Mitsubishi Motors America (MMA) on Tuesday released sketches of two all-new vehicles that will make their world debut at the 2003 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, January 6, 2003.

Mitsubishi's North American
operation will unveil production
Endeavor SUV (above) and Tarmac Spyder
(below) concept at Detroit on January 6

The Tarmac Spyder Concept was inspired by the well-received CZ-3 Tarmac sports hatch concept that appeared at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show (but was not shown in North America) but has a more aggressive look and more performance.

Mitsubishi will also show the production Endeavor, an all-new, mid-sized SUV designed and built in the USA specifically for the North American market. The Endeavor will compete against the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Nissan's new Murano crossover.

The Endeavor will have a 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine and will be available with either front or all-wheel-drive. The new Mitsubishi crossover goes on sale in March 2003 as a 2004 model.

The Endeavour is the first vehicle to be placed on sale under Mitsubishi Motors' Project America initiative, a $US1.4 billion investment to develop vehicles in North America specifically for that market.

The new SUV Endeavor was styled at Mitsubishi Motors design centre in Cypress, California, engineered at the research and development operation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and will be assembled at a plant in Normal, Illinois.

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