Mitsubishi will continue a push for new, mass-market offerings next January at the Detroit show with this new Lancer Sedan. Read more below.
Mitsubishi has released an official sketch of the next production model coming to the U.S. Based on the same platform as the new Outlander SUV, the new Lancer sedan you see here is the next step in Mitsubishi's "Project Global," a series of mid-size offerings sharing one platform. The Lancer will use an engines co-developed with DaimlerChrysler and Hyundai, including a diesel model in Europe and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder on our shores. That engine will most likely make its way into a performance-oriented model with a Ralliart name, while a more powerful version will be bolted into the Lancer Evolution due out for the 2008 model year.
Build and interior quality will be the main points of focus for this new sedan, and the model's success or failure will be a large factor in Mitsubishi's decision of whether or not to continue competing in the United States. A sharply styled sport wagon, previewed by the Concept-Sportback shown at the Frankfurt show last year, will be announced for Europe in the near future. Inside sources tell us that there's talk of that model coming here, although nothing has been decided. Stay tuned here at Automobilemag.com for up-to-date coverage of every upcoming auto show, including Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, and Geneva.