2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport gets a mild makeover

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Junkyard Gem: 1995 Mitsubishi Diamante Station Wagon

Chrysler sold Dodge- and Plymouth-badged Mitsubishis in the United States starting in the early 1970s, but it wasn’t until the 1983 model year that Mitsubishi sold cars under their own name on this side of the Pacific. The Diamante made its American debut for the 1992 model year, but it proved unable to steal many sales from the likes of Lexus and Infiniti and not many were sold. Sure, it was big and comfortable, but SUV and minivan sales soon squeezed most wagons out of the American marketplace. Here’s a rare ’95 station wagon, spotted in a California yard recently.

240,664 miles on the clock, which is much higher than the not-very-trashed interior might suggest. The owner or owners of this car got their money’s worth out of it.

The 6G72 3.0-liter V6 went into Chrysler minivans, Mitsubishi 3000GTs, and many members of the extended Chrysler K-Car family; production of this versatile engine continued well into our current century. This one was rated at 175 horsepower.

Technically, this isn’t a Japanese car, since the Diamante wagons were built in Australia. Rumor has it that some 5-speed Diamante wagons were sold in the United States, but I have never seen one.

1995 was the last year for the Diamante wagon in the United States, and the Camry and Accord wagons soon got the axe as well.

US-market Diamante ads went for a gauzy-focus Infiniti Q45-ish look.

Meanwhile, Japanese-market Diamante ads got roaring engines, macho voiceovers, and dramatic music.

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Mitsubishi 2017 Model Year Update

This ain’t your father’s Mitsubishi. And for those focused more on ‘economy’ than ‘Evo’, that’s probably a good thing. The Evolution is no more, Mitsubishi’s truck-tough Montero is no longer sold in the States, and the Mirage sedan and hatch serve as little more than price holders in a constricted lineup. With that, sales are up and Mitsubishi is working hard on a revamp of its entire lineup. The newest addition comes this fall in the form of a small crossover, the 2018 Eclipse Cross, pictured above.

MITSUBISHI i-MIEV: The least expensive EV available in the US market obtains an optional navigation package. The nav unit includes a seven-inch touch screen, Fuse hands-free link, USB port, rearview camera and steering wheel controls.

LANCER: The Lancer lives, albeit without the mojo intrinsic to the high-performance Evo, now discontinued. For ’17 a rear camera is standard on the small four door, along with new wheels and an optional Sun and Sound package.

MIRAGE: Mitsu’s entry-level hatch and sedan receive an aggressive refresh for 2017, with an enhanced exterior (new front fascia, hood, grille and wheels), a bump in horsepower and improved suspension. Also, two new colors are added: Wine Red and Sunrise Orange.

OUTLANDER SPORT: While awaiting an all-new Sport, Mitsubishi’s compact crossover adds automatic climate control, upgraded seat fabric and – as announced at this year’s Chicago Auto Show – a Limited Edition trim.

OUTLANDER: Mitsubishi’s large three-row crossover receives a new, entry-level All-Wheel Control 4WD system and enhanced technology.