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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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      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw the Concept X at MOD this year and the car did have a longer wheelbase than the current car but overall length was about the same.
      While at MOD I also heard that the car will be similarly priced to the current car, with the MR version coming in closer to the 40g price point.
      I think the dealer was softening you up for their dealer markup!
      • 8 Years Ago
      We went from crisp muscular lines to a blob of a car...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have an '06 Subie STI and love it, but I'll be in the market for either an '09 STI or EVO. I'm liking the looks of this . . .
      • 8 Years Ago
      hopefully they will have a 6 speed manual option
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think the Detroit show is a stupid place to unveil this car. Few people here will care, fewer will even notice this car at the show. Every year I go only a handfull of people are in the Mitsu exhibit and I know aot of people that haven't seen their exhibit in YEARS! L.A. would be a better choice in my view because this a popular car with the tuner set which is far bigger in L.A. than Detroit. I just think the Evo will be lost in the shuffle at the NAIAS.
      • 8 Years Ago
      front axle drive- left and right wheels powered by front differential
      rear axle drive- left and right wheels powered by rear differential
      front and rear axle drive (four wheel drive)- front and rear axle differentials powered by center differential.

      Pickups-off road drive. locking of longitudinal driveshaft together, no turning capability, not for use on pavement. Equivalent to having four wheel drive AND a locked center differential.

      BMW X5-rear drive with clutch pack drive to front axle, also seen in Nissan Skyline
      MB ML350-four wheel drive, open center differential [double pinion 50/50] to front/rear differentials
      VW Touareg-four wheel drive, double pinion center differential, with clutch pack to control lock up.
      • 8 Years Ago
      wait, wait...all-wheel drive? i thought the Evo had always been 4-wheel drive? AWD and 4WD are two different things last i recall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think this more streamlined design is a good idea, part of the appeal of the EVO/WRX is its boxy look with sports car performance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      endGame -

      At this point, AWD and 4WD have become marketing terms - there aren't really any specific definitions.

      However, generally speaking 4WD means that the front and rear outputs are locked - and the vehicle cannot be driven on pavement in this mode without causing binding. "AWD" is generally used to refer to vehicles with a center differential or other system that allows them to be driven on pavement without binding. Some of these vehicles use a viscous or clutch center differential which splits torque evenly between the front and rear, and some only power the front or rear wheels until they sense slippage.

      AWD systems with a center differential are generally less durable and more complex than systems where the front and rear outputs are locked together - which is one of the reasons that pickups still use the simpler type of 4WD. Plus, if a vehicle is only powering two of the wheels most of the time it generally returns better mileage - there have been a few studies that claimed otherwise, but these were poorly-run studies that contained many flaws.

      Also, calling a vehicle an AWD or 4WD vehicle just means that they have the *capability* to send power to all four wheels - even if they spend the majority of their time powering only the front or rear. Full-size trucks spend the vast majority of their time powering only the rear wheels, but they're still considered 4WD vehicles - and many AWD cars power only the front wheels most of the time, but they're still considered to be AWD.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Detroit Motor Show in January = NAIAS?

      I wasn't aware of a "Detroit Motor Show"