• Sep 28, 2005


Oh, yea! We're just getting over the sweetness that was the Mitsubishi Concept Sportback, now Mitsubishi is unleasing the sedan version. It smells of Evo X, hence the name and the AWD rally-inspired specs. Even if the regular Lancer comes across 3/4 as cool as the production version of these concepts, it will be a success. This is what 'Japanese cool' should look like. Check out the press release at the jump. The Concept-X is set to debut in Tokyo this October.

MITSUBISHI Concept-X (show car)

With an exterior that carries over the full flavor of Lancer Evolution's spartan road machine image and a high quality interior with a functional layout that encourages the driver to concentrate solely on operating his machine, MITSUBISHI Concept-X points to way a new-age Evolution design that is as handsome and purposeful as it is functional.

In the mechanical components department, MITSUBISHI Concept-X mates a turbocharged aluminum cylinder block MIVEC engine to a high-performance 6-speed auto-manual transmission. Extensive use is made of aluminum in the roof, engine hood and other body panels. Chassis performance has been substantially improved with the introduction of Mitsubishi's latest 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system. The incarnation of driving pleasure, this highly advanced technical specification makes MITSUBISHI Concept-X a showcase on wheels for Mitsubishi Motors' quintessential road performance technology.

    * Design
      The team has crafted a form with lines that are purposeful and handsome; a form that symbolizes the New Mitsubishi Motors Design while retaining the spartan performance image that defines the Lancer Evolution series.
      Distinguished by its eye-catching oversized grille, the front visage borrows design cues from a jet fighter to hint broadly at the huge quantities of air it draws in and at the car's road-hugging stability. The brand-identifying 3-diamond logo on the leading edge of the engine hood is another distinguishing element of the new-age Evolution design.
      The simple and functional layout of the cockpit is put together in a design that encourages the driver to concentrate fully on operating his machine. The design team has spared no effort in developing coloring and lighting that engender a keener competition look to the interior. The black keynote interior color uses silver counterpoints to impart the material look of aluminum and create a more dynamic and athletic looking interior space.


    * Powertrain
      MITSUBISHI Concept-X is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine that delivers instant response at all engine speeds with flat torque that keeps pulling up to the red line. MITSUBISHI Concept-X uses a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual transmission that realizes slicker shifting and higher transmission efficiency than a regular manual gearbox. Paddle shifters mounted on the steering column allow the driver to concentrate on his steering better and enable drivers of all abilities to experience the satisfying pleasure of sport driving.


    * Body and chassis
      The ring-structure frame design realizes a significant increase in body stiffness, while the use of aluminum in the engine hood, trunk lid, fenders, roof and front and rear door panels reduces weight. Reducing weight in the roof and upper parts of the body lowers the center of gravity, while weight reduction in the doors, engine hood, trunk and other peripheral elements reduces the moment of inertia for better steerability. Weight reduction, lowering the center of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia all contribute to better motive performance and better handling.
      The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Working in concert with Mitsubishi Motors' "Roll Control Suspension" technology, this design delivers very high levels of ride and road holding.


    * On-board Multi-Media System
      The On-Board Multi-Media System complements the interior design in the way it encourages a dialogue between driver and machine. The high-definition LCD monitor provides a real-time display of vehicle and S-AWC operating status while also displaying on-board navigation system maps and DVD audio controls. Rear seat passengers have their own LCD displays at the back of the front seats that allow them to share with the driver driving-related information and to share the fun-to-drive experience.


    * Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
      MITSUBISHI Concept-X showcases Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control technology. A further step up the evolutionary ladder of Mitsubishi Motors four-wheel drive traction and handling technology well proven in the Lancer Evolution and other series, S-AWC realizes cutting-edge levels of vehicle dynamics control. Based on Mitsubishi's full-time 4WD system, as used in Lancer Evolution, that is built around ACD3 and Super AYC4 component technologies, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to realize a fully integrated system.

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Thanks to Gnusmas for the images above. You can check out more Concept-X pics at Response.jp.



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      • 9 Years Ago
      Exterior kinda looks like a souped up TSX/TL, not bad sedans to benchmark. I think Mitsu needs something below the Lancer though. I'm 21 and most of my friends who are in the market for a new car like Mitsu's image, but the price is still a bit high. Something that looks even a bit as nice as this but is priced like a Scion would be excellent.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Interesting design, but personally like more comfortable seats. They should make Alfa styled seats. Good job Mitsu!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Scott: "iQuack, ALL rally cars have large spoilers. If you don't like rally-bred cars, then this car is not for you. It's as simple as that." I didn't think that rally cars reached sustained speeds of 125 MPH in which case the spoiler would be useless (a major auto magazine tested cars with and without spoilers and concluded that at speeds under 125 mph, they were useless). So, if ALL rally cars have those dumb things, there's something both ugly and stupid going on.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I about fell out of my chair when I saw that! Otherwise, this is an awesome concept!
      • 9 Years Ago
      FINALLY, welcome back 1980! Whoo whoo! Thats one mean ass machine baby.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Naaauuuuice....hopefully they won't snatch away the good features for the production model. Then too the more it stays nice like that the more it'll remain a Euro car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Those seats don't look like they'd be comfortable for more than a 30 minute ride though. No size to the center console either, no way to store anything. Guessing that would change on a production version.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Uh, here we go again with a new NEON lookalike. Nose of an Audi, body of the Neon.... not too original, but looks a heck of alot better than the last "boy racer". Interior is good. K
      • 9 Years Ago
      Still looking good. It's like a pissed off TL (good thing)...and not FWD only, which is the most important bit! Mitsubishi may survive after all. I just hope they eliminate or tone down the clear lens "OMFG LEDs!" treatment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      the hood will be revised and the lights all around will be rewoked to incandesants. i tink the center vent will go away in the hood. the lights will be understated and rounded. the line in the doors that runs the through the handles will stay. that becoming a popular way to integrate, blend and refine those areas. wheels will also get downplayed. interior aluminum trim will be reduced to snapin plastic panels. nice looking. i hope this much remains.
      • 9 Years Ago
      i hate hating... but dont eh from look like an audi... without the chrome... but i love it... and the hatch should be cool too... i wish that there were still coach builders... sign (one that i could afford)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Campisi, you said the current EVO "comes with a sort of muted understatement"... I think most onlookers would agree with most of the car mags sentiments that "Best of all, the design leaves the current car's econobox roots far behind." The previous gens looked like a hopped up Mazda Protege... entry-level & toyish, with a "lackluster and cheap-looking interior". The look belied what the car was capable of doing, and how good it drived. While nothing too radical (except for that gorgeous front), the new look finally catches up from it's old boxy look to actually start to entice people who would never consider the old EVO because it was so pedestrian looking. Too bad it won't be offered with the Concept's 20" wheels, and Mitsu will find out how many cars they DON'T sell (like the Lexus IS350) if they only offer the paddle shifters and not a stick shift... Perhaps too, Mitsu might bring out a new engine on the production machine. As one mag puts it "powered by a 2.0-litre inline-four... at 300-horsepower, it's more than plenty to move the sedan, but frankly, including it in this concept must be the last application of the '4G 63' motor. Now pushed to its absolute limits in the current EVO IX, this is basically the same venerable unit that has powered Evolutions since the first generation arrived on the scene in 1992. For production it is expected an all-new larger displacement four-cylinder will offer yet more power, more torque via more of that sweet, sweet boost." Sounds like it might be worth waiting for :-)
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