• Nov 24, 2007
It's been generally accepted that the sales success of the first generation Subaru Impreza WRX caused Mitsubishi to rethink its policy of keeping the Evo off U.S.-bound boats. The Evolution's introduction in the States was quickly followed by the STI's, and all was right in the AWD performance segment. Not quite. Mitsubishi needs a direct competitor to the base WRX and as we've seen already, the Ralliart moniker is coming back, and it won't be limited to a couple of stickers and 15-inch O.Z. wheels.

Some European journalists were assembled by Mitsubishi this week (likely an Evo X ride and drive) and it was revealed that a five-door version of the Lancer would be made available abroad sporting a 260 hp engine and the Evolution IX's all-wheel-drive system. If this is the same setup as the Ralliart Lancer we'll be getting in the U.S., that pegs the 2008 Subaru WRX with a 36 hp deficiency, not to mention the wizardry of the last generation Evo AWD system.

Also noted in the article were three different versions of the Evolution X that our friends across the pond will get in the coming years, with models creating 295 hp, 330 hp and 360 hp. No surprise, since they've been blessed with a number of FQ-models over the course of the Evo's lifespan.

[Source: 4Car]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      is it going to have that Dual Clutch Trans?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for stickers! +20HP for me!

      People will buy it, just for the exclusive stickers....

      • 7 Years Ago
      If it's even just 220 HP with the Turbo 4 AND it's available as a 5 door with stick (and AWD of course), I will buy one as soon as they are available to replace my 03 GTI. I love the hot hatch but want something which will hopefully break a little less and have a little more room with more doors. The GTI has been surprisingly reliable, but I'm tired of replacing broken interior parts like handles, and I seem to also have a failed ABS sensor with less than 50K on the clock.
      • 7 Years Ago
      But don't get me wrong, I'm all for more choices. I know fellow car enthusiasts who prefer to buy a "base" model over a top model (and not because they cannot afford it), but because they like having something more "stripped down" that they can work on and upgrade into something personalized.
      • 7 Years Ago
      260hp doesn't seem to make sense to me, especially since this is not too far off the 295hp of the EvoX. I think they should instead make it 220-230hp like originally planned, and let tuners make the adjustments. Competing with the Impreza WRX is much more important than competing with the Mazdaspeed3, especially since the 3 doesn't appear to have as large a market as the Impreza and doesn't come with AWD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wonderful idea - i read the article - but the engine is a I4? or the eclipse 263hp V6?
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it is around $25,000 im sold. Ive been waiting for Mitsubishi's WRX fighter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Makes sense, the 5-door sounds mighty interesting too. The WRX is a bit disappointing in it's current, re-disigned state. Maybe Mitsu will take over now that Subaru dropped the ball?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. I think I´m not an Impreza fan anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sure has my interest. I happen to like the normal car except for its lack of power and refinement. This would solve enough for me to go shopping :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would love this car, though I think it'll completely kill me in insurance premiums. Hopefully pricing is good so I can buy it :D. Anyone know when its coming out? I heard its debuting in Detroit?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not holding my breath for 260hp. Do the math guys for $5 grand less you can get a basically the same car with only a 35hp deficiency. Who would be dumb enough to get an EVO X. Especially if it uses the same turbo engine (I doubt its gonna be normally aspirated.). Tuners would eat this up with a $500 chip....BOOM you've got your EVO X and probably faster. If they do this , they must have been taking advice from their buddies at Chrysler. Can anybody say Jeep Commander.
        • 7 Years Ago
        yeah, i also expected less than 260hp for this. However, there's another competitor in this segment called the mazdaspeed3, so mitsubishi likely wanted to match the mazda and beat it with AWD (which i think is a superb move).

        Chances are, this car won't be the all-out performance car that the EVO is. I expect downgraded (but still great) suspension, brakes, transmission, etc.
        Todd Manwill
        • 7 Years Ago
        CREEP COMMANDER!!
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