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Photos: Mitsubishi Evo X

The Mitsubishi Evo X went on sale in Japan on October 1, and we expect it to arrive in the U.S. shortly. This car is the World Rally Car version of the Mitsubishi Lancer, a car marked by its high performance and affordability.

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Ducts in the front fenders lead up to a nice contour down the side. And, of course, the Evo X shows off a big spoiler over the trunk.
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Mitsubishi's modern design language on the Evo X includes a slant hood and a big, aggressive-looking trapezoidal grille.
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The engine uses Mitsubishi's variable valve timing and engine management system, dubbed MIVEC. The intercooled turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder engine is more powerful and efficient that previous versions.
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We can't wait to get our hand on one of these. This is the shifter that comes with the six speed SST transmission. Although it is a manual transmission, its two clutches are worked by servos and a computer, making shift times faster than a standard manual.
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The driver can choose from three different modes--Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow--in which to set the all-wheel-drive system. If the car comes with the hard-drive-based navigation and music server, this switch is moved down to the center console, with audio control buttons taking its place on the steering wheel spoke.
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Mitsubishi keeps the dashboard fairly clean, with an LCD and three dials for climate control on the center stack. This Japanese version of the car has right-hand drive.
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The front sport seats in the Evo X look comfortable and supportive, with high side bolsters. But the rear seats look cramped. Expect a lot of "shotgun" calls from your friends when taking this car out.
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We like the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, which we've seen on the regular Mitsubishi Lancer. It includes navigation and a 30GB hard drive. The maps are loaded onto the hard drive, making response time faster than with a DVD-based system. Also, you can load MP3s onto the hard drive, as well, keeping a music library in your car.

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