At the Geneva show next month, Mitsubishi Motors will display the European market version of the Outlander on road SUV. Alongside it will be the Prototype-X concept which will be the basis for the next generation high performance 4wd sedan. That’s right, 4wd performance sedan means the next Evo.
Read the Mitsubishi press release after the break
Tokyo, Feburary 5, 2007 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to unveil the European market version of the Outlander on-road SUV and to display the Prototype-X concept for the next-generation high-performance 4WD sedan at the 77th Geneva International Motor Show in March. The 2007 Geneva Motor Show runs from March 6 through March 18 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex, opening to the general public on March 8.
The Outlander on-road SUV to be unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Show raises the bar on fun-to-drive and fun-to-use as a new-taste SUV. MMC’s new-age global platform, stiffer and providing superior levels of crashworthiness, a low-consumption/high-output aluminum cylinder block engine and an electronically controlled 4WD system all contribute to heart-thumping performance with feel-good response and faithful and predictable handling. These qualities are complemented by fun-to-use levels of comfort and practical utility as seen, for example, in the split tailgate. Following the Japan launch in October 2005 and North America, China launches in 2006, the European introduction at the Geneva Motor Show will see Outlander on sale in all the world’s major auto markets. To meet local market needs, the European Outlander will be offered with 2.0-liter turbodiesel and 2.2-liter diesel engines.
Outlander will be joined on the Mitsubishi stand at the Geneva Motor Show by the Prototype-X concept shown at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2007. A design study for the new Lancer Evolution due to be launched during the 2007 fiscal year, the Prototype-X embodies Mitsubishi Motors’ trademark “fun-to-drive” qualities throughout. Mechanical features distinguishing the concept include Mitsubishi’s S-AWC*1 (Super All-Wheel Control) vehicle dynamics system built around a 4WD system and a new aluminum block MIVEC*2 turbocharged engine mated to a high performance six-speed automated manual transmission.
MMC will celebrate yesterday as well in Geneva. Ninety years ago, in 1917, the Mitsubishi Model-A, Japan’s first series production car, went into production at what was then Mitsubishi Shipbuilding. To mark this anniversary Mitsubishi Motors will be showing a replica model of the Mitsubishi Model-A at the Geneva Motor Show.
MMC will hold a press briefing at the MMC stand on Tuesday March 6 at 10:30.