• Jul 18th 2006 at 3:29PM
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Behold the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer. Most pubs that saw the test mule have been calling it the EVO X (including us), but AutoWeek's got the inside scoop. This is actually just the base Lancer, and it shows a striking resemblance to the Concept-X vehicle seen at the 2005 Tokyo show -- how cool is that? Word is that the EVO X will share a "strong family resemblance" with the base model, which will hopefully make the manic sedan a little more stealthy than the current model, and also raise the cool quotient of the base model.

The Lancer will ride on the Dodge Caliber/Jeep Compass/Patriot platform, believe it or not, and will debut in spring of '07 as a 2008 model. The Ralliart is up after that and will feature a turbo motor and all-wheel drive. Finally, in late '07 or early '08, the EVO X will crash the party with a 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder. Dee-lish.

[Source: AutoWeek]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi sucks! How dare they rely on awful American engineering for their next Evo! In this one cowardly act, Mitsubishi has lowered itself to the level of Ferrari, which uses no-good American technology also.

      And don’t even get me started on the catalytic converter, vulcanized rubber, GPS navigation, etc, etc. No self-respecting Japanese or European automaker should touch American crap, ever.


      Homer Simpson: "Oh, look at me! I'm making people happy! I'm the Magical Man, from Happy Land, living in a gumdrop house on Lollipop Lane! Oh, by the way, I was being sarcastic."
      • 9 Years Ago
      Michael was referring to the Ralliart's resale value, not the Evo's. Ralliarts are dirt cheap used.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The back doors look straight from a TSX
      • 9 Years Ago
      AAaaauuugh YES!
      THIS is what I have been waiting for. I dunno if it's the stock Lancer (prolly not) or the Ralliart, but what a cool chunk of iron!

      I imagine the price is gonna get jacked up a bit, but I think this will make the Lancer competitive with a whole new breed of car.

      Can't wait to drive it!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ralliart or not, its a great looking Lancer. This is a huge improvement over current generation (at least designwise). Can't wait to see the interior pics.
      I was under the impression that the Calibur and Lancer will use a shared platform(developed together!). The way this author writes it is like Mitsubishi borrowed the platform made by DCX. Pro American eh?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "4. The Lancer and Evo already share all panels except the front fenders."

      Then it's not ALL panels IS IT? Plus the roof is made out of seperate materials. PLUS, the front facia's are TOTALLY different. So what are you getting at?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where did you pull that from niroice?

      Pre 1999 Mitsubishi were selling more Lancers in Oz then they are now. That is probably due to the fact that they sold sedans, wagons and 2 door coupe versions of them. They continued to sell very well up until 2002 when the lineup became very outdated. The newer CG Lancer was released and soon replaced in 2003 by the updated CH Lancer with the new global design. This model has sold well and constantly sells above their mainstream model, the 380 (Australia's Best Large Car, Best Fleet Car, most economical V6 in its class, lowest priced V6 in its class, safest V6 in its class, best resale value in its class, etc.). The problem with most Mitsubishi products has nothing to do with the way they look or the way they perfom, it is their lacking marketing department. If MMAL has the $$$ available to them, sure enough, they would advertise more. But, unless you are blind you'd notice their are alot more car advertisements for other manufactures compared to Mitsubishi. So, gearing up for the launch of the updated, more powerful 380, the new Lancer, the new Pajero, the new Colt, the new Outlander, the new I and the just released Triton you'll find they will increase advertising expenditure to create much needed awareness and exposure for each product accordingly.

      The reason they went to MIVEC engine in the Lancer is not only because it is more powerful it is also because it is more fuel efficient then a non-MIVEC engine and as part of the older 2.0l engine in the CG and earlier CH Lancers had become an old engine. As part of Mitsubishi's plan to have the most fuel economical vehicle in every vehicle class you'll find that they will slowly introduce MIVEC on every vehicle in their range. So no, MIVEC isn't just directed to younger people, you think that a standard COLT having a MIVEC is directed at youngsters? Perhaps a Colt Mivec Turbo is, but Mivec is just newer engine technology equivalent to Honda's VVT-I.

      The bonnet scoop may not be there just to appeal it to youngster's but to try and drag attention to the car so more motor enthusiasts look at the Evo X. If exectured successfull (going by the Concept and Spy shots they have) the car will be very very successful. Without a doubt it will make people wanting an Evo look to buying a lower spec Lancer, but it will also increase the public's perception of the whole range, despite the fact that the standard Lancer's performance is no-where-near the Evo's performance.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Well....actually this is the Ralliart model and not the base (SE) model.

      • 9 Years Ago
      "12. I'd put good money on this one being a RalliArt or similar version based on the (lack of)size of the brake caliper behind the wheel, no Brembo's there at all

      Posted at 4:06PM on Jul 11th 2006 by ruf-jason"

      I knew it!, very cool that the ralliart version will be more like the Evo than the base model.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Lancer and Evo already share all panels except the front fenders. The huge wing is what kills the stealth capability.

      The current Ralliart is already a decent performing, great handling car. Used it shouldn't retain much value, so could be a great buy (if you can find one).

      My review of the 2004 Ralliart:

      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Whats wrong with mitsubishi? why are they using american shit chassis for the Evo? If the car peformance lacks and everyone here blmaes the the car. Please go blame it on the screwed american chassis.
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