Mitsubishi will unveil its new Concept-X and Outlander crossover models at the Tokyo motor show on October 19.
The Mitsubishi Concept-X, a production-ready-looking ‘concept’ heralding the next generation Lancer/Evo line has a four wheel drive system called Super All Wheel Control or S-AWC, which, Mitsubishi claims, “realises cutting-edge levels of dynamic control”.
Its based on the automaker’s full-time 4WD system, as used in the current Lancer Evolution, and adds active brake control, active steering system and roll control suspension systems to create a fully integrated package.
The ring-structure frame design is said to significantly increase body stiffness, while the aluminium bonnet, boot lid, bumpers, roof and front and rear door panels reduce weight. Weight reduction, lowering the centre of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia, all contribute to better motive performance and better handling.
The suspension is MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear.
The engine is a two-litre four-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged unit coupled to a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering column.
The Outlander, due to be launched in Japan on October 17, replaces the current Airtrek/Outlander line is a fully-redesigned mid-size SUV built on a newly developed global platform and now offers buyers the choice of five or seven seats.
Japanese domestic market models have a new 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC engine with aluminium cylinder block and MIVEC variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. This comes with a new six-speed CVT autobox that, like the Lancer has steering column-mounted paddle shifters.
This new petrol engine will appear in a number of new models across the Mitsubishi range in the near future and there is also talk of the automaker offering a 2.5-litre V6-powered Outlander in some markets.
This new SUV has also added active stability control (ASC) technology to its proven electronically controlled 4WD system to fully integrate control of engine output as well as of torque and braking force at each wheel.
A new platform increases body and chassis stiffness, an aluminium roof panel lowers the centre of gravity and mono-tube shock absorbers contribute to what the maker claims are class-topping levels of handling and stability.