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So here's the deal. We know Mitsubishi just held a long-lead introduction for its new Mitsubishi Lancer. Journalists were invited to sample the new car (not us, unfortunately), excluding the Ralliart and EVO models, in exchance for a promise not to publish pictures until late December and driving impressions until late January. Now, inviting a bunch of gear heads to drive the second coming from Mitsubishi and letting them loose on public roads is just asking for precious info to be leaked. And so it has to us in the form of a tip. Here's the long and short of it...
  • Wheelbase: 104 in.
  • Track, f/r: 60 in./60 in.
  • Length: 178 in.
  • Width: 71 in.
  • Height: 55 in.
  • Curb Weight: 2,800 lbs.
  • Engine: 140hp / 135ft-lbs. 2.0-liter I-4
  • Transmission: 5-speed Manual or CVT
These are most likely specs for the ES or SE model and reveal the base engine to be a 2.0-liter version of the World Engine that Mitsubishi co-developed with DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai. Also of note is the lack of an automatic transmission as an option, with only a CVT being offered to those who don't row their own boat with the optional 5-speed. Take a look at the Lancer's width, too: 71 inches. That figure dwarfs the 2006 model at 66.8 inches and nearly all of its main competitors, including the Honda Civic (69 in.) and Mazda3 (69.1). We're going to stop the speculation here for fear Mitsubishi agents have breached our perimeter and are planning a raid on the Autoblog HQ at any moment.

Thanks for the info, Kevin!


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Anything is better than the current job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      to mitsu motors stick with your newly drafted future model of the lancer cause it create a lot of good talks and feedbacks among my colleagues and friends,please dn't change your mind with the concept,your on the right track,the newly drafted future lancer tackles the taste of the future generation..
      • 8 Years Ago
      Amazing how excited people get over a shitbox sedan built by a company that threatened to uproot from the US because of low sales.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No DSG for Evo?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have corrections for some of the information initially given. Please bare in mind the following

      Horsepower : 152hp with 146tq 2.0L MIVEC I4
      Width: ~69inch
      Curb Weight: (varies on packaging) ~2922lbs

      enjoy, glad to see people like the car
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well those specs aren.t much of a surprise since it will share platform, engines and transmission with the dodge caliber trio.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Corolla? Bahahahahaaaaaaaa Pleaze....
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am a middle aged guy. This would be perfect for me, even with "only" 140HP( people get all crazy over the 140HP Civic! So, 140HP must be ok?).

      Anyhow, it is almost as wide as many mid-sized sedans, 140HP CVT should give it enough "Ooomph" to be safe on passing on Hwys, etc. MPG should be 32-34?

      2,800 lbs is about 100 lbs Less than my in-law's Suzuki SX4(Awd/FWD sub-compact), although it has 143HP, and does Not feel sluggish at all.

      Who knows? The Eclipse looked wild, but when we tested one last March, it handled like a tank in a parking lot, and was moisey, and slow with the I-4.
      Hope they have done a better job on this thing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Um they've run both those photos before. As one is a photochop and the other a concept shot of the evo x from last year.

      Anyways a civic/3 sized evo sounds just about right for me. Throw in DSG and its a party! Unless of course subie does the same thing. Then I'd be torn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 (Bert): "Amazing how excited people get over a shitbox sedan built by a company that threatened to uproot from the US because of low sales."

      Maybe because said sedan will form the basis of the next Evo, when the current Evo was already ranked by Road & Track as the 2nd most desirable sports car under $30K?

      "It was a close decision, but the Nissan 350Z won by a whisker over the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS". Or how about: "get the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and drive a 4-door that will beat the $(&* out of the Z, RX-8 and even an S2000."

      Of course, if you have more than $30K to spend on a sports car, good for you, and don't let us hold up your busy schedule. Your Ford corporate jet is ready for take off.

      http://www.roadandtrack.com/article.asp?section_id=2&article_id=4213
      http://www.roadandtrack.com/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=13057
      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/11/15/mark-fields-under-fire-for-expensive-flights-home/#comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alot of false and misleading info being thrown around here.

      If you guys want up-to-date, REAL info on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer and Ralliart model, check out this thread over at evolutionm.net

      http://forums.evolutionm.net/showthread.php?t=211157
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6...base Honda Civic comes with 140 hp. The Corolla only comes with 126 hp. The Sentra comes with 140 hp. The base Focus comes with 136 hp. The base Caliber comes with 148 hp. The base Cobalt comes with 148 hp. A base VW Rabbit comes with 150 hp. I think thats it. So by the looks of it, its not 1992...

      Anyways, I think the only appealing thing about the car, so far, is the width. I think it will help out with interior room. Other than that, I will wait till some official pics come out and wait till a real Lancer shows up to the local Mitsu dealer to pass judgement...
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