2005 Mitsubishi Outlander Reinforced Safety with Matched Performance Parts and AccessoriesWritten by Jenny McLane
The Outlander is built on a rigid unibody chassis and benefits from Mitsubishi's extensive experience in international rallies and raids. The Outlander benefits from such body-strengthening techniques as MASH seam welding and what Mitsubishi calls its RISE design (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution). Much of this technology was developed from company's winning efforts in Paris-Dakar raid as well as its involvement in World Rally Championship with Lance
It has four doors and a roomy cargo area that's easily accessible. Like other small crossover sport utilities, Mitsubishi Outlander offers elevated seating for better visibility.
Mitsubishi's 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 160 horsepower, matching output of Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Mitsubishi tuned Outlander's engine to deliver bulk of its torque at lower engine speeds. Mitsubishi's MIVEC electronic variable-valve setup helps engine to operate at peak power and efficiency throughout rev range.
The 2005 Mitsubishi Outlander is available in three models: LS, XLS, and Limited. All come with 160-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. Most models come standard with an automatic, but base models come with a five-speed manual. Each is available with front-wheel drive (2WD) or all-wheel drive (AWD).
The LS trim includes air conditioning; cruise control; power windows and locks; power folding rearview mirrors; a height-adjustable steering wheel; height-adjustable driver's seat; a 140-watt, four-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system. It also has an analog clock; center console with storage; two 12-volt accessory outlets; 60/40 split, folding and reclining back seat; intermittent windshield and rear window wipers, and 16-inch steel wheels. A cargo cover, floor mats, keyless entry, and roof rails come standard on AWD model and are optional on 2WD model
Jeep Performance Enhancers at Parts Train for the Jeep Gladiator Concept Car 2005Written by Jenny McLane
Why concept cars? For obvious reasons - to get a visible, tangible look at a design before production so its feel can be evaluated, possible problems can be foreseen, and, for concept cars shown to public, so reactions of non-gear heads can be judged. In testing particular ideas, concepts are best - for example, they could be a test bed for exterior and interior colors and materials, new controls and dashboard layouts, variations on packaging, etc.
Driving concept cars is a wonderful experience knowing you have driven a future car first hand. Designs that you can only see in futuristic movies become suddenly real and many are exaggerated versions of what will actually appear. The Jeep® Gladiator Concept Car features historic box side-mounted spare of past models as well as an open-air canvas top, an expandable truck bed and a stowaway rear seat cushion, has a rugged functionality only found in Jeep. The engine is a 2.8-liter diesel ideal for off-roading yet environmentally friendly, since gas mileage of diesels is better and do not pollute like those of years past.
It can presumably also be run on biodiesel, which both reduces amount of energy spent on processing and avoids toxic spills. The engine has an abundant 295 foot-pounds of torque and 163 horsepower. The short rear overhang allows a good departure angle for off-roading. There is a solid front axle, and in rear, a trailing arm system with coil-within-a-coil. There are a front winch, front and rear locking differentials, and skid plates. On driver's side, there is a cabin storage access panel, and a lockable storage box in front of rear wheel where jack is stowed.
The Gladiator looks like shape of Wranglers to come, and rumor has it that's exactly what it is: a first try at getting dimensions and shape of next-generation Wrangler, due around 2006 (partly to meet new safety standards). We've been told that Gladiator retains classic Jeep live axles, with a similar 4x4 system and length, but with more width for better stability and comfort (the Gladiator is ten inches wider, but we suspect actual increase will be half that). The suspension will be updated for additional capacity and safety, and we suspect some electronics will be thrown into mix. If Gladiator is any indication, ground clearance will also be considerably better - which will be helpful given new competition from Hummers, Porsches, and like.