Posts Tagged ‘Lancer Evolution’

Mitsubishi Teases Sporty New Hybrid SUV for Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, January 30th, 2015

Mitsubishi is on an SUV spree so far this year. We already know to expect the “return of a legend” at next month’s Chicago Auto Show – a car expected to herald a return of the Montero to the US. Now, the Japanese automaker has given us this preview of a new hybrid SUV model coming to Geneva:

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV geneva preview

Look familiar? It should – the teaser image of the grille is highly reminiscent of the XR-PHEV Concept we first saw over a year ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Fittingly, we’re expecting to see a production-ready evolution of the year-old Mitsubishi XR-PHEV SUV (pictured below) in Geneva, or at the very least a prototype.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV Concept

You may remember that we’d already re-looked at the Mitsubishi XR-PHEV concept when we covered the return of the Montero last week. However, we didn’t really discuss what our original thoughts were when the concept first hit the showroom back in 2013. At the time, we projected that the XR-PHEV previewed a new Mitsubishi Outlander.

Today, we got a second teaser for the hybrid SUV that will take a bow in Geneva.

Mitsubishi XR-PHEV sport hybrid preview 2

With this second teaser, we now have both front and profile views of the car, with a few noteworthy visual features that Mitsubishi clearly wants us to notice.

First, the blue LED headlights probably won’t be blue in real-life, but the slanted design definitely will, along with the horizontal grille with X-shaped chrome accents. We also notice the swooping silhouette of the new crossover, complete with the X-shaped taillights that outline the rear of the vehicle. You can also make out massive lips around the wheel wells, and a striking body line extending from the back of the front wheel to the tip of the taillights.

Interestingly enough, there’s a slight chance that this isn’t the new Outlander or Outlander Sport -or- Outlander Plug-In Hybrid. Some sources believe that instead, Mitsubishi will be introducing us to the successor to the outgoing Lancer Evolution in Geneva. While it’s unlikely it would hold the Lancer Evo name, apparently Mitsubishi at one point claimed that IF they replaced the Lancer Evo’s slot in their lineup, it would definitely be with a sports SUV, although we’d heard it would come from a partnership with Renault-Nissan.

So, with that we have a mystery, folks. In the end, our bet’s on a new Outlander Sport hybrid which we’ve been told to expect sometime this year.  Either way, you’ll be able to prove us wrong when the 2015 Geneva Motor Show opens in March!


Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X Final Concept Revealed

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept

We’ve known for a while that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports car doesn’t have much time left on the market. Then, a month ago things got a lot more real when Mitsubishi US’ executive VP, Don Swearingen, told automotive blog Motor Trend in plain English that there will be no replacement for the model after the 2015MY. “It’s time has come and gone,” are the exact words he used.

However, just as we’d expect for a car like the Lancer Evo, the Japanese automaker is determined to see the Lancer Evolution go out in style. So, to commemorate its final year on the market, Mitsubishi is going to release a special edition model for enthusiasts and fans alike as a way of bidding adieu. Today we got our first glimpse of the special edition model, fittingly called the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Concept (shown above), which will take a bow at the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon later this week.

Not to be confused with the Tokyo Motor Show which we just wrapped up last November, the Tokyo Auto Salon is an aftermarket tuning show – similar to the USA’s SEMA show – which is the perfect place to showcase a tuned up Final Evo with a fancy bodykit like the one we see here.

Along with the image preview, Mitsubishi gave us a few interesting specs to chew on while we wait for the Evo X Final Concept to hit the floor later this week. Basically, it’ll be a Lancer Evolution GSR model with a specially tuned five-speed standard transmission and a custom version of the HKS-tuned four-cylinder 2.0L turbocharged engine. Automotive blog Motor Authority tells us to expect an astronomical 473 hp – increasing the standard Evo’s power output by almost 70%.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G

Unfortunately, there are no Mitsubishi Lancer Evo models up for auction in Japan at the time of this writing. However, there are plenty of other stellar Mitsubishis to choose from – our personal favorite of which is the Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback (formerly known as the Mitsubishi Colt).

This find is a 2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G with a pristine Pearl White paint job. Of course, this little hatchback won’t give you the same jaw-clenching performance of Mitsubishi’s upcoming Evo X Final Concept, but if you’re looking for a stable and reliable hatchback with all of the conventional amenities, then this is the perfect auction find for you.

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G interior

You’ll enjoy a fully automatic transmission, air conditioning and electric windows, and a fuel-sipping 1.0L engine paired with the lowest drag coefficient of any model in its class. Keep reading below the auction sheet to get a full translation of this great little Japanese car auction find:

2013 Mitsubishi Mirage G auction sheet

“Interior B, exterior condition B, first registered March 2013, G model, DBA emissions code, FAT, AAC, push button starter, AS & G, smoked glass windows, rear spoiler, rear wiper, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, stone chips in front windscreen, front windscreen has minor cracks, interior grime, interior grime, scratches and dimples, marks as per map”

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

Posted by Stephen On Friday, November 21st, 2014

Last week we learned about a possible new Mitsubishi Lancer successor likely to come from the Renault-Nissan alliance. Unfortunately, it’s still looking like the Lancer Evolution is indeed going to cease production after the 2015MY. So, as 2014 is a quickly drawing to a close, and the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s life along with it, we thought it be a good time to pay homage to the sports car’s incredible twenty-year production run.

Today’s Japanese car auction find is a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR. Check it out below:

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR

As you can see, the last generation Lancer Evo has a standard, but well-done design lives up to the standard set by the likes of Subaru’s BRZ. It’s got plenty of aggressive, swooping body lines, a big and bold trapezoidal grille, hood scoops like you wouldn’t believe, and of course that extra-large GSR rear spoiler that you literally can’t miss.

But, while the Evo’s exterior may look standard next to other sports cars, its performance is anything but.
Note: If you’re a US or UK reader, keep in mind that this is the Japanese version of the Lancer Evo GSR trim. You’ll want to read the specs carefully since it’s got slightly different stats than Evo GSRs from other markets.

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo auction find

For starters, under the hood you’ll find Mitsubishi’s 4B11T 2.0L inline-four-cylinder turbocharged engine that allows the Lancer Evo to surge from 0 to 62 mph in a blistering 4.7 seconds. That’s because as a 2013MY, this Lancer Evo outputs a boosted 296 hp at 6500 rpm, compared to the 276 hp output at the same rev range in the original 2007 production run. In addition, Mitsubishi integrated aluminum construction into the roof panel, rear spoiler, hood and front fenders, which greatly increases the car’s acceleration potential.

Another big perk that Mitsubishi added to the X-generation Lancer Evolution is the Six-Speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). This is a semi-automatic sequential transmission complete with magnesium shifter paddles mounted behind the steering wheel. These alone make the car incredibly fun to drive, and there’s a noticeable difference in driving dynamics between this transmission and the old Tiptronic fully-automatic transmission used in previous generations.

Here are some other performance specs you’ll enjoy in this 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR:

  • Yokohama advanced sport tires w/ Enkei high-rigidity twelve-spoke alloys
  • Brembo high-performance ventilated brakes
  • Upgraded Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) 4WD system
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo GSR interior

The interior is also flush with amenities, including:

  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Plush cloth bucket seats
  • Mitsubishi Motors Communication System – a 7-inch LCD screen with 30gb storage for on-board audio and navigation
  • Rockford Fosgate premium sound system
  • Automatic, powered windows

You’ll also enjoy Mitsubishi’s top-notch security suite, which notably includes a Standard Engine immobilizer and an extra-loud security alarm.

All in all, it’s easy to see why the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution made it through over 20 years and 10 generations of production.

Get the full translation of this Mitsubishi Lancer Evo’s auction sheet below:

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo auction sheet

“Interior A, first registered March 2013, FAT, AAC, GSR Evolution X model, 4WD, service book, CBA emissions code, original AWs, power steering, power windows, airbag, AM navigation system and digital TV, smart key, rear view reversing camera, HID lights, paddle shift, original Brembo, original Recaro seat, spare key, door mirrors scratched, wheels scratched, scratches and dents, marks as per map”