Most Popular Mitsubishis of the Past Decade
Although Mitsubishi initially started off as a shipping company back in 1970, it quickly established itself as a car manufacturer, producing some of the world’s most popular vehicles. The company has produced some of the best vehicles in the automobile industry. This is in spite of the myriad financial constraints that it has faced, leading to its acquisition by the Nissan-Renault group. We look at some of the most popular Mitsubishi productions of all times.
Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4 (1990-2001)
This 1990s production is arguably the best Mitsubishi ever produced. Bearing a a twin-turbo V6 engine that produced up to 320 hp, this sports car came with an all-wheel drive and a four-wheel steering. It also had an electronically controlled suspension system as well as active aerodynamics. In short, it was a true work of great engineering and this explains why a secondhand one today would cost you tens of thousands of dollars.
Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 (1988-2002)
The Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 was quite popular during its early stages of production because it was a performance oriented mid-size sedan that could cover 60 mph in 6.5seconds. It spotted a twin-turbocharged 2.0L V6 engine producing up to 237hp.
Mitsubishi Starion (1982-1989)
Even though the Mitsubishi Starion was quite short-lived, it still goes down in history as the first Japanese production vehicle with computer controlled turbocharging and fuel injection. That said, its most popular feature was the 2.6L turbo four engine that generated up to 197hp with a torque of 234 lb-ft. The Starion performed particularly well in the overseas market considering that it had to compete with giants such as the Toyota Supra and Mazda RX-7.
Mitsubishi Diamante (1990-1995)
The first generation Diamante was Mitsubishi’s premium full-size sedan at a time when sedans had gained high popularity in Japan. It featured a 3.0L V6 engine that delivered 202 hp, all-wheel drive and active suspension for the best models. The infotainment also included a CD player. Nonetheless, the Diamante was also priced quite cheaply and this was attributed to its low performance and poor drivability. Subsequent generations of this model were revamped into family cars
Mitsubishi Pajero/ Montero (1986-2006)
The Mitsubishi Pajero or Montero, depending on the market was one of the most successful SUVs in the world. During its era, SUVs were mainly considered off-roaders and this Mitsubishi model was particularly loved for its off-road abilities. Throughout its production, the Pajero featured a solid, boxy frame, powered by a range of V6 and 4-cylinder engines with the option of shifting into 4×4 mode and a locking differential. While the Montero could no longer compete with smaller, fuel conservative utility productions and had to be discontinued, the Pajero lasted on, albeit with newer better features and still remains quite popular in some overseas markets.
Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR (1973-1979)
Many baby boomers might not be familiar with the Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR but it is a highly respected vehicle and the racing fraternity considers it a legend. Powered by a 169-hp 4 cylinder engine, this 2-door sedan was a true off-roader that won the Kenyan Safari Rally and earned itself the title of King of Cars in the African market. It also won four consecutive Australian Southern Cross Rallies between 1973 and 1976.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X (2007-2016)
The Lancer Evo X is Mitsubishi’s latest model and was first introduced into the market back in 2007. It is considered one of the best Mitsubishi productions and is quite popular because of its modern features coupled with excellent on-road and off-road abilities. The Evo X is a four-wheel drive with a turbocharged 2.0L that produces 291 hp and has 300 lb-ft of torque.
Mitsubishi Eclipse (1989-2012)
Mitsubishi created the Eclipse in 1989 to replace the Starion and it had some great features. This car came in both manual and automatic transmission, although most buyers preferred the manual version. The first production was powered with a 2.0L turbo 4 engine that produced 195hp. Subsequent generation was improved to produce 210 hp turbo 4 while the 3rd generation had a V6 engine.
Mitsubishi Outlander (2001-present)
The Outlander is the only surviving model of the Mitsubishi cars that are still in production. This Mitsubishi is popular because it is budget-friendly and has some of the best modern features. For the third generation Mitsubishi Outlander, buyers have the option of choosing between the 2.4L four cylinder engine that produces 166hp and the 3.0L V6 4 cylinder engine that delivers 224hp. Mitsubishi also has the Outlander Sport which has the 2.0L and 2.4L four cylinder options as well as the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. With all these options, the Mitsubishi Outlander has something for every type of buyer.