Mitsubishi mistakes worse fuel economy for "economical" with new SUV engine

Mitsubishi has just announced a 2.4-litre, 4 cylinder petrol engine as a new option for its Australian ML Triton SUV range. Joining an existing 3.2-litre common rail diesel engine option which puts out 118 kW / 158 hp of power and 347 Nm / 256 ft-lbs of torque, the new 2.4-litre petrol can offer up only 94 kW / 126 hp of power and 194 Nm / 143 ft-lbs of torque.

And get this, the existing oil burner returns 9.1 L per 100 km / 25.8 mpg while the new petrol can only manage 10.9 L per 100 km / 21.6 mpg!

To make matters worse, not only does Mitsubishi refer to the new engine as "economical" and "lively", it also says it has "class-leading economy". Compared to what? Obviously not the diesel version.

But... it's cheap.

Analysis: Don't get me wrong, there is absolutely a place in this world for entry level vehicles at low prices, but talking about how fuel efficient a model is when it is so clearly outclassed by other options in the same range just doesn't make any sense to me. Don't try to tell me how fantastic 21.6 mpg is because these days, it just isn't.

[Source: Mitsubishi]

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