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Mitsubishi to Move Up Market Introduction of Next-Generation Diesel

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will move up the introduction of a next-generation 2.0-liter class diesel engine to the European market. (Earlier post.)

Currently under development, the new diesel engine is to go into production at the Kyoto Powertrain Plant in early 2009, one year earlier than scheduled. Following the introduction in Europe, Mitsubishi will phase the new engine into other markets.

Being developed jointly with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the new diesel engine is a key element in Mitsubishi Motors’ efforts to lower CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions. Features contributing to the new engine’s power output and Euro-5 emissions performance include a new high-efficiency turbocharger and new higher-efficiency combustion management.

In January at the North American International Autoshow, Mitsubishi confirmed plans to develop a Tier 2 Bin 5 turbo-diesel engine for the US market to be applied in a new Lancer in 2010. The Mitsubishi turbo-diesel announced at the NAIAS for the US will be based on the next-generation 2.0-liter European engine. (Earlier post.)

The new diesel engine is positioned, alongside its electric vehicle technology, as a core element in the Mitsubishi Motors Environment Initiative Program 2010 (“EIP 2010”).

Mitsubishi Motors has been using proprietary diesel engines in its European market Pajero SUV model as well as in the Triton pickup (L200) manufactured in Thailand. In small and mid-sized cars, the company sourced engines from Volkswagen AG and DaimlerChrysler AG.

In January, Mitsubishi and PSA Peugeot Citroën signed an agreement under which Mitsubishi Motors also will be supplied with diesel engines by PSA Peugeot Citroën in a new collaborative agreement.

Under this agreement, PSA Peugeot Citroën will begin supplying Mitsubishi Motors with its 2.2-liter common-rail, direct-injection diesel engine from mid-2007. This engine will also be fitted with a PSA Peugeot Citroën patented particulate filter. Mitsubishi will use the 2.2-liter engine in a version of the new Outlander for Europe.



They have already gone to the bother of setting up this agreement with PSA to supply the HDi units, which themselves have been jointly developed with Ford, meaning that these diesels are available in Mazda, Volvo and Jaguar vehicles as well as BMW (1 series)and the mini, then, why are they bothering to develop their own. That is 8 brands right there using the same diesel engines, surely that will cut down on part costs due to lower variability, and it is not like Mitsubishi are going to do a better job themselves, not exactly cash rich these days, and these Hdi units are up there with Toyota's and VW's units in terms of power and economy so i don't get it.


More profit if they make their own engine.

They get an agreement going with another company so they can offer the equipment to their customers while they develop their own.

Unless you are a distributor, if the item has enough potential volume, it NEVER makes sense to license someone else's equipment (Less profit, boost to the other manufacturer's image).


Keep it coming Green Car Congress. Keep enticing us with all the new clean diesels we can't buy in the US market!

I applaud Mitsubishi's efforts. The more manufacturers embrace clean diesel technolongy, the higher the probability for trickle-down to the US market. Ironic that the lone (yet waning) superpower has to wait for automotive technology to trickle down.

Mitsubishi, I'll take a new Lancer GTS (in sportwagon guise, please) with your new 2.0 turbodiesel.

Stan Peterson

The CARBites established the T2B5 standards that keep diesels off American roads. GM, Ford and DCX all build and sell your "clean" (actually they are really just cleaner dirty diesels) in Europe.

They would be delighted to put those engines in their American cars but its illegal. Greenie absolutism outlaws the good in search of the better.

In this case I actually stand with the CARBites. T2B5 diesels standards require that diesels cars are just as clean as gasoline cars; that is as it should be. I'll wait another year rather than stink up US cities like EU cities now stink. But as the CARBites haven't yet got up off their asses to accept Blue Tec Ad Blue as a technology, they are threatening to screw up any Diesel meeting T2B5.


Stan , have you ever seen a modern diesel car in Europe, have you ever been to a European city?

Why are all the people on this forum from the states, and why, if there are any folks from Europe on GCC don't you put things in perspective.

Modern diesels Euro 4 and higher do not smoke, they do not stink, they do not rattle. Most if not all are even being fitted with particle filters and exhaust gases are more frquently recurculated.

The truth of the matter is engine displacement is usually half that in the states and half as much CO2 is being pumped out. Not every single person in a household owns a car either.

T2B5 is a joke, NOX output is negligeable given the amount of air there is. It was created to keep the US using lots of fuel, generating lots of tax for the government. If fuel econmy halved that is a heck of a lot less cash for the government and they get benefits from big oil anyway.

They looked at what emission criteria a modern TD was poorer at and put the bar just beyond it. Credit to the engineers and scientists for coming up with solutions such as Adblue, but this is not a green issue, but pureley political in its stance.

A city in Europe is only as polluted as a similar sized one in the US, the all american V8 is still in force and is heating up the earth just that little but quicker. Stan, I suggest you visit Zurich, it's nice this time of year.

Stan Peterson

used to go to Europe often and Paris and its burbs several times a year, on business. Then I didn't go for about 8 years. When I went back, I could smell the diesel stink.

Andrichose who posts here often is a European I believe and he vouches that the same thing applies to Italy where I haven't been recently.

Unfortunately I have never visited Zürich or Switzerland, but I'd love to go. It is the only functioning Democracy longer extant than the American Experiment. I suspect we have much in common.


More diesel choices- please!


Go ahead , keep twisting the blade, it does hurt to know that as a North American I cannot have available to buy all of the great Turbo Diesel vehicles that are available everywhere else in the free world........!!!
It is sickening to see that we have only the choice between Gas guzzler A or B ??? no other option , truly it cannot be environmental concerns since the US carmakers products are among the worst offenders on the planet and that includes the Japanese made in US or Canada, there is absolutely no way that Toyota would sale a V8 gas powered anyywhere else in the world !!!
As a consumer I will import a vehicle rather than giving another dime to the Loacl carmakers until they made available what is available in other markets.
and for the dimwit that think that Diesel stink, remember that a diesel engine that consumes 50 ,iles a gallon will pollute less than a Guzzler that consume 15 ?? SO yes I will gladly take the smell as a lesser alternative.

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