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Mitsubishi teams up with Liftmaster, Chamberlain to make your garage door smarter

New myQ technology turns your vehicles infotainment system into a garage door opener.

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The My Mitsubishi Connect platform has a new component that removes the garage door opener from your car's visor, cup holder, or anywhere else you may have it stashed in your car. The new myQ Connected Garage dynamic technology platform was developed by Chamberlain Group. It allows access to garage door functionality from within an infotainment screen.

The technology will debut on the 2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, which was recently refreshed for the new model year. Users will be able to access myQ via the car's 8-inch infotainment touch screen, located at the center of the dashboard. The technology will also be available to 2018-2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross owners, through the My Mitsubishi Connect app.

2022 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross with myQ

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"Today, drivers are limited by the ability to only open and close the garage door when they are within line of sight of the door," said James Trainor, Vice President General Manager of Automotive for Chamberlain Group. Chamberlain Group is the parent company of the Chamberlain and LiftMaster garage door opener brands and myQ connected technology.

"We are thrilled to partner with Mitsubishi Motors to help enhance the driver experience when it comes to garage control. myQ Smart Vehicle Access allows Mitsubishi to integrate smart garage control capabilities within the car's in-dash touchscreen, allowing drivers to safely control, secure and monitor their garage door from wherever they are on their journey. With myQ Connected Garage, they can stay connected to home and know that their garage is secure."

According to Bryan Arnett, Director of Digital Product Strategy for Mitsubishi Motors Research and Development Americas, customers have indicated that controlling their garage door through the infotainment system is one of the most highly desired in-dash features.

To get in-dash garage control, go to your My Mitsubishi Connect app and on the "Services" page, select "myQ Connected Garage." Here you will be able to see if you have a myQ smart garage door opener. If you do not have one, you can select "Add a Hub" within the app to purchase a myQ Smart Garageā„¢ Hub, a quick and easy way to add myQ to an existing garage door opener.

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The 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will be unveiled in February.

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The redesigned 2022 Mitsubishi Outlander will fully break cover in a few weeks. Ahead of that, the automaker has published new video showing the SUV undergoing final tuning and testing in a variety of landscapes.

For the 2022 model year, the Outlander is getting a complete revision marking the beginning of the fourth generation of the vehicle. The third-gen Outlander debuted in 2012 and was updated in 2015 and 2018.

Expect the Outlander to be offered with available all-wheel drive when it arrives on dealer lots later this year. The final calibrations the company is testing currently were developed specifically for severe weather and road conditions.

Mitsubishi promises that the new Outlander will be bigger than its predecessor. It will also feature looks that make it bolder including high-riding daytime running lights that look like eyebrows on the front of the car, headlights that emphasize the width of the auto, and a more upright grille. These looks are similar to what Mitsubishi's Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance partner Nissan has introduced on its 2021 Rogue and 2022 Ariya.

Mitsubishi says that the SUV's all-wheel drive technology is helped along by the company's years of experience competing in the deserts of Dakar and the world's rally circuits. It builds on the heritage of the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero. The company relays that the new Outlander will "deliver the highest level of maneuverability and superb driving performance."

"We took everything we know about on- and off-road driving from the rally experiences to apply the latest Super All-Wheel Control technology in our newly developed platform," said Kentaro Honda, segment chief vehicle engineer for the Outlander. "We also specifically developed a new drive mode selector to provide confident driving at all times and in all weather conditions. We hope that many customers will have great experiences with the enhanced driving performance of the all-new Outlander."

2022 Mitsubishi Outlander

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Buick has redesigned their flagship Enclave model for the 2022 model year.

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A more aggressive body design is on tap for the 2022 Buick Enclave. The model, which has undergone a complete redesign, was shown this week ahead of a full debut.

The body of the 2022 Enclave features piercing LED headlights with an LED light signature. Fog lights dominate the lower front fascia while the clamshell of the hood closes further down the face, presumably to enhance aerodynamics. Sculputed body panels emphasize the length and stance of the three-row SUV.

Hard plastic, which typically serves as a sensor panel for safety technology, is not shown on the grille of this model, meaning that the technology may continue to be concealed in the Buick's front emblem.

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir The 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir will ride on new wheels and have a fresh back end design.Photo courtesy of Buick

2022 Buick Enclave Avenir

Chrome accents feature heavily on the Enclave, which is shown in the top-tier Avenir trim level. The model also wears a new wheel design.

New taillight design goes further to emphasize the width of the seven-seat Enclave.

Engine and transmission information has yet to be revealed. The 2021 Enclave comes standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive is available. Buick has made the 2021 model capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds. It is expected that the 2022 model will follow in those footsteps.

Though not shown in the photos released by Buick, the Enclave is expected to have a more refined interior. It's not unreasonable to assume that they model will include the over 10-inch infotainment touch screen that made its debut in the 2021 Buick Envision, as well as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, massaging seat functionality, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It's also possible that the model will get GM's Super Cruise hands-free driving functionality, which is being expanded throughout the lineup.

Pricing for the model has yet to be announced. The 2021 Enclave is listed with a starting MSRP of $41,195 with the destination and delivery charging included and tops out just over $57,000.

The 2022 Buick Enclave will go on sale later this year.

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