Auto Express, UK: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/59..._revealed.html
It's a perfect 10 for Mitsubishi. Auto Express can exclusively reveal the Evo X ahead of its debut at October's Tokyo Motor Show. And to prepare the world for the rally bred saloon, Mitsubishi will unveil a concept version of the standard Lancer at next month's Frankfurt expo.
Designers have exposed their plans and released an official picture of the new four-door (second image). But with the ninth incarnation of the Evolution only recently launched, it's a surprise details of its successor are being revealed now.
With sleek, aggressive styling, the next-generation Lancer promises to be a genuinely attractive saloon. But the four-door will only be sold here in hot Evo X form. Cheaper variants are likely in five-door and estate guises, with all versions going on sale in the UK in mid-2007.
The thrilling newcomer promises to represent a big step forward in design and engineering quality. With the benefit of a new platform, the Evo X will deliver a more extreme driving experience than its predecessors, and sharper performance. The firm is already working on an advanced all-wheel-drive transmission which it hopes will better anything future Subaru Imprezas can offer.
Under the bonnet is a fresh 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which will be turbocharged to give a minimum of 320bhp. Flagship machines are expected to boast more than 400bhp, surpassing even the hardest-tuned editions of the Evo IX.