• Apr 26th 2007 at 1:22PM
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Click image for high-res gallery of the new Lancer Evolution X design study

The press release Mitsubishi released today is ostensibly about the new naming scheme for the JDM Lancer, details of which can be found in paragraph 2 below. Of far greater importance, however, is the fact that the photos included with the release reveal the closest look yet at a production Evo X. They're officially described as a "design study," but we probably expect this to be a near-100% representation of the production car's appearance. There are differences between it and the Prototype X that was shown in Detroit earlier this year. These include a new grille, foglights, different mirrors, more detailed taillamps, slightly different headlamps (note the amber indicators), and new wheels. The hood from the Prototype X is carried over, as is the vent aft of the front wheel well. Like the show car, the production design study sports Brembos with red-painted calipers. Keep in mind that nothing is officially official until Mitsubishi pulls the wraps off the final production car. This is as close as we'll get until that happens, and we think it looks excellent. You can compare the Prototype X to the Lancer Evolution X via the galleries below. Now, on to the naming scheme.

Mitsubishi Galant Fortis (JDM)In Japan, the redesigned Mitsubishi Lancer has been renamed Galant Fortis. We're sure Mitsubishi has a reason for this other than the fact that Fortis in Latin means "strong, steadfast and courageous," but they don't spell one out in their press release. The release also contains news that the highly-anticipated Lancer Evolution X will indeed be called -- wait for it -- the Lancer Evolution X when it arrives in Japan. (In Europe and the US, it'll be called the Lancer Evolution.) There's also word that in Europe, a 5-door Lancer will bow in September.

So, to summarize: In Japan, it looks like the Lancer nameplate has been reserved solely for the go-fast rally-style road carver. Fine by us (like it matters) -- and just for clarification, in the US, the Lancer is still called the Lancer. The Galant name is reserved for that big sedan with the funny-looking steering wheel.

PR after the jump.

[Source: Mitsubishi]


--"GALANT FORTIS" sedan & "LANCER EVOLUTION X" high-performance 4WD sedan --

Tokyo, 26 April, 2007 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the names of two new models. The U.S.-market Lancer will be renamed "GALANT FORTIS" for the Japan domestic market. Also, Mitsubishi's rally-inspired, high-performance 4WD sedan will carry the name "LANCER EVOLUTION X"*..

The development concept for the new Galant Fortis* calls for a "new-generation global sedan with world-class levels of safety, environmental performance and comfort". Distinguishing features include: a high-rigidity platform that delivers excellent crashworthiness; a new 2-liter engine with aluminum cylinder block that delivers high power output and returns excellent fuel efficiency; exterior styling that imparts a broad stance and sporty lines; and a spacious, well appointed cabin.

* Latin for strong, steadfast, courageous.

The development concept for the all-new Lancer Evolution X specifies a "new-generation high-performance 4WD global sedan that allows all levels of driver to enjoy the car's speed and handling with ease and in safety". The new model features Mitsubishi's S-AWC** traction and handling system, that integrates the control of drive torque and braking management with the four-wheel drive system to help realize highly responsive and intuitive handling in addition to outstanding vehicle attitude stability. Other examples of Mitsubishi Motors' latest automotive technology to be featured in the new model include a new lightweight and high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC*** engine with aluminum cylinder block and a 6-speed automated manual transmission that contributes to exceptional performance with improved fuel economy. The car's performance-driven design makes the car's extreme potential clear, while cockpit design focuses the driver's attention on operating his machine.

* "X" ("Ten") stands for the tenth iteration of the Lancer Evolution released on the Japan domestic market. (In other markets the car will be called "LANCER EVOLUTION".)
** Super All Wheel Control
*** Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control System: Mitsubishi Motors variable valve system

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      "4. Why does the left and right side have different tires??"

      Only the left side is shown...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does the US market get the Fortis (which sounds like a part of your sexual organs) when the rest of the world get the EVO X which sounds cool. Like this car though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Body looks great, I want one. I'll just lose the wheels, needs to go back to gunmetal, silver just doesn't look right on it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone know the status of the Evo X coming to Canada?
      • 8 Years Ago
      they are gonna sell a bizzilion of those.
      the tuner market is gonna drop the WRX, and flock all over this.
      very nice car, very well done. hope it holds up well mechanically. (and to all the beatings the 18-36 market will give it)
      • 8 Years Ago

      The Galant Fortis is the Japanese version of the new regular Lancer.

      The Lancer Evolution X name is also specifically for Japan, because they have actually had every preceding generation.

      In the US, the base car remains Lancer, while the Evo will officially be called Lancer Evolution.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why does the left and right side have different tires??
      • 8 Years Ago
      yeah, this thing is definitely the hotness in the category. "design study"? this is the real deal. only two things stick out at me: 1. what is up with the hood seam along the front? why would they put it there and break up that surface instead of just making the hood go all the way to the grille? 2. i really wish they would have focused on keeping the front overhang short. this is the biggest thing that bugs me about a lot of cars. it detracts a lot from the stance of the car. i'm sure there are good engineering reasons for it, like engine placement, but man i love a car with a short snout. this think just ends up looking awkward in profile. i hate this about subies too. otherwise it's definitely drool-worthy. but as mitsufan said, "mmmm, sportback..." that thing was wicked.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, I'll give 'em this much...the new base Lancer is HELLUVA better looking than the outgoing model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sadly the design study is a year late - since Subie really should've been doing some studying. I agree the Mitsu looks nicer than the WRX but I'm sorry, if you think Mitsu's build quality is anywhere near Subaru, knock yourself out - but there's no comparison quality-wise. And I'll take Subaru's handling and AWD system, any day. Look at the last version of the Lancer - exterior and interior it is so cheaply assembled. Exterior it doesn't even look like the different body parts come together correctly and inside you can only hope the pieces stay together. This new one does look more solid but I wouldn't drop a dime on a Mitsubishi with the other offerings out there
      • 8 Years Ago
      #9, don't kid yourself, both the Evo/STi are souped up econoboxes, any differences in build quality are negligble at most. People aren't dropping $30K+ on these stupid-fast road going rally cars for build quality.

      Plus, from what I've seen of the interior pics of the new Lancer, it looks quite nice. Let's wait and see, shall we?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, this about nails it for me -- I'm all in. Want, the Evo, probably buy the Lancer. I want to see some other colors besides red and black, though.

      The only thing that nags at me is this:


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