Triton Huntaway bears its teeth

Top of the range 4WD VRX custom build to get crowds flocking at Fieldays

Mitsubishi Motors NZ has gone to town to create a rugged rural beast equipped to run wild across the roughest back country ranges.

“Starting from the top and building up, we’ve taken the leader of our Triton pack – the 4WD VRX – and essentially untamed the beast,” said Daniel Cook, general manager of vehicle sales and marketing. “If our regular Triton is tough, this is the Terminator.”

“You don’t want to miss this ‘beast in show’, so come and see us at Fieldays site J30!”

The special edition ute squares up with a robust TJM front protection bar, custom wide fenders, roof and front-mounted Narva light bars, plus a Rhino Rack Pioneer roof tray and personalised decal.

Poised for action on DTM Fuel Ripper 20” wheels shod with 35” Atturo Trail Blade M/T tyres, the Huntaway stands over 100mm above a regular Triton.

That height is achieved through front 1” spacers between the strut and chassis, 2” rear lift blocks and a 2.5” body lift.

Any rocks thrown up underneath will meet with resolute resistance in the form of a custom Huntaway undertray, while any bigger boulders can be swiftly dodged with assistance from Evolution 8 Brembo brakes up front and rear disk brakes borrowed from Pajero Sport.

Wading through water is a walk in the park with the addition of a snorkel; and for good measure, the build team has thrown on side steps and a jack rear bar, plus a Fully Equipped trade top.

Inside hasn’t been overlooked either – creature comforts include leather sport interior with Huntaway stitching.

See the Huntaway in action:

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Diamond Dealers shine at annual awards night

Popular products with wide customer appeal, backed by NZ’s best new vehicle warranty and customer care, is only part of the story behind Mitsubishi Motors’ continued year-on-year growth – that was the message reinforced at this year’s Diamond Dealer Awards, Mitsubishi’s annual black-tie event honouring the efforts and achievements of the company’s best-performing dealers.

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Mitsubishi marks up seventh consecutive year of growth

Mitsubishi Motors New Zealand (MMNZ) recorded some huge results in another impressive period of growth for the company. It closed the 2016 financial year (FY) with its biggest March in 27 years, registering 1,056 sales to take the total number of vehicles sold to 9,718 – a year-on-year increase of 18%.

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Mitsubishi Motors Names New Compact SUV: Eclipse Cross

Tokyo, February 14, 2017 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced it has chosen the name Eclipse Cross for its new compact SUV model to be debuted at the 87th Geneva International Motor Show* in Geneva, Switzerland on 7-19 March, 2017.

Eclipse derives its name from MMC’s popular specialty coupe model sold in the US from 1989, while Cross is short for crossover.

Eclipse is also a word used to describe an astronomical event. Marrying stylish coupe lines with the freedom of movement of an SUV, the beautiful, dynamic form of Eclipse Cross serves to bring about the same sense of excitement and inspiration as the diamond ring seen immediately before and after a total solar eclipse.

The high-saturation red body color newly developed for the model is also reflected in the name to evoke the brilliance of the prominence seen during the total solar eclipse.

* Le 87e Salon international de l’automobile Genève 2017. With press days on 7-8 March, the show is open to the public from 9-19 March. MMC will hold its press conference from 11:15am on 7 March, local time, at the MMC booth.

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MMC has set up a special website to provide a variety of information (in English) about its exhibits at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show:

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New ASX leads from the front

Mitsubishi has given its stylish crossover SUV a sophisticated facelift, with a dynamic shield front design that brings it in line with the rest of the brand’s SUV family – and if that’s not attractive enough, drivers can get in on the action for the special introductory price of $29,990 + ORC*.
Following hot on the heels of the new Outlander and seven-seat Pajero Sport, four updated ASX models will be an exciting addition to Mitsubishi’s new-look line-up, says head of sales and marketing strategy Daniel Cook.
“The new ASX exudes a street-smart attitude, delivering style and performance at exceptional value,” says Mr Cook. “It certainly looks the part and is packed with innovative technology for smarter, safer driving. As a compact and comfortable crossover, ASX broadens driver appeal across our range and we believe it will win over plenty of new fans.”
Available as a 2WD petrol or 4WD diesel, with XLS or VRX spec, 2017 ASX makes its biggest impact up front, where sophisticated gloss black and silver paintwork is offset with sleek chrome detailing on either side.
Standard 18” alloys add extra style; and for discerning owners for whom every detail matters, a sleek rear fin antennae replaces the standard aerial of previous models. There’s even a modern new key fob design.
In a car that looks this good, it’s good to be seen – daytime-running lights help ensure that being seen is a safe bet at any time of day.
Beauty’s not just skin deep
Inside, revised functionality and new graphics on the 6.1" touch-screen audio system promote ease of use and an improved driver experience. Bluetooth pairing is prompted to ensure safe, hands-free phone use.
The dash screen also doubles as a reversing camera for extra assistance – both in spotting smaller members of the family and when backing into or out of tight spots. In fact, when it comes to parking, ASX makes grabbing a space around town a stress-free exercise, boasting the tightest turning circle (5.3m) in its class allied with smooth power steering.
Passengers will ride in comfort too, with redesigned rear seating featuring ergonomic concave shaping, increased bolster height and bolstered corners.
Throughout, the XLS has been dressed in smart new black fabric with red highlights.
VRX delivers VIP treatment
Those opting for the VRX can enjoy the added luxury of soft, black leather upholstery, with passengers able to kick back and watch the world go by through the panoramic glass roof. The overhead view can easily be hidden away at the flick of a switch behind the electronic blind, and there’s even mood LED lighting for evening drives.
The VRX benefits from further additions for driver safety, comfort – and pride. An auto-dimming rearview mirror reduces glare for night-time driving, reverse sensors provide added assurance when backing towards stationary objects, and aluminium pedal covers add a touch of class.
For those who enjoy a carefree approach to life, keyless entry and a one touch start system does away with annoying pocket fumbling – owners can simply jump in, wind down the windows and enjoy the ride!
Common sense and plenty of attitude
All models feature an integrated system of active and passive safety features that add up to peace of mind and a five-star ANCAP safety rating (as tested on 2WD models).
Features include seven airbags (driver, driver’s knee, passenger, side and curtain), Hill Start Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Active Traction Control, Active Stability Control and Multi-mode Anti-lock Braking System.
SmartBrake is another innovative feature that comes as standard and is there ‘just in case’. If a driver unintentionally hits the accelerator as well as the brake in an emergency, SmartBrake registers that an error has been made and puts full focus on the braking system.
4WD models also feature 4WD Auto, which adjusts the vehicle’s traction system to suit road conditions, improving grip and enabling smoother turning. 4WD can also be locked for maximum traction in the stickiest of situations.
2WD XLS and VRX models come with a 2.0 L DOHC MIVEC petrol engine coupled with six-speed CVT INVECS III belt-driven transmission, delivering excellent fuel efficiency of 7.4L/100km.
4WD models feature a 2.3L intercooled turbo diesel that produces a huge 366Nm and a punchy 112kW. The six-speed automatic is designed to make the most of all that torque by matching the gears perfectly for optimum performance – delivering impressive economy of 6.0L per 100km.
The diesel option also has superior grunt when it comes to towing capacity – 1,400kg braked and 750kg unbraked, versus 1,300kg and 750kg on petrol models.
Affordable finery
Looking a million bucks doesn’t cost anywhere near that much, thanks to competitive pricing that begins at $29,990 + ORC* for the 2WD XLS.
“With New Zealand’s best new car warranty and best customer care thrown into the bargain, that’s a deal we believe is hard to go past,” says Mr Cook.   
2017 ASX is available from late October.
* On-Road Costs of $500 include WoF, registration and a full tank of fuel.

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One SUV to rule them all

The new Mitsubishi Outlander launches this month – fully equipped to reclaim its throne as New Zealand’s favourite SUV, and make drivers feel like kings and queens of the road.

Daniel Cook, Mitsubishi Motors NZ head of sales and marketing strategy, says that with seven seats as standard across the range, the new Outlander is already a step ahead of other pretenders to the crown.

“Outlander spent several years as the best-selling SUV in New Zealand; it set a standard at an exceptional level of value that led to other brands raising their game,” said Mr Cook. “We have embraced the challenge from our competitors and are confident that our new model Outlander has what it takes to be Kiwis’ No.1 once again.”    

Seven models strong, the spec starts high and gets better from there. Seven seats, 18-inch alloys and smartphone display audio (SDA) are standard from the 2WD LS through to the 4WD VRX. Even the spare wheel is a full-sized alloy – fitted under the rear of the vehicle to maximise passenger space, or storage for all the gear you need on the go.

SDA integrates up-to-the-minute, on-the-go communication with the freedom of the open road, allowing drivers to remain in full control of the wheel and their smartphones on a clear, 7-inch, dash-mounted touch screen via Apple CarPlay or Android AutoTM. When the time comes to get in or out of a tight park, the rear view camera comes online to help the driver reverse with confidence.

Improvements at the business end include a remapped six-speed CVT in all petrol models, for smoother acceleration and reduced engine noise, plus a new-generation starter motor. And that’s just the beginning.

Safe as castles

“Whether driving solo or with six passengers on board, Outlander has been carefully engineered and packed with features to ensure every journey, and everybody, is as safe and stress-free as possible – whatever the conditions on the road.”

Incorporating Mitsubishi RISE body construction, ABS, Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags, every Outlander exceeds 5 Star ANCAP safety requirements. But there’s more to the safety story.

The 2WD XLS, new to the line-up, certainly knows how to make an entrance – a very safe entrance.

As well as being equipped with an Auto High Beam function, which automatically turns on high beam if no vehicles are in front or approaching, its Lane Departure Warning technology is a first for any Mitsubishi vehicle. Its safety package also includes Forward Collision Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control systems, with radar and a camera in the top of the windscreen for improved performance and pedestrian recognition.

4WD XLS and VRX models boast yet another Mitsubishi first – Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which registers vehicles approaching from either side as a driver reverses. 4WD models further benefit from Blind Spot Warning technology, to assist lane changing in busy traffic.

Reliable power and performance

We’ve already covered a lot, but even that’s not the full story; prospective owners will have more to discover when they book in for a test drive! When it comes to power and performance, however, they can bank on the tried and trusted 2.0L (2WD) and 2.4L (4WD) MIVEC petrol engines featured in the existing Outlander range – delivering 112 kW and 193 Nm at 6.7L/100km (156 CO2 g/km), or 126 kW and 224 Nm at 7.2L/100km (167 CO2 g/km) respectively.

The diesel engine description has been updated from 2.2L to 2.3L – delivering 112 kW and 366 Nm at just 6.2L/100km (162 C02 g/km).

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