Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
April 26, 2007 -- Cypress, California -- Mitsubishi Motors in Japan revealed an exterior image of the production version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution high performance sedan. The image, released in conjunction with a financial results announcement, reveals the subtle exterior details of the forthcoming production model, whose styling direction was first suggested with Mitsubishi Concept X (2005 Tokyo Motor Show) and later reinforced with Mitsubishi Prototype X (2007 NAIAS).
The soon-to-market Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution represents the zenith of the Lancer badge's performance development; a rally racing story that began over 30 years ago in the deserts of the Safari Rally, later saw dominance on the WRC stage in the 1990's, and now combines the lessons from competition with high technology to bring an enthusiasts' hero to the streets.
The development concept for the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionÂ¹ specifies a "next-generation high-performance 4WD global sedan that allows all levels of driver to enjoy the car's speed and handling with ease and in safety". The new model features Mitsubishi's S-AWCÂ² traction and handling system. This advanced all-wheel-drive system integrates a superior level of drive torque distribution and braking management, making this the best handling Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution vehicle of the series. This technology when mated to the new, more rigid Lancer platform results in a Lancer Evolution that is highly responsive, offering intuitive handling and a greater degree of control in addition to outstanding vehicle attitude stability. Other examples of Mitsubishi Motors' latest automotive technology to be featured in the new model include a new lightweight, high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC3 engine with aluminum cylinder block and a 6-speed automated manual transmission that contributes to vehicle's exceptional performance while offering improved fuel economy.
Expect the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sedan will go on sale in North America in the first quarter of 2008.
1. Vehicle to still be referred to as Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in Japanese domestic market
2. Super All Wheel Control
3. Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control System: Mitsubishi Motors variable valve system
Source: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc