS, EBD and brake override system, DRL lamp on the bumper and ISOFIX child seat anchors in the back.
Like all Triton models, the GL comes with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and a 5-year/90 000km service plan.
Priced at well under R500K, starting at only R480 995, the GL fills a very prominent gap in the demanding double cab market. If you can live with fabric upholstery and rear-wheel drive only, the GL offers you the ride and build quality of a Mitsubishi Triton at a great price. We suspect the compelling combination of price and features will attract smaller businesses and a large chunk of lifestyle buyers who up to now had to settle for less appealing options.
Why not book a test drive of the new Mitsubishi GL M/T 4×2 and see if this brand new package hits your motoring sweet spot?
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