August 11, 2005

New Mitsubishi engines more powerful with less fuel

Tokyo, Japan – Mitsubishi Motors has developed two new engines, with increased power and better fuel consumption than their predecessors, which will be used in two new vehicles in Japan. The MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) engines use aluminum cylinder blocks.

A new 660 cc MIVEC engine will power a “minicar i”, scheduled for release in the Japanese domestic market next January, while a new Outlander SUV, due in October 2005, will use a new four-cylinder, 2.4-litre MIVEC. The three-cylinder 660 cc turbocharged engine produces 63 hp but is expected to improve fuel economy by 15 per cent over current minicar units.

The 2.4-litre will become Mitsubishi’s primary powerplant and will deliver a five per cent horsepower increase over the current 2.4-litre MIVEC engine, along with fuel economy that is five per cent better. The basic design of the new 2.4-litre was developed through the World Engine project, an alliance of Mitsubishi, the Chrysler Group and Hyundai.

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