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Mitsu Shows Lancer, Teases Evo X

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2007 Mitsubishi Prototype X

2007 Mitsubishi Prototype X

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The production Mitsubishi Lancer saw its world debut atDetroit, while the next-generation Evolution was teased, in the form of the Prototype X. Mitsubishi has invested heavily in the new platform, which will underpin the Lancer, Evolution, and Outlander and is anticipated to spawn three million vehicles.

The new Lancer is sized closely with the current model but has a completely new look, emerging with many of the styling cues that have been teased over the past couple of years on several concepts called Evo X and Concept-X. The “jet fighter” front end has an upright grille with large air intakes, and the beltline rises for a more wedgelike shape than the outgoing car.

 

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer

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The Lancer will launch in the U.S. in March with a 152-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and either a five-speed manual or CVT automatic, with magnesium alloy paddle shifters to run through ‘gears’ for sportier control on the high-end GTS model. A more powerful 2.4-liter version will be available a year from now.

 

The “international inspired” interior on the new Lancer is significantly upgraded from the rather basic look of the current car. Materials have been revamped, and the dash has a clean, horizontal swoop. Options include a 30GB hard-drive navigation system and 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate navigation system.

 

Few additional details were revealed regarding the Prototype X, which the automaker says will have a high-output, turbocharged 2.0-liter turbocharged four — this time with aluminum block replacing the iron one — along with a six-speed, clutchless automated manual transmission, along the lines of VW’s SMG unit. The big news though is a new active all-wheel drive system (S-AWC), incorporating yaw control, stability control, and an active center differential. With a new, stronger and lighter-weight suspension with forged aluminum components, the new Evo will also likely also offer “much improved” ride quality compared to the current car.

 

According to Mitsubishi, the new Evolution “will offer major gains in handling dynamics and technology while maintaining the kind of thrilling turbo engine performance that has made the model a street legend around the world.” Output for the engine hasn’t yet been finalized but Mitsubishi said it will be the most powerful Evo yet.

 

Mitsubishi also announced that it is developing a sophisticated new global generation of four-cylinder common-rail diesel engines with no more emissions than a comparable gasoline engine. The new engine line incorporates a turbocharger developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, combined with one of the most sophisticated engine management systems ever used in a diesel, and would be rolled out in 2010, with U.S. models in mind. The engines, which are likely to range from 1.8 to 2.2 liters, are designed for affordability in small cars, yet they are also likely to take on Honda’s new four-cylinder diesel.

 

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