US/JAPAN: Mitsubishi to show new Lancer at Detroit

By just-auto.com editorial team | 10 November 2006

The second model on Mitsubishi's first global platform will be launched at the Detroit motor show in January.

The redesigned four-door Lancer sports sedan follows the recently redesigned Outlander SUV, versions of which will also be built for PSA brands Peugeot and Citroen.

Designed at studios in Europe and Japan, the Lancer sports sedan shares design cues with the 2005 Concept-X and Concept-Sportback show cars.

The new Lancer will be launched progressively world-wide markets starting in spring 2007 in North America.

Engine choices will range from a 1.5 litre 110 ps petrol unit in Europe through diesels (also in Europe) to a two-litre turbocharged petrol motor. A new Lancer Evolution supercar is also planned.

The multi-million dollar 'Project Global' platform will be used for several more new Mitsubishi vehicles over the next few years, designed from the outset for world markets as diverse as Japan, North America, Russia, Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Mitsubishi will also launch the 'World Engine' family of engines co-engineered with DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai.