At the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, Mitsubishi unveiled its 2008 Lancer. The new Lancer means that a new Evo can't be far behind. Instead of playing coy, Mitsubishi showed a concept dubbed the Prototype-X, the beta version of the Evo X.
Based on the Lancer, the Prototype-X is a look at the next-generation Evo, which will be available in early 2008. The new Evo will use a turbocharged version of the Lancer's 2-liter four-cylinder engine. Mitsubishi also has developed a new all-wheel-drive system, dubbed Super All Wheel Control, for the Prototype-X.
Unlike previous Evos, the Evo X will offer cabin luxuries, such as a premium stereo system by Rockford Fosgate, navigation, Bluetooth, and a hard drive for music storage. An automated manual transmission, similar to Audi's Direct Shift Gearbox, also will be available.
For 2008, the Lancer gets a completely redesigned platform, lengthening the wheelbase but shortening the overall length. The car's 2-liter variable valve-timed four-cylinder engine puts out 152 horsepower, although that's reduced to 143 horsepower in California in exchange for a PZEV, or partial zero emissions, rating. The car can be optioned with a continuously variable transmission instead of an automatic transmission.
The Lancer's highest trim level, the GS, comes standard with voice-command Bluetooth phone integration, and has an optional technology pack that includes navigation and an in-dash hard drive for storing music. As with other Mitsubishis, the Lancer gets a rowdy Rockford Fosgate stereo system.