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TDI
07-07-2005, 03:43 PM
<IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss//mitsuconc01.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://premium1.uploadit.org/ascariss//mitsuconc02.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>SOURCE: Mitsubishi<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Ascariss at 2:55 PM 7/8/2005</i>

The Water Is Poison
07-07-2005, 03:45 PM
That looks amazing, that rear diffuser is WOW. I can't wait to see this in metal

Tidal
07-07-2005, 03:55 PM
Is it me or does this look like a Lancer/Evo preview? The rear looks great.

Santeno
07-08-2005, 07:39 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DeadDave</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Is it me or does this look like a Lancer/Evo preview? The rear looks great.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Very true. Plus that shape lends credence to all the rumors saying the next Lancer/EVO won't be a traditional sedan, but rather some form of hatch. It would explain the diffuser.<p>-----------------------------------------------------<p>Here is a brief article found on todays Car.Kak.net:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">MITSUBISHI CONCEPT SPORTBACK TO MAKE WORLD DEBUT AT 2005 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW <p>Mitsubishi Motors has released the first sketches of its latest concept car, the Concept-Sportback. Set to make its world debut at Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback gives the first indications of the company's vision for its next generation of C-segment cars and debuts its design inspiration for a new European 5-door sports hatchback.<p>Mitsubishi Motors' future design direction is readily apparent in the concept's exterior which features a sporty wedge-like profile, sharply chiselled lines, an assertive stance born from long wheelbase / wide track proportions and a very expressive high-shouldered rear end. <p>The Mitsubishi Concept-Sportback also debuts a brand new Mitsubishi Motors-developed platform. Of strategic importance, this platform is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of derivatives and, as a result, will spawn a range of new models over the next three years from SUVs to family hatchbacks.<p>source: newspress.co.uk</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Aren't C-segment cars more along the size of the Galant than the Lancer?<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 11:31 AM 7/8/2005</i>

evomk8
07-08-2005, 08:52 AM
There is the possibility that the the Lancer EVO X will look different depending which part of the world you live in. Europe will get the hatch version (built in the Netherlands), Japan will get the traditional sedan version (built in Japan), and the U.S. may get a domestically built EVO of its own... I shudder at the thought... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/all_coholic.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>EDIT: The above is, of course, pure speculation. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by evomk8 at 12:52 PM 7/8/2005</i>

Tidal
07-08-2005, 02:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Aren't C-segment cars more along the size of the Galant than the Lancer?<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Maybe in the US, but in Europe the Galant is called a D-segment car, Like the Passat and the Mondeo, while the Lancer is a C-segment car, like the Golf or the Focus.<p>I really don't see the point of the Evo being a hatchback. I definitely see why the normal Euro-Lancer has too, but i think the Evo has been doing just fine as a sedan, investing in two ( or three ) different Evos's seems to be an unnecessary investment, especially since Mitsu really needs the money.

Santeno
07-08-2005, 02:52 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DeadDave</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Maybe in the US, but in Europe the Galant is called a D-segment car, Like the Passat and the Mondeo, while the Lancer is a C-segment car, like the Golf or the Focus.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>I don't disbelieve you, but are you positive about that? I ask because I am looking at an old article of when VW introduced the D-1 concept (that previewed the Phaeton), and VW then said that that would be a d-segment vehicle.

Tidal
07-08-2005, 05:17 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I ask because I am looking at an old article of when VW introduced the D-1 concept (that previewed the Phaeton), and VW then said that that would be a d-segment vehicle.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know, i remember reading the same thing, but it never made sense to me. In that case, the Passat ( and the Galant ), that is two segments below the Phaeton, would be a B-segment car, the Golf an A-segment, and there would be no letters in the alphabet for the Polo or the smaller Lupo.<p>I'm not 100% sure of this, but i'm pretty certain that A is for city cars ( Panda, Twingo ), B is for small cars ( Polo, Colt ), C is for medium sized cars ( Lancer, Golf ), D for family cars ( Galant, Passat ), E is for large ( E-klass, 5-series, Diamante ), and F is for luxury ( Phaeton, S-klass ). But i guess this system only works for Europe, and it's getting outdated imo.<p>EDIT: Found the explanation: it's all about VW's plattform naming. Scroll down to the bottom of the page <A HREF="http://www.autointell-news.com/european_companies/volkswagen/vw_marke/volkswagen-group.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autointell-news.com...p.htm</A>. I don't think they're using this system aymore.<p><br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by DeadDave at 11:14 AM 7/9/2005</i>

DSC-OFF
07-10-2005, 11:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><i><br>Mitsubishi is to launch a sizzling hatcback, the Concept-Sportback, at the Frankfurt Motorshow. <p>The Concept-Sportback is a 5-door hatchback which will compete against cars such as the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Atsra. <br>According to Mitsubishi distinguishing features include sporty lines, a front visage that gives prominence to the carmaker's 3-diamond logo, and body proportions that give full expression to the vehicle concept. <p>Also taking a prominent place on the display stand will be the Lancer Evolution IX that is due to appear in European showrooms during the fourth quarter of this year. <p>The European version of the model that went on sale in Japan in March this year, Lancer Evolution IX is a high-performance 4WD sports sedan that features the critically acclaimed 2-litre MIVEC engine with turbocharger/intercooler and Mitsubishi's ACD+Super AYC+Sports ABS*4 electronically controlled all-wheel control system.<br></i></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source <A HREF="http://www.wheels24.co.za/Wheels24/News/0,,1369-1372_1735199,00.html" TARGET="_blank">Wheels24</A>

Toxic
07-24-2005, 01:02 PM
I really like this design looks like a fun car to have fun with.

knihc2008
07-27-2005, 05:59 PM
saw this drawing in my CAR magazine; i think it looks absolutely and fanastically exquisite. it coudl do without the go-faster wing and diffuser and it would still look amazing. look how the lines come together in so much harmony.absolutely amazing.

iamalittlepepper
07-29-2005, 02:46 AM
how would this related to the Nessie concept?

cheongyei
08-09-2005, 01:28 PM
What a marvelous effort. Really stunning in almost every detail.<p>Only one thing wrong, rear three-diamond logo sits too high, should be a little lower.

bigbuckst
08-09-2005, 01:50 PM
This is what Mitsu needs to build to be saved. What a stunning concept. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/banana.gif" BORDER="0"> I would love to holla back at this car

Gian86
08-11-2005, 02:25 AM
Only one official pic here:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/12426.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Source: Autoweek.nl<p>It will be the next gen evo X, same to lancer sedan.

bm88
08-11-2005, 05:07 AM
First Mitsubishi in a while that I can actually say "wow" about.

evomk8
08-11-2005, 06:30 AM
Has anyone noticed that the C-pillar is quite a bit further inwards than the A and B-pillars? I wonder how shoulder space is... Then again the production version might not have that feature...

Monkey
08-11-2005, 08:05 AM
So is this the Mitsu based off the joint plaform from DCX which spawns the Caliber/Patriot/Compass?

Ascariss
08-11-2005, 08:27 AM
Huh doesn't look that bad, front reminds me of the older galant. Looking forward to more pictures though.

evomk8
08-11-2005, 09:46 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So is this the Mitsu based off the joint plaform from DCX which spawns the Caliber/Patriot/Compass?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yup. This is also the basis for the new Outlander and EVO X.

_PiCASSO_
08-11-2005, 04:47 PM
Mitsubishi should follow Mazda's path. Design cars with a little more passion, with commonality between one vehicle to the next. I hope this car will be the icon for all future Mitsubishi's. I don't want them going the route of the dodo.

iamalittlepepper
08-12-2005, 01:27 AM
I thought the reason why they are having a sportback is because in WRC most cars are moving to hatches to save weight and aerodynamics.. eg Focus etc..

martinbo
08-12-2005, 01:43 AM
It's especially curious that the EVO's arch rival the Impreza WRX is also slated to be of hatchback configuration in the forthcoming new generation. Is this a need driven by WRC trends or is it because "hyper" hatches like the R32, S3 and GTA etc are encroaching on these two road rally specials?

Snake Vargas
08-12-2005, 01:44 AM
Not bad. Though why is everyone going to these huge looking grilles these days?<p>I just hope the design teams can keep their focus in the face of engineering and finance corner cutting. What Mitsubishi needs is a car that many people <I>want </I>to have.<p>Oh yeah, as for the different letter-name car classes, it's VW's platform naming that does not conform to the classes. They're just internally arbitrary, AFAIK.<p>Hi martinbo! As for hatches.. I like hatches, but I also like the look of sedans. Large performance sedans are good, but why not more smaller ones, in the vein of the Mazda 3 SP23?

martinbo
08-12-2005, 01:57 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Snake Vargas</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Hi martinbo! As for hatches.. I like hatches, but I also like the look of sedans. Large performance sedans are good, but why not more smaller ones, in the vein of the Mazda 3 SP23?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My sentiments exactly. (Hi there Snake)... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'm a firm believer in the ultra hot hatch recipe but is that to say that all feisty compacts (EVO and WRX specifically) now need to evolve into hatchbacks? I sure hope that sedan derivatives of the EVO and STi will continue to be offered.

Speedstick
08-12-2005, 05:43 AM
I hate that grille. Each time I see it I have flashbacks to the Raider's fugliness.

taskbearer
08-12-2005, 10:22 AM
Looks agressive and very reminescent of the previous galant. I think that was a result of the new mitsu design boss (he desinged the last gen galant). I like it except for that black grille. <p>As for hot hatches taking over pocket rocket sedans, I have no problem with that. Hatchbacks are more aerodynamic thantheir sedan counterparts and any enhancement that brings is welcomed.

drugmirko
08-19-2005, 11:55 AM
here... it might make you bit happier about it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> :<p><IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/5034/mitsubishisportback47rd.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/1057/mitsubishisportback24ij.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/479/mitsubishisportback34bb.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/5012/mitsubishisportback10qv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>absolutely love it! O.K. not as much as C-SportLounge, bit still! and isnt it kind of unusual that they went to 4x4 cooperation with PSA and now Citroen and Mitsu are showing AWESOM crossover concepts?

AXIS
08-19-2005, 12:41 PM
WOW! If the production model looks anything like this Mitsu shouldn't have a problem generating traffic to their showrooms. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0">

taskbearer
08-19-2005, 01:45 PM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/icondrool.gif" BORDER="0"> now thats a looker especially that sleek side profile, and the rear is soooo..sexy. One of mitsus best concepts since the CZ3. Just as that concept spawned the handsome colt (mitsus only success sans evo), this should start another mitsu fire. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

oversteer
08-19-2005, 06:50 PM
Could the civic and the 3 have a new and improve competitor, <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0">

joesuv86
08-20-2005, 08:37 AM
I hate mitsbishi's and i would even drive this car! This is HOT<br>If the production model keeps those rims..and has a hot interior..then its definetly gonna be a major player in the pocket rocket group...

Redline
08-20-2005, 10:45 AM
It looks pretty good, its not something you simply can't take your eyes off of, but its definently something that look nice and something that Mitsu needs. But if this is the Evo X, I might just have to start liking the STi. This is a good looking vehicle and I'm sure it will perform well, but I just like the traditional sedan more, and the new STi is already going to be amazing, so its a tough call.

TopEnd
08-20-2005, 03:36 PM
HOT!! Very European'ish. It'll send me to a Mitsu showroom. Believe it or not I've never been to one.

justfrancis
08-20-2005, 04:52 PM
Totally agree, this is one beautiful car... most competitiors use bright flashy colors to demonstrate sportyness, but this car manages to do that with just sliver!!!! The most conservative color and it still looks like it could speed past and Mazda 3 or BMW 3 series (doubtful), but this design is up there with lexus! Congrats Mitsubishi!<br> PLEASE DON"T PULL OUT OF CANADA! RELEASE THIS CAR FAST! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/driver.gif" BORDER="0">

autodanse
08-20-2005, 07:42 PM
that initial pink-hued pic released a few weeks back was by far this car's most flattering angle. something about the side view is kind of boring. i think its the unusually thin a-pillar. the tailights are great, but very alfa-romeo and even audi with the way they taper towards the center of the hatch. its still more exciting than anything out there, so bring it on, mitsubishi.

scorpio14
08-20-2005, 07:55 PM
WOW that looks great, i love it... only Mitsubushi that i like... Hopefully the production car that will be based on this concept shares alota the styling from this.

Top Secret
08-21-2005, 04:22 AM
Looks much like the new Ford Focus in it's general shape.<p> <IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/1057/mitsubishisportback24ij.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/F/ford/focus/03-large/05-5dr-s-s.jpg" BORDER="0">

Speedster S
08-21-2005, 09:54 AM
This is one mean looking hatch. Very Nice

taskbearer
08-22-2005, 11:27 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Top Secret</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Looks much like the new Ford Focus in it's general shape.<p> <IMG SRC="http://img368.imageshack.us/img368/1057/mitsubishisportback24ij.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p> <IMG SRC="http://www.channel4.com/4car/media/F/ford/focus/03-large/05-5dr-s-s.jpg" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes in profile, but the mitsu has got more flare. the focus is plain and boring, while the mitsu looks sculpted, very alfa-romeoish (the rear is a mixture of alfa and audi) like justfrancis stated.

drugmirko
08-22-2005, 01:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>taskbearer</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Yes in profile, but the mitsu has got more flare. the focus is plain and boring, while the mitsu looks sculpted, very alfa-romeoish (the rear is a mixture of alfa and audi) like justfrancis stated. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>true... but the similarity is more in same kind of sexy flare than in acctual detail or even shape of segments. they both have a fastback, so they're bound to look similar... it does lean towads Brera, but it's diferent enough to me:<p><IMG SRC="http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/7141/0032ki.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/9304/0060kw.jpg" BORDER="0">

Nodnarb
08-24-2005, 02:00 PM
I wouldn't want the Evo diluted by having the regular Lancer look like that, but wouldn't that be nice for those of us who cannot afford an Evo?

martinbo
09-02-2005, 01:44 AM
I'm letting this car grow on me... <p>At first it looked a bit too overdone, especially considering the fairly conventional (sans go-faster bits) looks of the current EVO. Nevertheless I quite like it and feel that arch-rival Subaru will have a tough time matching this in the looks stakes. <p>Funny, looking at the grill shape front on I can't help thinking "Cylon". <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> Top Secret, whilst the general fast-back theme of the car resembles that of the Focus as a whole the two look vastly different imo. Especially that DLO, which looks for all the world like it came off a CLS. Which brings me to another point, visibility. One of the less appreciated aspects of driving an EVO or STI is the great visibility afforded by the generous glass areas - to the detriment of the cars' looks - which makes driving them all that easier. The high shoulder line of this car could well diminish the ease of use of a future EVO.<p>Anyhow, I'd agree that in concept it's most similar to the Brera - which isn't too bad a thing.

coolbluelb
09-12-2005, 08:22 PM
<IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnksj7.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnksop.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnksn9.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnkso3.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnksj7.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://tinypic.com/dnksiq.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20050912/capt.pfra11609121434.germany_auto_show_mitsubishi_ pfra116.jpg" BORDER="0"><IMG SRC="http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/150/r13466465449uv.jpg" BORDER="0"><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 9:19 AM 9/13/2005</i>

scorpio14
09-12-2005, 10:13 PM
That looks BEAUTIFUL... but y is the guy dustin the car durin the presentation.... or is that b4 it??

taskbearer
09-12-2005, 11:14 PM
I think he's just doing the regular show cleanup. They clean the cars frequently to remove fingerprints from the viewers(...and touchers) so as to keep the car's sparkle.

scorpio14
09-12-2005, 11:19 PM
well yeah but wouldnt they do that after the day... not during photo section/presentation or whatevers goin on in that pic??<p>BUT doesnt matter... i wonder it this is a drivable concept?

subaru
09-13-2005, 12:35 AM
wow that looks hot. now hoping the production car looks like this

Bass-o-Matic
09-13-2005, 08:13 AM
VW's platforms are based on 1970's product positioning.<p>The original Golf was an A-segment car, with the Passat a B-segment, etc.<p>I used to do a double-take when the previous generation Golf/Jetta was referred to by it's platform code (A4).<p>As they grew and, in effect, changed segments, the platform nomenclature became less representative of segment and more of an internal code.

evomk8
09-13-2005, 09:41 AM
I just love how the grill lunges forward like in the 8th gen Galant. It looks like a jet engine intake...

nismo
09-13-2005, 01:24 PM
Mitsu's new cars are looking better and better... I don't know about the US designed ones though.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bangin.gif" BORDER="0">

coolbluelb
09-13-2005, 03:17 PM
Tokyo, September 12, 2005 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and its European unit Mitsubishi Motors Europe B.V. (MME) announced the world debut of MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback next-generation sportback concept car at the 61th International Automobil Ausstellung (IAA; commonly known as the Frankfurt International Motor Show). Held at the Frankfurt Messe Complex, the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show will be open to the public from September 15 through 25, with a press and media preview September 12 to 14. <p>At a press conference held today at the Mitsubishi Motors stand, Mitsubishi Motors President Osamu Masuko made the following remarks: "Our efforts to achieve the 2005 business plan are definitely paying off, and particularly in Europe. The high critical acclaim Mitsubishi brand products have received has led to expanded sales. Mitsubishi brand cars are selling well in Europe, with sales for the first eight months of the year up 20% over the corresponding period last year. We see the European market in particular as being a prime mover in our drive to future growth and we are looking to increase sales further still. Therefore, we will be introducing seven new competitive models in Europe over the next three years, including a new pickup truck and Colt coupe-cabriolet. Over the next three years we will also be introducing five new models in North America and nine new models in Japan."<p>Mitsubishi Motors will be showing 16 vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show (20 during the public days). Joining MITSUBISHI Concept Sportback on the company stand will be Colt coupe-cabriolet concept, a concept for a new Colt model due to be introduced on the European market in 2006 and which was shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Also on display will be the Lancer Evolution IX high-performance 4WD sedan to be released in Europe in September 2005, the Grandis DI-D (direct-injection diesel), the Pajero Evolution cross country rally car that won the 2005 Dakar Rally to take the company's fifth consecutive and 10th victory in the history of the event, and the Lancer WRC05 machine that is currently competing in the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship series.<p>1. MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback walkaround<p>The styling was developed by Mitsubishi Motors' design studio (Mitsubishi Motor R&D of Europe GmbH) in the outskirts of Frankfurt. Calling on Mitsubishi Motors traditionally sporty image, the design team has crafted lines that are much more powerful than seen in European 5-door hatchbacks to date. The styling forcefully projects the brand in the front visage and gives lucid expression to the design concept in the vehicle's proportions as it points to the direction Mitsubishi Design may be expected to take in the near future. <br>MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback sits on the company's new C-segment global vehicle platform. In an overall length of 4500 mm, the high-efficiency design realizes a roomy and comfortable living space protected front and rear by crushable zones. <br>The new platform has been developed to support Mitsubishi Motors' new 4-cylinder MIVEC* engines mated to either 2WD or 4WD drivelines. <p>2. Colt coupe-cabriolet concept walkaround<p>Following 5 and 3-door body models, the third variation in the European Colt range uses the Colt's platform to carry a retractable hard top for open motoring pleasure. <br>Within its compact 3885 mm overall length, 15 mm longer than Colt CZ3, Colt coupe-cabriolet concept uses a high-efficiency design to create a 2+2 layout with a trunk into which the hardtop stows neatly. <br>Colt coupe-cabriolet concept uses the same 150 PS 1.5-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC turbocharged engine that powers Colt CZT. The body has been strategically reinforced to safely and comfortably underpin the exhilaration of open-top motoring. <br>While taking its design references from Colt's defining one-motion form, Colt coupe-cabriolet concept weaves together straight lines and curves to create taut styling that projects an appetizing taste of its potent road performance. Serving to counterpoint the sensuous curves of the one-motion form are the sharply raked windscreen, the V-cut rear combination lamps and the linear-design high-mounted auxiliary brake light tastefully integrated into the trunk lid. <p>The interior uses high-quality orange suede upholstery and trim in creating a sporty and classy look that matches Colt coupe-cabriolet concept's athletic and open car personality. <p>3. Lancer Evolution IX walkaround (European market model)<p>The European market Lancer Evolution IX shares many of the features of Lancer Evolution IX launched in Japan in March 2005: the power unit uses MIVEC variable valve timing technology in the inlet valvetrain; improvements to the turbocharger generate gutsier torque and deliver improved response across the full RPM range; and maximum power has been boosted 15 PS to 280 PS. The European Lancer Evolution IX brings a 3% improvement in fuel economy over its predecessor and earns the Euro-4 emissions rating. Redesigned front and rear bumpers improve cooling without impacting the aerodynamics. <p>For the first time on a European market model, Lancer Evolution IX uses a 6-speed manual transmission. <br>As on the Japanese market model, the European Lancer Evolution IX uses an aluminum roof panel and door side impact bars, reducing weight by 7.5 kg. Chassis performance is substantially improved by the use of high-response Bilstein monotube shock absorbers and 17-inch Enkei 5-double-spoke design lightweight alloy road wheels that are 150 grams lighter per wheel. <p>4. Grandis DI-D walkaround<p>Launched on the European market in April 2004, the 3-row seating Grandis has received high critical acclaim for its sporty lines, stable handling characteristics, comfortable ride and outstanding interior utility. To closer meet the needs of the European market, in September 2005 the company released a new model powered by a Volkswagen 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged diesel engine. <br>Specifications<p>MITSUBISHI Concept-Sportback<br>Overall length (mm) 4500 <br>Overall width (mm) 1795 <br>Overall height (mm) 1450 <br>Wheelbase (mm) 2630 <br>Seating capacity 5 <br>Drivetrain 2WD/4WD <br>Engine New 4-cyl. MIVEC <p><br>Colt coupe-cabriolet concept<br>Overall length (mm) 3885 <br>Overall width (mm) 1705 <br>Overall height (mm) 1450 <br>Wheelbase (mm) 2500 <br>Seating capacity 4 <br>Tires 235/35R18 <br>Drivetrain 2WD <br>Suspension Front MacPherson strut <br>Rear Torsion beam <br>Engine 1.5-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC turbo <br>Max output [ps (kW)] 150 (110) <br>Max torque [kg-m (Nm)] 21.4 (210) <br>Transmission 5MT <p><br>Lancer Evolution IX (European market model, data subject to final homologation)<br>Overall length (mm) 4490 <br>Overall width (mm) 1770 <br>Overall height (mm) 1450 <br>Wheelbase (mm) 2625 <br>Seating capacity 5 <br>Tires 235/45R17 <br>Drivetrain 4WD <br>Suspension Front MacPherson strut <br>Rear Multi-link <br>Engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl. MIVEC intercooler/turbocharger <br>Max output [ps (kW)] 280 (206) <br>Max torque [kg-m (Nm)] 36.2 (355) <br>Transmission 6MT <p>Mitsubishi Motors cars on display at 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show<p>Model No.<br>on<br>display Features <br>Special<br>show<br>models Mitsubishi<br>Concept-Sportback 1 World debut <br>Colt coupe-cabriolet<br>concept 1 First shown at 2005 Geneva Show <br>Motor sport Lancer WRC05 2 2005 WRC machines. One fitted with drive simulator. <br>Pajero Evolution 1 Winner of 2005 Dakar Rally <br>Production<br>models Grandis 1 2 models on display during public days <br>Colt 1 3 models on display during public session<br>(including one wheelchair transporter model) <br>Colt CZ3 1 <br>Colt CZT 2 1 unit is a display model <br>Lancer 1 <br>Lancer Wagon 1 <br>Lancer Evolution IX 1 European debut <br>Outlander 1 Airtrek in Japan <br>Pajero Sport 1 On display during public days only <br>Pajero 1 <br>L200 (current) 1 Built in Thailand <p><br>------------------------------------------------------------<br>Mitsubishi 2005 Frankfurt Press Release:<br>--------------------<p>* Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control <br>

Otxan
09-15-2005, 06:31 AM
Another pic:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.nl/images/800/13154.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Source : Autoweek

Ascariss
09-15-2005, 09:03 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>evomk8</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I just love how the grill lunges forward like in the 8th gen Galant. It looks like a jet engine intake...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Definetely true, I could never forgive Mitsu for what they did with the galant now, since the older unfacelifted model looked much more aggressive.

CosworthKid
09-17-2005, 01:25 PM
Guys am i the only one who sees similarities between this Mitsubishi and the images we have so far of the next BMW crossover car(V5?) at the REAR END? Look at the back lights and shape of the rear in general...Before i thought the BMW V5 looked a bit like the CG's i saw of the Audi Q5, but that was just in the shape of the rear lights...this Mitsu though looks very similar to the Beemer in more ways than one..plus, i do see the Alfa Romeo influences as well, Mitsu started using styling bits from Alfa Romeo when they introduced their 3-door Colt supermini.(SEAT did a better "copy" with its new Leon) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/werd.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0">

GBOY
09-25-2005, 07:06 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>CosworthKid</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Guys am i the only one who sees similarities between this Mitsubishi and the images we have so far of the next BMW crossover car(V5?) at the REAR END? Look at the back lights and shape of the rear in general...Before i thought the BMW V5 looked a bit like the CG's i saw of the Audi Q5, but that was just in the shape of the rear lights...this Mitsu though looks very similar to the Beemer in more ways than one..plus, i do see the Alfa Romeo influences as well, Mitsu started using styling bits from Alfa Romeo when they introduced their 3-door Colt supermini.(SEAT did a better "copy" with its new Leon) <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/werd.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I see the similarities as well. First thing that came to my mind .. BUT for a concept, what can anyone say. The chicken and the egg? Plus this appears to be in the metal when the BMer is a sketch.

coolbluelb
09-28-2005, 05:52 PM
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