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.