Mitsubishi has been on a roll of late in this country with its October sales up sharply thanks to the Outlander and Outlander Sport. Now it has displayed a wild looking vehicle at the L.A. show called the “Concept XR-PHEV” that “hints at the upcoming direction of U.S. Mitsubishi cars.” The plug in hybrid electric was brought to L.A., the company said, to “reinforce the message that Mitsubishi is here to stay in the U.S. market.” Solar panels in the roof will charge the auxiliary equipment battery. The speedometer, tach and other key displays/readouts are placed along the top of the dashboard at the base of windshield to “ensure the driver keeps his or her eyes on the road …” Power comes from a 1.1-liter 3 cylinder turbocharged engine and a high efficiency electric motor for a combined 295 horsepower. The front engine, front drive concept is said to have a 53 mile cruising range.
Acura rolled out the 2016 ILX with a new powertrain featuring a 2.4-liter 201 horsepower VTEC four with 180 lb-ft of torque with an 8-speed speed dual clutch transmission for all models. Acura said that is up 51 horsepower and 40 lb-ft compared to the outgoing 2.0-liter engine. There are some minor styling changes and a new ILX A-SPEC package with 18 inch alloy wheels and trunk spoiler.
Nissan said the 2015 redesigned Murano will carry a starting price of $29,560. It also showed off the JUKE sport with some minor front and rear design changes including projector beam headlights and LED accent lamps. Super Black and Cosmic Blue are new colors.