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Buying new car, so long delivery time? Not at Mitsubishi

November 25, 2022

Months of waiting

Waiting months for a new car? This is more than normal these days. With Mitsubishi, it’s a different story. You can buy and drive a Mitsubishi right away, about which more later. There are even brands where you have to wait up to a year and a half for your new acquisition. With Ferrari, it is often even a two-year wait, although this is mainly due to the brand’s exclusivity, limited production capacity and high demand for models with a prancing horse.

Buy a car and drive it right away? Can be done at Mitsubishi

Yet long delivery times are the rule rather than the exception for volume brands with yet significantly larger production capacities. Not fun, but unfortunately a manufacturer can’t do too much about it either. All products with computer chips suffer from a global shortage of them. If demand remains unchanged, it is difficult for a company to catch up. Remarkably, Mitsubishi Motors seems to be one of the few automakers to have its affairs in order. To buy is actually to drive immediately, how does the Japanese automaker manage to do that?

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV

That has mostly to do with inventory management. Mitsubishi Motors has stocked up in a timely manner, particularly of the new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV. Thus, it is possible to drive away immediately in this plug-in hybrid SUV coupe, provided you buy one from stock. Fortunately, there is a variety of designs in different colors to choose from in stock. Just check out and you’ll see immediately what’s available. You also see immediately which dealer the car is at.

Buy new platform for Mitsubishi is a new platform from Mitsubishi Netherlands that features cars available directly from stock. These “Direct Drive” labeled models will be added to this online platform by all the various Mitsubishi dealers. The consumer thus has a nice overview of where which models can now be found. For now, only Eclipse Cross PHEVs are on the online platform, but the Mitsubishi ASX will soon be added.

Is the Eclipse Cross PHEV a good car?

Is that Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross PHEV even a good choice? In our extensive Eclipse Cross PHEV car test, you’ve already read about it in detail. In any case, what you need to know is that the car rides comfortably, feels solid and gives confidence when cornering. The suspension also has pleasant damping. Spacious is the Mitsubishi, too, although the rear seat has somewhat short seats.

The Eclipse Cross is a plug-in hybrid. Thanks to a 13.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, the car can drive about 45 kilometers electrically, on paper. In practice, it is 30 to 40 kilometers, depending on driving behavior, outside temperature and other variables. Remarkably, this PHEV can tow 1,500 kilograms braked.

Below the line, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Plug-in Hybrid is a distinct, comfortable SUV. But it is a car with a manual. Charging the battery is crucial to getting the most out of the powertrain. As much electric driving as possible is the advice, because only then is extremely economical driving possible. So that driving can possibly be done right away, with a “Direct Drive” copy.