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Mitsubishi Motors Introduces Next-Generation 2008 Lancer

December 11, 2006 -- Cypress, Calif. -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) will introduce, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the all-new, 2008 Lancer compact sport sedan, delivering driven-to-thrill dynamics, "class-up" value, advanced safety and available cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package. The new-generation Lancer models arrive in Mitsubishi dealerships in early 2007.

The 2008 Lancer brings the bold, dynamic lines of the show-stopping Mitsubishi Concept-X to the showroom. First shown in 2005, the stunning Concept X previewed not only the next generation Mitsubishi compact sport sedan, but also a new design language to convey an unmistakable brand identity. A "shark-nosed" front end inspired by jet fighter air intakes, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut lines highlight the Lancer's exciting new design.

The 2008 Lancer is based on a new performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV. It has a longer wheelbase and wider track, but slightly shorter overall length than the previous model. All Lancer models are powered by an all-new 2.0-liter 152 hp aluminum DOHC MIVEC 4-cylinder engine (143 hp PZEV in Calif.) teamed to a 5-speed manual transmission. The new Lancer is the first Mitsubishi in North America to offer an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). When equipped with the CVT, the Lancer GTS exclusively features a 6-step Sportronic® mode using magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer will be available in three levels of trim and driving dynamics: DE, ES and the sport-tuned GTS.

Key Specifications

Wheelbase: 103.7 in

Length: 180.0 in.

Height: 58.7 in.

Width: 69.4 in.

Curb weight range: (DE w/ 5-speed) to 3,109 lbs. (GTS w/ CVT)

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing and research and development operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States. Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, a mid-size pickup truck and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 520 dealers.

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It's a huge improvement over the current, droopy model, but it has quite the angry look front and back, perhaps a tad too aggressive.

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Doesn't look all that earth shattering... Considering the state that Mitsu is in right now, I expected they would have come up with some real striking design.

I guess those Magnesium shift paddles are every rice boys dream...

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a mish mash of a lot of other brands but still its not bad. Just not stunning. Its more palatable than the silly Civic and less chunky than the very nice mazda 3. A bit of Volvo and mazda 6 and a bit reminiscent of some typical GM design. not groundbreaking. not offensive.

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I like it a[ lot, and I like how it stayed close to the Concept X, which bodes well for tho EVO X. I really like the GTS...looks mean and aggressive. Good job Mistu.

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I prefer the ES model, it looks less silly. I'm another one that sees angry Volvo in the nose.

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I'd add a little Alfa into that equation as well...

Either way, it's ugly as hell. But I'm sure it'll sell at least as much as the last generation because rice-boys aren't that bright and OLD people (The other market for the Lancer) don't really care.

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Looks mean but ugly... like as if it was the bastard

child of a Volvo C70 and a Acura TSX but it had a

few birth defects that made it disfigured. :blink:

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How anyone can find that attractive is beyond me. You guys must've taken some niiiiiice pills this morning.

What the f@#k is the deal with the Lancer and massive, ugly-ass rear bumpers? And that spoiler? The pointlessly-bulgy hood? The IS knockoff taillamps? TL knockoff groove? tC knockoff grille? Mitsubishi has no class whatsover and this proves it.

I'll look forward to seeing these pile up outside the local Mitsubishi double-wide...I mean, dealership.

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Pontiacs had more cohesive design. They may have been obnoxious, but the parts matched. Nothing matches here, especially that rear bumper, which I plain don't understand.

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Lower the stance and add some larger wheels and I'd be sweet. Of course, the EVo X will have that, so good time. I'm a little dissapointed that the headlights aren't as sharp-edges as the concept. Still, it looks pretty sweet, better than mmost compacts, including the Civic, Corolla, and Cobalt (sedan).

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I actually sort of like it.

But it's still not enough to woo me away from the Saturn Astra. Like Ted pointed out, it's missing the Concept X's stance, which really compromises the whole design.

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I actually sort of like it.

But it's still not enough to woo me away from the Saturn Astra. Like Ted pointed out, it's missing the Concept X's stance, which really compromises the whole design.

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Wait till the Evo X...that's what I'll do before I pass final judgement.

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For a compact econobox, it looks fine. It's definitely racier than Corolla, Cobalt, or Civic.

Edit: This thing's pretty huge, actually... it's longer than a 3-series!

Edited by empowah

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wow, after the concept i thought they'd have something good looking if they stayed true to it, as we all did, and they did. this easily is at the top of its class along with civic. they're both expressive and expensive looking.

EDIT: gts is positively sexy. over time though, i'm gonna get sick of it [isn't that normal?], just like the mazda3 sedan wore on me. i guess that's normal for compact cars, except i like the civic and 3 hatch even more now.

Edited by turbo200

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