Mitsubishi Lancer Sports Sedan to be unveiled in Frankfurt
Mitsubishi launched its most ambitious automotive project ever through the launch of its first global platform. Called the "Project Global", the project started with the unveiling of the second generation Outlander and will go on with the unveiling at Frankfurt Motor Show of the all-new 4-door Lancer Sports Sedan.
The 4-door Lancer Sports Sedan was designed at Mitsubishi Motors’ European design studio in Trebur, near Frankfurt and shares its stunning design language with the much-acclaimed Concept-Sportback (2005 IAA) and Concept-X (2005 Tokyo) concept cars.
Its low stance, long bonnet / short deck proportions, wide track, trademark “Jet Fighter” grille (with a chromed upper grille in this European market application) and distinctively deep set “eyes”, all bring a new meaning to the concept of sports sedans.
Very much in line with Mitsubishi’s inspiring “Japanese Modern” design philosophy, this theme is also evocative of Lancer’s peerless motor sports credentials covering 35 years of racing, from the original 1973 Lancer 1600 GSR winner of numerous long distance 70s rallies in Africa and Australia (East African Safari, Bandama, Southern Cross,…) to the very hot 1980 Lancer EX 2000 Turbo and today’s Lancer Evolution.
Under the hood you will get a range of engines starting with 1.5 litre petrol entry models to mid-range 1.8 litre petrol and 2.0 litre Diesel versions (availability according to markets), right up to the all-new Lancer Evolution – for the first time a member of the Lancer family.
- Entry level: 110 ps – 1.5 l DOHC MIVEC petrol
- Mid-range: 140 ps – 2.0 l Pump Jet Diesel (VAG-supplied)
- 144 ps – 1.8 l DOHC MIVEC petrol
- Upper-range: output & details to be unveiled at a later stage
- Hero: 2.0 l Turbo DOHC MIVEC petrol (Lancer Evolution / output to be unveiled later)
According to the engine, the Lancer Sport Sedan will be offered with 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual, CVT, 4-speed automatic and 6-speed automated manual.
In 2008, Mitsubishi will also offer a 5-door Lancer Sportback version.
The all-new 4-door Lancer Sports Sedan will be offered in Europe from the end of 2007.