Mitsubishi just announced that the prototype version of the Evolution X will make its debut at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Not to be confused with the Concept-X concept car first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2005, this is expected to be a near-production version of this hotly anticipated new Evo. The tenth edition of the Lancer Evolution may actually drop the Lancer part of its name by the time it reaches showrooms next year as a 2008 model.

Based on the same GS platform used in the Dodge Caliber, it will be a much larger sedan than the current Lancer it's replacing. With the Caliber SRT-4 packing 300 hp, the newest rally rocket from Mitsu will hopefully have at least that much running through its rumored Audi-like twin-clutch sequential 6-speed gearbox. Hopefully the rumors suggesting that it will be lighter than the current Lancer Evolution are true as well.

The Evo X will also feature a completely redesigned chassis and computer system, boasting a new all-wheel-drive system that will control braking, throttle, and suspension adjustment in real-time. Called S-AWC, or Super All Wheel control, it will work simultaneously with the Active Center Differential. The S-AWC uses Torque vectoring to send different amounts of torque to any wheel at any given time.

[Source: Channel 4]


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