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As automakers look for ways to save fuel and reduce emissions, idle shut-off systems are becoming increasingly prevalent. Now, Mitsubishi has jumped on the bandwagon, releasing the first details on its new 4J10 1.8-liter gasoline motor which features Auto Stop and Go technology.
The engine, which also incorporates an updated version of Mitsubishi’s MiVEC variable valve timing (that combines both valve lift and duration based on engine speed as well as continuously variable valve timing – previous motors had one or the other); will be available from this month in the Japanese Domestic Market RVR crossover, plus the Galant Fortis sedan and Sportback (known as the Lancer in North America and most other markets).
In JDM configuration, the new engine will be rated at 139 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 126.9 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 revs and provides a roughly 12 percent gas mileage improvement on the Lancer and RVR. Although currently, the Auto Stop and Go system is only available on cars with manual gearboxes, Mitsubishi has been developing a version that can be used on those equipped with Continuously Variable Transmissions.
Given ever tightening fuel economy and smog requirements in other parts of the world, particularly Europe and North America, expect derivatives of this engine to appear in export markets in the near future, notably the Lancer sedan and Sportback, plus the RVR and ASX/Outlander Sport.
It was introduced way back in 2004, but the Mitsubishi Endeavor is one of those mid-size soft roaders that has simply fallen through the cracks in a saturated market. Sure, it got a facelift for 2006, but with the onset of the global recession in 2008, Mitsubishi suspended production for ’09, instead choosing to give its aging people hauler another minor revamp the following year. Here we are, on the cusp of 2011 and the Endeavor is still with us, though for how much longer remains to be seen.
The biggest news for the ’11 model year are the adoption of satellite navigation, back up camera and power sunroof as standard equipment on the up-level Endeavor SE; whereas before they were optional features. The result is an approximately $2,000 increase in the sticker price for the SE, which is available with front or all-wheel drive; the base LS is still FWD only. Both Endeavors are still powered by the 3.8- liter V6, rated at 225-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, a version of which is also found in the Eclipse sports coupe and Spyder, so aging or not, at least they’ve got some pep under the hood.
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