Mitsubishi today officially revealed the Prototype-S concept that will make its debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 4 through March 16 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex.

The Prototype-S is inspired by the MMC’s sport sedan family, which includes the Lancer, the Lancer Ralliart and the Lancer Evolution. It will come as a five-door hatchback that will come to compete with the Impreza WRX STi.

2008 Mitsubishi Prototype-S
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It is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler / turbocharger engine that delivers a maximum power of 237 hp and a peak torque of 252 lbs-ft.

Press release

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to give the Prototype-S concept for a sports hatchback 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.)

Deriving from MMC’s sport sedan family, which includes the Lancer (named the Galant Fortis on the Japanese market) launched in 2007 and the Lancer Ralliart announced at the 2008 Detroit Motors Show and the Lancer Evolution (Lancer Evolution X in Japan) premiered at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, Prototype-S takes the form of a hatchback — a very popular body type in European markets.

Distinguished by the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille front fascia that marks Mitsubishi Motors new design identity and with wide-and-low proportions that leave no doubt as to the concept underlying its design, Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty even by European standards, echoing the acclaimed 2005 Concept-Sportback show car.

2008 Mitsubishi Prototype-S
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In its mechanical specification Prototype-S is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler / turbocharger engine [developing maxima of 177 kW (240 PS) and 343 Nm (35 kg-m)] mated to Mitsubishi Motors’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that marries fun-to-drive control with outstanding fuel efficiency. 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 split to different driving conditions and deliver the best balance between steering response and traction.

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2 comments:

  (797) posted on 02.4.2010

oh well they are really stocked with the large front intake, shark look front and grille.

  (858) posted on 01.4.2010

well i guess they are really competing with subaru and ford, IMO hatchback is more sporty and aggressive than the sedans. hopefully they make it into production.

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