Mitsubishi today announced that the Lancer will be renamed “GALANT FORTIS” for the Japan domestic market and the Mitsubishi’s rally-inspired, high-performance 4WD sedan will carry the name “LANCER EVOLUTION X.” Galant Fortis is basically the Japanese version of the Lancer so we’re going to focus our attention on the Lancer Evolution X.
The new Lancer Evolution X study model has very minimal changes over the Prototype X including a minor change to the grille, amber indicators in the headlamp, new wheels and new fog lamps. The car will have a new lightweight and high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC engine with aluminum cylinder block and a 6-speed automated manual transmission that produces 300 horsepower. Check out the press release and images after the jump.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Study Model Gallery:
Mitsubishi Galant Fortis Gallery:
MITSUBISHI MOTORS ANNOUNCES NAMES OF TWO MODELS DUE FOR JAPAN DOMESTIC MARKET RELEASE THIS FALL
–“GALANT FORTIS” sedan & “LANCER EVOLUTION X” high-performance 4WD sedan —
Tokyo, 26 April, 2007 – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the names of two new models. The U.S.-market Lancer will be renamed “GALANT FORTIS” for the Japan domestic market. Also, Mitsubishi’s rally-inspired, high-performance 4WD sedan will carry the name “LANCER EVOLUTION X”*..
The development concept for the new Galant Fortis* calls for a “new-generation global sedan with world-class levels of safety, environmental performance and comfort”. Distinguishing features include: a high-rigidity platform that delivers excellent crashworthiness; a new 2-liter engine with aluminum cylinder block that delivers high power output and returns excellent fuel efficiency; exterior styling that imparts a broad stance and sporty lines; and a spacious, well appointed cabin.
* Latin for strong, steadfast, courageous.
The development concept for the all-new Lancer Evolution X specifies a “new-generation high-performance 4WD global sedan that allows all levels of driver to enjoy the car’s speed and handling with ease and in safety”. The new model features Mitsubishi’s S-AWC** traction and handling system, that integrates the control of drive torque and braking management with the four-wheel drive system to help realize highly responsive and intuitive handling in addition to outstanding vehicle attitude stability. Other examples of Mitsubishi Motors’ latest automotive technology to be featured in the new model include a new lightweight and high-performance 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC*** engine with aluminum cylinder block and a 6-speed automated manual transmission that contributes to exceptional performance with improved fuel economy. The car’s performance-driven design makes the car’s extreme potential clear, while cockpit design focuses the driver’s attention on operating his machine.
* “X” (“Ten”) stands for the tenth iteration of the Lancer Evolution released on the Japan domestic market. (In other markets the car will be called “LANCER EVOLUTION”.)
** Super All Wheel Control
*** Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control System: Mitsubishi Motors variable valve system