This Thursday, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. announced introduction of two new technologies, a new engine and an enhanced version of the Auto Stop & Go technology, which will boost efficiency in the Lancer and Outlander Sport lineup by 12%.
The new engine, which dubs the 4J10 MIVEC and replaces the 4B10, will come with the next-generation variable valve timing, which will reduce piston friction and enhance combustion stability. The engine in fact combines Mitsubishis two existing valve-timing systems into one. When combined with the improved idle-stop system, the new engine delivers a 12% improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the previous engines.
Both technologies will be introduced on the Outlander Sport crossover, on the Lancer Sportback and Lancer sedan. The improvements will first become available on 1.8-L engine and only in Japan before heading overseas. It is yet unclear whether they'll reach the USA, where the company offers only 2.0- and 2.4-L engines in Lancer and Outlander Sport. Trying to meet rigorous emissions standards, Mitsubishi aims to improve the fleet's efficiency 25% by 2015.