Mitsubishi’s world-first mass-produced passenger electric vehicle - the i MiEV - set the benchmark for environmentally friendly auto engineering.
Now the automaker has developed its cleanest, most efficient internal combustion engine yet – the new Smart MIVEC* that powers the all-new 2013 Outlander.
With an expectation that, even by 2020, four out of five new cars will still have spark-ignition engines, Mitsubishi is leading a parallel attack to diminish emissions and fuel use on both fronts, EVs and conventionally-fuelled vehicles. Enter Smart MIVEC, totally redesigned to reduce CO2 emissions by up to a massive 19 percent - right now.
At the same time, says technical services manager Lloyd Robinson, this latest development of Mitsubishi’s continuously variable valve-lifting system enables Outlander to cut fuel use by up to a similar percentage.
“It achieves this through incredibly precise timing of the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valve, whatever the operating conditions happen to be.”
Smart MIVEC’s key enhancement is critical to cutting fuel use and emissions. Instead of - as previously - opening or closing a valve fully on each camshaft rotation, typically fifty times a second, it opens the valve only minutely if that’s all the engine needs to run efficiently at any particular moment. The tiny amount of energy saved each time, just a few drops of fuel a second, multiplies into a massive saving of both fuel and emissions.
Smart MIVEC results from fine-tuning well-proven technology to the nth degree. Other Outlander advances - this time helping you avoid a possible highway shunt - stem from scientific experiments begun in the 19th Century. Heinrich Hertz’ early insights eventually led to radar and paved the way for the 77 GHz (gigahertz) safer-driving devices installed behind the grille of the new Outlander VRX.
Select cruise control and one system (ACC, or adaptive cruise control) not only fulfils the usual cruise control function but also, automatically, keeps the car at your pre-selected safe distance from the vehicle in front. Another system (FCM, or forward collision mitigation) senses the risk of a possible collision, instantly primes the brakes and alerts the driver: if the driver doesn’t brake, FCM does so automatically.
Mitsubishi terms these new systems “e-assist” and they’re symbolic of Outlander’s new safety technology: for example, the "wide vision" xenon headlamps whose 1,350 lumen beams light up twice as much road as conventional HID lamps, and the bumper-height reversing camera that sends a 125 degree extreme wide-angle rear image to the 7” touch screen display (which it shares with satellite navigation).
Watch for the new Outlander arriving soon in Mitsubishi showrooms from Kaitaia to Invercargill, ready to add outstanding motoring pleasure to the lives of thousands more Kiwi drivers.