2008 Mitsubishi Prototype-S

Mitsubishi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the Prototype-S, a preview version of the Lancer hatchback version that will be created for the European market. Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty. The use of 215/45R19 tires on 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels adds to the tautly muscular and road-hugging image the styling projects.

Mitsubishi Prototype-S

Prototype-S is powered by a new 2.0-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder DOHC intercooled / turbocharged engine, developing maxima of 240 PS and 35 kg-m that will also power the Lancer Ralliart due to go on sale in North America in the summer of 2008. The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi Motors’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that gives the driver simple control of and feel-good access to the car’s exhilaratingly sporty performance.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to give the Prototype-S sport hatchback concept its global debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 4 through March 16 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex (opening to the general public on March 6). Also included in Mitsubishi Motors’ 16-model stand (13 on Press Days) are: the i MiEV (dubbed the i-EV in Europe) and the Lancer Evolution (Lancer Evolution X on the Japanese market).

The i MiEV is a new-generation electric vehicle under evaluation for export to international markets and currently undergoing fleet monitoring in Japan; Lancer Evolution is a new-generation high-performance 4WD sedan that allows all drivers to experience enjoy the highest levels of fun-to-drive performance safely and with confidence.

Making its global debut at the Geneva Show, the Prototype-S is derived from the Lancer sports sedan (Galant Fortis on the Japanese market) currently on sale in most Mitsubishi Motors markets worldwide.

Distinguished by the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille front fascia that comprise the Mitsubishi Motors new design identity, and with purposeful, wide-and-low proportions; Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty. The use of 215/45R19 tires on 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels adds to the tautly muscular and road-hugging image the styling projects.

Prototype-S uses a new 2.0-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder DOHC intercooled / turbocharged engine, developing maxima of 240 PS and 35 kg-m that will also power the Lancer Ralliart due to go on sale in North America in the summer of 2008. The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi Motors’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that gives the driver simple control of and feel-good access to the car’s exhilaratingly sporty performance.

The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi Motors’ Active Center Differential (ACD) that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to optimally tailor front / rear drive torque vectoring to different driving conditions and deliver the best balance between steering response and traction.

Prototype-S specification

 

  • Length (mm) 4,585
  • Width (mm) 1,760
  • Height (mm) 1,480
  • Wheelbase (mm) 2,635
  • F/R track (mm) 1,530/1,530
  • Occupants 5
  • Engine 2L MIVEC 4-cylinder DOHC with intercooler/turbocharger
  • Max. output 177 kW (240ps)
  • Max. toque 343 Nm (35kgm)
  • Driveline Full-time 4WD (with ACD)
  • Transmission Twin Clutch SST
  • Tires 215/45R19

5 comments:

Hatchback version of the Evo X.It’s more like subaru impreza, or competing it.

well IMO the new Prototype-S failed in to market, MMC tried to match the Prototype-S to Camry and Accord. but sadly they cant match the two cars in terms of performance and comfort.

well it really doesn’t need to dressed up, it’s already dressed up out of the box, the only thing missing is the rear diffuser.

Iam not a fan of hatchbacks, but man! did this thing change my mind in a hurry!

Is Mitsubishi already accepting the Hatchback is the way to go for ’small’ 4 door sport cars ? I see this as the Evo hatchback. I think that the Sedan format should be left to more luxury cars like the S4 or M3, in the smaller category the hatchback make perfect sense. Subaru made the right choice on this one !

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