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Mitsubishi at the 2005 Tokyo motor show
New Outlander and next Lancer Evolution

New generation Mitsubishi Outlander

New Mitsubishi Outlander, to be launched first in Japan.

7th October 2005.

The 2005 Tokyo motor show (Public days from 22 October to 6 November) will be the venue for the world premiere of the new generation Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, besides the Concept-X sports car which is none but the the company’s design for the next generation Lancer Evolution.

Due to be launched first in Japan on October 17, the all-new Outlander SUV is a mid-sized 4x4 built off a newly developed global platform. It will be launched in the UK during the first quarter of 2007 with a 2.0litre diesel engine, followed by the 2.4 MIVEC petrol engine.

New Mitsubishi Outlander

Length 4640mm
Width 1800mm
Height 1680mm
Wheelbase 2670mm
Track F/R 1540/1540mm
Engine 4B12-type
Cylinders in-line 4-cyl
Capacity 2.4 litre 
Valvetrain 16 valves, DOHC MIVEC 
Max output 170PS 
Max torque 226Nm
Transmission INVECS III
Sports Mode-6 speed CVT

With the option of both five and seven seats, the Japanese domestic Outlander debuts a brand new powertrain and borrows heavily from technology nurtured in the Lancer Evolution series to deliver sporty on-road performance.

The new 2.4-litre 16-valve DOHC petrol engine uses an aluminium cylinder block and MIVEC variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves. On Outlander, the power unit is mated to a new Sports Mode 6-speed CVT that uses steering column-mounted paddle shifters for smooth acceleration and efficient fuel consumption.

This new engine is expected to appear in a number of new models across the Mitsubishi product range in the near future.

The aim with Outlander was to deliver top-level all-surface cruising performance. To do this Active Stability Control (ASC) technology has been added to Mitsubishi's electronically controlled 4WD system to fully integrate control of engine output as well as of torque and braking force at each wheel.


Length 4530mm
Width 1830mm
Height 1470mm
Wheelbase 2650mm
Track F/R 1565/1565
Wheels 20 x 9J 
Tyres 255/35R20

A new platform increases body and chassis stiffness, an aluminium roof panel lowers the centre of gravity and mono-tube shock absorbers all contribute to its promised good handling and stability.

Mitsubishi Concept-X debuts the company’s design for the next generation Lancer Evolution (The next generation Lancer Evolution X will be launched in the UK mid-2007).

It boasts Mitsubishi's 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control vehicle dynamics control system.

Powered by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine, the Concept-X delivers instant response with flat torque that keeps pulling up to the red line. It uses a clutchless 6-speed auto-manual transmission with paddle shifters mounted on the steering column to deliver slicker shifting and higher transmission efficiency than a regular manual gearbox.

Mitsubishi Concept-X

Mitsubishi Concept-X

Concept-X debuts the design of the next generation Lancer Evolution.

The ring-structure frame design produces a significant increase in body stiffness, while the use of aluminium in the bonnet, boot lid, bumpers, roof and front and rear door panels reduces weight.

Weight reduction, lowering the centre of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia, all contribute to better motive performance and better handling. The suspension features a MacPherson strut at the front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. Working in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors' "Roll Control Suspension" technology, Mitsubishi claims that this design delivers extraordinary levels of ride and road holding.

Concept-X showcases Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) technology. A further step up the evolutionary ladder for Mitsubishi Motors’ four-wheel drive traction and handling technology, S-AWC realises cutting-edge levels of dynamic control. Based on Mitsubishi's full-time 4WD system, as used in Lancer Evolution, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to create a fully integrated system.

Mitsubishi will show other vehicles making their debut at the Tokyo show, including the Concept D:5, the “i” Car and the electric MIEV Evolution IX.

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