A Sneak Peak At Mitsubishi's Newest Sedan

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
a sneak peak at mitsubishi s newest sedan

The next Renault Samsung SM5 has debuted in Korea, giving us a preview of Mitsubishi’s next entrant in the D-segment.

Mitsubishi and Renault Samsung previously announced a deal that sees the SM5 and the Lancer-sized SM3 arriving in North America to help fill the gap left by the Galant. The C-segment SM3 will replace the Lancer.

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  • Mjz Mjz on Jan 06, 2015

    Mitsubishi has an assembly plant in Normal, Illinois. It would cost them tens of millions of dollars to shutter the facility and abandon the U.S. market. They are content to eek out a miniscule share of the market and make a small profit on that. The Mirage is described as absolutely dreadful, yet it has been more successful than they originally anticipated. No reason to think a rebadged SM5 will be any less successful.

  • Clivesl Clivesl on Jan 06, 2015

    I don't think it's tough to see why Mitsu hangs around. They cater to a growing demographic in the credit challenged. They don't seem to be spending a ton on R&D for their American products. Why not keep shoving that excess plant capacity into the American market with easy credit terms?

  • ToolGuy CXXVIII comments?!?
  • ToolGuy I did truck things with my truck this past week, twenty-odd miles from home (farther than usual). Recall that the interior bed space of my (modified) truck is 98" x 74". On the ride home yesterday the bed carried a 20 foot extension ladder (10 feet long, flagged 14 inches past the rear bumper), two other ladders, a smallish air compressor, a largish shop vac, three large bins, some materials, some scrap, and a slew of tool cases/bags. It was pretty full, is what I'm saying.The range of the Cybertruck would have been just fine. Nothing I carried had any substantial weight to it, in truck terms. The frunk would have been extremely useful (lock the tool cases there, out of the way of the Bed Stuff, away from prying eyes and grasping fingers -- you say I can charge my cordless tools there? bonus). Stainless steel plus no paint is a plus.Apparently the Cybertruck bed will be 78" long (but over 96" with the tailgate folded down) and 60-65" wide. And then Tesla promises "100 cubic feet of exterior, lockable storage — including the under-bed, frunk and sail pillars." Underbed storage requires the bed to be clear of other stuff, but bottom line everything would have fit, especially when we consider the second row of seats (tools and some materials out of the weather).Some days I was hauling mostly air on one leg of the trip. There were several store runs involved, some for 8-foot stock. One day I bummed a ride in a Roush Mustang. Three separate times other drivers tried to run into my truck (stainless steel panels, yes please). The fuel savings would be large enough for me to notice and to care.TL;DR: This truck would work for me, as a truck. Sample size = 1.
  • Art Vandelay Dodge should bring this back. They could sell it as the classic classic classic model
  • Surferjoe Still have a 2013 RDX, naturally aspirated V6, just can't get behind a 4 banger turbo.Also gloriously absent, ESS, lane departure warnings, etc.
  • ToolGuy Is it a genuine Top Hand? Oh, I forgot, I don't care. 🙂