• Jul 11, 2006
We know how long a lot of you have been waiting for any tidbit of info on the next Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. News has been slow to come by, but yesterday Dubspeed Driven scored some outstanding spy shots of what might be the EVO X. One can see a clear inspiration from the Concept-X show car that Mitsubishi rolled out at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show in the shape of the headlights and vertically flat front end.

The next Lancer Evolution will come to market as a 2008 model and be based on the same GS platform used by the Dodge Caliber. It certainly appears to be a much beefier sedan than the tiny Lancer it's replacing, although rumors suggest that it will be lighter than the current Lancer Evolution and have more than 300 horsepower under the hood.

As incredible as this car promises to be, how many think it will save Mitsubishi's slumping sales in the U.S.? One could make the argument that the EVO X is the perfect halo car, as its lineage with the Lancer will be very visible and could do wonders for increasing that car's street cred. For those that don't want EVO amounts of power, there should also be the Ralliart and OZ Rally Edition models. In fact, Dubspeed Driven's editor notes that these shots may actually be of the Ralliart model, but we'd like to keep believing they're not.
   
[Source: Dubspeed Driven via Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Caliber's platform came from Mitsubishi. I'm so glad Mitsu and DaimerChrysler finally parted ways. This car has to be a hit, for Mitsubishi's sake.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who cares? Mitsu will be gone by 2010.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Little do we know??? Caliber is based on Mitsubishi platform!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was under the impression that the Evo X was going to be based off the next gen Lancer. With that in mind, I'm betting that this is just the regular Lancer. High performance models generally debut after the base model and this is the first picture I've seen of the new Lancer/Evo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, the roofline looks more or less spot on. Its missing the spoiler, of course, and the headlights, while a simular shape, look dumbed down. It may be the Ralliart version, as the concept had much wider wheel flares. Look at the back side windows, too. The mirrors are much larger, and I am not sure if I like that or not yet. Judging from the guy inside, unless he's huge, it does seem like it will remain a somewhat smaller car, which bodes well for nimbleness.

      Give me wider wheel flares and a second tailpipe, cooler wheels, then woo! Any word of if it will have an option for a normal stick?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess you judge cars based on platform rather then, well, the car. Good luck with that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I loved the boxy shape of all the previous generation Evo's, that is what set the car apart form all the other fast cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe it is a "global" platform shared between the two. And in fact i'm not so sure that is even accurate as regards to this vehicle.
      Regardless note the huge huge huge indent for the hood scoop!
      • 8 Years Ago
      you gotta be kidding me...that looks like a redesigned mazda3, you guys are loosing that eagle eye.
      • 8 Years Ago
      why are you guys commenting about the front end, you cant see anything. those who are complaining about the platform sharing obviously dont know what a platform is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Scott, it didn't say that the Evo is "based on" the Caliber platform. The Caliber was developed by Mitsubishi. In simplistic terms, Dodge borrowed the new Lancer's platform for their small car.

      And lavardera, you have to remember that this car isn't just the Evo. As the Lancer, it's going to be Mitsubishi's most crucial family-car offering in several global markets. Family cars with no rear headroom don't sell too well.

      Anyway, I don't see how anyone can judge this design as "watered-down" considering that the headlights are all you can see of the front fascia. None of us really has any clue what it looks like. What I do approve of, though, are the aggressive low-hood/short-deck proportions. From what I can see, the side profile reeks of Lexus IS, which could be a real draw in the econocar (Lancer ES) and sport-compact (Lancer Ralliart) segments.

      In any case, I sincerely hope this turns out to be a competitive product. The Evo is a given, but a truly competitive Lancer could be Mitsubishi's turnaround product.